Energy and media has become the two powerful discourses for this trade craft targeting the emerging economies all around the world. When media gets fragmented into the discourses around data - money equality and information economy hype the story evolves into another mystification. In this post, our focus is on the Indian state of Kerala where the promises of Solar energy of Salvation became an abhorrent criminal drama.
In the previous article, #PAATOM has narrated the state of political, economical and criminal affairs in Kerala inspired by the bribal stories from all political parties and business magnets and all sort of criminal elements in Kerala. Normally December has been celebrated as the month of the Sun 'god'. Thanks to these efforts, media across Kerala could generate enough TRP around the Solar scam.
What next? what is fundamentally wrong in the Solar scheme of energy? For any form of energy to become viable and a consistent source of energy, it should have a stable network design for generation, transmission, transformation and consumption. In the case of Solar energy the possibility of transforming the strength of this energy source is very very limited as it is an instant form of energy. In the case of hydroelectric or thermal or nuclear forms of energy there are vivid possibilities of transformation and amplification of energy. The potential for conversion, storage and versatility are more important when considering an energy source as a candidate for a nation state.
No matter your level of technological sophistication and efficiency of energy conversion, it is impossible to derive more solar energy from a unit of land than that which falls upon it from space — which is a lot globally, but spread incredibly thinly, like hot butter scraped over too much bread. There is nothing you can ever do to overcome the problem of diffuse solar energy — vast areas will always be required to harness it in significant volumes.
( The Solar Fraud, Howard C. Hayden )Here we see that life and its struggle for survival has become a feast or ritualistic game for many pundits of Global market . The think tanks of this capitalism believe that using surrogates they can keep the cycles of capitalism for eternity. Surrogate capitalism: it is not a jargon, but a realization that capital has become a flat entity that can conceal its interests from the reasoning capabilities of the social self and the societal imperatives. Thus by concealing its identity from the people indulging in the market transactions, capital grows itself by leaps and bounds. Criminals, technocrats, media magnets, sports stars, instant celebrities all become the surrogates of this brutal treachery. Earlier in 1990s we saw how developmental economics, welfare state, agricultural productivity and poverty alleviation became the seductive discourses for subverting the national and sovereign interests of nation states. Exposures from #PAATOM on these plots are in the previous posts in this blog.
In the current decade we are witnessing how Energy has become the dominant discourse for imposing an imperial and neo-colonial plot on the Economic epic center of a state. A nuclear energy deal could decide the fate of a political party in Indian soil. Now #Solar scam is looming large over the head of many a political veterans of Kerala state. Yet the architects of this scheme remain behind the scene largely, safely and calmly gazing at the horizon of the solar winters !
As well elaborated in the previous article, this scandal is not only about the bribes that reached the wallets of a few. On the contrary, how this hyperbolic scandal could sail easily through the energy audits of the government. The whole story evolves around a multinational collaboration involving many intellectual faces as well. Their Swiss connections, their pan European expeditions, intellectual pursuits, all for the energy feast and the multi-billion dollar purchases. These energy advocates have been lecturing for renewable energy for quite some time. It had captured the imagination of many youngsters who started start-ups around this hype. The fate of their adventures will be decided in the coming days. Our investigations should go beyond the executioners of this energy scam to unravel the real energy advocates of this scandalous scheme.