Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Home Editor's picks Now, Congress and the Communists would not remember the summer of '59

Now, Congress and the Communists would not remember the summer of ’59

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had then dismissed the first elected government of Kerala scandalously, putting aside all norms of democratic conventions and as facts were to emerge later.

While Congress and Left roll together in the bed for the 2019 General Elections, the love birds of today bear little resemblance to the two fighting crows of 1959.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had then dismissed the first elected government of Kerala scandalously, putting aside all norms of democratic conventions and as facts were to emerge later.

Kerala, with the coming together of taluk of Kasargod (South Kanara district of Madras), the Malabar district and Travancore-Cochin under the States Reorganisation Act became a state on November 1, 1956. State Elections were held next year and the Communist Party of India, under EMS Namboodripad, won a slim majority of two seats (65 out of 127 seats).

The trouble began when EMS introduced an education bill for better wages and working conditions for teachers in private schools and colleges. The Catholic Church in the state, which ran various educational institutions, saw it as interference. Schools were critical for Church’s missionary activities of conversion. They were supported by the Nair community, owners of many schools of its’ own. Congress, seething under election humiliation, pounced on this opportunity. It launched Vimochana Samaram (liberation struggle) and turned it into a statewide agitation.

Strikes and protests flooded the streets. Mob violence and rioting soon broke out. Thousands were jailed and a handful were killed. It was projected as a breakdown of law and order in the state. Centre’s intervention became an orchestrated cry.

The manner in which the President’s Rule was imposed in Kerala makes one cringe in dismay. As per Prakash Karat, a major CPI(M) leader: “Since the report of the governor was to come only a day later by air service via Madras, the Intelligence Bureau was asked to get the report from the plane in Madras and communicate the contents by telephone to New Delhi. The entire report was dictated over the telephone. It was this report that was used for the proclamation of President’s rule (July 31, 1959).”

The role of the CIA in this murder of democracy is well-documented. The United States hadn’t taken the formation of a Communist government in a state of India kindly. The US secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, had publicly termed it a “dangerous trend.” Karat, in a piece in Outlook India, claimed:

“That the US provided funds to the Congress leadership for the struggle to topple the Communist ministry was confirmed later. A later American ambassador to India, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, in his memoir A Dangerous Place confirmed that the CIA gave money to the Congress leadership on two occasions to fight the Communists – the first time in Kerala during the first Communist ministry and a second time in the 1960s for West Bengal.”

Ellsworth Bunker, then US ambassador to India, subsequent to Moynihan’s disclosure, admitted his own involvement. Bunker said the decision to provide funds was made “in Washington…but then I had leeways and discretion as to how it might be done and in what amounts.”

A biography of Feroze Gandhi later claimed that he had called Indira Gandhi, president of Congress during those turbulent days, as a “fascist” over the Kerala affair.

Feroze Gandhi went public. “Where are the principles of the Congress? Are we going to be dictated by a caste monster we have produced?”

Such has been the abuse of Article 356 (imposition of President’s Rule) that since 1950, there have been 113 instances of democratically-elected state governments being dismissed by the Centre, almost entirely under Congress rule.

So when the Congress and Left today exude abiding love, you smile. When they talk of protecting democratic institutions, you smile. When they call other fascists, you smile. When they project Jawaharlal Nehru as the patriarch of democracy, you smile. When they project governors as hand-picked maidens of Centre, you smile. And when Left snuggles up to Congress in the name of democracy, you can reserve your broadest smile for this sham.

  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

Ashish Shuklahttp://ashishshukla.net/
Author of "How United States Shot Humanity", Senior Journalist, TV Presenter

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