Varun ‘Gandhi’ – The Poet Who Recites Hate

hate-speechI don’t think he said something new. He seemed just echoing what his masters have been airing for years. As against the king cobras in his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he is just a little, venom-spitting serpent that hisses and spews. And, he does it pretty well justifying his training. So did he do recently at an election meeting in Pilibhit in UP, a constituency his mother Maneka Gandhi has bequeathed him.

Listen to his rabid vitriol against Muslims in India:
 
“This is not the (Congress symbol) ‘hand’, this is the hand of the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s symbol). It will cut the throat of the (derogatory expletive for Muslims) after the elections… Varun Gandhi will cut… cut that hand”

In the same vein he continued:

“I have a sister… there was a pamphlet with pictures of all the candidates… so my sister, this seven-eight years old girl told me, ‘I didn’t know that Osama bin Laden is contesting from your area.’ I told her, ‘America couldn’t get Osama, but lots of people are going to be caught by Varun Gandhi after the elections.’”

He didn’t stop there, but went on more vigorously:

“Is it not true… that if (a woman) is asked her name and she says Bimla Devi, she is told we’ll see, we’ll think (as to whether or not she would get the aid), give us Rs 5,000 first… But if her name is Saira Bano or whatever begum Hukum Begum… I don’t even know… These people have such scary-sounding names… Karimullah, Mazharullah… If you ever encountered them at night, you’d be scared…”

Then, he spewed more venom:

“If anyone raises a finger towards Hindus or if someone thinks that Hindus are weak and leaderless, if someone thinks that these leaders lick our boots for votes, if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus, then I swear on the [Bhagavad] Gita that I will cut that hand.”

Juxtapose these words of hate and malice cried out by the great grandson of a non-religious, atheistic Jawahar Lal Nehru and the son of a hypocritical mother who sheds crocodile tears over the wails and pains of animals mistreated with those of his masters:

During the pre-Babri Masjid demolition days, Sadhvi Ritambhara, a Hindu fanatic and bigot, said:

“My dear Hindu brothers, today if you are paid Rs.5 for your labor, go to the nearest market, buy a dagger, and drive it into the heart of the Muslim you first come across. For, by killing a Muslim, you will be saving the lives of five to seven cows that a Muslim is likely to eat in his whole life.”

Something similar:

“It is religious duty of every Hindu to kill the people who kill cows” (from the book ‘Khakhi Shorts and Saffron Flags’)

(Hey, saffron fraternity! Americans and Europeans eat more beef (cows). Should they also be targeted like Muslims? Or is this a campaign targeting only those who kill Indian cows? Are the American and European cows not holy? For your information: Hindus, including Brahmins, of the Vedic period used to kill cows and eat beef. (Read ‘Holy Cow – Beef in Indian Dietary Conditions’ by Prof. D. N Jha, himself a Brahmin)

The VHP says:

“The secular state which is part of the conspiracy, must be replaced by a Hindu Rashtra to ensure real toleration. Toleration, to be secure, must then stamp out all that is non Hindu, for what is not Hindu is intolerant”. (from ‘Khakhi Shorts and Saffron Flags’)

“Muslims only place is either in Pakistan or Graveyard”

“First the butchers (Muslims) then the Christians”

Once the ‘great’ iron lady of BJP, Uma Bharati, said:

“It is not only a question of 30,000 mosques and mazaars. All vestiges of Mughal imperialism whether the name of a city, village or road, building, anything that represents the barbarism of Mughal imperialism – should be removed from this country.”

The ‘tiger’ of Mumbai and the voice of the notorious outfit Shiv Sena, Bal Thackaray, in conversation with ‘Time’ magazine:

Q: Why is Shiv Sena attacking Muslims?

A: Muslims started the riots and my boys are retaliating. Do you expect Hindus to turn the other cheek? I want to teach Muslims a lesson. Our fortitude has gone too far.

Q: Why are you so angry with the Muslims?

A: They are not prepared to accept the rules of this land. They don’t want to accept birth control. They want to implement their Sharia (Islamic law) in my motherland. Yes, this is the Hindus motherland.

Q: But Muslims are fleeing Bombay.

A: If they are going let them go. If they are not going, kick them out…..

Q: Is this a stepping stone toward a Hindu nation?

A: We don’t need stepping stones. This is a Hindu Rashtra.

(My dear saffron-clad, ascetic-looking Don Juan, if India is a Hindu Rashtra, and majority Hindus can kick minorities out, can Christian and Islamic nations ‘kick’ Hindus out of their lands too?  Will it be logical too?)

Now listen to what Swami Vivekananda, whom the extreme right-wing Hindu parties hold in high esteem, said in his famous Chicago addresses:

“I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.”

Is anybody listening?

Kerala Communism on the Wane

kerala-communismIn the 1930s, communism sprouted in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala as a progressive movement. In adversity, it fought against all socio-economic vices in a society that was caste-ridden, socially and economically segregated, and infested with oppressive landlords and so-called upper caste priestly class. It became the voice of the voiceless and the only hope for the deprived and the disadvantaged.

Once a liberating force, the party, especially the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M or CPM), is now becoming a den of mafia, goons and anti-social elements. Once a catalyst for socio-economic progress, communist party is now found in the camp of the powerful, wealthy and oppressors. In place of a working proletariat and leaders who joined the party with deep pockets and left it or the world with deep holes in their pockets, we now see communists joining the party empty-handedly and remain at the helm of its affairs to amass wealth. 

The proletariat has now reduced to a non-working class. Its leaders have become egoists and megalomaniacs. They teach their followers how to ask for wages for the work they haven’t done and to create work where it is not needed.  The party, once clashed internally on ideological grounds, has now degraded to a bunch of boneheaded dullards, whose business is nothing but to do lip-service. There are state leaders who, with a meager income, send their children to foreign countries for education. There are party functionaries accepting millions as donations from lottery and land mafia. There are communist ministers letting sex and money racketeers get away with whatever they do.

In the early years, the undivided communist party and those who believed in the enforcement of economic and social justice worked in absolute hostile environs. The state and its forces hunted down workers and leaders. Nevertheless, the party could enlarge its mass base, mostly constituted by peasantry. The socio-economic cause the party fought for encouraged thousands to join the mass movement. Leaders like P Krishna Pillai emerged from the working class. While, others like A.K Gopalan and EMS Namboodiripad shot to leadership from middle and upper classes. Honest and sincere party leaders and workers inspired more and more people to join the movement. And, in the year 1957, people elected the first communist government in the world (with the exception of the Italian principality of San Marino).

Along with strengthening the state politically, the party was also charging the people culturally and intellectually. Street plays, kathaprasangam (story telling) and theatre (Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC) organized by the party worked a cultural revolution that made Keralites a different people, who discussed national and international politics at coffee and dinner tables. Almost all the literary figures in Malayalam in the 20th and 21st centuries are either communists or party sympathizers. Many members of this intelligentsia are now either expelled or estranged and alienated from the party to be private communists and socialists.

The party slid into a growth downward after the death of world-renowned Marxist and ideologue EMS. He was a visionary whose words from each public speech were weighed, discussed, debated and judged upon. His speeches often created political maelstrom in the state. After him, qualities of leaders started tapering. Of the old genre, the state Chief Minister V. S Achuthananthan may be the last link in the chain of stalwarts unless the party reforms itself. 

Unfortunately, communism in Kerala is now panting and gasping in the strangling grip of State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and his retinue. He is a Yelstin on the rise and a Pol Pot in the making if he is left unleashed. (Boris Yelstin, who was also a Communist Party Politburo member, used to control a huge chunk of mafia and gangs in Moscow after the collapse of the USSR, and ‘Comrade’ Pol Pot, who was the leader of Cambodian Communist movement known as ‘Khmer Rouge’, killed hundreds of thousands of his countrymen to enforce  his ‘ideology of justice’). There is no virtue or integrity visible in this leader and his followers.

It is not that communism is on the death-bed now. No ideology dies. Not even Nazism for that matter. The movement badly lacks leaders with caliber, honesty and integrity. A proactive proletariat is also wanting. Party cadres at the grass-root level are too gullible and are too ready stomach whatever the leadership says. Unless they choose and mould leaders the state and its people need, communism in Kerala will reduce to a spent force.