The grand ideas of Karl Marx that eulogise a ‘proletariat revolution’ and fantasise about the establishment of a ‘classless society’ seem too attractive to be true in reality. They are based on a certain vision and worldview that is unilinear and one-sided. Human society has many different facets to it and to fit it into a certain watertight category amounts to overlooking the multiple dimensions that characterise human relationships, human needs and wants. And this holds true not just for communism but for all the other ‘-isms’ masquerading as ideologies, inspired from the West.
The case of communism is of special significance here, considering the fact that it talks about poverty and the abolition of classes, but has proved to be an utter failure in addressing these very same problems which it seeks to resolve. In fact, communism itself has become the root of many problems afflicting the world today! It does not require any further repetition here regarding the role of Communist China in concealing facts during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic and brazen violation of people’s democratic rights at a time when the deadly virus was spreading its poisonous fangs throughout the globe.
In India, communism has established a strong foothold for itself in university campuses where its comrades have always raised concerns over all evils of the society, but never offered a genuine solution to eradicate these evils. Slogans of Azaadi and Laal Salaam echo through the walls of these universities that glorify the likes of Mao Zedong and Che Guevara. Interesting indeed! Especially in a country which has produced intellectual giants of the stature of Panini, Swami Vivekananda, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, etc. foreigners like Mao are adored as heroes in our own educational institutions. There is no problem in adoring and respecting a foreign-born scholar, but don’t our own stalwarts deserve equal recognition and respect too?
Communists have proved themselves to be the masters in the art of manufacturing and selling a fake narrative of secularism and freedom of speech and expression like hot cakes! They never listen. They only know how to attack. It is based on a false utopia to the extent that even if they get all their Azaadi, they will still find something or the other to shout about and make their presence felt just everywhere. Unfortunately, people who talk about such a utopia have been accorded the status of “intellectuals” in our country! They are not intellectuals, but self-styled ideologically motivated propagandists who always remain at the forefront in taking a high moral ground to distract the masses from the actual reality. Indian society is rooted in a unique cultural tradition of the Guru-Shishya Parampara that respects wisdom and knowledge and accords a special position of privilege to teachers, academics and intellectual minds. The communist ecosystem has aptly understood this mindset of us Indians and misappropriated it by trying to shape the public opinion in order to satisfy their own sinister designs.
Communists target young students in university campuses who seem to be angry and frustrated with the system. Their young age makes them a vulnerable lot to the propaganda-peddling machinery of the Communists. It is an erroneous brand of politics that feeds on a vicious cycle of violence, hypocrisy and intolerance of any idea which questions their narrative. Across the world, we have several examples of countries where people lost their basic freedoms of dissent and debate under communist dictatorships. Communism is good on paper, but in practice, it has destroyed societies and the very spirit of freedom/liberty on which they stand.