Politics is a great leveler.
Is Moditva a Revolution? By this blog, in the eyes of sickular Indian intellectuals and pro-terror mastermind Afzal brigade, I have turned a 200 per cent Narendra Modi fan! The facts could be otherwise even as there’s nothing to be ashamed about taking a stance against terror-friendly club fashionable neo-intellectual club of India.
I like these poetic lines:
''सांप! तुम सभ्य तो हुए नहीं
नगर में बसना भी तुम्हें नहीं आया।
एक बात पुछूँ-(उत्तर दोगे?)
तब कैसे सीखा डसना-विष कहाँ पाया।'' -अज्ञेय
(the poet wonders how a SNAKE far off from human habitation mastered so much
of killer poison in itself)
Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Agyeya’ (7 March 1911 to 4 April 1987) was popular by his pen name ‘Agyeya’ – meaning beyond comprehension.
The story of Congress-Marxists axis is perhaps not beyond comprehension.
In political realm, the Marxists-Congress axis is essentially not new but it is again coming on the focus. The provocation is of course an assertive Hindutva-nationalistic policy led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Action scenes are somehow everywhere – Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Hyderabad and of course upcoming elections in West Bengal. The height of political opportunism can be exemplified in the fact that in Kerala – at least on the face value – the Marxists and the Congress will sweat it over for power.
President Pranab Mukherjee in his customary address to Joint sitting of Parliament ended his speech saying in the words of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, “Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of human race, Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram”
These three are essential foundations of Hinduism of even for that matter basis of Oriential civilization! Satyam means the truth – not what you think about it, but what it is; not your idea about it, but the REALITY. To know this truth you have to be utterly absent. Here absence means devoid of all prejudices and all worldly borrowed knowledge. It calmours for purity of the sky.
Shivam certainly is much more than a Hindu God. It stresses on virtue – all that is good, all that is valuable, all that is the most precious. Shivam means the Truth in action. Sundaram underlines that the greatest beauty is to see the totality, the intensity of the mystic world. It’s more than the Beauty of flowers and stars or the beauty of beauties of sunsets and sunrises.
In effect, Modi government ensured that in one small phrase it makes a powerful appeal to all concerned on the present day politics.
In the meantime, any ordinary observer of Indian politics knows pretty well that the communists are masters in acknowledging the need to make tactical adjustments.
This includes – what is often described as pragmatism – in effect RETREAT when the going is tough!
This pragmatism involves murderous-violence for workers (between Congress and Left parties) at grassroots level in states like Tripura, West Bengal and Kerala and alliance between Sitarams-Rahuls or Deve Gowdas and Surjeets at the national level.
This is a simile to division of labour!
In socio-economic realm, the communists-Congress axis was once described as the ability of the Leftists to act as ‘moral supervisor’ of capitalist enterprise.
That’s a big fun indeed. Congress sees communists as moral supervisor of dynastic enterprise. But bigger fun is the ‘shop-keeper’ methodology of those who thrive with the status-quo…..Congress corruption and double standards, appeasement of minorities by Left and quota politics while the socio-economic conditions of Muslims and Dalits and tribals continue to traverse from bad to worse !
The conditions of Muslims in Left-ruled West Bengal and Justice Sachar Commission report are ready references.
That’s a real drama!! In our times in circa 2016 one can doubt the long term visions of such a tie up. Actually this is only an alliance guided by sheer opportunism. But even if such a coalition might not be convincing nor can win popularity contests and while the Congress enjoyed power and monopoly for the dynasty – the communists burnished their reputation as conscience keepers.
Now along with this conscience keeping business comes below the belt comment from a BJP legislator about a tool of family planning. Sadly, the comment talks about nosedive decline in political rhetoric in India but the anguish of intellectuals over the same only raises eyebrows. Have not we heard about man-man relation in other camps?So does the ‘nirodh’ comment reflect any story about free love --- just a step forward from free-speech? Go to cover any communists meetings, jhatas in rural India --- one should not be surprised by “pair-meetings” all around the meeting places.
Well, ideally the champions of free-speech probably guided by THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO – the 1848 political pamphlet by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels should not mind any reference to ‘free love’.
The second section of the Manifesto, according to Wikipedia, goes on to defend communism from various objections, including claims that it advocates "free love" or disincentivises people from working. The section ends by outlining a set of short-term demands—among them a progressive income tax; abolition of inheritances; free public education etc.—the implementation of which would be a precursor to a stateless and classless society.
One of the first Russian Marxists to devote close attention to the post-revolutionary status of marriage was Alexandra Kollontai, a prominent member of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party who organized female workers before her exile in 1908.
In “The Social Basis of the Woman Question” (1909), she predicted that “the present compulsory form of marriage will be replaced by the free union of loving individuals,” though she added that it was “impossible to foretell what the relationships of the future, when the whole system has fundamentally been changed, will be like.” She clearly anticipated a drastic change, though, since she also wrote that “with the transfer of educative functions from the family to society, the last tie holding together the modern isolated family will be loosened,” says Sam Feldman in ‘Love in the Time of Communism: A Case Study in Revolutionary Overreach’.
The balance about free-speech and free-love on one hand and India’s conservatism of middle class on the other is a tough analogy.
Perhaps, this is why many youths – far off from ‘wanna-be’ intellectuals would get shock when they hear girl friends and in-laws hail from families of disciples of Karl Marx in the backyards of Tripura and West Bengal.
In Modi, the moral science keepers of post-1947 India find a major hurdle. So many in BJP are opening up often in crude manner. They are inspired by the tough-mettle image of the present Prime Minister.
There’s a general mood, let us knock the hell out of them.
The opening sentence of the Communist Manifesto was: “A spectre is haunting Europe— the spectre of communism”.
For Indian Left and radical thinkers – ‘a spectre of Moditva’ haunts them caustically.