The Age of Violence

‘I know that’, said Ganesh, turning back to look at the sangam of the Ganga and the Sarayu. ‘The rivers fight with each other with the only currency they know: water. We humans fight with the only currency we know in this age: violence.’

‘But how else does one establish one’s standpoint, dada?’ asked Kartik. ‘There are times when reason does not work, and peaceful efforts prove inadequate. Violence is ultimately the last resort. This is the way it has always been. The world will, perhaps, never be any different.’

Ganesh shook his head. ‘It will be, one day. we live in the age of the Kshatriya. That’s why we think that the only currency to bring about change is violence.’

‘Age of the Kshatriya? I’ve never heard of that.’

‘You would have heard of the four yugs, cyclical eras that time traverses repeatedly through a never-ending loop: the Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwapar yug and Kali yug.’


‘Within each of these yugs there are smaller cycles dominated by different castes-professions. There is the age of the Brahmin, of the Kshatriya, of the Vaishya and the Shudra.’

‘Age of the Brahmin, dada? I haven’t heard of that either.’

‘Yes. The main currency of the age of Brahmin was knowledge. And in our age, it is violence. Some philosophers believe that after our epoch will be the age of the Vaishya.’

‘And the people in that age will not use violence to establish their writ?’

‘Violence will never die, Kartik. Neither will knowledge. But they will not be the dominating factors, since it will be an age dominated by the way of the Vaishya, which is profit. They will use money.’

-The Oath of the Vayuputras



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