We all know that Christ was crucified and he resurrected on the third day. Resurrection as an idiom means bailing out from a troublesome situation.
Example: When we were in debts, our grandfather resurrected.
It took some time for economies to get resurrected from the economic glut.
A resurrection is needed in my finances.
Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is an all time favorite and profound in literary and philosophical thought. Sermon on the Mount as an idiom means profound philosophical and literary work.
Example: Christ’s Sermon on the Mount epitomizes and affirms the meaning of life.
Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a Sermon on the Mount.
James Joyce’s Ulysses written in a streams of consciousness narrative is a modern Sermon on the Mount.
Doklam is the border between India and China. Recently there was a military standoff between India and China. As an idiom it means a souring relationship between two countries and hostile bickering.
Example: The Cold War was an ideological Doklam.
The Doklam between America and Cuba has been eased.
There is a Doklam between America and North Korea.
Nirad C Chaudhri lived during the time of India’s freedom struggle and he had recorded his experiences in the book: Thy Hand Great Anarch. He was a polished man supportive of the British regime and he was highly critical of the freedom struggle.
He begins his memoir by recording his life as a clerk. Having failed his MA he could get no other job. He rails at the Non Cooperation Movement stating that it was a mass brainwashing of the people. The non cooperation movement was a civil disobedience movement started by Mahatma Gandhi to eject the British from India. The non cooperation movement included withdrawal of Indians from work areas and civil protest. The aim of the non cooperation movement was to paralyze the British government. The agitating masses were illiterate and Chaudhri records an instance where he was physically harassed by the non cooperation agitators.
After the Non Cooperation Movement came the Chauri Cahuri incident when an irate mob torched a police station and burnt to death British policemen. Then Gandhi withdrew the non cooperation movement. This was followed by the massacre at Jalian Wallah Bagh incident where peaceful protestors gathered and they were shot to death under the orders of Colonel Dyer. This brutal assassination was met with a storm of protests from the country.
Then came the Simon Commission to placate the Indians and to offer partial autonomy to India. The Simon Commission was met with hostile resistance. People waved placards saying: ‘Simon go back’ and burnt effigies. After the Simon Commission, Gandhi adopted the Salt Satyagraha at Dandi where people marched to the shores of sea to make salt. This was done in protest against the harsh taxes imposed on commodities by the British. For Chaudhri: Gandhi was no apostle of peace and he indulged in moral and psychological violence.
The times leading to the independence were severe for India. There was much causality. The British were fed up of ruling India so they decided to leave. Lord Mount Batten was appointed as the British representative in India. Along with India the Muslims in Pakistan wanted a separate nation. Jinnah was vociferous in the creation of Pakistan. Gandhi was very disturbed Independent India was besieged with many problems. They were unemployment, poverty, death and starvation. Nehru decided to make India a socialist country.
Chaudhri’s struggle is so poignantly portrayed in a pristine language. For the average India life was queasy. The British exploited India’s economy by taking away its resources and bringing in finished goods. Cottage and handicraft industries the backbone of the Indian economy was severely in a ditch. A positive development of the British rule in India was the spread of the vernacular press the development of the railways. Railways united the country. Post independent India was one of quarrelsome princely states. It was the iron man of India Sardar Vallabhai Patel who united India and made it into a single country. The press played an important role in spreading the gospel of freedom. Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan created a lot of problems. There was a mass exodus of refugees from Pakistan to India and from India to Pakistan.
Chaudhri’s work is highly philosophical and literary synthesizing India and its turmoil into a political catharsis. Nehru remarked in his opening speech that we have made a tryst with destiny. When the world sleeps India will awake to freedom. Chaudhri marvelous rendition of India’s political and cultural landscape is an essential reading.
We all know the incident in the Bible when Jesus went into the temple, he saw host of vendors and hawkers plying their wares there. He became angry and whipped them with a Cat O’ Nine tails and he said this temple is the Lord’s and a house of prayer, you have made it a den thieves. As an idiom it means driving out the riffraff of the society.
Example: America by going to impose sanctions and declaring North Korea as a rogue state is a Temple of God.
The Temple of God needs to be taken up by governments.
Thomas Chandy the corrupt, communist Kerala Minster of transport needs to be given the Temple of God.