An Appeal to intellectuals, writers, artists, youth, and students to Launch Countrywide Campaign Against Manuvadi Hindutva, Theoretical Base of RSS Neo- Fascism!

 

Dear Comrades and friends,

Revolutionary greetings,

Presently the RSS parivar led Modi government is intensifying its fascist offensive day by day, attacking the working class, farmers, and all toiling, oppressed masses in general, targeting Muslim minorities, dalits, Adivasis, women and other oppressed masses. It is using the Covid19 pandemic which is spreading fast to alarming levels in an atmosphere of total government apathy, and the India-China border standoff as cover for suppressing all forms of dissent and for opening the country for further corporate loot. As a result, vast numbers of youth and others have jobless, further pauperized. The growing people’s anger against Modi rule is reflected in the farmers’ movement against total corporatization of agriculture, the spontaneous demonstrations of youth and students against increasing joblessness and many other protest actions in different parts of the country. In the coming days these movements are going to increase. But developments in different part of the country, for example what is happening in Bihar as the state assembly elections dates are coming nearer, show that, while BJP-JD(U) alliance has launched an aggressive campaign based on Hindutva and zingoism sidelining all people’s issues, the Grand Alliance of RJD- Congress, Left Front parties led by CPI(M) and others has not put forward an alternative before the people so far attacking the Hindutva politics of BJP, is but themselves pursuing soft Hindutva vote bank politics.

 

Though overthrowing of RSS fascism calls for intensifying campaign to bring the people out of its majoritarian Hindutva influence, nothing is done on that line. For example,.on 5th August when Modi was doing Bhoomipuja for Ram temple with the RSS chief Bhagvat, blatantly violating the Constitutional  principles, instead of opposing it, the Congress and most of the opposition parties were compromising with the Hidutva politics. Even when there are reports of RSS going to launch a Babri-Ram mandir like dangerous campaigns, at Kashi and Mathura to keep the Hindutva frenzy at high levels, the opposition is not prepared to challenge the Hindutva – Manuvadi line of RSS. Except revolutionary intellectuals and a section of Communist Revolutionary forces, others are not attacking the Hindutva Manuvaddi fascist line of RSS/BJP. As they are also upholding the corporate/neoliberal policies, their attacks on Modi rule is limited to omissions and commissions of it  Their approach is a repetition of what they did in 2004. They are not ready to take lessons from what happened in the following years, paving the way for RSS coming to dominant positions in every field, penetrating the state machinery and even Constitutional institutions in a big way.

 

It is in this context, CPI(ML) Red Star, and mass movements active in the cultural field, the Caste Annihilation Movement, Adivasi movement and mass organizations of women, youth and students, are going to launch an ideological offensive targeting Manusmrithi, Bunch of Thoughts, Savarker's writings etc which constitute the theoretical base of RSS. To begin with and All India campaign starting from 28th September, the birthday of Shahid Bhagat Singh and culminating with mass programs at Nagpur and in all states on 25th December, on the occasion of the 93rd anniversary of the burning of Manusmrithi symbolically by a big mobilization of women and dalits under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar in 1927 at Nagpur. This day is still observed as Women’s Liberation Day at Nagpur. At the sme time this was an attack on the RSS which started in 1925 with Manusmrithi as its main theoretical base. This decision is taken in continuation to discussions taking place at various levels including with a large number of revolutionary intellectuals.

 

Very few intellectuals are presently launching attacks on the theoretical base of RSS. CPI(M) intellectuals are also writing about ‘positive things in Ramayana, Githa, Manusmrithi etc’. Many so-called independent left  intellectuals have also compromised. The liberal-progressive intellectuals with few exceptions helped this fascist onslaught presenting these as part of ‘our positive heritage’ Some of them are even re-wroting the ANANDMATH to present it as anti-colonial theme! The rise of the Hindutva fascism happened as the working-class intellectuals did not confront the reactionary philosophical heritage of the fascists. Many of the original documents of the Hindutva archives which were lying untouched are brought out and criticized only now by the revolutionary intellectuals. The campaign against the theoretical foundations of RSS and public debates on them, in continuation to the renaissance struggle shall help us to attack the fascist roots of RSS neo-fascism.

 

Our appeal to all the revolutionary intellectuals and all progressive forces who stand against the caste system and against all obscurantic ideas, systems, habits and superstitions based on which the majoritarian Hindutva concept is built up by RSS, is to come forward to carry the message of renaissance movement and develop them according to the conditions of today to beat back and defeat the RSS neo-fascism. Let us strive to throw out the counter revolutionary Hindutvs ideology based on Manusmrithi, to end all inequalities based on gender, race, caste etc. and march forward with socialist orientation.

 

Comradely,

 

KN Ramachandran,

General Secretary,

CPI(ML) Red Star.

The Resolution adopted by the Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star on launching this campaign is given in this Link :  http://www.cpiml.in/cms/documents-2/resolutions/item/2524-launch-countrywide-campaign-against-manuvadi-hindutva-theoretical-base-of-rss-neo-fascism

 

( The Resolution adopted by the Central Committee of the CPI(ML) Red Star on launching the campaign Against Theoretical Base of RSS)

Launch Countrywide Campaign Against Manuvadi Hindutva, Theoretical Base of RSS Neo- Fascism!

Organize Campaign from 28th  September, Shahid Bhagat Singh birthday, to 25th December, when Manusmrithi was burnt at Nagpur in 1927 by women, dalits, and other oppressed sections under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar!

Compatriots, friends and comrades!

Presently we are witnessing all round intensification of corporate loot using the cover of Covid19 making tens of millions jobless and extremely pauperized. Along with this, the fascist offensive of RSS parivar is intensifying. Fascism has always emerged and developed as an outcome of the extreme intensification of the internal contradictions under the rule of finance capital. Presently, fascism has broken out as RSS fascism in our country on the Hindutva Manuvadi theoretical basis. When the contradictions in the capitalist imperialist countries as well as in all other countries ruled by their junior partners have sharpened and has led to a severe internal crisis which cannot be resolved through normal methods of surplus value extraction from both internal and external sources, the ruling corporate classes elevate the fascist forces to power. What happened in India? As the hitherto main ruling class party, the Congress, could not resolve the crisis during its decade long UPA rule, the openly fascist RSS/BJP was elevated to power under the leadership of Modi in 2014. Following this the working class and all oppressed classes and sections have come under the consequences of the economic crisis intensified further by the Covid19 pandemic under the corporate fascist rule of Modi led by RSS fascism.

Already, the struggle against it has started emerging and developing in various forms in different areas. Spontaneous movements of youth and students have also started. It is the task of the revolutionary left forces to unite with all struggling forces, so that the Modi government can be increasingly challenged in the streets. At the same time, the Modi government led by RSS/BJP is using the increasing threat from the Covid19 pandemic, zingoism whipped up using India-China border standoff etc to divert the attention of the people from their immediate problems. It is also resorting to intensifying saffronization of all fields of life as well as the state machinery for it. The 5th August Bhoomipuja for Ram temple, and the kar-seva by thousands of RSS men are also used to expand the majoritarian Hindutva aura around it. The soft Hindutva line of Congress and most of the opposition parties is in effect helping BJP in this.

Though these opposition parties and the Left Front parties led by CPI(M) are politically campaigning against the suppression of all political dissent and transferring all burden of the economic crisis and the pandemic crisis over the masses, they do not attack the Hindutva theoretical base of the RSS. Only a small section of revolutionary intellectuals and revolutionary left forces are attacking the Hindutva Manuvaddi fascist line of RSS/BJP. As the Bihar elections are coming nearer, the Mahagadbandhan of opposition parties is not putting forward an alternative to fascist BJP/JDU alliance. So, even if BJP is defeated, the RSS base is not going to be weakened. After an interlude it can come back with added force using the theoretical base of RSS. So, if the RSS is not weakened and defeated by attacking its theoretical base, consistently through uninterrupted campaigns, through ideological, cultural attacks on its Brahmanical, Manuvadi Hindutva line, along with the struggles in other fields, this theoretical roots of the corporate fascist rule  cannot be destroyed.

So, the CC calls for mobilizing a powerful all round campaign, taking lessons from the experience of the renaissance movement, and the hitherto theoretical struggle against the RSS and its ideology, and in continuation to these. As a new beginning, the CC has called for an All India campaign from 28th September, the birth day of Shahid Bhagat Singh, to 25th December, the 93rd anniversary of burning of Manusmrithi at Nagpur in 1927 before a large mobilization of women, dalits and other oppressed sections, under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar, soon after the formation of RSS in 1925 with Manusmrithi as its theoretical base. Its anniversary is observed as the Women’s Liberation Day every year. While the Party is launching such a campaign of great significance uniting with the mass organizations active among women, youth, students, and cultural field, and the Caste Annihilation Movement, the CC calls for active efforts to bring organizations of dalits, Adivasis and other oppressed peoples also in this platform. This theoretical offensive against RSS should target Manusmrithi, Bunch of Thoughts, Savarker's writings, and all basic documents of RSS. To make this campaign successful, all out efforts should be made to ensure participation of the revolutionary intellectuals who have made significant contribution in exposing the theoretical base of RSS through their articles and campaigns already.

Presently, not only Congress and other ruling class parties, but BSP like organizations which had campaigned against Manusmrithi once, are also compromising with the ruling ideas of ruling RSS/BJP. While the liberal bourgeois intellectuals have more or less become the supporters of RSS parivar, the CPI(M) intellectuals are also writing about ‘positive things’ in Ramayana, Githa, Manusmrithi, Ananth madh etc. Many so-called left intellectuals are even compromising with saffron forces. So, launching a theoretical offensive against the fascist ideology of RSS will help to expose these opportunist positions; It will help to launch an uncompromising ideological struggle against the ideology of RSS based on Marxist-Leninist positions; and it shall inspire the new generation of youth and students to study more about RSS ideology, and the Marxist theory which paves the way for launching class struggle in all fields, including the fields of theory and revolutionary practice, with an all-embracing, comprehensive perspective, and  advancing to the social change  which shall herald the creation of a  casteless, genuinely secular democratic and egalitarian society.

The CC of the CPI(ML) Red Star appeals to all progressive, democratic, struggling forces who aspire for the overthrow of all forces of reaction,  and creation of a new society with the annihilation all inequalities based on gender, race, caste etc and with socialist orientation to actively participate in this campaign.

Central Committee, CPI(ML) Red Star, dated 21st September, 2020.

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has drastically changed the syllabus for the CBSE students in the name of cutting down 30% of the burden on the students. According to the Union Minister for HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank it is done in view of the “extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world. The government has done this as a part of its attempt to ‘rationalise syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core concepts.” This rationalization includes discovering that the high-school students need not study the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism in the political science curriculum of Class 11.

 

Political Science topics CBSE deleted include:

  • Federalism 
  • Local Governments
  • Why do we need Local Governments?
  • Growth of Local Government in India
  • Citizenship 
  • Nationalism 
  • Secularism 
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Changing nature of India’s economic development Planning Commission and Five-year Plans
  • India’s Relations with its Neighbours: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar

History topics CBSE deleted include:

  • Understanding Partition
  • Peasants, Zamindars and the State
  • Colonial Cities
  • Early Societies
  • Nomadic Empires
  • Confrontation of Cultures

Legal Studies topics CBSE deleted include:

  • Historical context of Human Rights in India
  • History of the Legal Profession in India
  • Classification of Lawyers: Roles and Functions
  • Legal Profession in other Jurisdictions (This includes Legal Education in the US, UK and other countries like France, Germany, Singapore, People's Republic of China and Australia)
  • Brief history of legal services
  • Legal background – Free Legal Aid under International law, the Indian legal system
  • Hierarchy of Legal Aid Service Authorities – The Central Authority, The State Authority, The District Authority and Taluk Legal Services Committee
  • Funding
  • Administrative Law

In English Core topics CBSE deleted include:

  • Writing Classified Advertisements
  • Letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue) 
  • Application for a job with a bio-data or résumé
  • Article & Report Writing
  • Narrative Grammar
  • Modals
  • Clauses
  • Change of Voice
  • Error Correction, editing task/cloze passages

In an official communication HRD Minister Pokhriyal had also informed that a few weeks ago, he invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of syllabus on social media. He said changes made in the syllabi were finalised by various course committees and approved by the curriculum committee and governing body of the board. The CBSE has not told heads of schools to ensure that students are informed about the topics that have been reduced. However the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination.

On the one hand starting with the draft national Education Policy, 2016, whatever positive elements were remaining in the public school system were attacked and removed, Following this under World Ban pressure the commercialization and corporatization of education was intensified under proposals in the NEP 2019. Utilizing Covid as a cover, the NEP 2020 is speeded up to transform the public education to informal studies for the vast majority who are from the marginalized sections. Along with these structural changes are implemented to make online education as the informal education model. Now the attack on all progressive elements in the syllabus are also getting eliminated.

We appeal to all democratic forces to oppose and defeat these ever-intensifying onslaught on the field of education to transform it to suit the needs of corporate forces

On 24th February when Trump and Modi were displaying bonhomie, and Trumps was spewing Islamophobia boasting about how US administration has put down Islamic terrorists making the largely RSS mobilization at Ahmedabad stadium happy, and the mainstream media was eulogizing these neo-fascists power, Modi’s own RSS men, the Hindutva terrorists, led by BJP leaders indulging in hate speeches had started surrounding the Muslim areas of Northeast Delhi and indulging in large scale arson, looting and killing. As happened in Gujarat in 2002, the police was not visible for two days, or if present, were helping the RSS men on 24th and 25th February, resulting in large scale arson of Muslim shops, workplaces and houses, killing of 23 and bullet injuries to hundreds. By the time Amit Shah opened his mouth giving ‘shoot at sight’ orders to the saffronized Delhi police, and Modi appealed for peace on 26th February, what the RSS wanted was started and realized in a big way, terrorizing the Muslims, in their latest bid to show that the Muslims are entirely responsible to the Anti-CAA, NPR, NRC movement. It was surprising that when a defeated Assembly candidate of BJP, Kapil Misra, could lead the attacks by the RSS men, none of the elected AAP MLAs or leaders of the mainstream opposition parties were also not visible in the streets to support the victims of this aggression by Hindutva forces. Reports from this area on 26th also shows that, in spite of putting the whole area under prohibitory orders and police making flag marches, RSS men are still on the streets and they are still burning down if any shops, factories or houses of Muslims are still remaining in this area. As a result, hundreds of Muslim families are fleeing from their houses to more safe areas in Delhi. Instead of addressing this state of affairs and to arrest the RSS muscle men indulging in these crimes, BJP is justifying their actions by comparing what Congress did in 1984! It is an outright criminal approach! As far as the masses are concerned they unequivocally condemn all criminal acts of pogroms in 1984, 2002 as well as what is happening in Delhi now in order to communalize and suppress the Anti-CAA, NPR, NRC movement.

Modi government cannot justify what the RSS men are doing in the streets of Delhi, indulging in large scale arson and killings by their muscular forces providing state support. A whole section of the population, the Muslims, are subjected to barbarous attacks in order to communalize and brutally suppress a peaceful movement by masses of people, not only Muslims, but also the Dalits, Adivasis and other most backward sections spear headed by the students and women on a large scale. What the Modi government is doing is illegal, unconstitutional and cannot be justified at all. So we demand his government should resign taking responsibility for what is happening in the country to impose the CAA, and to go ahead with the NPR from 1st April, to be followed by the NRC process after 30th September, the entire process aimed at making tens of millions of people stateless, as was done under NRC/Assam in that state, rendering 19 lakhs of residents stateless.

We appeal to the Masses of Muslims undaunted by the criminal attacks by the Modi government, the Dalits, the Adivasis and other most backward sections of people, along with all secular democratic forces who are part of the present Anti-CAA, NPR, NRC movement, to intensify the movement to its highest levels so that the Modi government can be prevented from launching the NPR anywhere in the country. Along with this, let us intensify the campaign demanding the banning of RSS which is the largest, uniformed, trained and armed terrorist organization in the world, as well as the resignation of Modi government which has subverted all its constitutional responsibilities, resorting to criminal acts to impose the majoritarian, Hindutva agenda of fascist RSS.

K N Ramachandran

General Secretary

CPI (ML) Red Star

 

New Delhi

26th February 2020

The Supreme Court has refused to stay the citizenship law or eve to stay the NPR process under the plea that it has to hear the government first! The large number of petitions were before the SC for ore than a month. It should have asked the Modi government to present its position by this time. Insteadof doing this, four more weeks are given to the government to reply. After that all the petitions shall be sent to a Constitutional Bench for consideration, according to the CJI, Sharad Bobde. It is a conscious delaying tactics, when everybody knows justice delayed is justice denied. So all those who are opposed to the un-Constitutional CAA and NPR?NRC should understand that through a conscious delaying process, similar to what it did to the Kashmir question, the CAA, NPR, NRC question also it has denied justice to the people who are agitating on the streets in their millions for many weeks, braving the severe cold conditions in North, all over the country. It shows the extent of saffronization of the Constitutional Institutions and the state machinery under the fascist offensive led by RSS.

This situation calls on the students, youth and women who spearhead this movement, the minority Muslim masses, all oppressed classes and sections including dalits, Adivasis and other backward sections, the toiling masses and the democratic forces to carry forward the movement eve more intensively. The ongoing countrywide movement should be developed as a movement for boycott of the NPR/NRC process scheduled to be started from 10th April, to a countrywide Non-Cooperation Movement..With the firm demand Repeal CAA, Boycott NPR/NRC let us intensify the movement utilizing all forms of mobilization and campaign till the Modi government is compelled to revoke the whole fascist process. Widen and deepen the ongoing movement with this orientation, till complete victory!

K N Ramachandran
General Secretary
CPI (ML) Redstar

New Delhi
23rd January 2020

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