I was much intrigued with this News18 story about Akshay Kumar getting “slammed” on Twitter for waving an ABVP flag during a promotion for his upcoming movie ‘Padman’.
On clicking it, I realized that this supposed slamming was little more than a few tweets from left wing “activists” Kavita Krishnan and Shehla Rashid, recycling old smears about how ABVP/RSS/BJP/US/Israel/Zionists/whatever are anti-women.
Now, it never ceases to amaze me how Communists can claim to speak for any cause that furthers humanity, be it free speech or women’s rights, given that the Communists massacred hundreds of lakhs of people. But, even more than that, it amazes me how nobody calls them out on it.
So let me tell you a story that Shehla Rashid would never mention to you. If you will, tell this story to the next Communist you meet who claims to speak for the rights of women.
First of all, it is a fact rarely ever mentioned that when Hitler began World War 2 in Sept 1939 by invading Poland, he actually had some significant military help from a dear military ally. No, it wasn’t RSS. While Germany invaded Poland from the West, there was somebody who invaded Poland from the East. It was all happening as per a pact they had signed with Hitler to divide Europe into two parts, one to be ruled by themselves and the other to be ruled by Nazis.
Who were these enemies of humanity who allied with the Nazis?
It was the Communists. The Soviet Union. Under dear comrade Stalin whose decorated portrait is proudly placed in every CPI(M) office. Shehla Rashid, are you listening?
And yes, the Communists actively collaborated with the Nazis in their massacres. You can find in the Katyn forest on the borders of Russia and Belarus the mass graves of 22000 innocent Polish citizens executed by the Communists. And yes, the Communist secret police (called the NKVD) regularly coordinated with their Nazi brothers towards killing Jews.
Now, obviously Hitler wasn’t a nice guy, not someone who could be depended on to honor his commitments. And so it was that in summer of 1940, after the Nazi-Communist military alliance had conquered the continent of Europe, Hitler decided to betray his Communist friends and attacked Russia.
For this betrayal, the Communists naturally wanted revenge. Now just listen to how the Communists decided to take this revenge. By 1944, Nazi Germany was getting squeezed between American troops on the West and Communist troops in the East. By early 1945, the Communists were pouring in across Eastern Europe, crossing into Germany.
The time for the Communist revenge had arrived. You will never guess what these noble, free speech and feminist loving Communist liberators were going to do next.
Dear Shehla Rashid, you must be so proud.
From the Guardian article:
““Red Army soldiers don’t believe in ‘individual liaisons’ with German women,” wrote the playwright Zakhar Agranenko in his diary when serving as an officer of marine infantry in East Prussia. “Nine, ten, twelve men at a time – they rape them on a collective basis.””
Did you hear that? Nine, ten, twelve Communists at a time would carry out gangrape of a woman.
And no, it wasn’t just German women who were raped. Polish women, Belorussian women, Ukrainian women and even Russian women were raped en masse in territories that the Communists were “liberating” from Nazi control. Read this:
“The novelist Vasily Grossman, a war correspondent attached to the invading Red Army, soon discovered that rape victims were not just Germans. Polish women also suffered. So did young Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian women who had been sent back to Germany by the Wehrmacht for slave labour. “Liberated Soviet girls quite often complain that our soldiers rape them,” he noted. “One girl said to me in tears: ‘He was an old man, older than my father’.””
I do hope Kanhaiyya Kumar has something to say about this. Or do they not teach such inconvenient history at JNU?
However, as the initial thirst for “revenge” among the Communists began to subside after Jan/Feb 1945, their behavior did become a little more “humane” compared to earlier. How humane? Let’s find out:
“a pattern emerged of soldiers flashing torches in the faces of women huddled in the bunkers to choose their victims. This process of selection, as opposed to the indiscriminate violence shown earlier, indicates a definite change.”
Ah! The Communist soldiers were actually taking their time choosing their rape victims, as opposed to earlier when they would just indiscriminately rape everybody. I hope these reformed angels of humanity are given their due by history.
Listen to how German women were forced to live their lives:
“Women soon learned to disappear during the “hunting hours” of the evening. Young daughters were hidden in storage lofts for days on end. Mothers emerged into the street to fetch water only in the early morning when Soviet soldiers were sleeping off the alcohol from the night before. Sometimes the greatest danger came from one mother giving away the hiding place of other girls in a desperate bid to save her own daughter. Older Berliners still remember the screams every night. It was impossible not to hear them because all the windows had been blown in.”
So how many women were raped in all?
“Estimates of rape victims from the city’s two main hospitals ranged from 95,000 to 130,000. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in the city, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death rate was thought to have been much higher among the 1.4 million estimated victims in East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia. Altogether at least two million German women are thought to have been raped, and a substantial minority, if not a majority, appear to have suffered multiple rape.”
Two million. Remember that’s just the number of rape victims. A possible majority of these rape victims were raped multiple times, so the actual number of rapes would be much higher.
And today we have Communists teaching us about the rights of women! Imagine! And in all probability, you never heard this story before.
Everyone knows that history is written by the victors. And that Communists lost the battle with modernity (and humanity) decades ago. By this measure, one would think Communists would have nothing going for them when history is written. But one must remember that far away from the ruins of the Berlin wall, far from the overturned statues of Lenin across the length and breadth of the fallen Communist Empire, the halls of academia have produced a very different kind of victor.
This victor goes around carrying a cloth jhola instead of a gun, is easy to ignore because it feels non-threatening on an individual level. But like any household pest, it is actually a runaway victor in the game of evolution. And because it is these academic victors who get to write history, we end up consuming an infected version of the past. The real history is not that you heard, the real history is what they deliberately forgot to tell you.
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.