Recent vandalism in India concentrating on statues of Vladimir Lenin—the Communist chief of the Bolshevik revolution—has outraged Marxists in that nation, who’ve taken to the streets.
Supporters of the ruling Hindu proper wing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) toppled the statues following a defeat of the Marxists within the just lately held meeting elections of Tripura state. There the Communists had been in energy for the previous 25 years.
Though the outgoing chief minister, Manik Sarkar, was identified for his integrity and secularism, he was unseated within the election that resulted within the victory of the BJP-led coalition. It captured 43 out 59 seats within the legislature, ending Communist rule.
Not solely have mobs of BJP supporters pulled down two statues of Lenin within the norhteastern Indian state, some BJP leaders took to social media to applaud these acts of vandalism.
In the city of Belonia, one of many two statues was introduced down with the assistance of an excavator. While this was being performed, the miscreants chanted a patriotic slogan, “Long Live Mother India.”
As the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the physique. A Marxist activist alleged that BJP supporters had been seen taking part in soccer with it.
One of the native BJP leaders claimed that this was the results of the folks’s anger on the left-wing authorities.
Describing Lenin as a “foreigner” who had nothing to do with the native inhabitants, he questioned why the statue was constructed with taxpayers’ cash.
Some senior BJP leaders went to the extent of welcoming these incidents unashamedly.
Not to be left behind, the Tripura governor, Tathagata Roy, tweeted: “What one democratically elected authorities can do, one other democratically elected authorities can undo. And vice versa.”
This is although he holds a constitutional put up. Yet he’s identified for his political affiliation with the BJP.
Another BJP chief, H. Raja, posted on Facebook: “Who is Lenin and what’s the connection between Lenin and India? What connection has India with Communists?”
The complete episode clearly displays very badly on the BJP, which has proven its true colors of being illiberal. But this additionally exhibits the hollowness of its so-called nationalism and disconnection with the liberty motion.
India remained underneath British occupation for nearly 200 years and was liberated by the efforts of each pacifist and revolutionary freedom fighters.
The founding fathers of the ideology of Hindu India (or Hindutva), which is vastly cherished by the BJP, remained away from each camps.
With the purpose establishing a Hindu theocracy, they both overtly or discreetly served the pursuits of the British rulers.
Hindu extremists who are sometimes glorified by BJP leaders had been concerned within the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the world-renowned chief of the passive resistance motion.
He was murdered for standing up in opposition to Hindu zealots who terrorized Muslims and handled “low caste” folks as untouchables.
Contrary to those enemies inside, Lenin grew to become a guiding mild for Indian revolutionaries, who had been invited to Bolshevik Russia to discover ways to liberate their motherland by organizing a mass motion. Lenin stood with Indians who had been preventing for the best to self-determination.
The BJP that’s attempting to impose its personal model of patriotism is doing nothing however scapegoating minorities, each cultural (learn Muslims, Christians, and different minority communities) and ideological (learn left and secular events) to polarize the Hindu majority for its political survival.
Lenin is only one gentle goal they’ve picked to create divisions and reframe the narrative of home nationalism.
Every Indian ought to be indebted to Lenin for standing up for many who really fought for our freedom moderately than falling into the lure of the defenders of Hindu India—one thing that was strongly despised by Gandhi and the revolutionaries who fought for a secular republic, which has no place for bigotry.
Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer, Nathuram Godse (proper) was a zealous Hindu nationalist who opposed efforts to make peace with Muslims.
What we have to acknowledge in these tough instances is the great thing about Lenin’s internationalism, which may really save humanity from falling aside and convey all of us collectively whereas on the similar time embracing all nationalities with none malice or discrimination.
That mentioned, this complete affair additionally exhibits the true colors of Indian Marxists who’ve became idol worshippers.
The high management of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) got here out within the streets to protest in opposition to vandalism of the statues. The protests should not simply confined to India.
The CPI (M) supporters in Canada additionally organized an illustration in Surrey.
The sort of outrage being displayed over the vandalizing of statues has remained lacking for all these months whereas residing women and men from minority communities had been being lynched by BJP supporters.
There’s a deafening silence over the continued state repression on minority nationalist teams—like Kashmiris preventing for proper to self-determination. Or Maoist insurgents preventing again in opposition to state violence used to evict Indigenous communities from conventional lands, so the extraction trade can entry pure assets. This speaks loudly sufficient of their half-hearted dedication towards Lenin.
If there are any actual Leninists in India, they’re preventing in opposition to the tyranny of the state, and never these parliamentarian leftists who’ve been compromising with the bourgeoisie for political survival and attacking Maoist rebels and insurgents from minority teams preventing for dignity and proper to self-determination.
The actual Leninism will not be represented by the statues of the chief of Bolshevik revolution, however by social justice activists like Prof. G.N. Saibaba—a disabled Delhi University lecturer incarcerated for standing up for the rights of minorities and oppressed communities.
Marxists by no means advocated truthfully for such people. Rather, they’ve tried to keep up a distance from such political prisoners, fearing a lack of help within the nationwide mainstream.
The CPI (M) has even didn’t acknowledge that these incidents and the defeat of Tripura chief minister Sarkar are signs of majoritarianism that has develop into synonymous with democracy in India. It’s not simply with the emergence of BJP, but in addition due to the political opportunism of the so-called secularist Congress Party.
Congress has additionally been concerned in sectarian violence to garner the Hindu majority vote previously.
Unfortunately, the mainstream Indian left has been conveniently aligning itself with Congress to maintain the BJP out of energy, and by no means coping with the specter of majoritarianism as the actual explanation for the issue.
If the Marxists actually consider in what they preach by way of scientific evaluation of the social and political scenario, then they should cease whining over the vandalism of statues and attempt to regain misplaced political territory by truthfully standing up for non secular minorities underneath assault.
This consists of denouncing monolithic nationalism that’s being imposed on a various and pluralist Indian society by the BJP.
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