What did artist Ramkinkar say about Democracy?
What had Ramkinkar Baij to do with politics and democracy? Well, a lot. He not just roamed through rural Bengal, interacting with the ‘sons of the soil,’ and then turning their toils into masterpieces of art, but was also an opinionated person, who often wrote small passages on what he thought of Democracy, Tradition and much more. Here we bring some of hos Fragmentary Writings in his own words:
The Spirit that’s Democracy
“I have just read a meaning of Democracy in a book by George Bernard Shaw. It is like a screw --- one can go up the spiral and similarly one can climb down in the opposite direction --- whatever the state wishes will happen. The rate of profit is more in climbing up, that’s why talks on climbing down, sounds terrible. The opportunists know everything.”
“Tradition – whose? For what purpose? Tradition is for human subsistence, for humanness. There are differences in humanness in every era. Which means apart from food, clothes and reproduction, there is another purpose, whose names is creativity. Something that is beyond necessity. There is no profit motive involved in this, only a play of joy of the mind. This doesn’t involve doing harm to others. There is only absorption of bliss in the process of worshipping the sun and the moon.”