REMEMBER WHAT LENIN SAID AGAINST TURNING REVOLUTIONARY TEACHERS IN TO HARMLESS ICONS! - K N Ramachandran
But unfortunately at some places the revisionists who have degenerated from the revolutionary path and those in the anarchist path or those influenced by them, try to overcome their setbacks like the setbacks suffered by Left Front of CPI(M) in Tripura by sentimentalizing the issue. Instead of making a self-introspection for the setbacks suffered first in Bengal and now in Tripura, they clutch on the opportunity provided by RSS parivar through their attacks on Lenin statue to divert attention from the real challenges faced by the communist movement today. Let us desist from these, and approach the question of the ‘whole culture’ of erecting statues or embalming the body of departed great leaders from a revolutionary perspective. Presently, along with developing the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism according to present conditions, such introspections on such issues also shall provide a new fillip to transcend feudal, capitalist values and create socialist culture. An evaluation of hitherto history shows that the international communist movement suffered such severe setbacks as we witnessed today, not because of attacks by Hitler or RSS like fascist forces, but due to capitalist roaders emerging from within and usurping the leaderships of communist parties. Now, let us read the following quotation from the Preface to The State and Revolution by Lenin:
“What is now happening to Marx’s teaching has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the teachings of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes struggling for emancipation. During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their teachings with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to surround their names with a certain halo for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time emasculating the essence of the revolutionary teaching, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it. At the present time, the bourgeoisie and the opportunists within the working-class movement concur in this “doctoring” of Marxism. They omit, obliterate and distort the revolutionary side of this teaching, its revolutionary soul. They push to the foreground and extol what is or seems acceptable to the bourgeoisie. All the social-chauvinists are now “Marxists” (don’t laugh!). And more and more frequently, German bourgeois scholars, but yesterday specialists in the annihilation of Marxism, are speaking of the “national-German” Marx, who, they aver, educated the workers’ unions which are so splendidly organized for the purpose of conducting a predatory war!
“In such circumstances, in view of the unprecedently widespread distortion of Marxism, our prime task is to re-establish what Marx really taught on the subject of the state” and revolution. Instead of our attention getting diverted by the RSS attacks on statues of Lenin, let us study and develop Marxist studies, correctly evaluate present situation, and advance the revolutionary movement to throw out the corporate fascist raj and to advance towards socialist revolutions.
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