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Governance and corruption, the two have filled the space in the print and electronic media and we remain agitated. The news and the talk show here in Boston and also back home in India splash and dissect the misdemeanors of establishment of both the countries; one developed and the other developing. The same ball game possibly exists globally, barring perhaps in a few countries. The underlying message is the helplessness exhibited by the rulers to rein in the economy drift and laggardness. In essence it is their failure to achieve their potential to satisfaction as expected by their countrymen. Rightly so; they have to live up to the promises made. Or in Wall Street lingo they are a stock which achieves poor profit and/or capital gains despite sound underlying business and/or asset backing ie they have underachieved. For developing countries ridden by myriad issues and non issues a leeway could be reluctantly acceptable, however for developed countries the latitude is minimal as over the years they have assimilated and cumulated resources and experiences from within and especially for most as Imperialists and Colonizers.
Colonialism is a relationship between an indigenous majority and a minority of foreign invaders. The fundamental decisions affecting the lives of the colonized people are made and implemented by the colonial rulers in pursuit of interests that are often defined in their Capital cities. Rejecting cultural compromises with the colonized population, the colonizers are convinced of their own superiority and that their ordained mandate is to rule the Colonies. The Colonizing nations dominated the resources, labor, and markets of the colonial territory, and imposed socio-cultural, religious and linguistic structures on the conquered population
To most of us Colonialism is synonymous with Western European countries’ colonization of lands mainly in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. As Thomas Pynchon puts it “Colonies are the outhouses of the European soul, where a fellow can let his pants down and relax, enjoy the smell of his own shit”. The main European countries which were active in this form of colonization were Spain, Portugal, France, the Kingdom Of England, the Netherlands, and from the 18th century Great Britain. Between them they ruled over 120 countries with Britain and France leading with nearly fifty each. They deported from their colonies over 20 lakhs slave labor the maximum of over five lakhs to USA. As Titsi Dangremba a victim remarked “It’s bad enough . . . when a country gets colonized, but when the people do as well! That’s the end, really, that’s the end.” Each of these countries plundered the colonies and enjoyed period of almost complete power in world trade from roughly 1500 to 1900 AD.
But by far the greatest wrong which the departing colonialists inflicted on us, and which we now continue to inflict on ourselves in our present state of disunity, was to leave us divided into economically unviable States in conflict with one another, which bear no possibility of real development. The problem further gets aggravated when the very same nations along with the USA to seek economic and financial gains resort to Neocolonization primarily of the erstwhile colonies.
Neocolonialism initially was the continuation of the economic model of colonialism after a colonized territory has achieved formal political independence. This concept was applied most commonly to Africa in the latter half of the twentieth century. European countries had colonized most of the continent in the late nineteenth century, instituting a system of economic exploitation in which African raw materials, particularly cash crops and minerals, were expropriated and exported to the sole benefit of the colonizing power.
A second method of neocolonialism, according to the socio-economist, is foreign aid. The inability of their economies to develop after independence soon led many countries to enlist this aid. Accepting loans from Europe or America proved the link between independent governments and the exploitative forces of former colonizers as most foreign aid has been given in the form of loans, bearing high rates of interest; repayment of these have proved difficult and cause for exploitation.
Multinational Corporations are involved in this practice, sometimes with the support of governments and sometimes acting on their own. The multinational corporations continue to exploit the resources of post-colonial states, and that this economic control inherent to neocolonialism is akin to the classical.
The modern Neocolonist is the one that operates not by invading, conquering, and settling a foreign country with pilgrims, but by exercising economic control through international monetary institutions, via military threat, missionary interference, strategic investment, so-called “Free trade areas,” and by supporting the violent overthrow of governments (even those that have been democratically elected).Galore past examples can be cited and that those are prevalent are well known.
The issue gets further complicated with the media in the Western World downplaying the economic successes and trivializing the hurdles and problems faced by developing countries. Primarily to show them in poor light so as to gain an adverse opinion globally on the performance of these countries. The attacks are vitriolic with little substance and supportive evidence. They appear to be motivated at the behest of powerful players. The motive and the reasoning amply open. I reckon it is the ‘The Neocolonizers!’
Your take, please!