ITH the ascendance to power of Modi government, during the last two years the RSS Parivar is trying to dub all those who disagree with their definition of patriotism, or all those who oppose their concept of Hindu Rashtra, or more simplistically, all those who refuse to raise Bharat Mata Ki Jai at their beckoning, as traitors or desadrohis. Though during 1998-2004 Vaipayee government’s time also there were some efforts of this kind, it was not as rabid or provocative as now, as it did not get the open support of the state forces as it is getting today. So when once again Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to shout his patriotism from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August, there should be a countrywide discussion on who are the real patriots?
Who is a patriot and who is a traitor are subjects of discussion for long, at least from the time of the independence struggle against the colonial forces. In that sense we uphold the leaders of Santhal and other earlier anti- British revolts, to leaders of the 1857 first war of independence – Jhansi Rani, Hazrat mahal, to numerous others from the early days of national liberation struggles to Bhagat Singh like martyrs and freedom fighters of various streams of independence struggles as patriots, who sacrificed everything for the independence of our country. Patriotism meant the preparedness to sacrifice for the liberation of the motherland and its people from the political, economic and cultural domination of the imperialist force who had established hegemony over the country. History teaches that there were many others who betrayed the national interests during this long period serving as lackeys and compradors of British rulers. They were the traitors, the desadrohis.
The post-1947 history teaches that what happened in our country like other ‘newly independent countries’ of Asia, Africa and Latin America was only the replacement of Gora sahebs with Kala (or not so Kala) sahebs, as Shahid Bhagat Singh had clearly warned. The formal political independence was not followed by independence from the economic clutches of imperialism. What was followed under Nehru model in the early decades was nothing but the Keynesian policies advocated by the US led imperialist forces. But with the adoption of the neoliberal policies in 1991, the process of throwing overboard even whatever self-reliance and apparent sovereignty hitherto gained was started. The ruling system and the political leaderships in dominance started becoming more and more compradors, destroying whatever self-reliance and sovereignty existed. This trend stated in 1991 became more explicit during the decade long UPA rule.
Now under Modi regime, this trend is reaching its climax with the destruction of even whatever semblance of national independence the people have with the opening of all economic spheres to FDIs, with the systematic destruction of all public sector ventures which were the pillars of the national economy so far, with the rabid corporatization of all fields. Thus Modi regime is decisively destroying all the great values of national liberation and social justice put forward by the freedom fighters. What right he has to call himself the patriot, the dasabhakth? On the contrary he represents the direct opposite.
Today, only those who cherish and uphold the values of national liberation from the clutches of imperialism and its lackeys can be called the patriots, the desbhakths. It is in this context the Central Committee of the Party has called for observing 9th August to 15th August as Anti-Imperialist Week, pledging to strive for realizing the dreams of the freedom fighters. Let us organize a powerful campaign during this period initiating the mobilization of all patriotic forces for the second independent struggle to achieve genuine national liberation and social justice.
But once the BJP has come to power and Modi launched the Make in India campaign, the urgency to enact it became all the more pressing for it. But as the Congress is stalling this on technical
grounds and as BJP is not having majority in the Rajya Sabha, Modi govt was making frantic efforts for enacting it. Now the possibilities for it have brightened after the elections to the five state assemblies and to the Rajya Sabha seats. A number of non- BJP state governments also have extended support for it. Even the LDF government in Kerala has extended support to it, in spite of the CPI(M) leadership’s reservations against it. In this situation, CPI(ML) Red Star calls on all progressive forces for strengthening the resistance against the GST bill which will help the MNCs and the native corporate forces while imposing additional burden over the people.
While this strategic alliance is mooted, and the Modi government is moving closer to US, it is blind towards two important international developments. Firstly, the policies of “local bully” pursued by Indian government have forced all its neighbouring
countries to move closer to China. Besides, not only the other BRICS countries, Russia, Vietnam like countries are also having closer relations with China. Secondly, while intensifying its policy of contention with China, the US is following the policy of collusion with this other superpower on many issues.
But the Modi govt and the RSS Parivar which are acting as the only patriots and attacking all others as traitors under many pretexts using Sedition Law like Black Acts, are so much comprador in their thinking and actions that they refuse to see these international realities. They refuse to see that in spite of their efforts to move closer to US and to serve as its ally against China, history proves that US do not treat any country as its permanent ally. It always gives prime importance to its global hegemony. It is ready to turn against its allies at any time in its “national interests”. Refusing to recognize these, Modi govt is dragging India in to more neo-colonial dependence to US. It is an act of treason by these pseudo patriots. So any moves for closer alliance with US by Modi should be resisted.
Britain is the 5th largest country in the world and 2nd largest one in EU. Though for a time nothing much is expected to happen, its exit will have far-reaching repercussions in EU and at a global level. The immediate perception that Britain will be weakened has led to the drastic fall in the Pound. Markets all over the world are reacting to this perceived weakness. Due to Britain’s deep involvement in sectors like finance, these sectors will be affected. Though details are yet to come, in India stock exchanges, financial markets and currency, for example have already experienced a plunge. This development should be seen as part of the sharp right wing shift taking place around the world.
It is in this context the significance of the Cultural Revolution in China should be recognized and necessary lessons should be drawn from its positive contributions and from its later disintegration. We are publishing an article on this important epoch of the ICM and invite more studies and critics on the theory and practice of the Cultural Revolution in general.
At this critical juncture, there are many including the Congress leadership who wants us to forget the past and call for uniting to bring a BJP or RSS free India. Of course, broadest possible unity is presently needed to defeat the Brahminical onslaught unleashed under Modi regime on each and every field. But while joining hands for it, can we forget how the RSS parivar could come to the controlling position and which are the forces who paved the way for it? Can anyone discard the fact that it was almost six decades of Congress hegemony under which first the Keynesian and then the neoliberal policies were pursued to benefit the elite classes, and the communal appeasement-casteism based vote bank politics was pursued leading to present situation when the RSS led forces could win majority in the 2014 elections? Similarly, based on which minimum program a people’s platform, an alternative to Modi rule can be put forward is also of primary importance. Can the progressive forces repeat the same mistake like the one committed by the CPI (M) led Left Front in 2004 by supporting the Congress led UPA rule in the name of replacing the Modi rule? Or, should they strive for building a people’s alternative against the corporate raj and saffronization of BJP rule based on a common minimum program, summarily rejecting the neoliberal policies, communalism and casteism?
While observing the anniversary of emergency declaration, let us be very clear that today’s situation did not fall from the sky all on a sudden, but is the result of the post-1947 ruling class policies pursued by the Congress and other ruling class parties till now. Struggle to put an end to RSS influence in Indian polity and the struggle against the neoliberal policies which have impoverished the masses cannot be seen as separate polls; they have to be carried forward simultaneously to ensure democratization of the society as well as social justice.