Institutionalizing Legends

How justifiable is it to institutionalize the people who have throughout fought the institutions in their lives?

The counter-argument of course which runs says that these people have laid down their lives so that the new institutions come to force.

But then the pertinent question should address the issue of the new institutions to verify if they are the reflections of what was meant to be at the outset of the motive to change?

If it is not, and which is most likely the case, then is it not true that there is even greater need to replace the existing institution lest it (the present) by virtue of its continued approval, legitimizes the changed structure as one desired earlier, at the outset?

The question then, becomes of a matter of whether making legends of people is important? For when we look at the past, the recent legends had actually fought the institutions which had made legends off people in the past and on whose shoulders they stood valiantly, defiantly to mercilessly wipe out the aspirations of the common people whose dreams had to be shared with the receiving ends, not the initiations.


Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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