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A grander view of Darwinism
 
Interestingly the one person outside the realm of science who seems to have made this connection with extraordinary insight is Rajaji.

By Aravindan Neelakandan




 

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At one end colonial politicians and commercial empire builders of Darwin’s time and after, misunderstood Darwin’s natural selection and created the pseudo-science of social Darwinism. At the other end Marx and his cohorts tried to derive scientific credibility to Marxism by subtly projecting Marxism as in accordance with the science revealed by Darwin.

 

Both were, of-course, wrong.

 

A very patient and deep observer of nature, Darwin correctly arrived at the way innate factors and environment are intertwined in an organic evolutionary dance. His natural selection is more dynamic and had complex relations to the environment. Perhaps one should consider Darwin the first systems biologist.

 

Interestingly the one person outside the realm of science who seems to have made this connection with extraordinary insight is Rajaji. Denouncing US government plans for atmospheric nuclear testing he wrote in Swarajya:

 

Science, from the time of Darwin down to the present day, has taught us that the life and environment are closely knit together as evolutionary cause and effect.  We cannot interfere with the basic elements of our environment without causing chaos and permanent damage to life.  It has taken millions of years to be what we are, all the defects and maladjustments being slowly and ruthlessly weeded out by the laws of evolution. Our great environment the maataariswan, the space around the planet with all its known and unknown contents and forces, keeps life going as it has evolved. Interference with the environment is rash and fatal to the evolutionary product of millions of years.

 

That was on June 16 1962. Earlier in the issue dated April 21 of the same year Rajaji had written:

 

…by a long process of evolution man is born of the earth’s atmosphere which supports its suckling baby’s life and the plan of nuclear Powers now is to poison the milk of the maternal breast.

 

In the passage one can also find the seeds of the now very popular ecological framework – Gaia!

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