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The Principles of Nandikadal: An Introduction-3

Parani Krishnarajani

The world we live is made of three quarters of water. The composition of water in the human body incidentally has the same equation.

International relations and the strategy behind were defined by oil. The trend is slowly shifting towards access to international high sea for trade and commerce.

Geographically Tamil Eezham is surrounded by high sea on its three directions. The status of the land, the strategic importance and its politics, everything is defined by the high sea.

It is the same high sea that connects another land of the Tamils, Tamil Nadu, with Tamil Eezham.

It is this psyche, political significance, and dynamism that are responsible for catapulting Pirabaharan to walk towards “Nandikadal” in his final days.

Nandikadal had its fair share of fear and doubt if it could assimilate the world’s tallest revolutionary.

The sea at Nandikadal relinquished its fears and doubts at an instant after it realized the gargantuan responsibility it is going to be vested, in providing for a doctrine that shall serve as a beacon of hope for all the subdued races and ethnicities to achieve their goal of liberation. Sensing the obligations, it slowly began assimilating the tallest revolutionary into its character.

It was the story of a water body that began replicating a wonderful human’s psyche which was hitherto incalculable and unpredictable to many.

As a consequence, Nandikadal has earned a reputation of being deeply embedded in history.

Mullivaikkaal Genocide rememebrance

The H2O doctrine of Nandikadal

When a vanquished ethnicity that was subject to genocide remains governed by the victorious, Nandikadal doctrine says that the subdued race begins to show five dimensions of politics.

Those are the politics of destruction, politics of shame, politics of slavery, politics of surrender and the politics of abdication.

Nandikadal proceeds to say that a genocidal government will take parallel measure of employing two types of politics.

Those are, the politics of annihilation; where all the time bound identities, the very presence and the politics of the subdued are all subjected to annihilation, and the politics of destroying the collective memories.

The bipolar situation facing the vanquished races in dealing simultaneously with the five political dimensions that has manifested from within on one hand and the cunning politics of the victorious on the other hand, has enough potential to wreck the identity of the subdued. Nandikadal forewarns the subdued race about the impending failure to construct a politics of “meaningful resistance” in the wake of this two pronged challenge they are left to face with.

It is at this juncture, Nandikadal introduces the “H2O Doctrine” to the subjugated races. A doctrine that talks explicitly about the wherewithal to come out of their subjugation and taste victory.

H2O is the chemical formula of water. When water combines with other elements, the reaction it yields produces assorted chemical and physical changes. In a similar fashion, the struggle of the subdued race, when they interact with various political realities, produce changes. Nandikadal doctrine provides a sort of shield as the ethnicities undergo and experience these changes.

The core aspect of the doctrine is to drag the subjugated ethnicities from their defeated mind-set and their collective shame, and advance them to take up politics of resistance.

It then extends its role to provide strategies for confronting, self-protecting, coordinating, infiltrating, attacking and finally demolishing the establishments that subjugate them.

The doctrine, though contains terms that are related to war plans, actually outlines strategies to resist the designs of ruthless regimes without having a need to take up an armed struggle and shedding a drop of blood. (Continues tomorrow)

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