Re: [Marxism] religious responsibility "personal distancing plus social solidarity"

2020-03-19 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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There is no dearth of fanatics in India, claiming that the solution to all 
problems can be found in the Holy Vedas. There is a steep spike 
in stupidity, what with the Hindu fanatics holding power. One Hindu fanatic 
organisation declared that drinking the urine of holy cows
 is an antidote against COVID19 virus. Another group went further and advised 
people to take bath in water mixed with Holy cow dung 
to disinfect themselves. A function was organised in Kolkata and people were 
served Holy urine of the sacred cow. One person fell 
seriously ill and the organiser was promptly arrested. All temples, Churches 
and Masjids in India are locked up to prevent spread of 
infection. One group declared that KOVID Virus is the viscous bite of the Kala 
Sarpa (the eternal serpent) and have started a yajna
(fire worship) to drive away the holy serpent.
Long Live stupidity!!

Vijaya Kumar Marla
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Re: [Marxism] "personal distancing plus social solidarity" Re: Fwd: [pen-l] If we want everyone to stay home during a coronavirus crisis, we need deep change to make that possible

2020-03-18 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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You are talking about a few hundred people assembling to lodge protest. But 
look, in India, more than 500 camps are active, with 
each having thousands of women protesting the discriminatory Citizenship Bill, 
as it is discriminatory against non-Hindus. 
And protesters are Hindus, Muslims and Sikh women and youth. 

Even with official restrictions on assembly of people, the protests continue. 
But at some places, the protesters are keeping
 children at home,  wear protective masks and keep one meter distance from each 
other. But they are determined to continue 
protests. But if the pandemic spreads, they may give a break. Before the Corona 
Virus scare started in India, in the state of 
Bihar (population 100 million), Dr. Kanhaiya Kumar, a young communist leader 
had toured the state addressing massive 
rallies and it is reported that more than 5 million have attended his month 
long rallies against the Citizenship Bill. The Modi 
government is so scared that they have taken a four year old sedition case 
clamped against him while he was a student. They never
 expected that a communist could get so popular.

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[Marxism] Update on Delhi violence

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The Delhi High Court had nailed the Central Government for its inaction in 
containing the riots.
Six leaders of BJP were identified by the court and asked the Delhi Police to 
initiate proceedings against them for inciting
communal frenzy.
The Central Government had transferred the Judge to another court in a 
mid-night decision, yesterday, soon after the verdict.
Now the Court verdict will be killed.
The Fuhrer Modi will not brook any criticism.
Dark days are ahead for India.
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[Marxism] New Delhi Communal Frenzy

2020-02-26 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Louis,                    The NY Times report is distorted and disgusting. Here 
is why:
1. In the recent elections to the Delhi State Assembly, AAP (Common Man's 
Party) had again won a resounding victory crushing 
The ruling BJP (AAP got 62 out of 70 seats and BJP could manage only 8). After 
the polling, BJP men were caught trying to steal 
EVMs, the Electronic Voting Machines from safe rooms and replace them by 
doctored machines. Such an act is possible only 
if the Election Officials connive with the ruling BJP. They were checked by 
alert residents and videos of stolen EVMs being
 loaded in to cars went viral on the social media. Out of 8 seats that BJP won, 
some of them might be due to stolen EVMs.
2. This is totally unpalatable for the arrogant BJP leadership and especially 
Modi and his cohort, the Internal Minister, Amit Shah. 
3. Protests are going on all over the country against the draconian Citizenship 
Amendment Law, passed by the BJP majority 
Parliament.  Hundreds of sit-in camps, in the lines of Occupy Movement had come 
up in hundreds of towns and cities. 
Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian women were staging sit-ins since two months. 
There were many attacks by BJP-RSS goons 
and some gun firing also. But the protests spread. One BJP Cabinet Minister 
claimed that these women's sit-in protest camps are 
Terrorist Dens, stocking weapons. Another ruling party leader went even further 
and claimed brazenly that these protesters will 
enter Hindu homes and rape women. This had raised a barrage of jokes on social 
media, asking how women can rape women? 
One Brahmin Hindu priest angrily retorted, "Do these fellows think we are 
fools? Does he mean to say that women with babies 
in their arms are busy making bombs in the protest camps?"
4. The ruling party leadership was determined to close the camps, but using 
force on women and children would be a political 
blunder. So they applied their time tested fascist technique by assembling well 
trained goons with weapons and start assaulting 
people. It is reported they were blocking roads and asking passers by about 
their religion. If a Hindu, he is let go, but if they 
encounter a Muslim, he will be beaten to death and his vehicle torched. Many 
roads in North-East part of Delhi are littered with 
burnt cats and motor bikes. Many Mosques and Muslim shops and houses were 
torched. The Government tried to censor the news, 
but social media had exposed the perpetrators of violence. When attacked, the 
Muslim residents had to defend themselves and it 
was pictured as if it is clash between Muslims and Hindus. Local residents, 
either Hindu, Muslim or Sikh confirm that the 
attackers were not locals, but professional goons, imported for instigating 
violence.
5. More than 30 people were killed according to Delhi Police statement and 
hundreds sustained severe injuries. One Kapil Misra, 
a BJP leader in Delhi, who lost the recent election, was seen standing with a 
senior Delhi Police officer and giving a public 
statement egging his men to attack Muslims.This shows that Delhi Police is 
following orders from Amit Shah, the Minister of 
Interior and their boss to fully cooperate with the RSS attackers. Hundres of 
amateur videos have gone viral showing Delhi 
Police actively assisting the goons and many times just standing and watching 
as the destruction went on unabated.
6. By the fifth day of the instigated violence, Amit Shah and his goons seem to 
lost the game. The residents of Delhi have begun 
helping the victims. Sikh Gurdwaras, have opened their gates and gave shelter 
to Muslim victims and fed them. So was the case 
with many Churches. Many Hindus were seen protecting their Muslim brothers from 
attacks by the goons. Angry Hindus were 
holding rallies denouncing the attacks and declaring solidarity with Muslims. 
Many locals, when interviewed, said, "we have no 
animosity among us. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs have to live together in peace. 
It is only professional goons from outside who 
are creating violence." Peace rallies are being held in Delhi denouncing the 
violence and the Delhi High Court had intervened 
and warned the Central Government and Delhi Police to ensure safety of the 
citizens.
"When we lose fear, they lose power" - a slogan in the protest rallies.
Obviously, the Fuhrer Modi and Goring Amit Shah stand naked and exposed.
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[Marxism] Trump's Visit to India

2020-02-22 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Mr. Pankaj Mishra has given a one sided-picture of present-day India. And 
moreover, Neoliberalism is not Trump's patent. Trump 
is only the latest model to come out of the factory called neoliberalism. So is 
Modi.
The Modi government's move on Citizenship Amendment Act is all set to backfire. 
An act, stated to identify Muslim infiltrators from 

neighbouring countries, had actually thrown out much more Hindus than Muslims 
in the the state of Assam, where the exercise was 
done. Some 15% of the state's population are adversely affected and some have 
landed up in Detention Centers, Modi Government's 
name for Concentration Camps. More than a hundred people, both Muslims and 
Hindus died of sickness due to the appalling 
conditions in the Camps.
In a country where births don't get registered and a vast majority of the 
population do not have valid documents for proof of 
residence in the country, any attempt to screen citizens is fraught with untold 
land mines. It is said that some 90% of the people 
have mistakes and inconsistencies in their identity documents. The ruling BJP 
and its shadow authority, the fascist RSS have 
started a viscous propaganda that they are going to weed out 180 odd million 
Muslims and throw them out of India's borders. 
But nobody is sure that if screening were to start, anywhere up to 75% of 
India's population, mostly Hindus will end up losing 
their citizenship. The people are agitated  and Hindus, Muslims and so-called 
Low Caste Dalits have come in to the streets in 
protest. In Shaheen Bag Square in Delhi, thousands of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh 
women have been protesting since the last two 
months, in the lines of New York's Occupy Movement. And similar protest camps 
have come up in hundreds of towns and cities 
all over India. And a campaign by Communists in Bihar had covered the whole 
state of 100 million with public rallies in every 
town in the state. The opposition seems to be mounting with every passing day. 
Half the state governments in India have declared 
that they will not go ahead with the implementation of the Citizenship Act. 
Apparently, Modi has to dismiss the state governments 
and put them under Central Government rule, if he wants to go ahead with the 
implementation of the Act. Not withstanding the 
public stature that the Act will be implemented, come what may, any such move 
is going to land in a major crisis from which 
Modi can not extract himself. The so-called strongman is now standing on shaky 
legs.

Vijaya Kumar M

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[Marxism] Protests in India - 3

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The NY Times coverage of Aishe Ghosh, the Students Union President of Jawarlal 
Nehru University in Delhi is mostly unbiased. 
Ms. Ghosh is a brave girl, who had stood against the Hindutva fascists, 
following a tradition set by her seniors like Kanhaiya Kumar, 
former President of the Student Union at JNU (Jawarlal Nehru University). It 
was set up in the 70's as a state run university to enable 
poor talented students from across the country to access world class education. 
There are many progressive intellectuals among the 
teaching staff and the students learn to question existing power relations and 
explore the causes of inequalities. JNU had produced 
many eminent politicians and government officials, besides law makers. The 
incumbent Finance Minister in Modi's cabinet is a 
former JNU student of economics. And the General Secretary of the Communist 
Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury is a 
former student of JNU. The spirit of enquiry and questioning injustice 
naturally brings out Leftist political thinking. A visit to the 
JNU campus reveals the living activism - posters of Che, Bhagat Singh (the 
legendary leftist martyr, who was hanged by the British 
colonial authorities) and of course Marx, Engels, Lenin, Fiedel Castro and Mao. 
This progressive leftist atmosphere and the air of 
defiance is what makes the conservative, neoliberal and brazenly fascist 
leaders like Modi feel very uncomfortable. Many leaders 
of  his party, the ruling BJP had called for clearing the university of 
Communist elements and converting it into a school to teach 
Hindu scriptures. 
One even went to the extent of suggesting that it should be raged to the 
ground. Modi had brought in a boot-licker as the head of 
the university, who had the mandate to clean the campus of "Tukde - Tukde" 
Gang, a Hindi acronym for breakers of the nation.
But JNU students and teachers stood defiantly to defend the progressive spirit 
of the institution. A former president of JNU, 
Kanhaiya Kumar, who hails from a backward region of Bihar, one of the poorest 
states in India, was charged with sedition in 2016 
and was arrested and trashed by lawyers supportive of BJP in the court premises 
itself, Modi's political outfit. But now, after 4 years 
of struggles,he had emerged a prominent voice against Modi and his Hindutva 
agenda. His freedom song, "Aazadi" reverberates 
across the country in protest rallies and Modi is worried about Kumar's soaring 
popularity.  At a recent rally in his home state Bihar, 
when the three hundred thousand strong gathering urged him to sing his Aazadi 
song, the whole crowd broke in to a frenzy, singing 
Aazadi along with him. This is exactly what is worrying Modi and his party.
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[Marxism] Protests in India (Contd.)

2020-01-14 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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The monopoly press, which is all the while busy licking the boots of Modi, 
blocks information about the huge protests against the 
nefarious Citizenship Amendment Act. I am just watching an amateur video of a 
huge gathering in the wee hours of 14th January in 
the city of Patna, where at 2 am a surging crowd of tens of thousands of people 
were waiting for the young communist leader Kanhaya 
Kumar. As soon as he reached venue from the airport, the crowd was in ruptures 
and he spoke about countrywide protests being staged 
by millions of people all over the country. He ended his speech with his famous 
Azadi (Freedom) song and the whole gathering was 
singing along with him. Truly remarkable. This kind of activism was unthinkable 
a few months back.
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[Marxism] Protests in India

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Something which the ruling Hindutva Fascist BJP least expected is emerging. 
Crowds of thousands of protestors are holding day and 
night vigils in the cold nights around the country. At the gates of JMI 
University, which had seen police attacking and severely 
trashing  students three weeks ago, these protests are continuing despite 
police repression. And the crowds keep growing with parents 
also joining their protesting children and now the general public is also 
joining the protests. The government had started a viscous 
campaign that these protests are engineered by the Communists and other enemies 
of the nation. One Lawmaker had gone to the 
extent of asking the police to shoot down the "mad dogs protesting in the 
streets." 
By introducing the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Hindutva Fascists thought 
that they can deprive 180 million Muslims of their 
citizenship and then engineer communal riots against Muslims. But things turned 
out to be different. More Hindus are protesting and 
showing solidarity with their Muslim brothers and say that India can not be 
divided on communal lines. The most popular slogan is, 
"Hindus and Muslims, We are one. We are Indians."
This is what is making Modi to shiver. And the young Communist student leader 
Kanhaiya Kumar is addressing many meetings and 
evoking very enthusiastic response with his "Azadi" (means Freedom in Urdu) 
song. The song is so popular all over the country and 
you can see thousands of middle aged Hindu and Muslim women chanting along with 
Kanhayya Kumar. 
The song briefly says:
we demand Azadi (freedom)
Freedom from Hindutva repression
Freedom from BJP (the ruling party)
Freedom from hunger
Freedom from suit-boot (an allusion to the million rupee suit that Modi wears 
with pomp)
We want freedom in a free country
Freedom that Gandhi dreamed of
Freedom that Bahgat Singh dreamed of (a martyr in the fight with the British 
rule)
You bring police, but we want Azadi
You fire bullets, but we want Azadi
You try anything, but we will achieve our freedom... You TubeVideo: Kanhaiya in 
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[Marxism] Fascism in full bloom

2020-01-11 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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As the NYT report says, Modi and his Fascist goons believe that they can 
suppress dissent by violence.
Democracy in India is on sound footing and the millions who are coming out into 
the streets across the length and breadth of the 
country is ample evidence that fascism will no have an easy going. Common 
citizens till now remained nonchalant as the Hindu 
Nationalist BJP acquired power by employing devious means. Many people voted 
for BJP attracted by the nationalist rhetoric of Modi 
and his vitriol against Pakistan.but now, with the introduction of Citizenship 
Amendment Act, people are realizing that Muslims will 
be targeted much like the Jews in Hitler's Germany. And the irony is that when 
this law, in its previous avatar was implemented in 
Assam, the state bordering Bangladesh, on the plea that a large number of 
Muslims had infiltrated in to the country, more Hindus lost 
their citizenship than Muslims. And there was an outcry from the supporters of 
the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) itself.
And now, Amit Shah, the right-hand man of Modi and the Interior Minister is 
advocating that the citizenship verification would be 
taken up in all over the country, even in those states which saw no 
infiltration from outside the borders, and that Non-Muslims need 
not worry, he was reinforcing the fear of many that the Law will discriminate 
against 180 million Muslims and will ultimately deprive 
them of Indian citizenship. Increasing provocative statements from Law makers 
and leaders of BJP, claiming that the whole bunch of 
Muslims will be dumped in to Pakistan had made the mood of the people turn 
sour. People in hundreds of thousands are holding rallies
and day and night vigils in biting  2 Deg,C cold in Delhi and other Northern 
towns. And what is worrying Modi and his government is 
that there are more Hindus rallying against his Government, decrying 
discrimination on the basis of religion. It shows that democratic
culture is deep-rooted in India, which is historically home to many religions. 
Rare display of solidarity is witnessed in different parts 
of the country. Fearing that Hindu Nationalist RSS goons might attack, Hindus 
and Sikhs stood guard while Muslims were offering 
their Friday prayers in Delhi. And in the state of Kerala, a church has invited 
Muslim brothers to offer their prayers in its premises.
When a TV Channel reporter said that only Muslims are protesting, an angry 
young man, took off his shirt and displayed his sacred 
thread which Hindu Brahmins wear.
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Re: [Marxism] Indian Mega Strike

2020-01-09 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Ha ha, Louis, at last your radar has detected India!
A 250 million strong nationwide strike by workers and peasants should make 
world headlines, but everybody, including the Western Left ignore India.
The Modi Fascist Government has brought in CAA, an act aimed at isolating 185 
million Muslims and ultimately to deprive them of 
Indian Citizenship. 
Since the act was passed in Indian Parliament where Modi's BJP has a crushing 
majority, protests have begun modestly in some places.
But when the students of Delhi's JMI University where many Muslim students 
study, were brutally attached by the police, the protests spread across the 
country.
Since then, protests had taken place on a regular basis in all the cities and 
towns across India in the last one month. Delhi had seen 
viscous violence on the demonstrators by the police.
Hyderabad had seen a 2 million strong rally against the CAA. Nagpur city, the 
base of RSS had seen a similar protest, though on a 
slightly smaller scale.
Restrictions were place on all university campuses against assembly and 
protests. Now students from even elite colleges have come 
out to join the protests.
The students of  Indian Institute of Management, a premier institution in 
Bengaluru had invented a new way of showing their dissent.
Since assembly of more than 3 people is prohibited, students come to the main 
gate one by one, leave their shoes, with a flower and a 
protest paper. This is unnerving for the Government.
The students of Jawarlal Nehru University, which is the stronghold of the Left 
and the epicentre of the fight against the Hindutva 
forces, has been specially targeted, on the lines of Kristalnacht on 5th 
January evening. A band of RSS goons, assisted by the police 
had entered the University hostels and residences of teachers and brutally 
attacked with bamboo sticks and iron rods and dozens 
sustained injuries. The police had clamped criminal cases, not on the 
attackers, but on the victims!
A positive outcome of the present protests is that Muslims, Christians, the 
lower caste untouchables (Dalits) - who were away from 
struggles have joined forces together with the Left. Left leaders are 
addressing rallies with hundreds of thousands of people.
The protestors display the Indian National Flag and sing songs popular with the 
Left, such as the Leftist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz's "Hum 
Dekhenge" ("We Shal See'). Students have come out with innovative banners. One 
banner reads, :We Lose Fear, They Lose Power."
This radicalization of students on such a mass scale and defending the 
democratic Constitution is a welcome development.

We have to wit and see.
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Re: [Marxism] Quantum Experiment

2019-11-16 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Thank you, Louis.
There is nothing ironic about it. Some of the scientists are reeking with 
idealist beliefs.
Some say that the universe is born out of mathematical equations.
Some others claim that the universe is a holographic projection.
And now there is a claim that the future is predetermined.
It is high time, we evaluate modern science in the light of DM.
We have to explain WHY the universe had emerged out of NOTHING.
It is definitely a dialectical process.
I am making my own small contribution and it might take a few more years to get 
a meaningful picture.
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Re: [Marxism] Quantum Experiment

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Louis,            The subject is extremely interesting and I am working on the 
philosophical aspect of it. 
But unfortunately, it requires subscription. 
Can you post the text?
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[Marxism] Left Unity in India

2019-09-15 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Left isolationism and digging oneself deeper and deeper in to entrenched 
positions is the bane of some Leftists. I do not want to 
justify myself , by denying a hundredth time any support for Hindutva. It is 
the invention of some people here, who have little regardfor other's views 
and least idea about what the communists in India are fighting for. That might 
be because India gets low priority in 
the Western media, including Leftist oriented journals. And there is scope for 
a lot of bias.

But here in India, for those that work actively in the Leftist movement, a 
realization is dawning that this internecine fighting is what 
had led to the loss of confidence of the people. I remember the days when 
fighting comrades holding different views was given more
priority than fighting the class enemy, but now it is history.


Now, the picture is changing for the better. I do not brag that total Left 
unity will be ushered in, but certainly, the traditional 
animosity between CPI, CPI(M) and CPI(ML) is cooling off. For example, in my 
home state, Andhra Pradesh, a good number of 
joint meetings are being held regularly to discuss the rise of Communal fascism 
and the Left's failure to contain it. One such meeting 
was called by CPI(ML) comrades in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. The meeting was 
held in CPI(M) office and intellectuals from CPI, 
CPI(M)  and CPI(ML) spoke to a large gathering. The subject of the discussion 
was, "Latest Developments in Capitalism and its 
impact on India." I was one of the speakers and I noticed that there was and 
atmosphere of camaraderie and a realisation that "if we 
don't hang together, we will surely be hanged separately." Mutual recrimination 
was totally absent and one speaker from CPI(ML) 
said, "Let us put aside our differences and try to build a common struggle. The 
reason for failure is that, no one group is correct in 
understanding the Indian reality and the truth lies somewhere in between." I 
said, "if we agree on eight issues out of ten, then the 
two issues on which we differ should not hold us back from working together." 
Many mass struggles in India are being waged on a 
common Left platform and even on Kashmir issue, Many ML groups agree with CPI 
and CPI(M). I am making this statement out of 
my experience of working and interacting in the movement along with other Left 
comrades.
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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

2019-09-14 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Agreed, Louis. There is no point in extending the discussion endlessly. It is 
true that the people of Kashmir are being oppressed, more so 
by BJP and Modi. But the 20 odd poor farmers in India who are committing 
suicides every year after going bankrupt are also 
suffering and are being exploited. It is the perception of some people here 
that Indian CPs have given up revolutionary struggle. It is left 
to the discretion of those that argue against CPs here . If that were so, why 
do hundreds of thousands of comrades struggle to bring about 
a revolution in India? Are they all  deluding themselves? Have some empathy. 
Others also can be right, after all. 
Let us call it a day here. 
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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

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Comrade Raju Das,                                  First let us agree that the 
people of a country are the ones who decide their fate. If it is not so, then 
revolutionary 
change is impossible. If you say that only the people of Kashmir have the right 
to decide their fate, then why not Tamils decide their 
fate, Bengal people their own fate etc etc. It virtually means that India 
should break up into thousands of pieces. For your kind 
information, Hyderabad City with 9 million people has 1 million Muslims. Do you 
advocate that they should fight for their  
independence from India? My neighbour is a Muslim, another in the upper floor 
is a Christian. So my apartment block should be  
divided in to so many smaller countries? We Indian communists vehemently oppose 
the cancellation of Special Status for Kashmir 
(Article 370 of the Constitution). 
As an Indian yourself, you know very well what binds The Dalit (untouchable) 
farmer of Tamilnadu with the Jat farmer of Punjab -  
both feel they are Indians and belong to one nation, though they belong to 
different ethic, language, religion and caste groups. Some 
friends here do not seem to like the very idea of India. Well, it is left to 
their wisdom. 
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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

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It is the Indian communists who have raised their voice against the use of 
force on the people of Kashmir and other North-Eastern States.
The Indian student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and tarnished as an 
enemy of India, until after 3 years of legal battle, the Delhi 
court had absolved him. We welcome any Kashmir comrades to participate in the 
discussion. This is after all a democratic debate and all 
views are welcome.
The stand that, "since I don't agree with you, you should be expelled from the 
group," kind of mindset is not welcome among the various 
whats app groups maintained by the Left in India and we welcome free 
discussion, without resorting to personal attacks and animosity.
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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

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I strongly object to the comment that I am a follower of Modi. He is the enemy 
number one of Indian communists.
As regards some comments that Indian people can not decide on the fate of India 
and its future by RKOB, I feel, such armchair 
revolutionaries should remind themselves of the fact that it is only the people 
of a country who can decide their fate. Though I was called 
all kinds of weird names, I struck to the allowed parameters of discussion.
As I said, everyone free to air his views, within the allowed rules of the game.

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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

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Dear MM,                 Peaceful atmosphere where every citizen's aspirations 
find a place is our idea of a Democratic solution.
In India, Muslims form a sizeable minority, about 17-18%, Christians less than 
2% and Buddhists a minuscule minority. The Indian 
Constitution is egalitarian and ensures equal rights to every citizen, 
irrespective of his faith or caste. Right now, it is our best bulwark 
against the onslaught of BJP's communal fascism. And BJP has designs to dump 
the Constitution and declare India, a Hindu Republic.
In every town and village, in every street, you find Hindus and Muslims living 
together for centuries. Our bane is caste discrimination
and Communists continue to fight caste oppression. 
The tragedy of Partition is that a country and its people are trifurcated, with 
imperialist designs continuously fuelling war and 
terrorism. If India is to be further subdivided based on ethnicity, religion, 
language and caste, it will be balkanised in to thousands of 
tiny fiefdoms for US to play at will.  Every town and village has to be 
divided. The people of India fought for about 90 years to 
achieve freedom from British colonial rule and do not want any more destruction 
of their country. If someone calls it chauvinism, 
well, he is free to advocate his views, but nobody in India supports this view.
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Re: [Marxism] Kashmir

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 Dear RKOB,                     
Whether chauvinist or not is to be decided not from your coloured glasses, but 
by the will of the Indian people. We the 
communists in India vehemently oppose the oppression unleashed against the 
people of Kashmir by Congress and BJP  
governments in the last 30 years. Read a bit of history and about the tragic 
Partition to learn the facts, before calling names. You seem 
to believe that it is only BJP which claims that Kashmir is an integral part of 
India. A vast majority of Indians believe that, but they 
want a democratic solution to the Kashmir problem within the Indian Union. You 
seem to be blinded by Pakistan's propaganda. Well, 
please understand that India is still a functioning democracy, despite BJP's 
communal fascism whereas Pakistan is controlled by the 
Military mafia, despite its facade of an elected government. Indian communists 
want Kashmir to be an integral part of India and this 
reflects the aspirations of Indian people, including Kashmir people. India is 
not a playground for playing Divide and Rule, a British 
technique. 
We, the people of India want a peaceful and democratic India. If you call this 
chauvinism, it shows how jaded your worldview is.
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What a pathetic Indian chauvinist nonsense!

1.I do not want to start a discussion about “Kashmir has been an 
integral part of India since millenia”. In consider this as a chauvinist 
argument a la Modi and the BJP! Sufficient to say that:

a) There were various and different empires on the South Asian 
sub-continent (incl. the Muslim Mughal Empire). How can one create a 
continuity between them and refer to this as justification of occupying 
Kashmir?!

b) In itself this is a reactionary argument. What counts is not 
“millennia” but what the people of Kashmir want since decades until this 
very day. Such a chauvinist argument is used by Turkish nationalists to 
deny the Kurdish people the right to have their own state (“the Kurds 
were always part of the Ottoman Empire and then Turkey”; “they never had 
their own state”; etc.). The Greek chauvinists have used the same logic 
against the Macedonians. By the way: the Zionists also claim the 
Palestinian land because of Torah and the “millennia”!

2.“The people of Kashmir opted to remain in India”. This is an insult 
against a) history and b) the people of Kashmir! When did they opt for 
this?! As a matter of fact it was the Maharaja Hari Singh, a thoroughly 
dissolute and corrupt Hindu autocrat, who “opted to remain in India”! 
The Muslim majority population was never asked and certainly would have 
never agreed to it! (See on this chapter 4 and 5 in this essay incl. 
numerous sources 
https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/revolutionaries-and-the-slogan-of-azadi-kashmir/)

3.The UN requested in 1948 (and the Indian government agreed) to hold a 
plebiscite in which the Kashmiri people could decide about their fate. 
The Indian government never hold such a referendum. If the people of 
Kashmir would really wish to remain in India, the government could have 
easily held such a referendum and then use a pro-Indian result as a huge 
propaganda victory. Guess why Delhi never allowed a plebiscite! 
Contrary, the Indian state had to send about 800,000 troops to keep a 
people of 8 million under control! They had to slaughter up to 100,000 
Kashmiri since 1989 and gang-rape thousands of women! How can one 
imagine that the Kashmiri people want to be part of such a state?!

4.Your argument “Whether Kashmir should remain as apart of India or is 
to be decided by the people of India” is a thoroughly chauvinist 
argument which is unfortunately so widespread among the Stalinist and 
semi-Stalinist forces in India. (See e.g. on the positions of Indian 
“Communist” parties on Kashmir this essay with numerous references: 
“Kashmir: Social-Patriotism Among the Indian Left”, 
https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/kashmir-social-patriotism-among-indian-left/)
 
Why on earth should the people outside of Kashmir have a say in which 
state the people of Kashmir shall live?! Because “Kashmir has been an 
integral part of India since millenia”?! I repeat: This is a chauvinist 
argument a la Modi and the BJP!

5.You say: “The two main 

[Marxism] Kashmir

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I have been observing that a number of posts are there advocating an 
Independent Kashmir.
Let me make it clear that Kashmir has been an integral part of India since 
millenia. At the time of Partition, the people of Kashmir opted 
to remain in India, but Pakistan had forcibly taken away the Western part of 
Kashmir and it has been the point of contention between the
two neighbours. And Pakistan has made Western Kasmir as its base to breed 
terrorism. Whether Kashmir should remain as apart of India 
or is to be decided by the people of India and certainly not by those outside 
its borders. The rise of Taliban and and Afghan War and 
fundamentalism has fuelled separatist feelings in the people of Kashmir.
It is true that in the last 30 years, successive governments in Delhi tried to 
suppress the legitimate democratic demands of the people of 
Kashmir. An overwhelming majority of Indians want Kasmir to enjoy full 
democratic rights and that it should remain as a part of the 
Indian Union. The two main Communist Parties also adhere to this stand. 
I strongly object to the tone of the messages, picturing India as an occupier 
of Kashmir. It is a distortion of history.
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[Marxism] Indian Elections

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Indian election process is on the way and next month onwards, about 1 billion 
voters will choose the next government. Pre-poll surveys predict that Modi is 
fast losing ground and a united opposition might gain more seats than Modi's 
BJP. But there is every possibility that BJP and its parent fascist 
organization RSS might be having some more tricks up their sleeve. They hoped 
that the tensions with Pakistan might work in their favor to play the card of 
patriotism and Hindu nationalism, by targeting Muslims. But the border had 
cooled down, what with US, Russia and China indicating to both Pakistan and 
India that they are against war between two nuclear nations.The new face of 
Indian Left, Kanhaiya Kumar is fast emerging as a popular figure. He is largely 
expected to win a seat to the Indian Parliament. He was a student leader, who 
was arrested in 2016 on charges of sedition, but the Delhi High Court and given 
him reprieve. Recently, in an interview by a leading Indian News Channel NDTV, 
on "why communists resort to violence", he gave a brilliant answer."A cow or a 
goat never attacks a tiger. The rich feel that it is their natural right to use 
violence against the poor every day, but when the oppression becomes 
unbearable, the poor have no alternative but to revolt. This is distorted and 
your big biz media shouts at the top of its voice that the poor are resorting 
to violence."Brilliant answer that!Vijaya Kumar M
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[Marxism] The logic behind the rhetoric

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The ruling BJP in India and its parental Fascist outfit RSS,  have been on an 
ideological overdrive since 2014 when they came to power. 
Their pet theory was that Hinduism was the dominating world religion for the 
last 50 thousand years or 100 thousand years as you please.
Lord Ram had ruled the whole globe for 10 thousand years and his ruling period 
was the golden age of the world, unsurpassed since then.
India is the land where Aryans had emerged and they had spread throughout the 
world, educating the barbarians. (It does not matter that latest genetic 
research by many labs, including the Harvard Medical School had ruled out any 
major migrations out of India, thousands of years ago. RSS had declared that 
Western science and especially genetic research is fake and only the genetics 
propounded in the Vedas (?) is authentic).
India had flying machines, intergalactic travel and nuclear weapons since 
antiquity. The technology was stolen by the West and they had built rockets and 
atom bombs (they quote Oppenheimer to assert this).
Ancient India had test tube babies and plastic surgery. A baby elephant's head 
was transplanted on Ganesha using plastic surgery. This , according to them is 
the indisputable proof. Modi himself had asserted in a previous Indian Science 
Congress, inviting ridicule and scorn from Indians and the world scientific 
community.
A minister in Modi's cabinet had claimed that Darwin's theory is wrong as no 
one, not even his grandfather had ever seen men emerging out of monkeys. He had 
confidently declared that Darwin is wrong! And he says that the Holy Vedas had 
declared so. Queried by journalists to reveal which stanza of Rigveda or any 
other Holy book mentions this fact, he thundered, "it is for you, ignorant 
fellows to find that out!" 
Another state chief minister had declared that pen drives were found in 
archaeological ruins. His proof: there is a boulder with a protrusion that 
vaguely resembles as USB port. His claim is that ancient India had super 
computers (take it with a pinch of salt: with boulder sized USB drives).
A prominent Indian scientist, Prof. Jayant Narlikar, who was a student of Fred 
Hoyle asked the Hindu fanatics to show him proof that Ancient India had 
knowledge of electro-magnets, without which neither atom bombs, nor space ships 
nor computers are possible. There was no answer from these "learned men."
One might brush off these rantings as religious fanaticism, but there is a 
clear political agenda behind all this.
By declaring that Hindu religion is tens of thousands of years old, they deny 
that the Indus Civilisation is non-Aryan. All Indians are descendants of Aryan 
races and the existence of Dravidians is a myth propagated by the West.
According to them, BJP and RSS are the torch bearers of HINDUTVA or the essence 
of Hinduism. Since Aryans and their Vedic Religion are  born here in India, all 
other religions are imports from outside. So India is the land of Hindus and 
others have to either convert to Hinduism or face expulsion from the country. 
This has successfully rallied many Hindus, believing that RSS and BJP will 
bring back the past glory of Hinduism. This trump card, they try to use every 
time the country faces an election. 
Modi had brought down India economy to new lows during his tenure. His Currency 
withdrawal, Goods and Services Tax etc, have damaged the economy. Nearly 12.5 
million jobs are lost with the economy in slump. His open corruption in the 
case of buying of French Jets (the Rafale) had caused considerable damage to 
his claim that he is running a corruption free administration. The details of 
the defence deal reveal that his close associates were benefited to the extent 
of hundreds of millions of Indian Rupees.
Indian farmers are on a warpath with agriculture getting impossible for 
millions of poor farmers across the country. nearly 350 thousand farmers had 
committed suicides by drinking pesticides, finding no way to pay off their 
debts.
There was enough proof that many businessmen close to Modi had cheated the 
Indian Government Banks to the tune of billions of Rupees and some of escaped 
out of the country.Modi promised 20 million new jobs every year, but the 
employment potential in the country is showing a consistent negative trend. 
Unemployment is at an alarming high.
In this background, the best weapon available to the Hindu supremacists is to 
create and circulate concocted stories about the glory of Hinduism and thus 
garner the votes of 84% of the electorate, who are Hindus. But it is to be seen 
whether religion is stronger than hunger.
Modi's ruling BJP had faced humiliating 

[Marxism] Fw: [foil] 106th Indian Science Congress or Clowns Performing in a Circus!!!? I. '‘Ravana’s airports’, ‘Modi waves’ leave science congress stunned' II '‘NaMo Waves’ & Kauravas as Test Tube B

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 This is the peak getting ridiculous. Newton and Einstein, we were told, don't 
know physics. Everything is there in the Holy Vedas and the West had simply 
copied it. And we wonder how many more monkey shows are in the offing in the 
coming days.
Vijaya Kumar Marla
   - Forwarded Message - From: Sukla Sen To: 
foil-l ; Say NO 2 UID Core Group 
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019, 12:11:59 AM 
GMT+5:30Subject: [foil] 106th Indian Science Congress or Clowns Performing in a 
Circus!!!? I. '‘Ravana’s airports’, ‘Modi waves’ leave science congress 
stunned' II '‘NaMo Waves’ & Kauravas as Test Tube Babies: ISC Sees Some Gems' 
III. 'How to React to Stupidity at the Science Congress': Arrival of 'Acche 
Din' or 'Ram Rajya'!?
 
[As it appears, each Congress is competing with the preceding one to prove even 
weirder.
Bizarre claims do not call for any evidence - the drfining marker of "science" 
and "scientific method", wild presumptions are more than adequate.]
I/III.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ravanas-airports-modi-waves-leave-science-congress-stunned/articleshow/67402208.cms?fbclid=IwAR2EqZ6EzX9_UtM-gIWmWQu4aPB1zlCU0UFq3YmWH_MXjg217KfoXCR5Kcg
‘Ravana’s airports’, ‘Modi waves’ leave science congress stunned
I P Singh and Siddharatha Sarma l TNNJan. 6 2019
HIGHLIGHTS
Two lectures at the Indian Science Congress made claims about achievements of 
ancient Indians have created a new controversy.
Andhra University vice-chancellor G Nageswara Rao, a professor of inorganic 
chemistry, claimed that Kauravas from the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata 
were born using stem cell technology. 
Snipped
II/III.[Pls. visit the site for the very interesting screenshots.]
https://www.thequint.com/news/india/narendra-modi-waves-kauravas-test-tube-babies-indian-science-congress?fbclid=IwAR3MLxAWGkjTWGlEPDzqdBEPUbOUYtv5p5qDUJ6t682u2xDWspeGtJm16Aw
‘NaMo Waves’ & Kauravas as Test Tube Babies: ISC Sees Some Gems
THE QUINT1 DAY AGOINDIA2 min read
A delegate at the 106th Indian Science Congress on Friday, 4 January, said that 
modern physics as we know it will be destroyed and will soon be replaced by a 
'new understanding' of physics.
And once that happens, the world will know 'gravitational forces as 'Narendra 
Modi waves' and the Gravitational Lensing Effect as 'Harsh Vardhan effect', the 
man claimed.

That's not all. The man in question, one Kannan Jegathala Krishnan, also 
claimed that both Issac Newton and Albert Einstein had little understanding of 
physics.
According to The Print, Krishnan said,
“Newton was not able to understand gravitational repulsive force, which is why 
he was not able to answer most questions related to gravity. His calculations 
were perfect but there was a problem in his theoretical physics. I have been 
able to solve these theories.”And about Einstein, this is what Krishnan, who is 
a senior reseach scientist at the World Community Service Centre in Tamil 
Nadu's Aliyar, said:
“Space is heavier than the Sun and every other planet and hence compresses all 
the planets. Equal pressure is applied to them, which is why they are moving. 
The quality of space is self-compressive, which is something that Newton and 
Einstein could not understand. Einstein did not guide the world in the correct 
way.”Needless to say, Krishnan's audacious remarks were not spared on Twitter.







‘Kauravas Are Test Tube Babies’Krishnan was not the only one to make such 
overreaching claims at the 'Science' Congress.
Andhra University Vice Chancellor G Nageshwar Rao claimed Kauravas were born 
due to stem cell and test tube technologies and India possessed this knowledge 
thousands of years ago.
Lord Rama used 'astras' and 'shastras' (weapons) which would chase targets and 
after hitting it they would come back, Rao said at a presentation.
“Everybody wonders and nobody believes, how come Gandhari gave birth to 100 
children. How is it humanly possible? Can a woman give birth to 100 children in 
one lifetime.”Again, Rao's comments were subject to Twitter's deepest scrutiny, 
with many lamenting at the purpose of a Science Congress in light of such 
remarks.




(With inputs from PTI.)
III.https://thewire.in/the-sciences/how-to-react-to-stupidity-at-the-science-congress
How to React to Stupidity at the Science CongressPerhaps the BJP government has 
thrown the field open to anyone who can craft a call to conservatism in a way 
that sticks to the parivar's ideological line.
How to React to Stupidity at the Science Congress106th Indian Science Congress. 
Credit: PTI
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Re: [Marxism] Russia without Putin

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Louis,           My postings never get through. I get a message that my post is 
under moderator's approval and it never gets posted. It happened a number of 
times. I do not know what might be the technical problem. That is why I am 
posting to you. You may please post in the group.Regarding the subject cited 
above, here is my reaction:
"I had the opportunity to visit Russia on the invitation of my Indian friends 
in Moscow in August 2018. I had spent 2 weeks there and had discussions with a 
cross section of Russians. In an informal get together, with about a dozen 
Russians and a few Indians, the conversation turned to politics. They wanted to 
know what I think of Russia, after collapse of USSR. I replied that it is 
saddening to see that the welfare programs are being withdrawn. I told them 
that they should preserve what was good in Soviet times.One Russian lady, who 
is married to an Indian, asked me, "when are you going to get rid of Modi?"I 
said, the opinion polls indicate that he may not ride back to power in 
2019."Don't be fooled. Our Putin and your Modi, will never step down. Whether 
we want or not, Putin manages to win elections. So is the case with Modi."As I 
understood from their conversation, they have nothing against socialism, but 
want socialism with democracy.In the regional elections held last month, the 
opposition, including communists have won more votes in many places, but 
strangely, Putin's candidates were declared elected. The vote percentage of 
Communists had gone up from 19.5% to 40% in many places. I cam back with a 
distinct feeling that Russia is set for a change.Vijaya Kumar Marla

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Re: [Marxism] The silence of the lambs

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Louis,          Please tell me how can I attach a link. It is problematic, I 
know. But the news of her killing is very disturbing. I had met her in March 
when I was in Bangalore to speak in a meeting organised by City intellectuals. 
I don't know whose turn is next, but the Left is determined to fight it 
out.Vijaya Kumar Marla

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> In India, RSS had become bold enough to eliminate anyone who raises a voice 
> against the, and declare publicly that she was killed because she had 
> criticised the Hindu Fundamentalists. India is on its leg of Democracy, it 
> seems.From silence to speech
>  From silence to speech
>  Those who want to silence dissent are trying to force people into making the 
>reverse journey  |  |
> 
>  
>  From silence to speechThose who want to silence dissent are trying to force 
>people into making the reverse journey
> Written by Shashi Deshpande | Published:September 8, 2017 12:15 amVijaya 
> Kumar Marla

Vijaya, your message had formatting problems and you failed to supply a 
link: 
http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/from-silence-to-speech-gauri-lankesh-journalist-murder-4833497/

For background on the murder of an anti-Modi journalist:

NY Times, Sept. 7 2017
In India, Another Government Critic Is Silenced by Bullets
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and HARI KUMAR

NEW DELHI — Gauri Lankesh, one of India’s most outspoken journalists, 
was walking into her house on Tuesday night.

It was around 8. The night was warm. She was alone.

As she stepped through her gate, just feet from her front door, several 
gunshots rang out.

She was killed instantly in what political opposition officials say 
appears to be yet another assassination of an intellectual who publicly 
criticized India’s governing party and the Hindu agenda it has pursued. 
In recent years, at least three other anti-establishment activists have 
been silenced by bullets.

Ms. Lankesh’s death, which monopolized television news coverage on 
Wednesday, set off protests across India, a country increasingly 
polarized by supporters of the Hindu nationalist governing party and its 
detractors.

Some of Mrs. Lankesh’s friends say they have no idea who killed her. But 
among government opponents, the circumstances of the shooting fueled 
suspicions that governing party backers, emboldened by their leaders to 
wipe out their enemies, were behind it.

“Anybody who speaks against the RSS/BJP is attacked & even killed,’’ 
Rahul Gandhi, an opposition leader, said in a Twitter message. (R.S.S. 
is a Hindu organization that is closely connected to India’s governing 
Bharatiya Janata Party.) “They want to impose only one ideology which is 
against the nature of India.”

Nitin Gadkari, a cabinet minister, said the accusation was “baseless” 
and “false.” The governing party and its affiliates, he said, had “no 
relation to the murder of Gauri Lankesh.”

Ms. Lankesh, 55, would rarely back down from a fight, but was also known 
for her humorous touch.

Rana Ayyub, a friend and fellow writer, said that the last time they 
spoke, about a month ago, Ms. Lankesh was furiously flipping through a 
dictionary, trying to figure out the proper pronunciation of 
“nincompoop.” (She planned to use the word against her critics.)

“She was fighting a very unpopular battle with the right wing of 
India,’’ Ms. Ayyub said, “but she had this ability to convert everything 
into satire.”

Many people, though, did not find it funny. Ms. Ayyub said Ms. Lankesh 
had received death threats every day, far too many to count, from 
different sides of the political equation. Those, too, she did not take 
seriously, Ms. Ayyub said.

“She didn’t have the faintest idea that

[Marxism] The silence of the lambs

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In India, RSS had become bold enough to eliminate anyone who raises a voice 
against the, and declare publicly that she was killed because she had 
criticised the Hindu Fundamentalists. India is on its leg of Democracy, it 
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Written by Shashi Deshpande | Published:September 8, 2017 12:15 amVijaya Kumar 
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Re: [Marxism] Fwd: The Postillon: Trump wants to deport American Indians to India

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Louis,          Here we have got an Indian version of Trumfff, complete with a 
blank mind and senseless adventures. Amerinadians will not be any better off, 
if they are deported to India. Our Truppfff and his RSS have got plans to 
deport 170 million Muslims and many more millions of those 'anti-nationals' who 
oppose Hindutva ideology to Pakistan. Pakistan's reaction is awaited.Vijaya 
Kumar Marla

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[Marxism] Distinction between authoritarian and totalitarian states

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Louis,  There is a debate going on among the left cadre whether Modi's 
BJP is aspiring to build a fascist state. BJP and RSS have got all the 
armaments ready to build a totalitarian state.BJP is a branch of the all 
powerful RSS (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh - Translation: National self service 
group), which actually exterts its influence on the administration. In fact, 
Modi has to bow before the authority of RSS leasdership cotorie. Major 
decisions are taken at the Nagpur HQ of RSS, located in Central India. RSS has 
got many shadowy organisation such as Bajrang Dal (the Monkey God Corps), 
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP for short - the ideological wing of RSS), Sanatan 
Sansthan (the covert organisation that had murdered 3 prominent intellectuals). 
It is reported that RSS has under its umbrella hundreds of such covert and 
overt organizations, with membership running into 3 or 4 million. Added to 
this, they have many local outfits such as Shiv Sena (Shiva's Army). It is 
reported widely that the VHP had imparted military training to more than 2 
hundred thousand volunteers with modern weapons, including use of anti-aircraft 
missile weaponry. With such a strength and clout, they aspire to take control 
of India. We have seen in the last 3 years of BJP rule, many hundreds of 
incidents all over the country of brutal murder and attacks on Muslims and 
Dalits (untouchable lower castes). Today, they have established an iron grip 
over a majority of higher educational institutions and reasearch institutes. 
The press is coerced and subdued in to compliance with the ruling dispensation 
and any movement against the BJP is supressed. Much what they are attempting is 
in the direction of a totalitarian state.But.. something is going drastically 
wrong for them. They are losing one state election after another. The results 
of the ongoing state assembly elections in 5 states, including the most 
populous Uttar Pradesh (1/6 of the country's population) will be out on 11th 
March, 2017. In all likelihood, Modi's BJP is going to bite the dust in all the 
5 states. Modi's exercise in demonetisation had proved to be a monumental 
disaster and he had angered not only the poor, but even the well off and the 
big business, with the GDP rate projected to fall by more that 1.5% (from the 
earlier projected 7.6%). Will the debacles in state elections put the 
authoritarian forces on the backtrack or will they go ahead more vigorously is 
to be seen. Our hope is that democracy in India is strong and our armed forces 
continue to remain non-political, unlike in Pakistan.
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Re: [Marxism] White House bars Daily News, multiple outlets from press briefing - NY

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Why doen't the URL figure in the message? 
Anyway, it is from the January 20, 2017 issue of Frontline, titled "Big Brother 
in Delhi."


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Louis,  
 I am surprised by your question, "what the hell is going on there." Am I to 
understand that you are not aware of the developments in India in the past 3 
years after Modi's BJP came to power. For most of our Western comrades, India 
with 1/5 of the world's humanity doesn't just figure on their radar. Now that 
you have a clone of Modi riding on yourbacks in US, you are concerned.

Vijaya Kumar Marla

I am posting a URL from the prestigeous Frontline magazine on Modi's 
(mis)rule.Big Brother in Delhi
Frontline, January 20, 2017
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Re: [Marxism] White House bars Daily News, multiple outlets from press briefing - NY

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Louis,  
 I am surprised by your question, "what the hell is going on there." Am I to 
understand that you are not aware of the developments in India in the past 3 
years after Modi's BJP came to power. For most of our Western comrades, India 
with 1/5 of the world's humanity doesn't just figure on their radar. Now that 
you have a clone of Modi riding on yourbacks in US, you are concerned.

Vijaya Kumar Marla

I am posting a URL from the prestigeous Frontline magazine on Modi's 
(mis)rule.Big Brother in Delhi
Frontline, January 20, 2017
Big Brother in Delhi

  
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[Marxism] White House bars Daily News, multiple outlets from press briefing - NY

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Louis,   The readers' reactions on the news of blocking news agencies, 
remind me strongly of the methods used by Fundamentalist Hindutva trolls here 
in India. Perhaps, Trump is following Modi in manufacturing consent through 
trolls.Vijaya Kumar Marla
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Re: [Marxism] Donald Trump's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast

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Trump rant:"We're gonna havefantastic universities, very special campuses. 
Right now they're terrible.They're a joke, folks. Filled with communists, 
women, diversity. We need betteruniversities. It's terrible, this diversity. 
We're gonna make them great again.No more classes that teach useless things 
like writing and public speaking..."A conservative complaining against 
communists in universities is understandable. We have this paranoia in India, 
with the constant attack on universities, calling them communist dens. But 
complaining against diversity and that the universities are filled with women 
is something that makes me wonder what kind of a peson he is. most of his 
ranting against journalists is familiar to us, here in India under Modi. But 
even if the Hindu Fundamentalists bark against women's freedom, Modi doesn't 
dare utter a word against women.Can someone make this clear?Vijaya Kumar Marla
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Re: [Marxism] Fwd: Tough-Talking Philippine President Duterte

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Louis,    So you haven't forgotten Lipmann. Don't be so angry with him. 
He is a good man, with his own set views.Cool,Cool.Vijaya Kumar Marla


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On 12/9/16 8:54 PM, Michael Karadjis via Marxism wrote:
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> Yeh but don't forget that Marcos was overthrown in a Colour Revolution
> organised by Shultz and Wolfowitz, an early shot by the Neocons
> (http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/site_packages/econ_hitmen/3150philipp_coup.html).
> So Marcos must have been doing something good.

Too bad Walter Lippmann isn't around to defend Duterte. I was 
flabbergasted when he defended the Myanmar generals as 
"anti-imperialist". So ahead of this time.
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[Marxism] Fwd: The Taming of Trump by Nouriel Roubini - Project Syndicate

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Louis,   The article smacks of naivety and illusions. India is reeling 
under a bumbling idiot, for the last 3 years. Many predicted that he will be 
tamed by the vicissitudes of power. But most of his actions, including the 
present hasty and ill planned demonetization of big currency are proving to be 
unmitigated disasters. Both Modi and now Trump have won power blaming the 
"OTHER". America will stand to lose more than what it gains by flushing out the 
cheap labor as well as the talent Asian techies. The Modi dispensation and its 
master, the RSS are tearing apart this rainbow country, but imposing a 
monolitic Hindutva image. Same applies to America. 
 Bad days ahead!Vijaya Kumar Marla
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Re: [Marxism] Does the rise of a mass Feminist moivment indicate Pakitan in South Asia is the most ripe for revolutionary change?

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This new development is very much evident in India, with the rise of student 
movement against fundamentalism. On the last day of election in Kerala state, 
where Left Front is expected to capture power after 5 years, the BJP Party 
Chief's meeting was a flop with empty chairs. Where as, the massive meeting 
addressed by Leftist student leader and the new political star, Kanhaiya Kumar 
was a great success with vibrant response from the people. He was in Kerala in 
support of his Jawaharlal Nehru University student and fellow communist, 
Mohammad Mohsin, who was contesting the elections as a Left candidate. This 
comparison of meeting attendance had gone viral on social media, with the 
slogan, "Get Lost Modi". As you know, BJP's Modi is the PM of India. His 
meteoric rise in popularity in 2014, that had put in power seems to be fading 
equally fast. What is to be seen how effectively anti-fascist elements manage 
to build a popular front to counter the BJP.
 Kanhaiya Kumar: ‘We are anti-RSS, not anti-national’
  
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 This video shows the beginning of a mass Feminist movement within Pakitsan! Is 
the reactionary period of Islamic Fundamentalism begiining to come to an end? 
Islamic Fundamentalism has been a major obstacle to a left developemnt since 
its height during the 1980s when it was used in the reactionary  war with the 
Soveit workers' state within Afghanistan. Does thsi Feminist rise combined with 
the movement against Imperialism intervening in th tribal regions on the Afgan 
border indicate a possible pre-revolutionary crisis? Is Pakistan the weak link 
for Capitalism in South Asia ripe for revolutionary change? Montrhs ago it 
would be unthinkable that women would challenge their oppression so openly 
because the Fundamentalists would thretaen to murder them! These middle class 
women speaking up for their rights has encourgaed millions of Pakistani workers 
and rural middle class peasants to challenge their oppression! This mass 
movement of middle and working class women indicates the possibility of 
revolutionry uphealval because when they cannot endure their oppression as 
woman and being super-exploited by capital for being working or middle class, 
August Bebel Capitalism is threatened by majior revolutonary threat of possible 
Socialist revolution!
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Re: [Marxism] Indian activist on resisting Modi: 'Student protestswillspread'

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Comrades,  Louis had pointed out about the jumbling of text. I 
am sorry about that, but whatever I post, is getting jumbled up. Here is the 
URL of text of KK's speech on 3rd March, 2016 at JNU campus.
http://www.firstpost.com/india/full-text-and-video-of-jnusu-president-kanhaya-kumars-speech-nothing-seditious-here-2628934.html
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Comrades,  Kanhaiya Kumar (KK for short) is aPhD student from 
the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, capital of India.  
KK comes from a poor rural background. His is traditionally a communist family 
for the last 2 generations. His father used to be daily labourer, but is now 
paralyzed and bedridden. His mother works as a social service worker, earning 
$50 a month. He able to study on the scholarship of about $60 per month from 
the University. He is president of the University Students Union, which is 
dominated by Leftist students, and the rightist BJPs student wing is able to 
win only one position.
He was arrested on Feb 9th on Charges of sedition. Some students had protested 
against the hanging of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, who was alleged to have a role 
in the 2002 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament. Sensing trouble, as 
Students Union president, he went there to dissuade Ultra-Left and BJP student 
groups from resorting to fistfight. He had sent away the warring groups and 
then addressed the students with the now famous speech, along with the song 
Aazadi (freedom):We want freedom from hunger   freedom from 
capitalism   freedom from from unemployment
   freedom from fundamentalism   freedom from upper 
caste discrimination..as the song goes. By now, this song has become the anthem 
of students and youth all across the country. Remember that Hindi is not 
understood in South and East India, but they translated the song and are 
singing in all colleges. It has become a rage.To cut the long story short, 
pro-government media seized the opportunity and began screening doctored videos 
showing KK allegedly shouting anti-India slogans. Shouting anti-government 
slogans in itself does not come under the sedition law, but what is interesting 
is an avalanche of propaganda, declaring communists as traitors and 
anti-nationals. Goons wearing lawyers dress had attacked and beaten up 
professors and fellow students, and journalist in the court premises, in the 
presence of the judge. The Supreme court took notice and sent a team of eminent 
lawyers to file a report of what happened at the local court. The next day, as 
KK was brought for for the trial, the same lawyer goons grabbed him from the 
police custody and and beat him. The police remained mute spectators. The team 
of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court were also attacked and journalist were 
beaten up.With BJPs fascist pogrom in full swing, public opinion turned against 
them and there was a groundswell of support for KK. Finally, on March 2nd he 
was given 6 months conditional bail. On 3rd March, when he returned to his JNU 
campus, he was given a heroes welcome, where he delivered an electrifying 
speech, which became an instant hit all across the country. All media channels 
had broadcast his speech and he had given 60 interviews in the next 10 days. 
KKs name had become a household name and the discourse on Left had once again 
become mainstream.But all that a little later.Here is an English transcript of 
his historic March 3rd speech at JNU campus:No sedition here: Full text and 
video of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar's speech which sparked the #JNUrow - 
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    On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:52 PM, Louis Proyect 

Re: [Marxism] Indian activist on resisting Modi: 'Student protests willspread'

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Comrades,  Kanhaiya Kumar (KK for short) is aPhD student from 
the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, capital of India.  
KK comes from a poor rural background. His is traditionally a communist family 
for the last 2 generations. His father used to be daily labourer, but is now 
paralyzed and bedridden. His mother works as a social service worker, earning 
$50 a month. He able to study on the scholarship of about $60 per month from 
the University. He is president of the University Students Union, which is 
dominated by Leftist students, and the rightist BJPs student wing is able to 
win only one position.
He was arrested on Feb 9th on Charges of sedition. Some students had protested 
against the hanging of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, who was alleged to have a role 
in the 2002 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament. Sensing trouble, as 
Students Union president, he went there to dissuade Ultra-Left and BJP student 
groups from resorting to fistfight. He had sent away the warring groups and 
then addressed the students with the now famous speech, along with the song 
Aazadi (freedom):We want freedom from hunger   freedom from 
capitalism   freedom from from unemployment
   freedom from fundamentalism   freedom from upper 
caste discrimination..as the song goes. By now, this song has become the anthem 
of students and youth all across the country. Remember that Hindi is not 
understood in South and East India, but they translated the song and are 
singing in all colleges. It has become a rage.To cut the long story short, 
pro-government media seized the opportunity and began screening doctored videos 
showing KK allegedly shouting anti-India slogans. Shouting anti-government 
slogans in itself does not come under the sedition law, but what is interesting 
is an avalanche of propaganda, declaring communists as traitors and 
anti-nationals. Goons wearing lawyers dress had attacked and beaten up 
professors and fellow students, and journalist in the court premises, in the 
presence of the judge. The Supreme court took notice and sent a team of eminent 
lawyers to file a report of what happened at the local court. The next day, as 
KK was brought for for the trial, the same lawyer goons grabbed him from the 
police custody and and beat him. The police remained mute spectators. The team 
of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court were also attacked and journalist were 
beaten up.With BJPs fascist pogrom in full swing, public opinion turned against 
them and there was a groundswell of support for KK. Finally, on March 2nd he 
was given 6 months conditional bail. On 3rd March, when he returned to his JNU 
campus, he was given a heroes welcome, where he delivered an electrifying 
speech, which became an instant hit all across the country. All media channels 
had broadcast his speech and he had given 60 interviews in the next 10 days. 
KKs name had become a household name and the discourse on Left had once again 
become mainstream.But all that a little later.Here is an English transcript of 
his historic March 3rd speech at JNU campus:No sedition here: Full text and 
video of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar's speech which sparked the #JNUrow - 
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On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:52 PM, Louis Proyect <l...@panix.com> wrote:
 

 On 3/22/16 8:08 AM, Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism wrote:
> My observation is that India does not figure on the radar of Marxmailers.

However, there are many Indians on Marxmail, based at least on the names 
of subscribers I see. It is important that information about the class 
struggle in India be posted to the list, especially from someone as 
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Re: [Marxism] Indian activist on resisting Modi: 'Student protests willspread'

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WOW!I have posted many days back about the developing situation in India and a 
fresh lease of opportunity for the beleaguered Left, with the title, "Spring 
Comes to India", but no one bothered to take notice. Everyday, we have 
prominent news items and video coverage on Leftist Students and now they are a 
rage in Universities across the country. We have to see how the situation 
develops.My observation is that India does not figure on the radar of 
Marxmailers. 
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India has been hit by a wave of student unrest, centred on Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU), which has been spurred by government attacks. These
attacks include demonising protesters and arresting activists simply for
criticising the actions of the Indian state. JNU student union president
Kanhaiya Kumar is among several activists charged with sedition.
*Sucheta De* is the national president of All India Students Association
(AISA), a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
Liberation and an ex-JNU student union president. *Green Left Weekly*'s *Robin
Mayo* spoke to her about the student struggles rocking India.

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Re: [Marxism] Spring comes to India

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See today's news analysis of the Communist student's fiery speech after his 
release on conditional bail from prison:
The Daily Fix: Kanhaiya Kumar’s electrifying

speech in JNU shows up India’s tired and cynical political class
 Everything you need to know for the day (and a little more). Shoaib Daniyal  · 
Today · 09:25 am  
Photo Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
The Latest: Top stories of the day
1. Modi hitsout in Parliament, says Congress has an inferiority complex that 
made itdisrupt Parliament.
2. Using JNU in Uttar Pradesh: In the BJP’s rank & file, deshdrohithe new enemy.
3. A US body that monitors religious freedom has claimedthat India denied them 
visas.
4. A group calling themselves “Hindus for Trump” believein the Republican so 
fervently, they have portrayed him as Lord Vishnu.
5. The Border Security Force has discovereda tunnel from Pakistan to India in 
Jammu.
6. Strange, but true: Chhota Rajan wantsthe Central Bureau of Investigation to 
take him into its custody for all the 68cases registered against him by various 
law enforcement agencies.
7. Asia Cup: India crushUAE by nine wicketsThe Big Story: Young 
gunKanhaiyaKumar has had an eventful month. The Phd candidate at the Jawaharlal 
Nehru Universityand president of its student’s union was accused of sedition a 
fortnight ago for allegedly shoutinganti-India slogans in JNU. Fanned by 
hysterical news coverage – now mostlyshown to be based on doctored videos – the 
Delhi Police came into JNU andarrested him in a manner. In court, as law 
andorder broke down, Kumar was punched, kicked and beaten. In Parliament, 
theentire might of the government railed against this university student, as a 
newbrand of hyper-nationalism was sought be sold as a political 
product.OnThursday, Kumar was released on bail. Under pressure from almost the 
entirestate and large powerful sections of the media, many others would have 
laid lowand let this storm blow over. Kumar, a veteran of students politics, 
used thisopportunity to deliver a scintillating speech on the steps of JNU’s 
administrativeblock. Much has been made of Kumar’s now famous “azadi” slogan ­– 
that was theone doctored to paint him as a separatist. Kumar used this very 
controversy tohit back: “We don’t freedom fromIndia, my brothers, we want 
freedom inIndia.”He elaborated: “Freedomfrom hunger, freedom from corruption, 
freedom from the RSS, freedom from Manu-ism,freedom from caste – we will take 
our freedoms.”Peppered with humour, Kumar’s speech was a powerful indictment of 
a politicalsystem where asking for liberty has been stigmatised. After seeing 
Parliamentin action this week, it was also painfully apparent just how lacking 
intalent our political class was – not a single MP is an orator of this calibre.
By the endof the night, #Kanhaiyakuamr was trending not only on Indian Twitter 
butglobally. As more than one commentator predicted, a political star had 
beenborn.The Big ScrollStop whatever it is you’re doing and watchthe definitive 
political speech of our times: Kanhaiya Kumar at JNU. Also, read Ipsita 
Chakravarty on how the crowds that welcomed him were in the mood for 
revolution.And whenyou’re done with that, here’ssome azadi dubstep.Listen to 
the song cited above to celebrate Kanhaiya's speech on 11th Feb and it was an 
instant hit, with hundreds of thousandsof downloads.Vijaya Kumar M
 

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Comrades,  The last 15 days have seen a remarkable change in 
the Indian public mood since the Hindu fascist BJP swept to power 20 months 
ago. Modi seemed invincible and the whole media was agog eulogising him. 
Slowly, his carefully constructed facade startrd fading and it is now proven 
that this man is a pigmy compared to what he was made out to be. But the real 
power lies with the RSS, a parent secretive organization that controls the BJP, 
the present ruling party. The RSS is built with the inspiration Mussolini's 
Black Shirts and Hitlers Storm troopers. They are singly responsible for many 
axcts of terror against minority religions and regularly fanning religious 
riots to gain electoral advantage. That the Indian Left failed to check their 
advance can not be denied.But now, a young 28 

[Marxism] Spring comes to India

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Comrades,  The last 15 days have seen a remarkable change in 
the Indian public mood since the Hindu fascist BJP swept to power 20 months 
ago. Modi seemed invincible and the whole media was agog eulogising him. 
Slowly, his carefully constructed facade startrd fading and it is now proven 
that this man is a pigmy compared to what he was made out to be. But the real 
power lies with the RSS, a parent secretive organization that controls the BJP, 
the present ruling party. The RSS is built with the inspiration Mussolini's 
Black Shirts and Hitlers Storm troopers. They are singly responsible for many 
axcts of terror against minority religions and regularly fanning religious 
riots to gain electoral advantage. That the Indian Left failed to check their 
advance can not be denied.But now, a young 28 year old communist and PhD 
student from the prestigious Jawarharlal Nehru University in Delhi and the 
president of the students union, was charged with sedition and arrested. The 
whole of the RSS apparatus and the government went on an overdrive linking him 
to terrorists and heaping all sorts of accusations on him. The whole corporate 
visual media became hysterical and began maligning the students of JNU, calling 
them enemies of the nation and that the JNU should be disbanded. JNU is the 
incubator for Leftist intellectuals and many eminent leftist intellectuals like 
Economist Pabhat Patnaik, Historial Romilla Thapar had taught there and the 
University had a rich tradition of encouraging free thinking and spirited 
debates on social issues. It is precisely this that the fascist forces resented 
and they had targeted JNU and its student leader. Videos of his speech were 
doctored, purportedly showing that he had called for the disintegration of 
India. Students and teachers of JNU and journalists were beaten up in the 
presence of full force of police and the police were mere spectators. 
Obviously, the Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh had given instructions. The 
next day, when the student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar was brought to the court, RSS 
goons wearing lawyers coats entered the corut and in the presence of the judge, 
began hitting the under-trial. In spite of his repeated request to the police 
to save him, the police were looking the other way. Then the attackers boasted 
that they will kill Kanhaiyya in custody. The Supreme Court of India had 
dispatched a team of eminent lawyers to give a report and again the team of 
lawyers were attached. The police had simply let off the attackers. Now a 
Government Forensic Lab had established that audio of anti-Indian slogans were 
added to the video footage of Kanhaiya's speech at JNU, he had delivered in 
11the February. Yesterday, the Delhi Magistrate ahd certified that Kanhaiya had 
no link with anti-India slogans on that day, the 11th of February. And to top 
it all, it is learned that an aide of the central minister in-charge of 
education (she herself is a dim-wit and gave false declaration in her election 
nomination about her educational qualification) Ms. Smriti Irani had released 
the doctored videos.Kanhaiya was granted 6 months bail and yesterday he gave a 
fiery speech at JNU saying that he is prepared to wage a long battle. 
I can proudly say that he has become the darling of millions of youth in India 
and now he wants to mobolize youth and students.A new star had risen on the 
Indian horizon, to challenge Modi and RSS.See for more details:  A Re-Cap Of 
The JNU Row: Govt, Police, BJP, Media, All Stand ExposedVijaya KUmar M

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[Marxism] Fw: [foil] Gandhi and His Prejudices in the Context of His Times and Trajectory of Evolution

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Here is Mr. Rajmohan Gandhi's appraisal of the Mahatma. I hope it will answer 
many questions.Vijaya Kumar Marla

  On Wednesday, September 9, 2015 3:57 PM, Sukla Sen  
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http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/why-attacks-on-gandhi-are-good/

Why attacks on Mahatma Gandhi are good

They offer an opportunity to recall what he stood for. The imperfect
Gandhi was more radical and progressive than most contemporary
compatriots.

[Rajmohan Gandhi]

Gandhi suggested that our uncertainty over the right course to take
would disappear once we ask how the most helpless person we have known
would be affected by our choice.

Offended by attacks on the Mahatma, some friends who think of me as a
scholar ask about a new book which, according to media reports,
alleges that during his years in South Africa (1893-1914), Gandhi
disdained black people and supported British imperialism. Not having
read it, I cannot comment on the book, but I can address the two
allegations. Before doing so, however, let me say that attacks on
Gandhi should be welcomed, for they offer an opportunity to recall the
things Gandhi stood for.

Gandhi’s “answer to doubt”, given around Independence Day in 1947 —
also known as the “talisman” — is deservedly famed. In that short
text, Gandhi suggested that our uncertainty over the right course to
take would disappear once we ask how the most helpless person we have
known would be affected by our choice.

Less well remembered is Gandhi’s reply when asked, in 1946, to
describe the independent India he wished to see. Drawing a geometric
picture, Gandhi said he wanted “not a pyramid but an oceanic circle”
of complete equality. In such a circle, “the last would be first, in
fact there would be no first and no last”, and the individual citizen,
not a president or prime minister, would occupy the circle’s centre
(Harijan, July 28, 1946).

Yet, along with equality, Gandhi wanted fraternity; along with justice
he sought reconciliation. Demanding justice for Dalits, Gandhi also
strove for a partnership between Dalits and upper-caste Hindus. He
wanted India’s Hindu majority to protect the country’s minorities, but
he also wanted Hindu-Muslim friendship, and he asked Pakistan’s Muslim
majority to protect that country’s Hindus, Christians and
minority-sect Muslims. Internationally, Gandhi wanted a free Palestine
(a cause that many in India have chosen to abandon) — but also
Arab-Jewish reconciliation.

Looking at the clash today between the need to escape from dangerous
and seemingly hellish places and the lack of room in supposedly
heavenly places, do we not yearn for persons with the large and just
heart and wise mind that Gandhi showed?

The same may be true when people desire to improve today’s dangerous
relationship between the so-called Muslim world and the so-called
West. Or when we think of inequalities in India, or of conflicts in
Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Dead now for nearly 70 years, Gandhi did not leave behind precise
solutions for such problems. But his legacy will aid, not impede,
efforts to find the solutions, even if we assume for a moment that
between 1893 and 1914, Gandhi was prejudiced about Africa’s blacks and
backed British imperialism.

Was Gandhi in favour of imperialism?
For some time yes, and openly so. This is no “discovery”. In fact, as
Gandhi put it himself in his autobiography, the British Empire was one
of his two passions at the start of the 20th century. (The other was
nursing the sick.) Hadn’t Queen Victoria and other eminent Britons
declared that in their empire, all the races would be equal and
everyone would enjoy the freedoms of belief and expression and the
rule of law? When Gandhi realised that the imperial claim was false,
he became, as Winston Churchill and a succession of viceroys
complained, the empire’s strongest foe, and India’s masses joined
Gandhi in rebellion.

As for our world’s black people, Gandhi nursed great expectations from
them. In February 1936, he said to Howard Thurman, the
African-American thinker, who was calling on him in Bardoli in
Gujarat: “Well, if it comes true it may be through the African
Americans that the unadulterated message of non-violence will be
delivered to the world” (Harijan, March 14 1936). Nearly three decades
later, when Martin Luther King and his colleagues won their remarkable
nonviolent triumphs for black rights in the US, they did not hesitate
to say that Gandhi and India had inspired them.

But wasn’t the younger Gandhi at times ignorant and prejudiced about
South Africa’s blacks? He undoubtedly was, especially when provoked by
the 

[Marxism] Mahatma Gandhi

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Louis,   Your post has been a shocker to me. I hope you don't really 
agree with much of what has been projected in this article. As for Arundhati 
Roy, well I really don't give much weight to her grey matter. She blabbers so 
much, that she loses track of what she is trying to say - another noisy 
character. There is a consistent campaign going on to distort Mahatama Gandhi, 
Nehru and many other icons of India's freedom struggle by you know who - The 
Hindutva Brigade.I agree that Gandhi's views were emerging at the time of his 
stay in South Africa. From a supporter of the empire seeking a few reforms, he 
slowly metamorphosed in to fighter for full fledged freedom from colonial rule. 
Even after his arrival in India, he was more of a reform minded politician, who 
was not ready to confront the British rulers headlong. His progressive 
involvement had driven him to the call for "poorna swaraj' (sovereign freedom). 
He is a very ordinary man with his own flaws. He was even a dictatorial husband 
and father, which his sons resented all their lives. But remember, he lived in 
another epoch, that of an India emerging from medieval mindset in to modernity. 
But what was great about him was his thorough grasp of Indian realities and his 
emotional appeal to the higher consciousness of the uneducated Indian mind.As a 
Communist, I disagree with many of his notions of benevolent oligarchy and his 
tacit approval of the feudal system. But he is the one who had brought about a 
consciousness of a united secular India. He will remain the 'Father of our 
Nation", whether RSS and their ilk like it or not.Vijaya Kumar Marla
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[Marxism] Soviet sacrifices in WW II in defeating Nazis

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The article by Tharoor in Washington Post is another vile attempt to portray 
Soviet Union as an evil power. I wonder why the Tharoors have got a congenital 
disease of anti-communism. Another Tharoor in India, who served as Union 
Minister in the previous government was a rabid anti-communist (it is reported 
in the press that his wife died mysteriously, of a poisonous injection, with a 
perfect alibi manufactured for him).
Stalin or not, the enormous sacrifice of the heroic Soviet people can not be 
belittled. The battles of Leningrad, Kursk and Stalingrad are some of the 
greatest battles in human history. With more than 40% population killed, the 
recovery of Soviet Union from the rubble is no less heroic than the countries 
of Europe.Let the world be honest in paying homage to the tens of millions who 
have lost their lives in fighting Nazism.Vijaya Kumar Marla
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Re: [Marxism] Marxmail anniversary

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Louis,   The credit for bearing the burden of running this marvelous 
website goes to you and Les. Congratulations and let us continue this.I know 
that participation from India is low, but I am trying to convince comrades that 
they have to spare their time and participate on Marxmail.Many Many Happy 
Returns of the Day, comrades!Vijaya Kumar Marla
 


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Already, we can look back on this list and see how it has allowed for
important contributions in many areas that would not otherwise have been
made without it.  Kudos to all its founders, sustainers, and contributors.
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Re: [Marxism] What is Grace?

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Anthony,  Indian Bollywood has become so commercialised and crass, 
that I will cite on example.The famous Indian singer, Lata mangeshkar (above 80 
yrs now) was invited to garce an occasion, which she declined citing her 
health. Picqued, the sponsors had called up on one mediocre singer to imitate 
her and it seems she made remarks denigrating the famous singer. Many people 
were disgusted at this inappropriate display.When she was asked to react, Lata 
simply said, India is a free country.
This is what I call 'Grace'.
Lata is the recipent of the highst civilian honour in India, Bharat Ratna 
(meaning Gem of India), awarded by the Government. It is said, that when she 
sang a song about the dead soldiers on the India-China war front , the then 
Prime Minister, Nehru was in tears. And she is famous for her prayer song , 
Vaishnava Ganato, a fovourite of Mahatma Gandhi.The video I had posted in my 
fist message on this subject, from the Indian film, 'Anupama, you can see how 
dignified she seems in her singing, with matching charm of the actress of 
yester years, Sharmila Tagore..Vijaya Kumar Marla 


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Re: [Marxism] End of scarcity and a society of abundance?

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OK. Good quotes. But what about the subject and the questions raised?Vijaya 
Kumar Marla
 


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marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu wrote:


My basic question is is it scientific and logical to assume that technology 
can automatically transform the society/


Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses: On 
the day that two army corps can mutually annihilate each other in a second, all 
civilised nations will surely recoil with horror and disband their troops. – 
Alfred Nobel, 1891, in a letter to countess Bertha von Suttner

No, it will make war impossible. - Hiram Maxim, 1893, responding to a 
question about his invention, the machine gun

The invention of aircraft will make war impossible in the future. - George 
Gissing (novelist), 1903, on the implications of heavier-than-air flight

The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible, because it will make 
war ridiculous. - Guglielmo Marconi, 1912, on the invention of radio

The way to make war impossible is for the nations to go on experimenting, and 
to keep up to date with their inventions, so that war will be unthinkable, and 
therefore impossible. - Thomas Edison, 1922

The invention will make war impossible for it will surround any country using 
this means with an impenetrable, invisible wall of protection. - Nikola Tesla, 
1934, on the invention of his “death ray

“The conclusion, then, is clear: if the United States is to deter a nuclear 
attack on itself or its allies, it must possess an actual and a credible 
assured-destruction capability.” – Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 
1967

“Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.” - 
Albert Einstein, 1931, in an interview with George Viereck


  
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Re: [Marxism] Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’?

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Louis,  It was really amusing to see this level of paranoia in today's 
America about Communists. I thought the McCarthy mindset had gradually withered 
away as time passed. How can somebody believing in Marxist ideology be 
automatically labelled as involved in un-American activities. The Indian 
Communists may not be successful politically, but no one dares to call them 
Anti-India, except some hard core Hindu Fascists, who are on the fringe, though 
their party is in power now. People here in general are open minded about 
various ideologies.Vijaya Kumar Marla 


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Washington Post, Mar. 23 2015
Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’?
By Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Rudolph Giuliani: Well, that I don’t feel it. I don’t feel it. I don’t 
feel this love of America. I think this man (Obama) was — when I talked 
about his background, I’m talking about a man who grew up under the 
influence of Frank Marshall Davis, who was a member of the Communist 
Party who he refers to over and over in his book, who was a tremendous 
critic of the United States.

Kelly: But when you say he wasn’t raised to love America, I mean, he was 
raised in part by his grandparents, his – his grandfather served in 
World War II, his grandmother worked in a munitions plant to help the 
nation during World War II. I mean, to suggest he was raised by people 
who don’t love America, who don’t — didn’t help him learn to love America.

Giuliani: Well, his — his grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall 
Davis, who was a Communist.

–Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Fox News interview with Megyn 
Kelly, Feb. 20, 2015

President Obama met Frank Marshall Davis four decades ago and saw Davis 
10 to 15 times as a teenager. Yet the Obama-Davis relationship continues 
to be a concern among some politicians, as portrayed most recently by 
Giuliani during his Tour de President Obama Doesn’t Love America. 
Readers of The Fact Checker wanted to know if Giuliani’s comments were 
accurate.

So we reached out to Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, a 
group that seeks to expose Communist and Marxist influences. It is 
research from Kincaid and a few others that has shaped the opinion of 
critics who believe Obama adopted radical, socialist ideologies under 
Davis’s mentorship. Davis was a journalist and activist who was 
associated with the Communist Party in the 1930s and 1940s.

We interviewed Kincaid at the Conservative Political Action Conference. 
When The Fact Checker arrived, Kincaid had been waiting with four of his 
peers, stacks of documents and a video camera pointed at an empty seat 
saved for us.

“The Frank in Obama’s book, ‘Dreams from My Father,’ is Frank Marshall 
Davis,” Kincaid said. “You don’t dispute that.”

“It has been admitted,” he continued, “except that here we are, to be 
honest with you, seven years after we broke this story. … The Washington 
Post has not reported the facts about Obama’s relationship with Frank 
Marshall Davis. That’s why I wanted to take advantage of this 
opportunity so you can hear directly from us and see the material we have.”

He and his peers do not outwardly label Obama a Communist, but believe 
Communist influences have been played down by the media. Obama has shown 
to be an ineffective Communist, if he were one. He has failed to unravel 
the capitalist system over the past six years that he has held the most 
powerful position in the world — though, as Obama says, “interesting 
things happen in the fourth quarter.”

So we decided to take a definitive look at Davis’s Communist Party 
activities and his relationship with Obama, based on competing research 
by those who have spent years trying to posthumously vindicate or indict 
Davis.

What was Frank Marshall Davis’s Communist influence on Obama?

The Facts: The Case Against Davis

Davis was born in Kansas in 1905. His encounters with racism and poverty 
throughout childhood inspired his life-long quest for racial and 
economic equality. He lived and worked in Chicago for most of his early 
adulthood, then moved to Hawaii, where he died in 1987.

He was a prolific poet and political columnist. He associated with other 
black-rights activists and labor unions and decried Jim Crow 

Re: [Marxism] What is 'Grace?

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Gary,    In November last year,  I addresed a Leftist Youth Festival in 
South India's Hindu Holy City of Tirupathi. A mathematics Professor, Com. 
Nagaraju and his students had presented a balle on exploitation in the name of 
God. It was very impressive. I was thinking about it for a long time. Recently, 
when I went back to Tirupathi City, I asked Com. Nagaraju to compose a balle, 
based on Gorky's story, Danko's Heart. Are you aware of any videos of a balle 
or animation based on this story. It will be helpful for them.Vijaya Kumar Marla
 On Monday, March 23, 2015 11:51 AM, Gary MacLennan 
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 Yes, the videos were available.  Extraordinary especially the snake dance one. 
I was interested in the presence of the male gaze as well of course in the 
dnance.  the latter brought to mind these lines from Yeats

 Labour is blossoming or dancing where
 The body is not bruised to pleasure soul.
 Nor beauty born out of its own despair,
 Nor blear-eyed wisdom out of midnight oil.
 O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer,
 Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
 O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
 How can we know the dancer from the dance?

The lines have always been obscure to me, until I once watched a dance workshop 
performed by the Bangarra Aboriginal Dance troupe.  The dancers were working 
with Indigenous adolescent boys and girls and where they succeeded  most you 
could not tell the dancer from the dance. Perfect art seems effortless or as 
you might say born out of grace.
comradely
Gary
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Sometime back, on a lazy evening my childhood friend asked me What is grace?I 
said it has nothing to do with beauty, but the way a person conducts 
himself/herself in daily life. I could recall so many people who had that 
quality. Here is one song from an old Urdu film, Anupama. Sharmila Tagore, 
the leading lady of the film exudes natural grace.Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha - 
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passion.Snake Dance - Waheeda Rehman - Dev Anand - Guide - S.D. Burman - 
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Gary,    I would to further add that grace is that quality in some 
people, that makes others feel natural and at ease in their presence.Were the 
viseos I referred accessible?
Vijaya Kumar Marla 


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 Interesting Vijay.  I would nominate the late Roy Bhaskar as the closest 
representative of 'grace' that I ever knew. David Graeber used the word 
preternatural to describe his gentleness. There have only been a handful of 
people in my life who had what I would call a still center that made them 
wonderful to be near.  And he was one of them.
ae
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said it has nothing to do with beauty, but the way a person conducts 
himself/herself in daily life. I could recall so many people who had that 
quality. Here is one song from an old Urdu film, Anupama. Sharmila Tagore, 
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[Marxism] What is 'Grace?

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There is another video, from the 1965 film, Dev Anand's 'The Guide', in which 
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Re: [Marxism] Fw: [foil] Where's science in the bombast? Jayanti Narlikar Asks

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Sorry,Here is the URL
http://www.asianage.com/columnists/where-s-science-bombast-647Vijaya Kumar marla

 


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Comrades, Sorry. I had seen it a bit late, but the posting by 
Sukla Sen in foil forum is interesting.The article is written by Prof. Jayant 
Narlikar, a very famous Indian Astrophysist on the claim of Hindu 
fundamentalits that all modern knowledge of today is already known to Vedic 
Aryans. An excelling and compelling arguement.Vijaya Kumar Marla

      On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:23 PM, Sukla Sen sukla@gmail.com 
wrote:
  

 [The author needs no introduction.

He has made quite a few compelling points.
Trying to highlight just of these.
TV, aeroplane or nuclear warheads did not appear in a vacuum.
These are very much components and products of a chain of
scientific/technological developments - ***not*** stand-alone random
achievements.
Just to illustrate, there can simply be no TV without electricity 

And, of course, no scientist, worth one's salt, would accept a claim
unsupported by credible evidence.]


http://www.asianage.com/columnists/where-s-science-bombast-647

Where's science in the bombast?
Mar 11, 2015

Jayanti V. Narlikar

One often hears claims that our ancient ancestors were scientifically
advanced. So far such claims have stood on weak foundations with
descriptions that can, at best, be described as 'poetic'. There's no
scientific manual to back these claims.

Were our ancient ancestors scientifically advanced?
This question is often posed to a scientist, more often than not in
the expectation that the answer will be in the affirmative. The
scientist, of course, will base his or her reply on whatever evidence
is available. The evidence could be in the form of relics or artefacts
that are seen today. Such items should suggest that they came from a
high-tech environment that might have existed in the past. For
example, the relics at Harappa and Mohenjodaro indicate the existence
of good town planning, including drainage system, trade areas, etc.
Thus archaeologists can piece together a relatively coherent picture
of the Indus Valley civilisation.
Another possible line of evidence could come from written records left
behind by an old civilisation. In this context one often hears claims
that our ancient ancestors, going back to the Vedic era, were
scientifically advanced. So far such claims have stood on weak
foundations with descriptions that can, at best, be described as
poetic. There's no scientific manual to back these claims. Thus the
Ramayan mentions the Pushpak Viman which flew in a very easily
manoeuvrable mode that would make a modern helicopter envy its
construction. Likewise, the Mahabharat talks of the ultimate weapon,
the Brahmastra, which may have been a superior version of a nuclear
powered missile. In the same epic we also read of the guided missile
which killed Ghatotkacha and, of course, about Sanjaya who provided a
running commentary of the war based on the distant vision that he was
endowed with, thus making a case for advanced TV technology.

Persuasive though such stories may be, there are many gaps in them if
you probe further. Take nuclear weaponry, for instance. If the
ancients knew all about it, then they must also have known about
another natural force, the force of electricity and magnetism. This is
the force that provides us with so many amenities, like lighting and
fans, air conditioning and refrigeration, electric trains, facilities
of communication, and so on. Yet, there is no mention of this force in
our epics. At a different level, the provision of tap water is
considered a basic amenity today. Indeed, we can say that today the
government considers water on tap and electricity for lighting basic
amenities to be provided to every village. But if you read the
Mahabharat, you will not find this amenity existing even in the royal
palace of the King of Hastinapur.

Why I lay stress on the knowledge of electricity and magnetism is
because in modern science this was the basic force, studied most
extensively, and it was through this force that the atom could be
probed. Later applications of this technology led scientists to the
probing of the nucleus of the atom. The realisation of what is meant

Re: [Marxism] 'There is no such thing of time'?

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[Marxism] Fw: [foil] Where's science in the bombast? Jayanti Narlikar Asks

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Comrades, Sorry. I had seen it a bit late, but the posting by 
Sukla Sen in foil forum is interesting.The article is written by Prof. Jayant 
Narlikar, a very famous Indian Astrophysist on the claim of Hindu 
fundamentalits that all modern knowledge of today is already known to Vedic 
Aryans. An excelling and compelling arguement.Vijaya Kumar Marla

  On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:23 PM, Sukla Sen sukla@gmail.com 
wrote:
   

 [The author needs no introduction.

He has made quite a few compelling points.
Trying to highlight just of these.
TV, aeroplane or nuclear warheads did not appear in a vacuum.
These are very much components and products of a chain of
scientific/technological developments - ***not*** stand-alone random
achievements.
Just to illustrate, there can simply be no TV without electricity 

And, of course, no scientist, worth one's salt, would accept a claim
unsupported by credible evidence.]


http://www.asianage.com/columnists/where-s-science-bombast-647

Where's science in the bombast?
Mar 11, 2015

Jayanti V. Narlikar

One often hears claims that our ancient ancestors were scientifically
advanced. So far such claims have stood on weak foundations with
descriptions that can, at best, be described as 'poetic'. There's no
scientific manual to back these claims.

Were our ancient ancestors scientifically advanced?
This question is often posed to a scientist, more often than not in
the expectation that the answer will be in the affirmative. The
scientist, of course, will base his or her reply on whatever evidence
is available. The evidence could be in the form of relics or artefacts
that are seen today. Such items should suggest that they came from a
high-tech environment that might have existed in the past. For
example, the relics at Harappa and Mohenjodaro indicate the existence
of good town planning, including drainage system, trade areas, etc.
Thus archaeologists can piece together a relatively coherent picture
of the Indus Valley civilisation.
Another possible line of evidence could come from written records left
behind by an old civilisation. In this context one often hears claims
that our ancient ancestors, going back to the Vedic era, were
scientifically advanced. So far such claims have stood on weak
foundations with descriptions that can, at best, be described as
poetic. There's no scientific manual to back these claims. Thus the
Ramayan mentions the Pushpak Viman which flew in a very easily
manoeuvrable mode that would make a modern helicopter envy its
construction. Likewise, the Mahabharat talks of the ultimate weapon,
the Brahmastra, which may have been a superior version of a nuclear
powered missile. In the same epic we also read of the guided missile
which killed Ghatotkacha and, of course, about Sanjaya who provided a
running commentary of the war based on the distant vision that he was
endowed with, thus making a case for advanced TV technology.

Persuasive though such stories may be, there are many gaps in them if
you probe further. Take nuclear weaponry, for instance. If the
ancients knew all about it, then they must also have known about
another natural force, the force of electricity and magnetism. This is
the force that provides us with so many amenities, like lighting and
fans, air conditioning and refrigeration, electric trains, facilities
of communication, and so on. Yet, there is no mention of this force in
our epics. At a different level, the provision of tap water is
considered a basic amenity today. Indeed, we can say that today the
government considers water on tap and electricity for lighting basic
amenities to be provided to every village. But if you read the
Mahabharat, you will not find this amenity existing even in the royal
palace of the King of Hastinapur.

Why I lay stress on the knowledge of electricity and magnetism is
because in modern science this was the basic force, studied most
extensively, and it was through this force that the atom could be
probed. Later applications of this technology led scientists to the
probing of the nucleus of the atom. The realisation of what is meant
by nuclear energy came after such probes. It is hard to see how one
may arrive at the discovery of nuclear energy, completely bypassing
the electromagnetic effects.

Returning to the concept of a manual, I would consider it as strong
evidence in support of our ancestors being in possession of modern
technology, if a manual is produced to show that it describes a
nuts-and-bolts kit of how a machine was constructed. I have been shown
the book Brihad Vimana Shastra as such a manual for making flying
objects. Alas, it fails to provide the 

Re: [Marxism] 'There is no such thing of time'?

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Here is the quote:To say there's no time is rather like saying there's 
nomatter, on the basis that ultimately matter is made up of 
vibratingsuperstrings or something, you might be tempted to say about matter, 
well, it'snot really there at all. The truth is, matter manifests itself in our 
everydayquasi-classical quasi-microscopic world, and space and time manifest 
themselvesin that world too. I concede that space and time may not be the 
ultimatereality. It could well be that space and time - and we really have to 
link themtogether - are ultimately derived concepts or derived properties of 
the world.It could be that ultimate reality is something more abstract, some 
sort ofpre-space-time, component out of which space-time is built. Just like 
matter,time may be a secondary or derived concept. But nevertheless, at a 
sufficientlylarge level of size, there is the familiar space-time we know. You 
can't wishit away, or define it away through mathematics - it's something that 
you cantry to explain. Wood, for instance, is not a primary substance, it's 
made up ofsomething else, which in turn is made up of something else, and so 
on. But thatdoesn't mean that wood is unreal. It's still there. The same goes 
for time. Weknow that time is real at one level because it can be manipulated ­ 
stretchedand shrunk by the processes I have been discussing.Your question is 
very pertinent though, because before thetheory of relativity, it was 
fashionable in some quarters, and maybe it stillis, to try to make out that 
time is somehow merely a human construct, derivingfrom our sense of the flux or 
flow of events, that it's something to do withthe way we perceive the world as 
a temporal sequence. I'm not denying that weperceive time as flux, but time is 
not solely a human invention or a human category.For the physicist, time and 
space, along with matter, form part of theequipment that the universe comes 
with. Or rather, it's what the universe ismade of. To say that it doesn't exist 
at all is nonsensical.Vijaya kumar Marla
 


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 Comrades,
I am quoting Astrophysicist Paul Davis on Time; 


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Re: [Marxism] There Is No Such Thing As Time

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Louis,   You ahve raised a very interesting subject. How can anybody 
say that the views expressed by some 'physicsts' about reality, time and 
quantum world have nothing to do with Marxism. We have to put up a frontal 
attack on the non-scientific nonsense, in the guise of science. To top it all, 
one famous scientist claims that mathematical equations had given rise to the 
universe!I am busy attending rallies on unemployment. I am posting this message 
during a small break. I will answer in detail on Monday, when I will be back 
from a youth seminar.Vijaya Kumar M 

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I don't think that time is an 'illusion', and I consider myself a
materialist, and I have to defer to the observational ability of sub-atomic
and astro-physicists; but it seems to me that time is not an independent
phenomenon; it is a human-devised system to describe human perception of the
changes in the ever-fluctuating status of matter (e.g. days, years, life
spans, half-lives). 

 

A typical dictionary definition of time would be 'a system of sequential
relations'. It's kinda like the tree falling in the forest - if there's no
sentient ear, there's no sound.

 

By the way, I think that from a practical perspective, 'space' isn't an
independent phenomenon either. It's just the absence of matter. Discussions
of, say, 'curved space' are really describing the relation/activity of
matter or 'force'.

 

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Re: [Marxism] Delhi State Elections

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Charles, It is a peculiar situation, with only 2 parties in the 
state assembly and one bagging more than 95% of the seats and the other with 
just 3 seats. Naturally, BJP will be the opposition, whether they qualify to 
be an official opposition group.As regards the AAP's leftist credentials, it is 
just an anti-establishment party and its leaders have vehemently denied it 
being a leftist party. But it is against monopoly capital and religeous 
fundamentalism and as you said, events may push it to the left.
Vijaya Kumar Marla 

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 thank you.  congratulations to delhi from san francisco.  hopefully, power 
won't corrupt the aap as it has so many other parties that swept to power as 
the reformist party.  it would be lovely to see the people of delhi push the 
aap in a leftward direction as the party has resisted so far.
it is being reported that the aap will consent to the bjp being the leader of 
opposition even though it is short the some 3-4 seats necessary. what is the 
thinking here?
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Today's poll results of Delhi State (India's capital Region) has given a big 
moral boost to all those who oppose the Fascist BJP, which is holding power In 
India. The AAP (Common Man's Party), headed by Arvind Kejrival had bagged 67 of 
the 70 seats, with BJP sulking far behind with 3 seats. The Congress Party, 
which ruled the state for 15 years, drew a blank.According to poll analysts, 
the massive verdict is the result of disenchantment of the poor and middle 
classes with the undiluted neo-liberal policies put in place by Modi in his 8 
months of rule. People of Delhi have not taken kindly to issues like 1) BJP and 
its outfits fanning religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims and Chritians 
2) Unpreceedented rise in power and water tariffs, following their 
privatisation 3) Issues of womens' safety (many orthodox and fanatic BJP 
leaders blamed women for the rapes) 4) CorruptionModi promised Good Days, 
with his rise to power. But now, the tweets go about declaring that with the 
defeat of BJP in Delhi, Good Days are really going to arrive.Modi statred a 
campaign Clean India Campaign: but the tweeters decalred that with the 
sweeping out of BJP, the Clean India  program has really taken off. 
Incidentally, AAP's polly symbol is 'broom'.But it is remarkable that 
disenchantment has set in among the common people in India in just 8 months of 
Modi assuming power. Delhi has about 11 million voters and has a mix of people 
from all regions of India. It shows how neo-liberalism can alienate people very 
quickly. Modi afterall belives in passing the benifits to the top 1% and has no 
scruples about looting the 
99%.See:http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-s-ruling-party-trounced-in-delhi-in-big-blow-for-pm-modi-2059840
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/elections/delhi-elections-2015/top-stories/Delhi-elections-2015-How-a-small-IIT-B-team-shaped-AAPs-Delhi-poll-campaign/articleshow/46173477.cms
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[Marxism] Delhi State Elections

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Today's poll results of Delhi State (India's capital Region) has given a big 
moral boost to all those who oppose the Fascist BJP, which is holding power In 
India. The AAP (Common Man's Party), headed by Arvind Kejrival had bagged 67 of 
the 70 seats, with BJP sulking far behind with 3 seats. The Congress Party, 
which ruled the state for 15 years, drew a blank.According to poll analysts, 
the massive verdict is the result of disenchantment of the poor and middle 
classes with the undiluted neo-liberal policies put in place by Modi in his 8 
months of rule. People of Delhi have not taken kindly to issues like 1) BJP and 
its outfits fanning religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims and Chritians 
2) Unpreceedented rise in power and water tariffs, following their 
privatisation 3) Issues of womens' safety (many orthodox and fanatic BJP 
leaders blamed women for the rapes) 4) CorruptionModi promised Good Days, 
with his rise to power. But now, the tweets go about declaring that with the def
 eat of BJP in Delhi, Good Days are really going to arrive.Modi statred a 
campaign Clean India Campaign: but the tweeters decalred that with the 
sweeping out of BJP, the Clean India  program has really taken off. 
Incidentally, AAP's polly symbol is 'broom'.But it is remarkable that 
disenchantment has set in among the common people in India in just 8 months of 
Modi assuming power. Delhi has about 11 million voters and has a mix of people 
from all regions of India. It shows how neo-liberalism can alienate people very 
quickly. Modi afterall belives in passing the benifits to the top 1% and has no 
scruples about looting the 
99%.See:http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-s-ruling-party-trounced-in-delhi-in-big-blow-for-pm-modi-2059840
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/elections/delhi-elections-2015/top-stories/Delhi-elections-2015-How-a-small-IIT-B-team-shaped-AAPs-Delhi-poll-campaign/articleshow/46173477.cms
Vijaya Kumar Marla
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[Marxism] Is the universe an illusion?

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I have going through some papers describing the physical reality as 
a) an illusion created by our sensesb) a holographic projectionBoth hypotheses 
are supported by some physists and philosophers.I would appreciate some 
references from marxist perspective crtiiquing these hypotheses.In this 
context, I remember an anectode my father told me about Sankaracharya, the 
father of modern Hinduism and the concept of minism. He says that there is only 
one reality, the paramatman (supreme soul) and all living beings are mere 
reflections of the paramatman. He argued that ultimately, slavation lies in the 
merging of the atman (soul) into the paramatman.When Sankaracharya was teaching 
his students at his ashram (school), in his place what is now Kerala, a wild 
elephant entered the ashram. The teacher and the students ran away and sankara 
took refuge on the branches of a banyan tree.After the wild elephant had done 
its destuctive job and left the school, he came down and one of the students 
asked him, pray, tell me master, you say everything is an illusion. So, th
 e wild elephant is an illusion (midhya). Why did you run away from an 
illusion.Shankara famously replied in Sanskrit, Gajam midhya, palayanam 
midhya!, which literally translates into : The elephant is an illusion and my 
running away is also an illusion!Vijaya Kumar marla

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Re: [Marxism] The Crisis of Cosmology - Part one

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The SMPP describes the veritable zoo of particles that are said to be the 
“fundamental building blocks” of matter, consisting of small particles called 
leptons, such as the electron and neutrinos and a variety of larger particles 
called quarks, which make up protons and neutrons. In addition, the SMPP 
explains the behaviour of three of the four forces of nature: .
Louis, I have trouble with this sentnece fundamental building blocks of 
nature. First we thought atoms are the building blocks. Then then came the 
realization of atomic particles, electrons, protons and neutrons. And further, 
we have understood the existence of even more fundamental entities, leptons, 
nutrinos and what not. But does the quest end here to declare that they are 
the building blocks. 
We should instead say, as far as science knows, these appear to be basic 
building blocks, but other possibilities can not be ruled out.
May be string theory  or some other theory may evolve into a coherent 
explanation of the structure of matter and the universe formed by it some day 
in the near future.Vijaya Kumar Marla


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[Marxism] My paper on Countercurrents on Indian Left

2014-11-10 Thread Marla Vijaya kumar via Marxism
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Comrades,  My paper, Yeh Kahan Aagaye Hum..? /The Indian 
Left's Epic Journey into Oblivion is published in Countercurrents dtd. 07th 
November 2014. The article is in English, though the title is picked from a 
Hindi song, which means, What destination have we reached?.Please offer your 
comments.Here is the URL:http://www.countercurrents.org/vkumar061114.pdfVijaya 
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[Marxism] Fw: [foil] Press Release by Left Parties

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I am forwarding a message from Com. Sukla Sen on the declaration of Indian Left 
Parties.It is too late and it apperas they are trying to throw a few buckets of 
water after the house is burnt to ashes. The people have lost confidence on the 
capacity of Indian Left Parties to respond to people's problems. They had gone 
into hibernation long back.Vijaya Kumar M

  On Sunday, November 2, 2014 12:19 AM, Sukla Sen sukla@gmail.com 
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 -- Forwarded message --
From: willy willyin...@gmail.com
Date: 1 November 2014 14:05



*1 November, 2014*
*Left Parties Press Release*

A meeting of six Left parties - Communist Party of India (Marxist),
Communist Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward
Bloc, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation and Socialist
Unity Centre of India (Communist) was held today at New Delhi. They have
issued the following statement:
 With the advent of the Modi government in power there is a concerted
rightwing offensive fueled by the corporate-Hindutva forces. There is a
growing onslaught on the people through the imposition of neo-liberal
policies which is going to adversely impact the livelihood of the people.
There is no respite for the people from price rise, unemployment and
corruption.
 The Hindutva forces are resorting to aggressive communal activities. The
Modi government's patronage of the RSS and its outfits is aimed at
communalising the educational, social and cultural institutions. There is
rise in communal tensions in different parts of the country.
 The Left parties decided to conduct a week long protest campaign between
December 8 to 14, 2014 on the following issues:
 (i)              Against steps to  curtail and dilute the MNREGA
(ii)            Curb price rise; control exorbitant price of medicines and
drugs
(iii)          No increased FDI in insurance.
(iv)          Take firm action to unearth black money
(v)            Stop infiltration of the RSS and Hindutva ideology in
education, public broadcasting media and other institutions of the State.
(vi)          Stop the love jihad hate campaign and other forms of
communal propaganda
(vii)        Stop attacks on minorities and their rights
(viii)    Fight violence against women and all forms of gender oppression
(ix)          Fight against atrocities on dalits and caste oppression
  Those who attended the meeting were:
 Debabrata Biswas {AIFB}; Kshiti Goswami  Manoj Bhattacharya {RSP}; Swapan
Mukherjee  Kavita Krishnan {CPI(ML)-Liberation}; Manik Mukherjee  Ranjit
Dhar {SUCI(C)}, A.B. Bardhan  D Raja {CPI} and Prakash Karat  S
Ramachandran Pillai {CPI(M)}.




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[Marxism] Fw: Maybe it was lost in the mughal empire

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Com. Duane,
  I think you had sent a private message. Because there is 
nothing private about the message, I am forwarding it to marxmail, with my 
response. Pardon me for doing it, without your permission.
Many of the artists - poets, actors (Raj kapoor, Dev Anand etc., Dilip Kumar) 
were from the Pakistani region and settled in Bombay at the time of division of 
India into Pakistan and India. So naturally, early Indian films were mostly in 
Urdu.
Contrary to what you had expressed, Urdu was not encouraged by the British 
colonial rulers. The imposed English on Indians. 

Urdu is a language spoken by the people of undivided North-West India and can 
not be identified with a particular religion.
But the word Urdu is derived from the same Turkic word ordu (army) that has 
given English horde. (Urdu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). It is also said 
that the origin of the word Urdu is from Urta, meaning 'tent' in Central 
Asia. The Moghuls are of Central Asian origin, and when they occupied the 
regions north of Delhi in the 11th and 12th centuries, the invading armies were 
speaking Persian and Central Asian languages and the locals were spaeking a 
proto-Hindi which descended from Prakrit and Sanskrit. A new language evolved 
in the process, Hindusthani or the language of India. The language spoken by 
most of the people of Northern India (Except ofcourse, Bengal, Gujarat and 
maharashtra and some other regions) was called Hindi and in the North-West, it 
is Urdu. Urdu was the official language of the Mughal Rulers.
  
 
Urdu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Urdu (/ˈʊərduː/; Urdu: اُردُو‎ ALA-LC: Urdū; IPA: [ˈʊrd̪uː] ( listen)), or more 
precisely Modern Standard Urdu, is a standardized register of the Hindustani 
languag...  
View on en.wikipedia.org Preview by Yahoo  
  
 

Even today, most of top actors of Bollywood are muslims (Shahrukh Khan, Salmaan 
Khan, Aamir Khan among others), but Indian film industry remains free from 
religious fundamentalism and projects religious harmony and brotherhood.
Anyway, language has no religion and Urdu is our Indian language, and we are 
proud of it. Though my mother tongue is Telugu and I also speak Hindi, besides 
English, I had cultivated  a bit of Urdu from many of my muslim friends and we 
together enjoy Urdu poetry occassionally.
Urdu is a beautiful language, highly expressive and poetic. Words in Urdu 
carry deep magical meanings and may be that is the reason why Urdu 
poetry is so enchanting.
Vijaya Kumar Marla



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hi
you wrote 'Most of Bollywood films and songs up to the 70's were in Urdu 
language'

I liked all six of your poetic  flashes. What language are Bollywood films in 
now, and why the change?
wiki - Urdu is historically associated with the Muslims and  received patronage 
under the British Raj

today, I learned the origin of your name and  ideas, and what the actors are 
saying on the television at my favorite 'east indian ' restaurant out here, on 
the west coast of Canada and the british empire.
The owner is Sikh, as are most of the indian diasparites living here. 30 years 
ago 2 of them blew up an air india plane. 30 years ago,  Sikhs working in the 
fields as farm labourers were a common sight. Now, these people are retired and 
their sons and daughters work in high tech and  have fist fights over whether 
there should be chairs in their mini golden temple.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpagev=4lXXRlUiUJA

wiki -  The Vijayanagara Empire gained dominance from 1336 to the late 17th 
century, reaching its peak  in the 16th century, when Telugu literature 
experienced what is considered its Golden Age.  The Vijayanagara Empire created 
an epoch in South Indian history that transcended regionalism by promoting 
Hinduism as a unifying factor. 

 me -  before independence,  congress party hindu chauvinists  claiming to 
represent all Indians, imposed this archaic idea on the religious minorities, 
leading to the break up of india - with a little help from the british, of 
course.
bye

VANCOUVER April 6, 2013— Some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities have descended 
on Vancouver for the Times of India Film Awards.  The province spent $11 
million to host and promote the weekend events, according to a Ministry of 
Tourism news release, which called the cost money well spent.
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[Marxism] Poetic flashes

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A few bright poetic flashes from Indian Film songs:
1. At the end of my journey, I have nothing left, except my sins which are
haunting me to my grave
- from the Hindi film Pavitra Paapi - The Pious Sinner.
2. I have learnt everything except being worldly wise. It is true that I am 
innocent and I would like to remain like that.
Those who die for the heart, die poor
- From Raj Kapoor's 1955 Hindi Film Anari - The Innocent
3. With all the comforts in life, my insecurity is going up
- From Guru Datt's Kagaz Ke Phool - The paper Flower
4. I felt the whole world is my family, but mine is a lonely life
- From the Telugu Film, Chakram - The wheel
5. I have tasted life only in my dreams
- From the film Umrao Jaan, an Urdu film about the life of a Danseuse  
  and poetess of Lucknow in the 19th Century.
6. Oh great sage! Oh great soul!
  Pray tell me! Enlighten me!
  Which is untruth? Which is truth?
  Which is temporal? Which is forever?
  Which is cause? Which is action?
  Which is unity? Which is infinity?
  Which is virtue? Which is sin? 
  Which is immoral? Which is moral?
  Which is white? Which is black?
  Which is hell? Which is heaven?
  Which is yours? Which is mine?
  Which is life? Which is death?
  Yesterday's dream is today's reality  
 
  Today's sorrow is tomorrow's song
Oh great sage! Oh great soul!
 Pray tell me! Enlighten me!
   -   A poem by the great Indian Telugu revolutionary poet 
Sri Sri from the Telugu film. The Hungry Nation.   
May be the flavour is lost in the translation. Most of Bollywood films and 
songs up to the 70's were in Urdu language. May be that is the reason why the 
poetry is so rich.

Vijaya Kumar Marla
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[Marxism] Life on other planets?

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Louis,
   The article is interesting. I am spending a good lot of time (now 
that I am retired, I can afford to do that!) on the subject of Extraterrestrial 
Intelligence. Can I get some reference on Marxist analysis of ET Intelligence?
Vijaya Kumar Marla

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[Marxism] Developments in India

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Louis,
  I am deliberately keeping silent over the election outcome in India 
as I am deeply affected by the decimation of the Left. The middle classes have 
voted BJP to power on the premise that BJP has a strong leader and it will 
bring stability and development. This is largely a media creation and the 
middle class has been won over - though India's electoral system has given BJP 
280 odd seats out of 542 with just 31% of the vote and 11% of the total voters 
have actually voted for BJP.
The reason for the poor showing of Left is obvious. The villains are none other 
than the Left leaders themselves. They had abandoned class struggle and were 
busy with unprincipled election alliances with neoliberal minded bourgeoisie 
parties. They had put aside mass struggles and were busy lobbying with the 
government over benefits to middle peasants and aristocratic workers in 
organised sector. What is surprising is that even in the organised industrial 
sector, a majority of the workers are contract labour and the Left parties have 
marginal presence among them. They were busy lobbying for comparatively well 
paid regular workers. I had worked in a heavy industry for 37 years and I have 
seen that the workers are only interested in economic benifits and do not 
differentiate between BJP led union and Left led union. The feel they are 
middle class as they enjoy middle class incomes.
93% of India's workforce are in the unorganised sector, are poorly paid and 
live and work under appalling conditions. The Left parties have virtually 
abandoned them.
The Left had almost given up the fight against Hindu Fascist forces long before 
the election. I was shocked to hear from a Left Leader saying that anyway, Modi 
is going to win. What is the point in fighting now!
With such Left leaders, who needs class enemies?
I hope one day, the fragmented Left will realize the folly and come together, 
putting aside their difference and build up genuine peoples' struggles.
Vijaya Kumar Marla

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