Territorializing the Geo-political India: Earth, Political Activism and Stratification
For Deleuze, Earth desires the continuous flow of desire on itself, and thereby continuously de-stratifies and decodes itself and undergoes continuous process of deterritorialization and reterritorialization. However, this primary coding that the Earth provides for the maximization of life’s potential is over coded with the arrival of the state and its varied apparatus of capture. And as a result, territories turn into land and geo-political nation states. In the context of the Indian nation-state, uneasy co-existence of multiple apparatus of capture within temporal proximity have wrought havoc. The non-syncretic disjunctive relationality between ruling right wing’s ideological over-coding of territorial India, and the communist left and the centrist blocs’ desire to restructure it as per their ideological orientations, have defamiliarized territorial India, turning it into an impenetrable force field or even worse a chaotic mass.
In the current Indian political scenario, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which seeks to further stratify India, has stirred the imagination of common people who have precipitated movements that while attempting to resist this Act aims to restructure India along partisan lines. This has led the masses of India into having multiple encounters with either an expanding chaos or inexorable thickening of stratification provided by multiple interest groups eventually leading to the formation of differential monoliths. We argue in our paper that a new assemblage effectively synthesising the post secular spiritual strands from the cognitive territoriality of the likes of Gandhi, Ambedkar and Deleuze might help us to transcend this cul-de-sac and eject us into a realm of new potentialities, while remaining true to the postcolonial palimpsest that India is and which it is keen to deepen.
So, our paper will first critically engage with Deleuze’s notion of earth and territoriality. Then it will explain the extraordinary political condition of India in the light of CAA which has guided India into a chaotic situation, and finally it will work out a new political assemblage which may release us from cycles of stratification.