Democracy came into existence
Humans did not achieve such a democracy yet!
MOSDEM, Movement for Stronger Democracy, tries to organize, motivate and educate the people to bring pressure on their respective governments to adopt a more and more democratic form of functioning so as to enable to achieve the true democracy and save our planet Earth.
Many of us enjoyed
the film Baahubali. We think that the reason for its extraordinary success is
mainly the great visuals and graphics in the film. While it is true that the
film is the greatest visual spectacle ever made in India, that is not the sole
reason for its success. There are many films with great visuals that fail to
Poster of the second film
The main reason is
that in this film not only is there a hero and a villain but it is also shown
why the hero is good and why the villain is bad. The hero tries to do what he
has been taught is good for society, also called “Dharma” in India. The villain
on the other hand pretends to follow the rules but in-fact is ready to go to
any length for his own interests. He breaks all the rules, even going as far
trying to commit matricide and infanticide. He bends the rules negating their
spirit when he gets his own brother killed.
The hero puts his own interests behind that of the law and the social good. He
follows the Dharma in letter and spirit. This is why the hero is admired by the
people and the villain is not. This is also why the audience gets so invested
in the hero’s success which the audience feels as their success over evil. We
want him to win not just because he is the hero.
It is not that
because he is the hero what he does is right. It is because he does what is
right he is the hero.
Common theme in Indian
Vanaras building the bridge across the sea
This is in-fact a
major theme in all the Indian epics and puranas. The Ramayana and Mahabharata
have antagonists that are as human as the heroes. The difference that the
heroes are abiding by dharma and fighting for it and that the villain follows
no dharma and is willing to sacrifice anything for their own personal interests is
We do not find such a
distinction between why the hero is good and why the villain is bad in other
epics and myths. Take Hercules for example. Hercules is a hero because he does
heroic deeds – deeds of great strength and capacity. But nowhere is there
emphasis on the morality of his deeds, he does not fight against immoral beings
or persons. In the Trojan War we have humans on both sides thus no heroes or
villains. No side is fighting for Dharma. Each is fighting for their own
interest. Even in the recent stories like Lord of the Rings, the villains are
basically demons. Of course they kill and plunder. Never is it shown why the
heroes are good, what moral principles and social rules are they fighting to
This message is very
important in our times when there are no more goblins or demons. There are no
“others” like the Nazis who can be claimed to be pure evil. The whole world claims to follow the same principles of human rights and law. Every person
says that they are working for the social good, particularly in politics. But
we still see a lot of suffering and pain.
This is because just
like in the story some people are willing to put their own interests before the
law and the rules. They violate and bend the rules or even change them for
their own interest harming others and society.
This is the aspect we need to work on in this day
and MOSDEM is trying to explore the solutions to this problem along with