Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Home Opinions This is why they cheered while 'vandalising' Lenin's statue in Tripura

This is why they cheered while ‘vandalising’ Lenin’s statue in Tripura

Twitter erupted yesterday as a video of the demolition of a statue of Lenin at Belonia, Tripura went viral. As expected, people on both sides of the fence had strong opinions on the matter. The detractors commented that such vandalism should not be encouraged and the demolition of a statue sanctioned by a democratically elected government must be condemned. On the other hand, supporters of the demolition are quite elated at the destruction of a symbol of tyranny that has oppressed the citizens of Tripura since decades.

One obvious thought that plagues my mind is the utter lack of criticism or condemnation at the sheer existence of such a statue dedicated to a mass murdering dictatorial lunatic. Why should a statue of a genocidal Russian dictator exist on Indian soil in the first place?

It is bewildering, really, at the silence over the existence of such a statue. It is quite interesting that there will be no outrage against dedicating such names to places as ‘Stalin Nagar’ or ‘Lenin Sarani’, streets named after genocidal maniacs. Outrage will be reserved only for occasions when actual actions are taken to rectify the historical error.

One could concede the point that the demolition of the statue was vandalism and vandalism is wrong. However, the matter should be viewed with a little bit of nuance. According to the Left, nuance should be considered only when the objective is to whitewash the crimes of genocidal maniacs. And the actions of the unwashed masses deserve no such serious contemplation.

However, if we indeed opt for a nuanced view on the subject, we shall find that the actions of the people of Belonia is in concordance with the actions of people all across the world moments after they have been freed of oppressive rule.

The inconsistency in the ideology of Indian liberals stands thoroughly exposed when one considers the enthusiasm with which they cheered for their counterparts in the United States of America as statues of Confederate leaders were brought down.

It is truly remarkable that the demolition of a statue in Tripura has attracted more condemnation from liberals than the actual murders of BJP karyakartas in the state. Interesting, is it not, that the demolition of the statue of a genocidal maniac inspires more rage in the hearts of Indian liberals than actual political murders by communists wherever they rule?

The track record of communist rule in Tripura is truly horrible. Political intimidation and violence, corruption, threats, censorship and general misrule has been the hallmark of Leftist rule in Indian states. People, in general, were frustrated and fed up of the entire situation. Government schools were in a horrible state with no teachers to attend them. People often felt compelled to attend rallies of the Communist party as they feared repercussions should they skip them.

There was a general sentiment that it was impossible to secure a job in the state government without being a cadre of the ruling party. Then, the appointment of thousands of teachers were disqualified by the High Court of Tripura since the state government had not followed proper recruitment procedure. Then there was the Rose Valley scam and others which further fueled negative sentiments against the ruling CPI(M).

Feelings have been on the boil for a long time and they were suppressed, often violently, by the cadres of the party. With the defeat of the Communist Party, the feelings finally found expression in the destruction of the statue of Lenin.

Moreover, in the run up to the elections, the BJP says as many as 12 of its leaders were murdered by cadres of the communist party. Days before the state went to polls, Madhu Deb, booth president for the BJP at Ramnagar constituency was found hanging from a tree. Amulya Malakar was another BJP worker who was found brutally murdered. There was another instance when a student was forced to drink urine by member of the SFI for refusing to accept its membership.

Such atrocities committed by communists combined with decades of misrule was bound to cause the citizens to seethe with anger. And one would have to concede, destroying the statue of a genocidal maniac is a rather constructive way of venting out their frustration. Even the most vociferous of detractors must concede that there must have been something horribly wrong with the Communist regime that people are taking to demolishing monuments of their legacy with hammers and tongs as soon as they are out of office. This has been happening since the fall of Berlin wall, almost in every part of the world.

I would concede that the demolition of the statue was vandalism. However, that statue should not even have been there in the first place. In my list of things to outrage about, demolition of a statue of a genocidal maniac will certainly find no mention. And really, that statue was absolutely hideous, much like the ideology the man espoused. And everyone should be grateful now as the space previously occupied by the statue of a tyrant can now be used to build a daily clinic for the poor instead.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

K Bhattacharjee
Black Coffee Enthusiast. Post Graduate in Psychology. Bengali.

Related Articles

Trending now

Delhi Riots Conspiracy Chargesheet Part 1: Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, seeds of anarchy laid on 5th and the violence on 13th Dec

7 months after the gruesome riots, the Delhi police has filed the first chargesheet detailing the conspiracy that was hatched to unleash violence in the streets of Delhi.

From “Khoon ki Dalali” to “where is proof”: How opposition parties questioned India’s 2016 Surgical Strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

The elite commandos of Parachute regiment on the intervening night of September 29-30 carried out an attack with clinical precision deep inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, destroying 7 terror launch pads

Propaganda War: The undue influence of the Chinese govt over Indian media is a matter of deep concern and requires urgent intervention

Chinese Communist Party has sought to influence individual journalists and media organisations in its bid to alter global perception about China.

PM Modi tears into Congress and others for opposing farm bills, shows how they opposed everything from Ram Mandir to Rafale

PM Modi said that the people opposing the Farm Bill are doing so because the new reforms will finish the source of their black money.

AIIMS report does not rule out murder angle in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, CBI to begin second leg of investigation soon: Reports

Since most of the evidence was destroyed, the findings has been based on 20% viscera samples of Sushant Singh Rajput

Recently Popular

Sanatana Dharma vs Bollywood on Republic Bharat: Arnab Goswami goes to war

Arnab Goswami has been at the forefront of the campaign against the drag racket in Bollywood and has not pulled any punches.

‘Maal is cigarette and hash are its different brands’, Deepika Padukone makes bizarre claims when confronted with ‘drug’ chats: Report

Deepika Padukone and others were apprised in advance as to what needed to be said during the interrogation, claimed NCB

“Your time of death has come”, radical Islamists attack actress-politician Nusrat Jahan on social media after she poses as Goddess Durga

An Instagram user, Sagar Hossain, questioned Nusrat Jahan, "Why do you support Hindus despite being a Muslim?"

Argentina: Legislator kisses bare breast of his girlfriend during online parliament session, resigns after the video goes viral

Juan Emilio Ameri claimed that he assumed that the camera was off and wanted to check out his girlfriend's new breast implants

Amnesty International, which had links to British govt and Islamist orgs shuts shop in India after it says the govt froze all its accounts:...

The government of India has stated that Amnesty has been receiving foreign funding and donations despite not registering under FCRA.

After Sushant Singh Rajput, another budding Bollywood actor from Bihar found dead, family alleges Mumbai police not cooperating

Akshat Utkarsh, hailing from Sikanderpur in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Mumbai.

MP Forest Department initiates Elephant Adoption Scheme at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve for adoption of old and retired elephants

Week-long Hathi Mahotsav began in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on Monday this week during which the elephants in the Reserve will be given a break and will be served.

Denmark Ambassador to India calls out The Hindu for spreading fake news regarding comment by Danish PM over COVID-19 in India

Ambassador of Denmark to India, Freddy Svane, has called a report by The Hindu "twisted news".

Watch: TMC leaders and cadres in West Bengal protest Farm Bills with DJ, dance, gun and blood

With the Durga puja fever setting in TMC cadres were seen dancing and singing as they protested against the farmers bills

All you need to know about the Hathras gang rape case

Dispelling the news on social media, the Hathras police said that victim’s tongue was not cut off but injured.

‘The law applies equally to all and it shall apply to Amnesty International as well,’ MHA gives the dubious NGO a royal dressing down....

Amnesty International had accused the central govt of a witch-hunt against it blaiming them for its decision to wrap up

Delhi Riots Conspiracy Chargesheet Part 1: Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, seeds of anarchy laid on 5th and the violence on 13th Dec

7 months after the gruesome riots, the Delhi police has filed the first chargesheet detailing the conspiracy that was hatched to unleash violence in the streets of Delhi.

Fact Check: Was Amnesty International forced to shut its operations in India due to its report on the Delhi Riots?

Amnesty International, one of the shadiest non-governmental organisations, was forced to shut down its operations in India on Tuesday

India-China standoff: MEA spokesperson rejects Chinese stand on Line of Actual Control. Read details

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has stated that the comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on the existence of 'only one LAC' ran counter to the bilateral agreements between the two sides.

Fact Check: Did a Muslim lawyer represent Bhagat Singh and a ‘Brahmin RSS’ man fought for the British against him?

Many social media posts and forwards are claiming that a 'Brahmin' RSS lawyer had fought for the British against Bhagat Singh.

From “Khoon ki Dalali” to “where is proof”: How opposition parties questioned India’s 2016 Surgical Strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

The elite commandos of Parachute regiment on the intervening night of September 29-30 carried out an attack with clinical precision deep inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, destroying 7 terror launch pads

Connect with us

244,181FansLike
456,885FollowersFollow
17,400SubscribersSubscribe