1 .FESTIVALS: Shri Guru Poornima, the full moon day of the Hindu month Aashaadha, falling on July 3 this year, is dedicated to the devotional worship of the Guru – the preceptor Sage Vyasa. The composer of Brahmasootras, the great epic Mahaabhaarat and the Bhaagavata he is also looked upon as the supreme preceptor of mankind. The Guru in the Hindu tradition is looked upon as an embodiment of God himself. The preceptor for a whole society should be able to act as a perennial source of inspiration to the people, embodying the highest and the noblest national values and ethos. To the Hindu people, such a Guru can be no other than the sacred Bhagwa Dhwaj. Worship of this Bhagwa Dhwaj on this Guru Poornima day is intended to instil in us a positive Hindu attitude towards life.
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2. JYOTIJI IS NO MORE: Veteran Sangh Pracharak Jyoti Swarup passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi on May 28. He was 91. He was unwell for some time due to age related disorders. Born in a well-to-do family of Nangla Hareru village under Mawana tehsil of Meerut on January 22, 1922, he came in contact with RSS while studying at Nanakchand College of Meerut. “What I got in the bauddhik of the shakha on first day, lights my path even today,” Jyotiji used to point out.
A pracharak since 1943, he worked in Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. While staying in Delhi he looked after the correspondence work of Prof Rajju Bhaiya and Shri Bhaurao Deoras. His knowledge about the Sangh work and also the society was unparallel. He was expert in building workers and bringing new people to the Sangh fold.
3. TRITEEYA VARSHA VARGA: “In 1994 Samsad passed a unanimous resolution that whole of Kashmir, including PoK, were indivisible parts of Bharat and that we have to get back the areas illegally under Pakistan’s occupation. But after that subsequent governments have done nothing in the last 18 years to gain control of PoK,” said RSS Sarasanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat on June 11 addressing more than 1000 swayamsevaks who completed their third year course at Nagpur. “The country today faces several serious problems. None of them is insurmountable. We need to evolve a society that values nationalism and patriotism above individuals and unity to resolve these problems created by political parties that work under vote bank pressures instead of national interests,’ added Shri Bhagwat. Commenting on the pay hike to mullahs and mezzins of mosques in West Bengal, Shri Bhagwat exhorted, “There is need to get beyond such appeasement of one section or another and think in terms of policies that would bring real development touching all.”
Director of Punjab Kesri chain of newspapers Ashwini Kumar, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, said he lost his father Lala Jagat Narain as well as brother Ramesh Chandra to separatists’ bullets in Punjab. But his newspaper refused to be dictated by the militants.
4. STRONG WOMEN FOR STRONG NATION—ALKATAI INAMDAR: A 15-day training camp of Rashtra Sevika Samiti, concluded at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Harinagar in Delhi on June 3. A total of 136 Sevikas from all over Delhi participated in the camp. Editor of Ping magazine Smt Neelam Pratap Rudy, Pramukh Karyavahika of the Samiti Shantakkaji and Sahakaryavahika Alkatai Inamdar were among those who attended the concluding ceremony.
In her speech Alkatai Inamdar said “Our shakha is a holy place for building responsible women that the nation needs today. Every woman should think what the society needs today and how she can contribute in it.”
5. INTERLOCUTORS’ REPORT IS A PRECURSOR OF GIFTING KASHMIR TO PAKISTAN—DATTATREYA HOSABALE: Flaying the report presented by three-member interlocutor team appointed by the Central Government, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on June 1 said the move is a precursor of gifting Kashmir to Pakistan. While addressing a press conference in Nagpur, RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale criticised the timing of the declaration of the report by the Centre.
A careful study of the recommendations made in this report will reveal that these recommendations exactly contradict the policies that were adopted by the Government of Bharat till now.
Shri Hosbale expressed utter surprise over the mention of Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) as Pak administered one in this report by the interlocutors and raised doubt that whose language these people are speaking. He further informed that after an in-depth study of the report, the RSS would decide over its next mode of action.
6. DURGA VAHINI PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN UPLIFTMENT OF WOMEN: Women are the base of our culture. To make the country strong, all round development of women is very important for which Durga Vahini, the women wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has played a vital role said North Delhi Mayor Meera Agrawal. She was addressing the valedictory session of a week long training camp of Durga vahini in north Delhi on June 1. The camp was held under the guidance of Shri Ashok Kumar, the state vice president-VHP and was headed by state co-convenor of Durga vahini Mrs Sanjana Chaudhary & Ms. Kushum jointly. The guiding role was also played by state head of Marti Shakti Mrs Simmi Ahuja.
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7. HEF USA CONDUCTS TEACHERS APPRECIATION NATIONWIDE: Coinciding with the national Teacher Appreciation Week celebrated during the month of May, the Hindu Education Foundation held the fifth annual Teacher’s Appreciation program called ‘Guru Vandana’ throughout the USA to highlight the importance of the Teachers in shaping the future citizens of the country. Guru Vandana means “Reverence for the Teacher” – it is the thanksgiving from a student to a teacher, expressing his/her gratitude.
The Guru Vandana program provides a platform for students to honor their teachers, for imparting knowledge and wisdom to them. This event was organized in collaboration with the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) USA, in 27 school districts including schools from the Houston, Sunnyvale, New York, and Boston areas. More than 325 teachers from about 125 schools have been honored by their students in the presence of large audiences.
School Teachers, Superintendents, Executive Directors and Mayors of the towns have enthusiastically participated in the programs and appreciated the initiative. “They also explained a lot of the culture, and I didn’t know about it so it was a learning experience for me” said Professor Xavier Garza from the University of Houston, Victoria. One teacher response after the event “The thanks is all mine! What a special day. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the honor bestowed upon my colleagues and me. The kids were a joy to watch—so talented and devout. The food was outstanding, and the gifts were too kind. I felt like a million bucks leaving the ceremony on Saturday.” The event and its unique Hindu philosophical theme was to acknowledge the role of teacher in a student’s life. Teachers and other officials also appreciated how Hindu families are helping shape the teacher and student relationship in fostering excellence in education.
8. SEWA USA RAISES $30,000 FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN: In a very intense and gripping game that weathered repeated interruption from the rains, ‘Newport Nukes’, a team from Jersey City won the “YFS Cricket For Charity - 2012” tournament organized by Youth For Sewa (YFS) volunteers from Sewa International’s NY Metro Chapter on June 2-3. For the second year in a row, Sewa International succeeded in blending enthusiasm for cricket and a desire to help a good cause – educating underprivileged children in Bharat. This year's event raised $30,000 and had registrations from 350 players from 34 teams. Compared to 2011, both the funds-raised and the participation increased by 20%.
Mr. Raj Mukherji, Jersey City’s Deputy Mayor, while presenting trophy and medals said he was very impressed by the participation in the tournament and liked the concept of selfless service portrayed by Sewa and stressed the importance of volunteerism in building a healthy community.
9. BALAGOKULAM STARTED IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: 15 parents and 10 children participated the event on June 2. A short introduction for the parents, talk about Balagokulam goals with examples, games, mandal Jodi men Gho, stories, sloka, the prarthana—Guru Brahma Guru Vishna etc. were the highlights of the event.
10. OBAMA NOMINATES “SRI” SRINIVASAN TO SECOND HIGHEST COURT IN US: US President Barack Obama on June 11 nominated Bharat-born legal luminary Srikanth Srinivasan to the Federal Court of Appeals, the highest ever judicial appointment of a Bharatiya-American in the U.S.
There are 13 Court of Appeals across the U.S. with 179 judges, and the Washington DC Appeals Court to which Srinivasan has been nominated is considered particularly influential, with Obama himself calling it ''the nation's second highest court.''
"Sri" Srinivasan, as he is popularly known, was born in Chandigarh and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, before receiving a BA, and later a JD and MBA from Stanford University. Srinivasan has also taught at Harvard Law School.
11. MUSLIM GIRL ACES IN SANSKRIT: Anjala Beegum of DAV Higher Secondary School in Mogappair, Tamilnadu secured the first rank in the Class X examination, with the unusual distinction of a Muslim student topping the State in Sanskrit.
Anjala secured centums in Sanskrit, Mathematics and Science, with 99 in Social Studies and 98 in English. Anjala says simply, “I chose Sanskrit as my second language since my brother secured the second rank in the State in Sanskrit in 2008.” She takes the opportunity to thank her Sanksrit teacher, Sridhar Venkatramani, for coaching her.
Anjala adds that she regularly attended the yoga sessions, two hours a week, at her school to improve her concentration and focus. “I used to meditate daily especially during my exams. I had yoga class at school twice in a week,” she says.
12. ARGENTINE DISCO PLAYS ONLY SANSKRIT SONGS: "I had the most unusual nightclub experience last weekend while I was at Groove," says R Viswanathan, Bharat's ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. "The DJ was not playing salsa, samba or reggaton. Instead, the club was vibrating to Sanskrit songs... ' Jai jai Radha Ramana hari Bol', 'Jai Krishna Hare', 'Gurudeva Guru Om', 'Govinda Govinda' and 'Jai Shiva Shambo'." "Despite the loud music and wild dancing, both the singers and the audience maintained a sense of reverence to the Sanskrit mantras and to Bharatiya gods." Asked how they attracted Argentine youth with Sanskrit songs, lead singer Rodrigo Bustos explained: "Yoga Rave is an alternative party. It is a new concept of fun — free from alcohol, smoking and drugs. The body and soul are connected by the mantras, yoga, meditation, music and dance in an unconventional way."
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13. AZIM PREMJI, NARAYANA MURTHY CALL FOR REFORMS: Two men identified closely with the spectacular growth of Bharat's software industry have torn into the UPA regime, accusing it of mismanagement that is threatening the country's economic prospects. Murthy, who co-founded Infosys, Bharat's second-largest software exporter, was quoted saying in a June 11 report: "There was a lot of confidence that Bharat would indeed do whatever was necessary because the person who was the face of economic reforms in 1991 is our current PM. Therefore, there was a lot of expectation from outside Bharat." For many months, the Congress-led government has been accused of being too afraid to take bold decisions while growth and investment slow down, inflation and deficits remain high and the rupee slides. Premji, the founder and chairman of Wipro, said at the company's analyst meet in Mumbai on June 11: "We are working without a leader as a country".
14. SC SLAMS CENTRE ON MUSLIM SUB QUOTA: The Supreme Court on June 11, slammed centre on Muslim sub-quota and upheld Andhra Pradesh High court’s order quashing the 4.5 percent reservation for Muslims within the 27 percent OBC quota in central educational institutions like IITs. Upholding the Andhra Pradesh High Court order, a bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar said it was "unhappy" that the Centre filed an appeal without any supporting documents.
On May 28 the Andhra Pradesh high court has struck down the 4.5 per cent central sub-quota for Muslims within the OBC quota, holding that reservations can't be based purely on religious grounds.
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15. HINDI MAKES DEBUT IN SOUTH CHINA: A MoU for establishing a Hindi chair at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the GDUFS on June 11. This is the first Hindi chair established by the ICCR in South China. A number of Chinese universities including the prestigious Peking University, the Beijing Foreign Studies University as well colleges in different parts of China are teaching Hindi. The ICCR has already established 5 chairs in China devoted to Hindi and spread of Bharatiya culture including three chairs in Jinan University, Shenzhen University and Yunnan University in various fields of studies.
16. ‘HINDU DAY’ CELEBRATED AT A CHURCH SCHOOL IN UK: St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Bridport in South West England celebrated “Hindu Day” recently with blowing a conch shell. Dressed-up in Hindu costumes, students learnt about respect within Hindu religion, attended a sample Hindu wedding and participated in Bharatiya dance on this Day in May.
“The children are all now engaged in doing follow up work to find out more about Hinduism, having had an inspirational start", school website says. Spiritual development is an important element of education in this St Mary's Church of England Primary School where Hinduism is also taught under Religious Education.
17. BEIJING UNIVERSITY TO TEACH GUJARATI: Beijing University is all set to offer a two-year full-time residential program in Gujarati language for those keen to work in Gujarat. By January 2013, the university's language and culture department will roll out an extensive curriculum covering various aspects of the language. Faculty from colleges and universities of Gujarat are likely to teach the course through an open invitation and interview. Gujarat is eyeing over 10 per cent of the total Chinese investment of $100 billion expected in Bharat in the next five years. Also, some 30 Chinese companies have shown interest in developing a Rs 25,000 crore township in Gujarat.
18. ‘LAKSHMI GOLD’ GAMBLING GAME WITHDRAWN AFTER HINDUS’ PROTEST:
Isle of Man headquartered company Playtech has reportedly withdrawn its recently launched Hindu goddess Lakshmi themed online slot game titled Lakshmi Gold, which upset Hindus.
According to reports, wild symbol in this game was Hindu deity Ganesh, which offered the jackpot payout of 10,000 coins. Other regular symbols in this game included cow, which is sacred to Hindus. Lakshmi was the bonus symbol in this five reel 25 payline video slot and a hymn to Lakshmi was delivered during the free spins.
19. WORLD HINDU ECONOMIC FORUM: A forum named World Hindu Economic Forum has been created in order to bring financially successful elements within Hindu Society together like traders, bankers, technocrats, investors, industrialists, businessmen, professionals, economists, thinkers so that each group can share their business knowledge, experience and expertise with their fellow brethren and everybody can benefit from the interaction.
The World Hindu Economic Forum is organizing World Hindu Economic Conference on 30th June 30th and July 1st, 2012 at Hong Kong with the theme of shaping world economy and making society prosperous.
Please visit www.wheforum.org for more info.
20. CENTRE NEGLECTING NORTH-EAST SECURITY, PROGRESS—NARENDRA MODI: My Home India (MHI), a Mumbai-based NGO felicitated Shri Nabam Atum of Arunachal Pradesh with ‘One India Award-2012’ for his outstanding work. The award was presented by Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi at a function held at Ravindra Naatya Mandir, Mumbai on June 4.
After receiving the award, Nabam Atum who was instrumental in generating a wave of nationalism among the people living on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh through Seemant Darshan Yatra; promised to continue his work for the cause of North-East Bharat for his remaining life. Shri Narendra Modi appreciated Shri Atum’s work and came down heavily on the Central Government for neglecting North-East Bharat . Shri Sunil Deodhar explained the work of My Home India.
21. FIRST SATELLITE FOR ARMED FORCES TO BE READY IN A MONTH: The armed forces are finally set to get their first-ever dedicated military satellite, a naval surveillance and communications one, as part of their long-standing quest to effectively harness the final frontier of space. The geo-stationary naval satellite has "already been shipped out'' for its launch that will take place "within a month or so", government sources said. The satellite, with an over 1,000 nautical mile footprint over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) stretching from Africa's east coast right till Malacca Strait, will enable the Navy to network all its warships, submarines and aircraft with operational centres ashore through high-speed data-links.
The long-delayed naval satellite is to be followed by ones for the Army and IAF for "over-the-land use''. In absence of dedicated satellites, the armed forces have so far depended on "dual-use'' Bharatiya satellites as well as lease of transponders on foreign ones for their navigation, communication, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. The naval satellite is a step in the right direction.
22. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravikumar- sah samyojak Vishwa Vibhag would leave for USA and Trinidad. Visitors: Prashant Bharadwaj – USA, KK Subramanian, Goopi Chellapan – Malaysia,
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Build your inner environment. Practice Silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say: “Go back into your inner castle.” It was very hard to comprehend then, but now I understand the way of peace. – Paramahansa Yogananda.
JAI SHRI RAM
‘THE NEED OF THE HOUR’ - AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON JAMMU & KASHMIR
Majority of ordinary Bharatiyas are emotionally attached to J&K and want it as an integral part of Bharat. Most of the intellectuals in Bharat are in a defeatist mood and suggest that we should leave Kashmir and move on. The year 2012 is the year of Bharat in J&K. We had two such situations earlier as well when the J&K could have been easily integrated with Bharat. The first was in 1947 when there was no sense of alienation and we could have extended the entire Bharatiya constitution to J&K. The second time was in 1971 when 94000 Pakistani troops surrendered to Bharatiya Army and the Kashmiris were disillusioned with Pakistan. The political leadership of Bharat failed to capitalize both these occasions.
Today, terrorism in Kashmir is in its final days and there is no live support structure for terrorists in J&K. Separatists have learned three important things:-
1. Bharat wouldn’t give up J&K. If they want to live in J&K, they have to live in Bharat.
2. Bharat cannot be defeated or made to bow down through arms struggle.
3. Nationalists of J&K cannot be taken for granted. Amarnath agitation was the turning point in the struggle between Nationalist and Separatist forces.
The current socio-political milieu is very favourable for the nationalist forces. The ruling party requires support of the MLAs from Jammu and Ladakh to remain in power. All the major parties have equal support in Kashmir Valley. There are many differences amongst the separatist leaders and groups. A nation wide information/ awareness campaign covering the seven points mentioned below about J&K is to be taken up. This campaign should reach all sections of society particularly intellectuals, media and opinion makers.
B. We have to spread 2 important points about J&K: – for this we have to change the discourse on J&K.
C. We need to have a pro-active agenda for J&K.
There are four myths prevalent about J&K.:
1. Myth of Separatism: Everyone think of J&K as a separatist and anti-Bharatiya state. This is a wrong notion. Separatists are active only in Kashmir. Kashmir is the smallest region of the state with a Muslim-majority. All the separatist leaders are from a single community – Kashmiri speaking Sunni Muslims. All the other communities including Gujjar, Pahadi and Shia Muslims are fighting against the separatism and so-called alienation.
2. Myth of Dispute: There is a big confusion about merger of J&K with Bharat even in the minds of the senior leaders of our nation. Raja Hari Singh of J&K signed a document of accession which was the standard format used for the accession of all the other Princely states with Bharat. This was unconditional. The only document which talks about asking the wishes of people is a letter from Lord Mountbatten – this is not a collateral document and hence not legally substantial. On 6th February 1954, the J&K Constituent Assembly (duly elected by people of J&K) ratified the accession of J&K to Bharat. Hence, legally and constitutionally, J&K is an integral part of J&K Bharat.
3. Myth of Plebiscite: There is a general belief among intellectuals of Bharat that we have committed for a plebiscite in UN. There is no such commitment. Bharat complained on 1st January 1948 to UN Security Council under UN Charter 35 to force Pakistan to withdraw their aggression from our lands. In 1958, UN Security Council proposed a resolution which called for unconditional withdrawal of Pakistan forces from POK, disbanding of AJK government, extension of J&K Government to AJK, resettling all the Bharatiyas who were forced to leave AJK, Bharat to move required number of forces and J&K Government to conduct plebiscite under the supervision of UN Plebiscite Commissioner. Pakistan did not agree and act upon this UN proposal; hence there is no need for Bharat to carry on any plebiscite.
4. Myth of Autonomy: The only purpose of Article 370 is to extend the union constitution to J&K. It neither gives special status nor guarantees autonomy for J&K. The heading of Article itself says it is temporary and this needs to be repealed. It was only a political fraud to keep the so-called Kashmir separatism alive.
There is a need to change the discourse on J&K from Kashmir to POK. The nation should made aware of two important points about J&K:
1. The current POK is very important for Bharat’s security and economic growth. To illustrate, Gilgit (Baltistan) is the only place on the earth which was the meeting place of 6 empires. For the past 2400 years, except for the British, all invasions on Bharat were through Gilgit. If Gilgit is safe, it means Bharat is safe. Gilgit lies on the ‘Silk Route’. Gilgit is connected by road to many important cities of the world such as Moscow, Iran, Dubai and London. Through Gilgit, we can get gas through pipelines from Tajikistan.
2. The entire people of J&K are the real victims, not just the Kashmiri Muslims. In particular, there are more than 20 lakh refugees from J&K who have lost their homes. This also includes 4 lakh Kashmiri Pandits who became refugees in 1990s. More than 10 lakh refugees came from POK during 1947 war and many more were affected by terrorism. Many good provisions of Bharatiya constitution are not extended to J&K. For example, in Jammu and Ladakh, there was no reservation for SCs till 2007.
There is a feeling among nationalist people that the problems are created, nurtured and carried on by Delhi. Whenever the time was ripe for integrating J&K with Bharat or abrogation of Article 370, the Central Government has miserably failed. Even now, interlocutors sent by the Government have come out with recommendations that are not only anti-national but also contradict the stand taken by the Government itself. Some of their recommendations are: -
• POK called as Pakistan Administered Kashmir (only separatists call POK by this name)
• Review of all laws extended after 1952
• Article 370 to be made permanent
• Appointment of Governor to be made on the recommendation of the State Government
• Withdrawal of the IAS/IPS officers appointed by GOI
These recommendations not only weaken Bharat’s stand in the international arena but also dilute its sovereignty on J&K. Every section of the society should be made aware of the anti-national nature of these recommendations and should be opposed.
Some Facts : In the last 20 years of war against terrorism, 5000 soldiers have sacrificed their life; 85000 AK47s and 1 lakh KG of RDX has been confiscated.
b. 85% of area of J&K state is Hindu and Buddhist majority.
c. Independence Day and Republic Day are the most celebrated public programmes of Jammu and Ladakh regions.
d. The J&K Maharaja used to pay only four goats and four Kashmiri Shawls for paramountcy to Britishers.
e. Lord Mountbatten accepted the accession of J&K with Bharat and so was not given an audience with the British Crown till his death.
f. Krishna Menon spoke for 8 hours in UN Security council on J&K on 23rd Jan 1957. This speech answers all the legal and constitutional questions on J&K.
g. 26th October (Kashmir’s accession to Bharat) and 22nd February (Parliament unanimously passed a resolution of taking back POK) should be celebrated as Kashmir day and Sankalp Diwas respectively all over the nation.
h. Prem Shankar Jha’s ‘Kashmir 1947: The Origin of Dispute’ discusses the circumstances and Anglo Saxon diplomatic conspiracy which created the Kashmir ‘dispute’. (Excerpts from talk given by Shri Arun Kumar – sah sampark pramukh RSS in Chennai recently.)
MARXISTS’ BRUTAL INTOLERANCE
Balbir K Punj
The communists have a long history of bloodshed. From Russia to China to India, they have used murder to silence their critics.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala, now out of power in the State, is showing its true colours, soaked in the blood of its political rivals. Even as the people were in shock over the brutal daylight killing of dissident Marxist leader TP Chandrasekharan in north Malabar area, Idukki district secretary MM Mani declared publicly that not only had the Marxist party murdered several inconvenient party leaders in the past, it would continue to do so in the future. He even boasted that they had a list of such potential victims.
“In 1982, what had we done? We had prepared a list.” Mr Mani named the people in the list and detailed how each one in that list was done away with.
That the Marxist leader was publicly taking credit for such killings and also warning that his party would kill more if need be, reveals the extent to which violence is being used as the weapon of choice by the CPI(M). TP Chandrasekharan was one of the some prominent leaders of the CPI(M) who was having second thoughts regarding their affiliation to the party after it lost power mostly due to a series of scandals and highhandedness by its leaders including instances of land grabbing by the party men. Police investigation revealed that four attempts were made by the killer gang but only the last one succeeded.
The investigation has already revealed the communist party’s role in the dissident Marxist leader’s death. The attackers were not themselves Marxists; they were the mafia who are very much part of the Kerala landscape. The police have also traced the killing to a conspiracy hatched in the Marxist leaders’ conclave. It also found that a local party leader took charge of the operation after the first two attempts failed.
But the event should not be seen in isolation. In any case, the party’s Idukki district secretary has already exposed the core of violence around which the communist party has been functioning. North Malabar, where the CPI(M) is the strongest, has had a long history of political violence, most of which can be traced back to the party.
The history of the party has recently been revealed in the autobiography of the former Marxist leader Madhavettan. Even before Independence, it seems, the party was planning to build itself in the Malabar region of present day Kerala through the murders of rival political leaders. At the top of the ‘list’ that the communists prepared was the renowned Gandhian of Kerala, K Kelappan, also known as the Kerala Gandhi.
The list also included top Congress leader K Madhava Menon who was a Minister in the Congress Government under C Rajagopalachari when Malabar was part of the then Madras Province. Though these proposed killings were not carried out for one reason or the other, the stream of violence flows through the history of the party’s political growth in Malabar. In the beginning — that is, soon after Independence when the Congress was in power — some attempts were made by the Congress to counter the Marxist violence but New Delhi soon gave up.
There were clashes between the Muslim League and the CPI(M) for some time as both were building their power base but that too abated after the League split with one faction going with the Marxists for some years. Finally, it was the RSS that organised the people to stand up to this reign of violence. Consequently, there was the most shocking incident of an RSS organiser, who was also a teacher, being cut to pieces in his class in front of his students by the Marxists.
Today when Kerala remembers the TP Chandrasekharan incident where the killers hired by the Marxist party murdered the dissident communist in broad daylight, the decades old martyrdom of the RSS activist comes to mind. As the CPI(M) came to power in Kerala, alternating with the Congress, the entire State Government machinery has been bent to serve the Marxist interest and protect its cadres.
The favourite plan of action has been to weaken the prosecution intentionally or threaten witnesses produced by the police and thereby secure acquittals in court.
Of course much the same history is repeated wherever the communists have ground level organisation. The Marxists were in power in West Bengal for 37 years continually. They captured academic institutions, Government organisations, the police, and student unions by force. Only the courage and commitment of Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress has finally freed the State from the clutches of the Marxists.
In addition, to the Marxists’ systematic use of violence to impose their will on the common people in Kerala and West Bengal, we also have the violent anti-State campaign that the CPI(M) had launched in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh soon after Independence. State-level action initiated by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel put an early end to the movement but top leaders of the CPI and later of the CPM like Sundarayya, T Nagi Reddy, and others were honed in this organised violence and bloodshed.
This, after all, has been the pattern of communism not only in India but all over the globe. Mao Tse Tung’s communist movement in China had resulted in the killing of at least 30 million Chinese during the ‘cultural revolution’ as admitted by some of his successors themselves. At present in China, where 60 years of Communist rule is being celebrated, there are several intellectuals who claim that thecount of victims from the Red massacre was far more than 30 million.
In Soviet Russia, when NS Khrushchev came to power in a brief period of liberalism, he himself revealed that millions were massacred under Joseph Stalin. The staged trials of other communist leaders by Stalin are now well-documented. History also reveals that Lenin brought Stalin from Georgia into the top leadership of the Communist Party for his expertise in eliminating rivals.
Stalin finally eliminated almost every single member of the group that had worked with Lenin to capture power in Moscow. They were all individually and collectively victimised through staged trials and then executed without any ceremony.
So, if Ms Banerjee is now digging up unmarked graves in West Bengal while the UDF Government in Kerala is planning to prosecute Mr Mani, it must be remembered that the trail of blood leads back to the founding leaders of the communist parties whether they be in India, China or Soviet Russia.
(Daily Pioneer, Delhi June 4, 2012)