Agents of Imperialism in India Continue Killing Gandhiji


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Imperialism is international. But nations also get engulfed by indigenous imperialism when political economy of communism doesn’t become or remain the creed of a Country.

India is an instance.

Imperialism’s only obstacle is communism.

Gandhiji did not support communism. But his ideology, prioritizing autonomous social forces and village self-rule, was uniquely opposed to imperialism. In fact he is the man who extinguished British Imperialism by igniting in India a movement to boycott foreign goods. Once their market was lost and profit fetching stopped in India, the British found it meaningless to continue in this country and hence they had to quit.

When a greater exploiter quits, the lesser exploiters try to take advantage. In the jungles, when a lion leaves, hyenas try to take over the carcass. Exploiters, though look like humans, are no better than the animals in manners, intention and instinct. So, when British profit-fetchers left, indigenous profiteers found India advantageous to their avarice.

But to them Gandhiji for his preference for autonomous social forces and an administration addressed to the poorest of the poor was the greatest obstacle.

If Gandhi was to guide the Constitution making of free India, the propertied class and profit mongers could never have got it easy to remove the obstacle that Gandhi’s priority on the poorest should have posed.

The First Two Crimes in Free India

The agents of imperialism in free India, in their first step, committed two crimes: (a) they killed Gandhiji by using Nathuram Godse and (b) they used the interim government led by Nehru to ban the Communist Party of India.

This helped them have a Constituent Assembly sans representation of the poor and working class.

So the Constituent Assembly became basically an Assembly of the propertied Class and the profit mongers. They framed a Constitution to suit their nefarious design and pushed the dreams of Indians who embraced every sort of suffering for the motherland during freedom movement to the labyrinth of unenforceable directive principles of state policy.

This reality is recorded in the Constituent Assembly Debates. Even as President Rajendra Prasad guardedly confessed in his concluding speech that the Assembly could not translate the dreams of the people into the pages of the Constitution because of overwhelming presence of the propertied class in the House, Dr. Ambedkar pinpointed the contradiction that the Republic of India would by birth carry, because of economic inequality made legal in the Constitution under pressure from the propertied classes, which were in majority in the Assembly. Admitting the Constitution making was menacingly influenced by the propertied class in absence of peoples’ real representatives, Dr. Ambedkar had warned that if the first Parliament to be elected on universal franchise provided for in the Constitution, doesn’t remove the contradiction and make India lawfully a land of economic equals, the advantaged people would so much exploit the poor that the victims of the inequality would eventually wake up to obliterate the system of administration, which this Constitution so laboriously has provide for.

But Nehru government did not help Parliament develop into a real House of people’s representatives.

It became the first to kill Gandhiji’s spirit after he was physically killed by Godse.

Gandhiji’s Spirit Killed

Gandhiji had stressed on disbanding of Indian National Congress after the independence as otherwise that platform of the freedom fighters of all hue would be misused for electoral purpose by the political group in advantage of taking over power from the British. Nehru and his band killed Gandhiji’s advice and retained the Indian national Congress as their own political party and willfully misled the people of India when elections were held.

When Ambedkar’s forecast is coming true, the government is using the country’s defense forces against the very people that are trying to save the country from the system of inequality! This is happening because agents of imperialism have usurped political power.

To push India into indigenous imperialism, its right winger politicians had killed Gandhiji; but to consolidate imperialism on its soil, they are busy in killing his ideology.

They have their guide in Hitler who had built up his empire on the strength of treachery. And to succeed in treachery against peoples he invented the technique of repeatedly telling a lie so that the same would look like the truth.

Hitlerian Tricks

Gandhian concept, as observed supra, being the greatest obstacles to their design, Hitler’s followers in India have for many years been trading blatant lies against Gandhiji and have been projecting him in the negative way so that their hero Nathuram Godse gains ground posthumously and they themselves gain strength to strip our country of all the assets she still has under social ownership.

Nathuram had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, but the Nathuramists, in soft form in the Congress and strong form in BJP, unable to obliterate Gandhian concepts, have continuously been assassinating his character in order to influence gullible Indians to stay away from following the Father of this nation.

The Congress grip over the Country having declined as a result of rampant corruption pioneered by persons like Biju Patnaik when he was in that party, the non-Congress Nathuramists got glimpses of possibility of occupying power through parliamentary activism. The general election of 1967 gave them the opportunity they were so frantically waiting for.

In that changed political climate, K.L.Gauba got it convenient to compile court papers in a book captioned ‘Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi’ that reached the public in 1969.

Gathering the hitherto unavailable court documents, the Nathuramists who belonged basically to Savarkar cult, which is the fountainhead of politics of hatred, started writing articles and books in regional languages projecting Nathuram as the patriot who had no other way than killing Gandhi to save the motherland from pro-Muslim anarchy. Despite this, they were rejected as cohorts of the killer of Gandhiji.

They changed their name many a times to hoodwink the people to believe that they were no more in Savarkar School. They killed their parent party to join Janata combine, free India’s first rudderless political farce that soon collapsed due to internecine quarrels amongst constituents to share the booty.

As the Janata jazz wagon crushed to death, they revived their own party, but could not dare to use the old name, lest their link with Savarkar eclipse.

In their new Avatar, they rather wanted people to accept them as followers of Gandhiji!

Gandhi’s Ram Became the Mask of Ravan

Gandhi was a staunch supporter of Ram. He even breathed his last with the name of Ram in his lips while succumbing to bullets of Nathuram. Gandhi has not told as to why he was so devout to Ram. Had he told, he might have pointed at two of Ram’s distinctions: one, his commitment to pledges he ever made (like standing with Sugriv and Bibhisana) and two, his respect for whosoever was not harming the society (like the tribal chief Gaha of Srungabera or the tribal lady of Pampa). Taking Gandhiji’s way of life into account, one would agree that he was highly influenced by these two specific aspects of Ram’s character and therefore had remained a follower of Ram. But, though in no way respectful to these two distinguished characters of Ram, the rightwing anarchists have adopted him as their new mask and in the name of Ram, Advani’s car traversed the whole country. In the name of Ram they heated up Ayodhya. In the name of Ram they desecrated Babri musjid. In the name of Ram they instigated the Hindus against fellow Indians. In the name of Ram they begged for votes. Gullible voters were tricked, no doubt, to accept them as Rambhaktas. But despite that they failed to get majority support. Because, to majority of Indians, they belong to the class of killers of the greatest Rambhakta, the history witnessed, the Mahatma, i.e. Gandhiji.

Bhagat Singh is Used to Denigrate Gandhiji

While thus devoid of majority support, they succeeded in cultivating coalition politics to their advantage and grabbed power with Vajpayee as the Prime Minister. Once in power, they decided to do two things, which they believed, would help them in overcoming the public wrath over assassination of Gandhiji. They projected Savarkar as a nationalist hero with help of a puppet section of print as well as electronic media and simultaneously projected a Communist martyr like Bhagat Singh as their hero by using the right-wingers in the reel-media. Almost half a dozen films on Bhagat Singh were produced in 1992 by this section of the reel-media and played all over the country. The tricksters in the reel-media knew that Bhagat Singh needed no introduction, as the whole of India knows him to be the most exemplary patriot. So they projected Bhagat Singh in the most inspiring form of a patriot tactfully omitting his links with communism while highlighting how he was opposed to Gandhiji. It is true, all the communists were far away from Gandhiji on the issue of world outlook and economic class role. He was against them so unambiguously that Gandhism was being held as an antonym of Communism. Therefore, difference between Gandhi and Bhagat Singh was ideologically conclusive. BJP wanted to use this difference to its own advantage. I rely upon an analysis captioned “Gandhi as the marketplace of ideas” in saswatblog.com to conclude that BJP used the reel-media to suppress the communist aspect of Bhagat Singh and to present him as a martyr who was not supported by Gandhi. Thus it used the reel-media to project Gandhi as a man who was against the real revolutionaries while using the print and electronic media to project Savarkar as a real revolutionary. This tactics was contrived to place Savarkar, the mastermind behind killing of Gandhiji in the layer of Bhagat Singh, the martyr and to generate a feeling that Savarkar was not wrong in going against Gandhi. BJP was hoping to earn acceptability at par with Savarkar through this process. But it did not click. Despite mediacracy under its command, BJP failed.

Democracy of Gandhi’s Dream Changed Into Plutocracy

India is therefore being driven into a new trap of Nathuramism with emergence of USA cohorts in Indian National Congress, the party wrongfully projected as Gandhiji’s own.

Gandhiji’s economic ideas, though quite conservative, are strongly opposed to imperialism. So, to neo-imperialists, led by USA, he is, even posthumously, the greatest danger.

Every effort therefore is being made to divert mass attention from Gandhian method of self-reliance and his gram-swaraj concept is being butchered at the altar of globalization.

Narasinghrao government with Manmohan Singh as its Finance Minister made India a signatory to GATT to please USA led imperialism behind back of the Parliament and subjected India to machinations of WTO that sabotaged India’s pledge for socialism while generating an environment for foreign firms tightening their grip on Indian market.

Manmohan Singh government has sabotaged India’s NAM image by siding with American imperialism and has further pushed India into USA hegemony by signing nuke deal with it that not only portends debacles to our nuke-self-dependence, but also paves the way for import of over-used rotten reactors and nuclear waste of USA oblivious of the catastrophes they are bound to cause to countrymen; because thereby, the then Bush administration of USA was to fulfill its pledge to give a “great bonanza” to nuclear traders of that country besides lessening the menacing threat from the most hazardous old reactors and accumulated nuke wastes in the soil of the States.

This government is also eager to create a law to limit the liability in case of devastation caused by radiation from the rotten reactors it would bring from America to give a “great bonanza” to the nuke dealers of that country. Instead of being independent, India will be forced to remain dependent on USA and her imperialistic circle for ever after this.

These fellows in power have replaced democracy with plutocracy and instead of keeping administration addressed to the people, have encouraged the scamsters to rule the roost. Though placed under the chapter of Directive Principles of State Policy, Article 38 (2) of the Constitution has said that the State shall “strive to minimize the inequalities in income, and endeavor to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities, not only amongst individuals but also amongst groups of people residing in different areas or engaged in different vocations”. And, by distinguishing this directive from other ones with use of two words “in particular” to stress on “strive”, it has made it absolute that it is a must for the State to minimize and eliminate inequality in income and status, facilities and opportunities amongst the citizens. But under Manmohan Singh India has become a country of inequalities in income and status, facilities and opportunities and Indians are getting displaced from their lands and living environments so that foreigners and indigenous imperialists consolidate their empires.

In the name of the poor, programs are being drawn up and profuse funds are being allocated. But every such program has the hidden agenda of helping the rich loot the maximum portion of those funds. This apprehension is based on the facts that no audit report has ever thrown any swindler into prisons for treachery against the State. On the other hand, foreigners like Warren Anderson or Ottavio Quattrocchi despite having committed crime against India have enjoyed government support during the period from UPA president Sonia Gandhi’s evolution in politics to her establishment in political power in India.

Gandhiji had risked his life to free India from the grip of imperialism. But Manmohan Singh government has pushed India into the grip of imperialism again.

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STOP PROSECUTING LENIN ROY: IMPOSE CEILING ON PROPERTY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Bhubaneswar Police has arrested the editor of progressive journal, Nishan, Mr. Lenin Kumar Roy along with two of his colleagues, Dhanjaya Lenka and Rabi Jena, under suspicion that they were the authors of alleged Naxal tracts that the rightwing media had claimed to have stumbled upon in the capital city last week. They are remanded to judicial custody.

It seems, squeals of right-wing media over suspected Naxal presence in Bhubaneswar has made the police pounce on the editor of the progressive journal. Poets and authors of the State have put on records their protests against the police highhandedness.

What is Lenin’s offense that the police is harping on? Firstly, his comment carried by Nishan on the flare up that communalism had ignited in Kandhamal and secondly, presence of CDs that allegedly carry data of human tragedies, stored also in the hard disk of his computer, which, according to police interpretations, are pro-Naxal.

When the matter is subjudice, one hopes, the judiciary will unveil the truth.

But as the instant reaction of thinkers and writers of Orissa suggests, one finds that progressive intelligentsia is not taking police version as free of prejudice. As such, the right thinking Oriya intellectuals, poets and authors and fighters for freedom in expression – all apolitical patriots – have started defending Lenin and his team very openly and unambiguously.

But without any prejudice, one may say that it is quite difficult to understand as to how possession of certain data of human tragedies constitutes an offense. This is a part of intellectual pursuit that an editor of a progressive journal is supposed to have as it helps him interpret contemporary issues so germane to his profession.

On the other hand, fundamental duties that the Constitution of India has assigned to every Indian include individual and collective endeavor to interpret scriptures and religious occurrences in such manners that a socio-scientific tenor should be evolved out of such interpretations to pave the path for a future society free of religious infestations.

Progressive authors, specifically the journalists, have to bear the burden of this responsibility.

In doing this, they may make comments on religious practices that may look like disparaging to dogmatism. And, any religious fanatic may raise a cry that thereby his or her religious belief has been outraged. Notwithstanding presence of Sections 153A and 295A of IPC, police should desist from invoking these draconian provisions against such progressive journalists and authors as the same may kill the spirit of fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution and defeat the fundamental rights that the citizens are given in the matter of free expression. Police in Nishan case has preferred not to think about this.

Beyond this, if intellectuals of the State refuse to stand with police action against Lenin and his team, it is because the police personnel in various occasions have been marked for having falsely implicated innocent people in criminal cases.

This time, it seems as if the police is executing a conspiracy of rightwing media against the intellectually accepted progressive journal, Nishan.

A rightwing TV channel that feeds its viewers mostly with superstitions and other recipes of theism in apparent support to religious revivalism was the first to raise a tempest over pasting of typed sheets of papers allegedly containing the Naxal warnings at dingy joints in the city when election propaganda for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation was at its peak and went on noising that the police is too smug to nail Naxal menace even though the Capital of the State is threatened by its presence. And, rightwing print media went on repeating the same.

Assembly session added the fuel. Police pounced on the team of the only journal that is considered by even the apolitical intelligentsia as progressive.

Cases may be cooked up. Courts may be hoodwinked. Patriots may be punished. But can conscience be extinguished? No.

As long as exploitation continues, protest against exploitation shall go on. Responding to call of conscience peoples will sure rise to protest against exploitation. So prosecuting a progressive editor would not stop spread of protests.

But if protests become violent, our motherland shall bleed. And, no creative person, poet, author, artist, journalist, none of the lovers of human society, can support any action that may make the motherland bleed.

Therefore, the Naxals are not yet getting popular support. Nonetheless, they are spreading.

We must cogitate.

Everybody knows that economic inequality is the basic reason behind spreading of Naxalism. It has grown out of failure of Communists to steer the nation into political economy of socialism. So it is an economic phenomenon; not a matter only of law and order as the rightist say.

Police cannot curb it. Military cannot.

Only a politico-economic formula can curb Naxalism.

This formula must urgently be evolved to remove the inequality.

If we are serious, we must seriously think of our beloved Bapuji. We have forgotten him. He had wanted the country to run in a manner where upliftment of the poorest of the poor must form the core of planning. But our planning is addressed to devise ways to gift stimulus packages to the rich to help consolidation of imperialism.

If the country belongs to every Indian, the deprived Indians must revolt against deprivation. Who can stop?

In his reply to debates on the third reading of the Constitution in the Constituent Assembly of India, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar had given vent to his fears that the hard-earned freedom of India may not last for long if the Parliament to be constituted under the Constitution fails to remove the economic inequality, which, overwhelmed by the propertied class representing the Indian National Congress in majority in the Assembly, the makers of the Constitution had failed to undo. Showing the shortcomings of the Constitution he had said,

“On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradiction. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic rights we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man and one vote, one value. In our social and economic rights we shall by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny one man one value…We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up.”(Constituent Assembly Debates, Vol.XI, p.979)

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Instead of curbing inequality, the Governments, hand-in-glove with the rich, have spread inequality. Unless they stop it, peoples shall stop it by force. In words of what Ambedkar has warned, “they will blow up the structure of political democracy”. Police can’t stop that.

So, stop prosecuting the Nishan team if at all they are opponents of inequality and try to remove social and economic inequality as soon as possible in right earnest if you love the motherland. By prosecuting Lenin Roy, Dhanjaya Lenka and Rabi Jena, police can’t stop victims of inequality from “blowing up the structure of political democracy”.

But let us stop it collectively without creating any cause of confrontation.

To do this, let us go back to beloved Gandhiji, whom the Congress, represented by the propertied class, had ignored in making of the Constitution.

He had the foresight to know what would happen to India if economic inequality widens the gap between the poor and the rich. He had devised a unique method called “Theory of Trusteeship”. The rich must stop exploiting the poor and treat himself as the trustee of the property of the poor. This is perhaps the only way of stopping class war in the most non-violent way. This is time; we must address our entire political consciousness to bring Bapuji’s Theory of Trusteeship to practice in India, if we are really serious about stopping blood bath on politico-economic ground. If the rich does not voluntarily accept the theory, it must be made to accept.

To do this, two steps are essential. Firstly, the government must retrieve democracy from the labyrinth of plutocracy. It must stop economic gifts in any guise to the rich to make them richer. And, secondly, it must put a ceiling on accumulation of property. When Indian farmers are distress selling their paddies, women are distress selling their bodies, mothers are distress selling their babies, workers are distress selling their abilities, why should a single Indian Ambani, son of a man of obscure beginning, be allowed to have a home that would, when finished, be the costliest building under the sky to live in? Why should India be two Indias like this? To stop this, we must stop concentration of unlimited wealth in individual hands. And for this, ceiling on property must be an unavoidable must.

The state must be told to stop prosecuting Lenin, as the remedy to Naxalism does not lie therein, but lies in removal of social and economic inequalities.