Skip to main content

Left's 'cynical' contempt for democraty, freedom and rise of ultra-right in Bengal

By Bhaskar Sur*
The Indian Left has come a long way. It was in 1920 that MN Roy founded the Communist Party of India in exile. It began with the promise of a revolution that would change everything and bring into existence a society free from exploitation and oppression.
Marxists quite reasonably were fiercely critical of the Indian National Congress (INC). Later, under the unfortunate influence of the Stalinist orthodoxy, they stayed away from an alliance with the progressive section of the INC under Nehru in 1926, exactly when they were steadily gaining ground.
Indian communists failed to understand the patent fact that in the 1920s India was politically more advanced that Tsarist Russia. It already had democratic institutions, guaranteed rights,various political parties and a constitution.
Actually, India was politically more advanced than the post-revolutionary Russia, which was a dictatorship with all its horrors and some doubtful blessings. Marxists distrusted democracy and had a passionate faith in dictatorship to deliver goods.
This has made them worshippers of Lenin, Stalin and Mao with cynical contempt for democratic values and freedom.They still don't realise that there can never be any revolution even in a phoney democracy. These wrong premises would lead them to a series of blunders culminating in an ignominious rout, when in Bengal most of its supporters voted for the ultra-rightist BJP.
MN Roy
Until recently, there were over 90 communist parties in India, each fiercely convinced of the correctness and bitterly critical of the rest.With boundless confidence, a communist party would denounce the others as right deviationist, Left adventurists, revisionists, bribed agents of the big bourgeoisie in frothy intemperate jargons of which they have an inexhaustible supply.
Marxists claim for themselves a monopoly of scientific veracity and certainly. The fact remains that most of the theories such as class struggle as the sole dynamics of history or the theory of surplus value are based on very wobbly grounds and supported by inadequate and selective data.
Dialectics, a relic of the German transcendental philosophy, presents Marxism as the embodiment of a cosmic process inexorably moving towards a kind of stateless society, where 'wage slavery' would come to a happy end, as also class conflict and oppression.
If one scratches away the 'scientific' veneer, Marxism will be reduced to a secular religion.
If it was science, the confusions and differences could have been sorted out, and in most cases consensus could have been reached as is way of any scientific community. Scientific truths reached through conjectures and refutations are provisional and not final.
But no communist can ever dare to doubt the 'scientific' theory of Marx, much less show the courage of refuting it. So when predictions don't come true, Marxists will put the blame on the leadership or make a scapegoat of a faction, inevitably leading to acrimony, often horrible persecution, and in a democratic system, inevitable splits. These are of the nature of the hostility that exists between Shias and Sunnis, unlikely to be bridged through better understanding or arguments.
Another thing about communists is that they love power. The leaders of a small,inconsequential party like the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) enjoy enormous power over the brainwashed believers. If it is to merge with a bigger party, they will certainly lose much of dictatorial power -- a chilling prospect which they will resist with pompous and bogus theories.
Prakash Karat
Communists cannot change as this would imply revising the theory with available facts and discarding the old assumptions or theories. No, this they can't, as you cannot expect a religious zealot to doubt and discard his revealed scriptures. It would be sacrilege and profanity.
They might court big corporations to invest -- without losing their faith in the sacredness and infallibility of the theory of surplus value. They will contest and win election in a democracy,with a resentment, and deep in their heart would long for dictatorship of the proletariat, which alone can give them unopposed power to shape a new society.
They are all middle class, upper caste males but aggressively pose themselves as vanguards of the proletariat. This makes them particularly odious and most repugnant variety of hypocrites.
The greatest enemy of the Left, however, is their historicism -- their faith that ultimately everything will turn out in the way predicted by Marx and Lenin, maybe with some minor turns and twists. This is why they did not take part in the United Progressive Alliance-I and II governments as they won't be in a "controlling position".
Then CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat believed that in future they would win enough seats to be in a dictating position. Alas, they only courted their ruin and helped the religious fascists to emerge in a dictating position.
The Marxist Left is finished and forever. Those who know them intimately will find it tragic as the movement drew most dedicated and idealistic people who dreamt of a better society. But almost everywhere, as in Bengal, dreams became nightmares.
Tragedy consists in the waste of goodness. The Marxist movement embodies enormous sacrifice and enormous stupidity. India now under religious fascists, faces more fanaticism,organised hatred, destruction of the remaining democratic institutions, corporate plunder which need to be resisted.
The communist Left must die to be reborn with new vigour, more openness, imagination and love for truth and freedom.
---
*Source: Author's Facebook timeline

Comments

TRENDING

Women innovators on simple, revolutionary alternate solutions for water problems

By Proshakha Maitra, Mansee Bal Bhargava* The detrimental effects of uncontrolled population rise and accelerated change in the global climate have posed tremendous pressure on the water and sanitation. This calls all stakeholders, from both developed and developing nations, to improve their resilience and to instigate sustainability. It is more crucial than ever to optimise the use of the resources we have on hand since the world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.

Muted profit margins, moderate increase in costs and sales: IIM-A survey of 1000 cos

By Our Representative  The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad’s (IIM-A's) latest Business Inflation Expectations Survey (BIES) has said that the cost perceptions data obtained from India’s business executives suggests that there is “mild increase in cost pressures”.

Alleged killing of another Bangladesh youth inside Indian territory: NHRC inquiry sought

By Kirity Roy* There was yet another incident of the killing of a Bangladeshi youth by the Border Security Force personnel attached with ‘Barthar’ BOP of ‘G’ Company of 75 BSF Battalion. In last five years several incidents of killings happened under this police station’s jurisdiction and the cases will get the award as “Not Guilty” as usual.

Magnetic, stunning, Protima Bedi 'exposed' malice of sexual repression in society

By Harsh Thakor*  Protima Bedi was born to a baniya businessman and a Bengali mother as Protima Gupta in Delhi in 1949. Her father was a small-time trader, who was thrown out of his family for marrying a dark Bengali women. The theme of her early life was to rebel against traditional bondage. It was extraordinary how Protima underwent a metamorphosis from a conventional convent-educated girl into a freak. On October 12th was her 75th birthday; earlier this year, on August 18th it was her 25th death anniversary.

IMA vs Ramdev: Why what's good or bad for goose should be good or bad for gander

By Dr Amitav Banerjee, MD* Baba Ramdev and his associate Balkrishna faced the wrath of the Supreme Court for their propaganda about their Ayurvedic products and belittling mainstream medicine. Baba Ramdev had to apologize in court. His apology was not accepted and he may face the contempt of court with harsher punishment. The Supreme Court acted on a public interest litigation (PIL) moved by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Govt putting India's professionals, skilled, unskilled labour 'at mercy of' big business

By Thomas Franco, Dinesh Abrol*  As it is impossible to refute the report of the International Labour Organisation, Chief Economic Advisor Anantha Nageswaran recently said that the government cannot solve all social, economic problems like unemployment and social security. He blamed the youth for not acquiring enough skills to get employment. Then can’t the people ask, ‘Why do we have a government? Is it not the government’s responsibility to provide adequate employment to its citizens?’

What's Bill Gates up to? Have 'irregularities' found in funding HPV vaccine trials faded?

By Colin Gonsalves*  After having read the 72nd report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on alleged irregularities in the conduct of studies using HPV vaccines by PATH in India, it was startling to see Bill Gates bobbing his head up and down and smiling ingratiatingly on prime time television while the Prime Minister lectured him in Hindi on his plans for the country. 

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

Modi model, Hindutva icon 'justified' alliance with Muslim League before Independence

By Shamsul Islam*  Our PM describes himself as ‘Hindu’ nationalist and member of RSS. He proudly shares the fact that he was groomed to be a political leader by one of the two fathers of the Hindutva politics, MS Golwalkar (the other being VD Savarkar) and given the task of establishing Hindutva polity in India after eradicating secularism.

'Flawed' argument: Gandhi had minimal role, naval mutinies alone led to Independence

Counterview Desk Reacting to a Counterview  story , "Rewiring history? Bose, not Gandhi, was real Father of Nation: British PM Attlee 'cited'" (January 26, 2016), an avid reader has forwarded  reaction  in the form of a  link , which carries the article "Did Atlee say Gandhi had minimal role in Independence? #FactCheck", published in the site satyagrahis.in. The satyagraha.in article seeks to debunk the view, reported in the Counterview story, taken by retired army officer GD Bakshi in his book, “Bose: An Indian Samurai”, which claims that Gandhiji had a minimal role to play in India's freedom struggle, and that it was Netaji who played the crucial role. We reproduce the satyagraha.in article here. Text: Nowadays it is said by many MK Gandhi critics that Clement Atlee made a statement in which he said Gandhi has ‘minimal’ role in India's independence and gave credit to naval mutinies and with this statement, they concluded the whole freedom struggle.