An Orwellian nightmare, brought to fruition with disturbing regularity in today’s world without being borne in on the masses, has been the product not of perversions of socialism or communism, but by an unadulterated, cultish greed for wealth and power.
The prevailing principle of capitalism is not about the pursuit of a better society. It is about the establishment of the elites, who are the minority, as the dominant class of inner and outer party members, and the solidifying of their demigod status to the point where it is unchallengeable and, sadly, unimpeachable.
The world, shorn of the laughable notion of equality, therefore wants and needs monarchs and chieftains. Bangladesh is no different. The country has, in fact, always had a monarch. Subjugation by the supreme rulers of the Mughal Empire and kings of the Indian subcontinent was followed by the absolute rule of the British Empire that introduced the theory of colonisation.
The Pakistanis followed suit during the oppressive rule of the ailing kingdom of West Pakistan. It was, thus, only natural for an independent Bangladesh to welcome the autocratic rule of Bangladeshis with pride and open arms. The centuries-old programming of subjecting oneself to absolute power was so ingrained in the DNA of Bangladesh, it was a temptation too delectable to resist.
Revolutionary and dissenting voices, forever in the negligible minority amongst the meaningless majority, were easy to silence. Some of them were given a stake in the kingdom, as the British Empire did with the elevation of maharajas, or made to be important enough for them to have no want for wealth.
This diluted their objective views or rendered them ineffective from independence until now. Others were identified as enemies of the state, witches the lot of them. These unfortunate souls were burnt at the stake, their legacies tainted. Such strategies have been revisited in recent times.
The bulk of this insignificant minority are themselves so toothless to truly act or allow their thoughts to ever amount to anything that they are ignored. Allowing that sideshow to continue gives the illusion of fairness, of justice, of hope. Should any of them defy expectations and ever become too much of a nuisance, they can be, and have been, made to disappear.
The wheels and cogs of the state machinery have, thus, creaked and cranked unhindered towards ensuring absolute power. Much preferred to conditional power, which comes with the unsavoury caveat of accountability, it is never difficult to convince the petty despots who make up the rank and file of the monarchy to continuously work towards building institutions that feed the autocratic beast, the sum-total of which has been a system that exists for the elites.
The only loyalty of those belonging to this class is to wealth and power, exponentially absolute and trickling down from the ruler to his or her advisers, ministers and hatchet-men. This is the widely accepted structure of any monarchy, perfected during the medieval times and used to devastating effect by the kings, queens, emperors and empresses of the time.
The serfs have always been happy with the basic necessities. Every time mankind developed, the definition of what constituted a basic necessity was adjusted accordingly. If the serfs ever showed any signs of disgruntlement, they were either put to the sword with deft ease or the monarchs improved their conditions in line with the new definition.
These lessons of the past, too, are being relied upon in the present. However, when taking the latter route, the ruler, without exception, makes certain that the serfs exist below the real line of their basic necessities being met. That makes them toil harder to meet them and dream of improving their condition, which makes them unquestioningly obedient and almost entirely unlikely to ever concern themselves with state affairs.
The propaganda that these mindless drones are susceptible to because of the severe dearth of knowledge amongst them makes it easy for them to believe that all is always well, that things are forever getting better. Once again, centuries of servitude has programmed Bangladeshis to willingly give in to this situation, to an absolute ruler.
The hope that lies in the proles is, thus, a cruel fallacy, never to bear any fruit. Some people are always, always, infinitely and unconditionally more equal than others. Contrary to the idealistic dream sold by the myth of heroes in books, television shows and films, black always defeats the lonely white in insurmountably skewed chess problems.