In October 1965, young Communist leader V S Achuthanandan, who later rose to become the Chief Minister of Kerala, found himself facing an internal probe within his own Communist Party. The probe found him “guilty” and the Communist Party decided that he must face punishment for his “anti-party activities.”
His crime? Trying to organize a blood donation campaign to help Indian jawans at the border in the 1962 war with China.
The Communist Party had refused to declare support to India during the 1962 war. As a result, donating blood to the Indian Army came to be seen as an “anti-party activity.” Instead, the Communist Party chose to support the Chinese, that too the Chinese under Mao Zedong, the brutal dictator who oversaw the massacre of some 300 lakh people.
Today we see the same party and its leaders on Indian TV channels, their faces flush with anger, as they complain about the fall of a statue.
As recently as 2017, when the Chinese tried to change the status quo in Doklam and India stood up valiantly for Bhutan, the CPI(M)’s official mouthpiece People’s Democracy had this to say:
“India should let Bhutan take the lead in negotiating with China on the disputed Doklam Plateau and other disputed territories instead of getting involved itself. “
Yes, leave Doklam to be settled between Bhutan and China, so that the dragon can squish the tiny Himalayan kingdom with one finger. Meet the Communist Party: the face of high treason right since 1947.
Despite this, why is the party of treason on every news channel, complaining with a straight face about damage to some statue? Because they have complete and total confidence in our opinion makers, our intellectuals, our academics, our writers and artists. This ecosystem is so poisoned by Communist infiltration that they will successfully make statue demolition a bigger issue than high treason.
This ecosystem is both the steel frame that protects the Congress Dynasty and the charmed armour of the Communist Party. No crime committed by them is so big that it cannot be whitewashed by the ecosystem.
So what if a BJP booth president by the name of Madhu Deb was found murdered, his dead body hanging from a tree in Tripura’s Barjala merely days before the election? The ecosystem will act as a water tight and air tight seal so that word doesn’t get around so that the stench of murder does not reach the clothes of the godly Comrades who strut around like royalty on news channels.
So what if this is the face of Kavita Kaloi, beaten and raped in March 2016 for daring to leave the CPIM in Tripura?
The first reference to this incident in “national media” that I could find is from Feb 2018, almost 2 years after the incident. In between, the media was running more important errands, such as finding out which Hindu right-wing Twitter trolls are the most intolerant.
Which would you rather see? Sitaram Yechury’s face as he describes the Communist Party’s unwavering commitment to tolerance or Kavita Kaloi’s face that bears the imprint of that “tolerance”?
Exactly. So that’s what the ecosystem showed us all. For the Communists, everything was forgiven. Cries of “Azaadi” at JNU are like a rock concert. Much more telegenic than Kavita Kaloi.
The mass murder by the Communists at Marichjhapi in Bengal 1979? Forgiven.
Mass murder of Ananda Margis in Kolkata in 1982? Forgiven.
The Sainbari killings: that fateful day in 1970 when Communists slaughtered two brothers and made their mother eat rice soaked in the blood of her sons?
Forgiven. Forgiven. Forgiven.
In 1997, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, replying to a question in West Bengal Assembly, admitted that 28,000 political murders had been committed in Bengal between 1977 (when the Communists came to power) and 1996.
What is the verdict of the ecosystem on 28,000 murders? Forgotten a thousand times over!
Let’s cry for a statue instead.
Only a few days ago, a Kerala Congress MLA was pelted with stones for a Facebook post reminding the Communists of the time their veteran leader A K Gopalan, at the age of 38, began a “relationship” with a 12-year-old girl.
Comrade A K Gopalan was the first leader of the Communists in the Lok Sabha. Even the CPI(M) Headquarters in Delhi is named after him.
Not content with the Congress MLA getting pelted with stones, the ecosystem swung into action to protect the reputation of Comrade A K Gopalan. In a bizarre defence, the Deccan Chronicle explained:
“Being attracted to a 12-year-old doesn’t make you a paedophile.”
Mass murder. Check.
That’s all to be forgiven and forgotten. The ecosystem will whitewash them all. Now, how about that statue, right?
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.