Lies with Long Legs
PRODOSH AICH ist geboren in Kalkutta. Schulbesuch und Studium der PHILOSOPHIE in Indien. Studium der ETHNOLOGIE, PHILOSOPHIE und SOZIOLOGIE in Köln. Ist Universitätslehrer und Publizist. Lehrte SOZIOLOGIE in den Universitäten Köln, Rajasthan (Indien) und Oldenburg. Hat neben Buchveröffentlichungen und Aufsätzen auch viele Rundfunk-features und Dokumentarfilme gemacht. Immer noch Inder, auch wenn er länger in Deutschland lebt als die meisten Deutschen. LÜGEN MIT LANGEN BEINEN (2003) ist das NEUNTE Buch von Prodosh Aich. DIE INDISCHE UNIVERSITÄT (1971),SOZIALE ARBEIT (1972), DA WEITERE VERWAHRLOSUNG DROHT ... (1973), WIE DEMOKRATISCH IST KOMMUNAL POLITIK? (1977),MÖGLICHKEITEN UND GRENZEN DES PROJEKTSTUDIUMS (1978), RATHAUS-PLÜNDERER (1986). PREIS DES AUFRECHTENGANGS
Lies with Long Legs
What is happening to us?
We actually wanted to know more precisely about "Indogermans", "Indoeuropeans" and "Aryans". Who they are, since when has their existence been known, how has it become known that they really did exist, who discovered them, and how, why and for what purpose? Many (hi)stories are told, explanations given and general perspectives are offered, but all these appear to be questionable. They don't correspond to so many things we observe in our environment and in our world. Therefore we have to put more questions. In the beginning our queries appeared to be simple. Obviously they are not. We have been in search of answers for more than the last five years. We do not find them. No, that would be incorrect. We do find answers, but they are hardly convincing. There are answers, but with lots of catches. The answers lead us immediately to more questions, time and again. It is, as if we had opened the Pandora's Box with our simple straightforward questions, leading to a seemingly unending chain of questions.
A barrage of questions floods our minds. Much too many contexts still need to be explicated, both in the sphere of "high politics" today as also in the daily life of the common people. Intrigued, we find ourselves asking whether categorisations such as "Indo-Europeans" and "Aryans" are related to the oppression - indeed, the hunt - of foreigners (aliens) in affluent countries. Isn't it necessary to look into the circumstances under which foreign people are hounded in the rich countries? Are only foreigners being hunted? All foreigners? What is "foreign"? How is it perceived? Where does the foreignness begin? How does a "foreign race" get defined? Can there be persecution of "foreign races" without the concept of "race" being made a basis for social categorisation? What is race? Who has invented "races" and when and in which context? How can "human races" be related to each other, compared and ranked? Again, many stories are told.
Stories abound regarding "the others", "the strangers", "the foreigners", "the aliens", on their culture, history and backwardness. Is there a relationship between the persecution of foreign people and the speedy transport of all kinds of tales and reports about "the others" carried by the "most modern" means of transport, through "media" of all kinds? Stories, which are eagerly, consumed everywhere? Consumed? Simply consumed? Or do the stories also create an inner feeling of superiority in us? Being superior to everybody else? Over their poverty, their mishaps and disasters, their inability, their incompetence, their corruption, their arbitrariness in life. Does it not give one a feeling of superiority when compared to social groups like political refugees (or to those who only pose to be so), other refugees and migrants, (both undesirable and useful), people without shelter and those who are labelled as work shy, people who live on social welfare, etc., etc.? Don't we feel better when we look down to such groups? Are we not better? Haven't we achieved more than others? Aren't we the civilised ones? Shouldn't we feel proud, proud of our achievements?
Since when are we being taught that the quality of human beings could be discerned by their physical appearance such as: big - small, strong - weak, fair - dark, blue-eyed - non-blue-eyed, white - black and the many other so called racial features? What is "race"? Since when has mankind believed that there are different human "races" with different qualities? Under what circumstances did the tale come about that the "Aryan race" is superior to all other "races"? And when was the tribe of the "Indogermans" and/or of the "Indoeuropeans" discovered? Discovered or devised? Did the "Aryan race" really exist, or the "Indogermans", or the "Indoeuropeans"? Or were they just wishful and useful fantasies? Since when have categories like: "We" and the "Others" been in existence?
Don't we have to ask,