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Communists and Art of Political Compromises

  • Kuldeep Jha

Communist Party of India Marxist–Leninist surprised many by registering its highest tally in over 30 years in Bihar by winning 12 of the 19 seats it contested. Communist parties in India have characteristics of Virus. They can’t survive on their own but multiply rapidly in shelter of other’s body. In this case Mahagathbandhan.

They were not even averse to the fact that it was RJD which mercilessly killed their brightest student leader Chandrashekar Prasad in 1997. Chandrashekar was bright in True Sense. He was not intellectually pedestrian and morally corrupt like Kanhaiyya Kumar, who initially wanted to contest 2019 election on RJD ticket but Lalu rightly thought he is worthless a nut.

Chandrashekar was academically bright. He left prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) to pursue his passion, Politics. He is considered to be the most popular student union President JNU ever had. The AISA (All India Students’ Association), which wins JNU election almost every year, was almost single-handedly built by him.

After JNU, he moved to his home district Siwan in Biahr with the intention of working on the ground. He soon became too much of nuisance for the then Bihar CM and messiah of secularism Lalu Yadav. On 31 March 1997, he was assassinated by sharpshooters of RJD Bahubali Mohammad Shahabuddin, while addressing street corner meetings in Siwan.

After his assassination, the CPI (ML) alleged, “Several of our leaders and party workers have been murdered so far. Shahabuddin is the architect of the murder of Shyam Narayan and Chandrashekhar. Our party workers, who were present at the site of the murder, have identified the killers. They were Shahabuddin’s men.”

Ever agitated JNU students marched to Delhi’s Bihar Niwas and demanded Lalu Yadav speak to them. Police greeted them with bullets. Fascist BJP uses water cannons. What a demon BJP really is.A compensation of one lakh rupees was offered to the Prasad’s mother by the then PM of India I.K. Gujral, but she turned down the offer saying, “It will be an insult to accept money in exchange for my son. I curse those who have put a cost on my son’s life.” Mothers know no politics.

Not everyone though. Rohith Vemula’s mother alleged that Muslim League failed on Rs 20 lakh promise and said one of the two cheques she received bounced. But why should Muslim League pay her? What was their interest? We would never know.

But these minor issues of self-respect and honour never tend to bother modern Communists, who now crib that RJD did not give them enough seats or else they would have performed better.But what ideologically committed individual like Chandrashekar did was he sowed seed of Communism in masses and party is reaping benefits almost 23 years later in alliance with his killers, RJD. Small compromise to make for power, perhaps not a compromise at all.

UN kept in shackles by Beijing, should free itself to support democracy in China: Global pro-democracy activists

A group of pro-democracy activists and human rights defenders have called for the United Nations and its institutions that are currently kept in shackles by Beijing to free themselves and support democracy in China.

As Communist China celebrated its National Day on Oct. 1, the activists, with varied background from North America, Europe and Asia, came on a single platform under the aegis of New Delhi-based think-tank ‘Law and Society Alliance’ and ‘Defence Capital’ to ask all democratic nations and international human rights organisations to unite against the repressive Chinese Communist party (CCP) regime in Beijing.

London-based Inter-Parliamentary Alliance coordinator Luke De Pulford said human rights and law-based world order is the responsibility of all nations globally and argued that the rules-based order has come under a severe threat from the Communist Party of China.

Expressing his disgust at the ongoing persecution in China of Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians, Pulford said it has led to a severe human rights crisis and genocide, which are extremely serious.

“In Hong Kong, we see that the CCP has completely destroyed an international treaty and displayed a flagrant disregard for it and the people of Hong Kong,” he said.

Luke de Pulford said he was concerned over China holding the United Nations in shackles. “The CCP has strategically rolled out an effort to undertake initiatives of the UN leading to the dependency of the UN agencies on the CCP and coming under it. Currently, at least 15 UN organisations and bodies are being headed by the Chinese nationals. These are huge and important institutions. This is obstructing these agencies to speak up against China.”

He said, “UN institutions do not question China the way they should. Hence, neither the genocide and extermination of Uighurs cannot reach the UN agencies, nor a tribunal could be formed on this. Neither is it possible at the UN Security Council, as it would be vetoed by China. Every attempt at the UNHRC to raise human rights record of China, it falls down due Chinese clout there.”

Former Union Minister and Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering said the world has now realised that coming together of all democracies is indeed necessary to tackle Communist China, the biggest threat to world peace. “The Communist Party of China is the antithesis to the idea pluralistic democracy,” he said.

“There is a need for people’s movement against China. I urge all the trade unions and farmers’ organisations of the world to come together to constitute an alliance for fighting China – similar to the IPAC. from all over the world.”

Ajmer-Sharif Dargah’s guardian-trustee and Chishty Foundation chairman Syed Salman Chishty argued China’s subversive and oppressive policies towards its own citizens and the people of the occupied lands is of serious concern to the global community. Its series of acts and defiance of international bodies and community too is worrisome. He expressed his support to the activists for their global pro-democracy campaign for China.

Chishty called for the world leaders and global bodies like the UN to re-emphasise their stated goals of world peace and intervene by launched a pro-democracy movement for China. “The UN bodies really need to stand up against this repressive regime. However, UN member-states do not exhibit a realistic approach towards China.”

Toronto-based Canadian Coalition against Communism vice president Sheng Xue lay the responsibility for the global spread of the Coronavirus on Communist China. “But the real virus was the birth of the CCP years ago and the CCP virus has now become more dangerous.”

She said Xi Jinping had offended more people globally and this could be a reason for change that will take place in Communist China soon. “Lives of the oppressed and suppressed Uighurs, Mongolians, Tibetans, and Chinese are the worst in the world. They are not even able to fight back against CCP.”

Sheng said globally, nations were not looking at the persecution of the people inside China, as they only saw CCP’s money. “The Coronavirus has led to global focus on China and what is going on inside Communist China. It has provided a chance for people to investigate what is happening inside China. Let us leverage on this opportunity.”

New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center director Togochog said at least 100,000 Mongolians were killed due to persecution and torture in occupied Mongolian region and have suffered economic degradation, as farming and use of grasslands were prohibited and people displaced.

“They have forcibly transported the entire Mongolian population out of their own lands by making living on grasslands a crime and herders have been imprisoned for earning their living by using their own grasslands. The nomadic lives of the people have been wiped out.”

He said the Mongolians, for their language rights, launched a civil disobedience movement, the largest in Communist China till date after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. “Mass arrests and enforced disappearances have become common practices. At least 5,000 southern Mongolians have either been detained or disappeared in the past month alone. Southern Mongolians shall keep fighting, ultimately to free their land, practice their language, and determine their political future,” Togochog said.

Geneva-based The Tibet Bureau special appointee for human rights Thinlay Chukki said Communist China celebrating their 71st foundation day after persecution of 1.2 million Tibetans and the destruction of 6,000 monasteries. “They are working towards the total sinicisation of Tibetans. Tibet was never a part of China. PRC is only one-fifth of the territory it currently occupies.”

Chukki said there were no human rights left under the universal declaration of the UN that has not been breached by Communist China against the Tibetans. She said history was repeating itself, and cited the example of the CCP breaching its Hong Kong agreement with the British government, just as the 17-point agreement was signed at the gunpoint and later on breached by CCP, leading to Dalai Lama fleeing and seeking refuge in India.

She said China is a threat to the idea of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, a lofty Indian ideal of the world being one family. “When India sees the world, it sees it as a global society. Whereas, when China sees the world, it sees it as a big colony. It is always focusing on colonisation. What is happening with Hambantota (Sri Lanka), with Pakistan, and with Myanmar? The Belt and Road Initiative is nothing but a weapon – a strategy to colonise the world.”

New York-based World Uyghur Congress director for Chinese affairs Ilshat Kokbore said around 3,000,000 Uighurs have been kept under concentration camps. “Since 2000, the CCP government began detaining and disappearing the elites and opinion-makers of the Uighur society including university professors, students, poets, writers, singers, and artists.”

“It is a holocaust in itself. After the holocaust by the Nazis, the UN promised that it shall never happen again. However, this is happening again under the CCP, which is celebrating its success. But this comes at the cost of the blood of tens of thousands of Uighurs, Mongolians, and Tibetans.”

He said, “the CCP is infiltrating the US, Europe, and India. They are trying to control all the resources. This ambition of dominating the world is explosive. In 1940, politicians hardly believed that the Chinese Communists were different from the Russian Communists. In fact, they all failed to see that CCP turned out to be even worse than the Nazis.”

New-Delhi-based Swadeshi Jagran Manch national co-convenor Ashwani Mahajan said the CCP conspired against the rules-based economic order under WTO and took advantage of the transparency of other signatory nations under WTO. With this knowledge, CCP began subsidising its exports and dumping good globally, leading to de-industrialistaion of all their trading partners – including US, Europe, and India.

“The economic clout China has got is preventing democratic countries from speaking against it. It was for the first time under President Trump that the US challenged the Chinese hegemony and the tariff wars began with China,” Mahajan said.

“But the opportunity has come. The whole world is against China. This is the time that we push against the Chinese economic aggression on one hand and Chinese hegemony on the other.”

Hijacking Onam – Hinduphobic attack on Dharmic roots of festivals like Onam are bereft of any Puranic and Literary Evidence

Puranic and contemporary evidence of Onam or Vamana Jayanthi show how rooted is the festival in Hindu religious texts and puranas. These evidence flies in the face of Marxist-Evangelist-Atheist groups who are out to malign and destroy Sanatana Dharma. All their attempts fall flat yet year after year, yet they unabashedly continue their Hinduphobic tirade – Sahadev K

An annual trend that has picked up in recent years and gathering momentum– cutting off the Hindu ithihaasa- purana origins of Hindu festivals, spinning a web of lies and half-truths,then converting these Hindu festivals into secular festivals. One such casualty is Onam festival where the attempt is to portray the festival as a war between Brahmin led Aryans and dalit led Dravidians. The hijacking of Onam and converting it into a Hindu bashing event is evident from the following tweet by the Finance Minister of Kerala, Sri Thomas Issac.
 
“Happy Onam! We celebrate Mahabali who did not discriminate by caste or creed, not Vamana who cheated him. This edition of harvest festival has something to celebrate. Kerala has announced floor prices for 14 types of vegetables in its drive for self-sufficiency in vegetables.”

Another tweet by a Kerala Christian lady – @alindaMjan goes as follows:

“Onam is not a Hindu festival. Onam does not glorify a Hindu god. Onam is celebrated in memory of the Asura Dravidian king, the one who was banished by Vamana out of jealousy. Apparently, they couldn’t accept the fact that a Dravidian Asura was a better king than the Aryan Devas!”
 
The secular version of Onam festival is that it is not a Hindu festival nor does it have anything to do with any Hindu gods. It marks the return of an Asura King Maveli, who was banished by a Hindu God who was jealous of the Asuran king!
 
Few churches in Kerala have gone one step ahead and as part of their “inculturation” strategy, digested Onam festival, stripped it of its Hindu roots and celebrate the same in Churches. Needless to say, Bible verses are quoted while doing so. In 1604, Church authorities in Kerala banned Christians from attending or celebrating Hindu festivals like Onam. Yet to pursue their own selfish agenda of proselytization, Church and Christians violate their own rules. Screenshots of historical and contemporary texts give ample evidence of this ban.

Christian digestion of Onam festival

History of Kerala Vol 1 by K.P. Padmanabha Menon and Synod of Damper: significance and contributions in the history of Christianity in India by Arum Thomas Abraham, Priest, and Mar Thomas Syrian Church of Malabar show how Christians were prohibited from attending Onam.

History of Kerala Vol 1 by K.P. Padmanabha Menon (Left) Synod of Damper (Right) 

Thus it is very clear that a calculated attempt is being made by non-Hindus especially Christians, atheists and Communists to use Onam festival to bash Hindus, to bring forth the “evil Aryan vs. innocent Dravidian” narrative. The fact that the Christian church had forbade celebration of Onam by Christians is brushed under the carpet by these Christians. To create caste divisions and animosity amongst Hindus, celebration of Onam as a purely Hindu festival as per age old traditions based on puranas is given a twisted interpretation “an insistence to celebrate the defeat of the struggles of the untouchables and the lower-castes of our country “- (James Michael on Round Table India). Brahmin bashing caricatures are drawn and shared in social media platforms and made use of in Hindu bashing articles published in various web sites.
 
Let us look at the puranic and ancient literary references to Onam festival as also contemporary books, travelogues of Europeans visiting or staying in India. A study of all these materials reveals that Onam is not a festival limited to Kerala alone but to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and very interestingly it is also celebrated in Ambala-Patiala-Nahan areas of north India as “Baman (Bhadrapada) Dwadashi” or “Vamana Jayanthi” or “Trivikrama Jayanthi “ in other parts of India.

ANCIENT TAMIL LITERATURE

From ancient days, Onam was celebrated in Tamilakam (Tamilnadu-Kerala) not as festival of Bali but as birthday of “Asura destroying” Lord Vishnu.This is mentioned in ancient Sangam literature in a poem called Maturaikkāñci.
 
Bhagavata Purana (8.18.5) says Lord Vishnu took birth as Vamana on Shravana Dvadashi. This is exactly the time of Uthradom (Onam Eve). The Onam festival is celebrated for four days until Purnima. Even South Indian tradition agrees that Onam marks birth of Lord Vishnu as Vamana. Onam is a celebration of birth and victory of Lord Vishnu as Vamana and return of his devotee king Mahabali to earth. Mahabali comes back every year from sutala to see his land & celebrate Lord Vamana’s birth at Vamana temple in Thrikkakara (=”place of holy foot”) in Kochi. This tradition of celebrating Onam as birthday of Vishnu continued to be celebrated in the middle ages.

Onam was celebrated not as festival of Bali but as birthday of “Asura destroying” Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Sangam literature poem called Maturaikkāñci

Medieval literature like the 10th century Divya Prabandham shows Onam continued to be celebrated as festival of Lord Vishnu. Rice and fruits were prepared and offered to Vishnu.

Medieval literature like the 10th century Divya Prabandham shows Onam continued to be celebrated as festival of Lord Vishnu

That Onam was a festival of Lord Vishnu is confirmed by Independent sources. William Logan, a Scottish civil servant of 19th cent noted in his “Malabar Manual” that Onam was the day on which Vishnu descended to make his people happy. Along with Vishnu came Vishnu’s devotee Bali.
 
Francis Day was a 17th century East India Company administrator who lived in Kerala and Tamilnadu. He wrote a book about Kerala based on his ethnographic study.In his book, he reproduced the stories of Onam he heard from local people. It is very clear that descent of king Mahabali to earth is to see his people live happily and not to act as a revengeful Aryan god out to destroy a Dravidian asura as made out by anti-Hindu forces.

He also writes in his book that Keralites of his day believed Onam marked the day when Lord Vishnu wandered about the earth. Along with Vishnu came his devotee Mahabali.

Travel diaries of William Logan and Francis Day record Onam as a festival to celebrate the day Vishnu descended to make his people happy
Francis Day writes in his book that Keralites of his day believed Onam marked the day when Lord Vishnu wandered about the earth

Even today, the most important part of Onam celebrations is Thrikkakara Appan, which is a clay Pyramid representing Lord Vamana who is worshiped as the guest. This only shows how communists and evangelists have systematically divorced Onam from its Hindu roots. Vishnu comes to test Bali’s generosity. He becomes satisfied & grants Bali any boon he wishes. But Bali has only one wish. To always be with Vishnu. Vishnu grants the wish. He leaves Vaikunta and repairs to Bali’s new abode Sutala where there is no fear, hatred, disease.

Srimad Bhagavatam (5.24) says Lord Vamana served as gatekeeper of Bali in Sutala which is grander than Svarga. Vamana kicked Ravana out of Sutala when Ravana invaded Sutala.Such is the beautiful relation between Bhagavan and Bhatka. Hateful marxists are not sparing even that.
 
Onam or Vamana Jayanthi is not a festival limited to Kerala alone. It is celebrated across the country. In some parts it is confined to Vishnu temples celebrating it while in other parts it is celebrated by general public in different forms. For all that nonsense about ‘Aryan’ Vamana and ‘Dravidian’ Mahabali. Here is a pre-modern painting from Mankot (c.1700). The dark skinned dwarf is beautiful Vamana. The Brahmin with tuft (choti) in the painting is none other than Mahabali. Mahabali was descendant of Rishi Kashyapa and a Brahmin.

Without knowledge of this basic fact, atheists, Marxists and other Brahmin bashing groups portray him as a victim of Brahmin arrogance. The other Brahmin is Shukracharya who was guru of Raja bali and is standing behind. The missing eye of Shukracharya in the painting has scriptural evidence. As Raja Bali washes the feet of Vamana, Shukracharya takes the form of a sookshma jeevi and attempts to stop the flow of water. Vamana thrusts his finger and it hits Shukracharya’s eye.

Devotees in Nahan, Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, take out Bawan Makars (Idols of Bhagvan Vamana) to commemorate appearance of Bhagvan Vamana

Hindus of Patiala-Ambala-Nahan region celebrate a traditional festival named “Bawan Dwadashi” (Vamana Jayanti). The festival is dedicated to worship of Bhagvan Vamana who appeared on this day & performed Uddhara of King Bali (grandson of Sri Vishnu devotee Prahlad). This festival is recorded in documents pertaining British rule.The Travellers Companion published in 1907 mentions about this festival terming it as largest and most important fair of (Ambala) district. Processions of Thakur (Vishnu) are taken all around city. The Tradition is still continued by Hindus of Patiala, Ambala, Jagadhari (Yamuna Nagar) and Nahan (Sirmaur) when deities from temples are taken out in a procession on “Bhadon Sudi Dwadashi” (Bhadon=Bhadrapada).
 
Devotees observe fast & undertake ritual baths on this day. Similarly in Nahan, Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, devotees take out Bawan Makars (Idols of Bhagvan Vamana) to commemorate appearance of Bhagvan Vamana. Palnas ( Palanquins) are taken out from different Vishnu temples and finally brought to Jagannath temple of the city. The unique thing in this festival is that Idols are stowed in a boat along with the palna & then floated in a tank/kund/sarovar. Pujari rows the boat and performs parikrama of the temple. In the midnight after final worship, deities return to respective abode. This is a unique festival of the undivided “Punjab Haryana Himachal” region.
 
Strong puranic and contemporary evidence of Onam or Vamana Jayanthi being rooted in Hindu religious texts and puranas as presented above flies in the face of Marxist-Evangelist-Atheist groups who are out to malign and destroy Sanatana Dharma. All their attempts fall flat yet year after year, they unabashedly continue their tirade against Sanatana Dharma.
 
(The author is an associate at Centre for South Indian Studies, Hyderabad. The article is based on tweets of @TIInexile, @RajSharma1857 and @abhilegend000 whose contribution is gratefully acknowledged).

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