The Fifth Columnists
The recent episode concerning the life sentence by the Chhattisgarh High Court and subsequent bail by the Supreme Court throws many questions. Very seldom has India witnessed the level of mobilisation by the so-called activists for his release. The international clamour was particularly intriguing. Even more intriguing was the presence of members of European countries in the Chhattisgarh High Court, on the occasion of hearing on his bail petition. Nobel laureates rallied behind him. In the short span, books were written on him. Eminent journalists wrote reviews on books about Binayak Sen. The same activists, who demonstrate no pangs on the medieval punishments meted out by the ‘Kangaroo Courts’ decried the Indian judicial system. No sooner was he granted bail than the same activists hailed the Indian judiciary and flaunted it as a proof of his innocence, and vindication of their stand about the draconian, ruthless, insensitive, indifferent, vindictive and biased state apparatus.
Between his life sentence and bail, the Maoist ideologues were on an overdrive to portray Binayak Sen as the most-venerated ‘messiah’ of the ‘poor, oppressed and hungry’. On being granted bail, his first comment was about the level of malnourishment in India. Fifty per cent of India, he said, suffered from malnourishment. He must answer that in all these years of social work, what difference has he made in reducing the level. Those who were seen shedding tears of ecstasy after his release on bail, i.e., his near and dear ones, clearly appeared to be over-nourished. The amount of money and resources that were spent on the mobilisation of ‘Free Binayak’ campaign at various levels, could well have made significant dent in the level of malnourishment in Chhattisgarh. As per certain reports, the prosecution in Chhattisgarh High Court had argued that Binayak Sen, in his long years of social work, had never held a single medical camp in the Naxal-affected areas of the state.
It is the wont of the ideologues and benefactors of the Maoists to exaggerate and fabricate stories and statistical lies about economic, social and political ills, so that they can portray India as a veritable hell, to cause disaffection amongst Indians and to mask their internationally-inspired communist agenda. India is their enemy. The same India—that pardoned the communists for their antagonistic role in the freedom struggle—facilitated the first elected communist government anywhere in the world—where for most of them the preferred drink is scotch whisky—where they have the freedom to get away with any anti-national statement and many anti-national activities—where their children are being educated in the best of schools—where they received subsidised education and in turn converted them into cesspools of ultra-leftist politics—wherein they fly at least ten days in a month—where their source of income and the powers that are behind their celebrity status is not questioned. The ‘One Book Wonder’, Arundhati Roy, whose espousal of the Maoist cause is carried in more than 20 pages in a well-known weekly magazine, commented in an interview during her recent visit to Kathmandu that 800 million Indians, i.e., nearly two-third of the population, live in less than Rs 20 a day. This individual met some top Nepalese Maoist leaders during her visit. Fabricating or overplaying India’s inadequacies is a critical compulsion for these activists. They have made industry out of poverty to sustain their jet set life, scotch and, in some cases, even daily doses of high-end drugs.
These activists are identified, adopted, nurtured and sustained from a very early stage. It is no coincidence that they are picked up from diverse fields—a swami, a doctor, a poet, a writer, an ex-IAS officer, an ex-IFS officer, an ex-police officer, an ex-income tax officer, lawyers, and host of journalists. Most of them are bestowed with some international award or the other. It is a way of investing respectability to these white-collared criminals. They all are anti-progress, anti-establishment, pro-Maoists and pro-separatists. They all exploit terms and occurrence such as poverty, tribal rights, Dalits oppression and caste Hindus. They forget the fact that there is no country, society and even family in the world, which does not suffer from some or the other fault line. Most of these activists are product of serious family fault lines or splintered families.
Communist ideology, therefore, is the most sophisticated threat that is fast consuming India. At some level, the CPI, the CPM, the CPI (ML) and the Maoists are all the same. In the recent panchayat elections in Bihar, this author saw Maoist cadres doubling up as flag-bearing CPI (ML) cadres during the campaign. This author was invited for screening of a documentary with Maoist underpinnings in the India Habitat Centre recently. The occasion was also unsuspectingly a ruse for people’s mobilisation for the ‘Save Binayak’ campaign. Present in the theatre were high-profile communists of all hues, i.e., CPI, CPM and Maoists. The occasion was revealing, particularly in the sense as to how many journalists, apparently in the mainstream, are espousing the Maoist cause.
The political dynamics in Nepal has lessons for India, particularly in the context of the Left parties and organisations. From Nepal’s example, it is beyond doubt that the divergence between the Maoists and mainstream communists is manipulated by China and other Leftist benefactors. The convergence is also manipulated. Maoists infiltrate other parties as well as float parties and organisations ostensibly hostile but inherently sympathetic as in the case of Upendra Yadav, the founder of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF). Jhalanath Khanal, though a CPN (UML) leader, has been known for his affinity to the Maoists. He had been lobbying in China and India for removal of his predecessor Madhav Nepal, a member of his own party.
The Maoists have never been so close to the capture of power and setting a totalitarian state as in Nepal. The resolution in the recent Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisation of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) meet in India categorically states that the Maoists’ revolution is at a critical stage in Nepal and the entire world is watching the outcome. Our ‘One Book Wonder’ also echoed the same sentiments during her recent visit to Nepal. The transition of Maoists in Nepal has been from criminals, to revolutionaries, to political activists and to partners in government. The next scenario could well be a complete Maoist takeover.
The PWG and the MCC combined together to form the CPI (Maoists) in 2004. They acted separately and even at times inimically as a design of the controlling powers that be. Once they had carved out their own areas of influence, they were asked to merge. It would be interesting to know that a KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn revealed that the Sino-Soviet Split of 1960 was a ruse. It was in accordance with the ‘scissors strategy’ to hasten the achievement of ultimate communist goal of total capture of state power. Quoting Maj Antoliy Golitsyn from his book New Lies for Old (page 182), one Dean Jackson commenting on this author’s article “Maoists: China’s Proxy Soldiers” writes: “Duality in Sino-Soviet polemics is used to mask the nature of the goals and the degree of coordination in the communist effort to achieve them. The feigned disunity of the communist world promotes real disunity in the non-communist world. Each blade of the communist pair of scissors makes the other more effective. The militancy of one nation helps the activist detente diplomacy of the other.”
The communist movement follows the parliamentary route (CPI and CPM), the semi-parliamentary route [CPI (ML)], and the Maoist route (PWG and MCC). Though there may have been electoral setbacks to the Communist movement from time to time, the spread of communism through the ultra-Leftist route has devoured new areas, more than 200 districts, by some reckoning. On all international issues, the approach of these communist hues is the same, even at times when it is against India. A simple question ‘whether China attacked India in 1962’ will elicit a resounding negative response and in sober environments, studied silence.
One is compelled to ponder why some people take to communism, whose history, ideology and methods are steeped in violence, intolerance and annihilation. Probably, it is in their DNA. Love for “blood” is intrinsic to their make. They all have in them the self-destructive streak, which manifest in poor hygiene and propensity for alcoholism or drug addiction. Their hunger for money, power and self-destructive envoy for anything good and successful is cleverly couched in convenient garbs such as “reforms” and “revolution”. Mao embodied it all. If there were no hypocrisy in the ideology, the parliamentary face of communism would have swept India by now.
It is for this reason that the only important intelligence check for aspirants for all India services, civil or military, was about communist linkages. This was even at the height of Cold War and in the hey days of Indo-Soviet bonhomie.
Mao had said that state power could be captured by 30 per cent military effort and 70 per cent propaganda. The latter, he said if used to good effect, could turn the 30 per cent military effort into 100 per cent. The 70 per cent propaganda machinery is the urban Maoists, i.e., the Maoist ideologues. The veneer of intellectual or activists is essential to conceal their inherent criminality. There is nothing in the dictionary of Taliban-type terrorism that the Maoists do not indulge in—kidnappings, beheadings, flogging, extortion, opium cultivation, etc. In fact, the recent hostage crisis in Bihar, prior to the assembly elections, was masterminded from Delhi and was being minute-to-minute controlled by the ideologues. It was they who decided that Inspector Tete be killed and Inspector Yadav be spared.
The love for blood and violence in the communists was quite evident, when students of a university in Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, considered to be a Leftist bastion, partied all night when 73 CRPF personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh. The communist movement in India, far from receding, has made inroads by way of Maoism in nearly one-third of the country. Before it consumes, the whole of the India, the Maoist ideologues need to be crushed and all communist outfits need to be closely monitored, the least we owe to our children is to save them from being seduced by an ideology with violence, criminality and conspiracy against their motherland.
By RSN Singh