5th September is 3rd anniversary of assassination of comrade Gouri Lankesh by RSS parivar. Before that they had assassinated comrades Pansare, Dhabolkar and Kalburgi, all progressive intellectuals, writing and teaching for an enlightened, casteless, secular, democratic society guided by scientific temper. Hundreds of intellectuals, journalists, writers, RTI activists, anybody who try to expose the parivar were beaten up, tortured, killed or incarcerated during. Lynching of minority people has become regular feature. Muslim majority Kashmir is turned in to an open jail, a killing field for the army. All who oppose Modi rule are stamped anti-national and attacked. All democratic institutions and state machinery saffronized. The Supreme Court which is supposed to protect the Constitution has in effect thrown it to dustbin, The whole economy is in acute crisis, with corporates controlling everything, throwing tens of millions of families to extreme impoverishment. It is state terror in full action in every field. Yes, RSS had done its home-work well; six years of Modi rule was sufficient to transform India to a fascist state with majoritarian Hindutva as its ideological base.
So, it is the urgent task of every political party and democratic forces to work for putting an end to this corporate fascist rule. For it, all forces opposed to Modi rule should come out on the streets uniting with all other forces to struggle against it. The possibilities provided by the elections to state assemblies also should be used to weaken the BJP. In this way the anti-fascist movement should be strengthened so that Modi rule can be ended. No democratic force, or individual will have any difference of opinion on this. But, the cardinal question is have the Congress or any of these opposition parliamentary parties any alternative program to replace Modi rule?
It is history that when the socio-cultural change advocated by the renaissance movement and the message of anti-imperialist independence struggle were dominant, when Brahmanical, Manuvadi concepts were challenged, the RSS remained a marginal force. After assassination of Gandhiji, it was further cornered for long. Then how could RSS/BJP come to power so fast with such a backing? There is not much difficulty to find the answer; after coming to power in 1947 the Congress started using caste and soft Hindutva as its vote banks; slowly all other parliamentary parties started emulating with their own variations. Though with fast changes in the agrarian sector, only feudal remnants were left, influence of feudal culture, and Manuvadi social structure were not challenged seriously by any of these forces. The mainstream left, CPI(M) led Left Parties, not only came under parliamentary illusions, but advocated that social changes shall automatically follow economic changes; so, many of the communists from upper castes were not ready even to take anti-caste, secular culture in their personal life! In the near-absence of socio-cultural attacks on the Hindutva, Manuvadi offensive by RSS, and as they could utilize the brahmanical domination in the state machinery to spread their educational institutions and penetrate every field without much opposition they could grow. As the Congress went on weakening, as the socialist and communist streams could not occupy this space, BJP could win over large number of cadres also from Congress and strengthen themselves. As com. Sunderayya has pointed out in his 1976 resignation letter, as many of the leaders of CPI(M) were not alert against the danger of RSS, they directly or indirectly helped the growth of BMS and other front organizations of it.
During the six years of Vajpayee government and 2002 pogrom in Ahmedabad itself, RSS had made its intensions clear. It will be very useful to read the statements of Congress and other opposition parties against the saffronization taking place under Vajpayee rule. Still, the decade long Congress led UPA rule could not rise to the occasion, It went on accelerating the neoliberal/corporatization policies on the one hand, and appeasing the Hindutva forces. It failed even to book the main culprits responsible for Gujarat pogrom, and numerous terrorist actions by RSS parivar. During 2014 elections, Modi with his false promises could easily win, as Congress was thoroughly discredited, other opposition parties were fighting each other, and the mainstream left continued to decline. During this decade of UPA rule, neither Congress, nor other parties tried to challenge the Hindurashtra offensive of RSS ideologically, putting forward an alternative outlook and politicizing/ mobilizing masses around it. In spite of the aggressive fascist offensive by Modi’s fascist rule for five years, same thing was repeated in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, helping Modi to get a bigger victory. Is the situation different even today after further intensification of corporate fascist offensive under Modi-Shah?
Any serious study of the present situation show that without challenging the very majoritarian Hindutva base of RSS from casteless, secular, democratic positions, without challenging its reactionary, chauvinist cultural offensive using all well-established channels in all fields, and mobilizing the people around a revolutionary program for democratization of the society and socialist future, RSS led Modi fascism cannot be exposed and defeated. During Vajpayee rule we had consistently called for the revolutionary left coming together and taking such an alternative path. Again, when the RSS parivar was gaining strength and the parliamentary left was losing their support fast, we had repeated this call. Even now we are repeatedly appealing to the revolutionary left forces for such an initiative. We repeatedly point out that such an initiative will only strengthen the anti-fascist movement, not weaken it in any manner.
But, as Bihar elections are coming near what we are seeing? BJP has consolidated its NDA and has already launched the campaign systematically using its rich resources. But the RJD-Congress led alliance has not even completed seat distribution, forget about ideological political campaign! The main LF parties, Liberation, CPI and CPI(M) similar to what happened in 2019, after failing to get the number of seats they wanted collectively from RJD- Congress, have started bargaining individually. No talk about the election manifesto so far. It shows the opposition to BJP has not learnt any lesson still. As the minor parties in the Left Front have no hope of getting any seats from the Mahagadbandhan, it is reported in the social media that the Forward Bloc and RSP with SUCI and some ML groups are forming an aimless adjustment to field few candidates.
It is in this situation, our call to build the Revolutionary Left Coordination with Common Program to persist with communist assertion for building revolutionary alternative to RSS parivar becomes all the more relevant. Whether it field candidates or not, the Revolutionary Left Coordination shall continue its efforts to win over like-minded forces and campaign for defeating the BJP alliance and to take the politics of Revolutionary Left Alternative to the people.
CPI(ML) Red Star