ON UNDERSTANDING NEO-COLONIALISM

14 March 2019

After “appointing” Guaido as Venezuelan President, Trump sends his emissary Khalil to dictate terms to US puppet Afghan Govt.

It was in the last week that Donald Trump declared Guaido as the President of Venezuela in the place of its legitimate President Maduro in violation of all international norms. And Guaido is directly seeking orders from the US, the chief war monger and sponsor of terrorism in the world today. Having one of the largest crude reserves, now Venezuela has become the latest hot-spot of inter-imperialist rivalry with US and it’s partners on the one hand, and China-Russia led grouping on the other.

Now reports speak of Khalil Saad, Trump’s envoy addressing Afghan cabinet and dictating US terms on Taliban question and US pullout from there preceded by a six-day marathon US-Taliban talks in Qatar. Compared with the direct US military aggressions in several countries and continuing hundreds of US military bases all over the world, these developments may seem normal by many.

But several intellectuals along with the social democrats still hold the view that colonialism is a thing of the past and use the post-modern usage “post-colonial” to characterise the new developments. However, during the Great Debate of the 1960s itself, Chinese Communist Party led by Mao Zedong had pointed out uninterrupted continuation of colonialism in new forms which is more “pernicious and sinister” than old, and characterised it as Neo-colonialism. But due to the ideological-political setbacks suffered by the International Communist Movement, and the left-right deviations in China followed by its embrace of capitalism and eventual transformation to imperialism, this CPC position was also ignored.

Today, under Neo-colonialism, as international capitalist expansion has reached its farthest limits, what we experience is an aggressive imperialist offensive in its military, economic, and political manifestations led by the US, the international policeman. A serious ideological- political intervention is the need of the hour. n

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Kabeer Katlat

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.