Communists and Nationalism : 4 historical episodes

One of the core tenets of Communism is internationalism. In simple terms, Communism does not claim to recognize any other difference between people than the economic class difference. However, this is the ideal condition. If you observe people and politicians of Communist Russia, Communist China, Communist Korea or Communist Cuba, you will find that in these countries, Communist parties are quite nationalist.

However, there is a catch. This nationalism is discouraged in countries that are under control of bigger communist countries. For example, it was discouraged in other areas {like Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia etc} that were under control of USSR. They imposed Russian nationalism in these places. You can see the same strategy applied by China in such places as Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.

Communism in Bharat comes under latter category. As the party was supported ever since its inception by USSR and China, Communist policies in Bharat have also been dictated by these countries.

Ever since Communism’s failure became apparent in the late 20th century, these parties have progressively lost their political space except in certain areas. However, they still have a stronghold in universities, film and media world. They continue to peddle their agenda from these places.

Infact, they try to portray themselves as true patriots. They try to appropriate figures like Netaji Bose and Bhagat Singh. However, Bharat’s History is replete of many instances where leftists in Bharat have chosen to stand against Bharat and Bharatiya identity. I have mentioned four{4} of them below:-

The foundation of the party

In 1925, a communist called  Satyabhakta called a meeting of Communists in Kanpur for making a communist party. When they met in Kanpur, he proposed the name ‘Indian’ Communist Party. Probably, he was a nationalist who had turned communist. Next thing, he was thrown out of party for prioritizing ‘Indian’ above Communist. Even today the name is Communist Party of India. This disdain and revulsion towards nationalism continues to inform the actions of Communist Parties in Bharat.

Betrayers of National Movement

There are many instances of when Communists put the interests of USSR above Bharat during freedom movement. The most glaring example is during Quit India movement. In 1942, the World War was going on in Europe. After Hitler’s attack, Russia had become an allay of Britain. As a result communists in Bharat started cooperating with British.

When the whole country was supporting Quit India Movement, Communists spied on freedom fighters for the British as their paymaster Stalin was in alliance with Britain. They now try to appropriate Netaji Subhash Bose, but at that time they called him “Dog of Tojo (the Japanese Dictator)”!

The conspiracy to break Bharat

In 1943, Gangadhar Adhikari, a communist leader, wrote a thesis which was adopted as official view by the Party. It not only justified the demand for Pakistan, but also favoured partitioning Bharat into dozens of countries. They believed and even now believe that Bharat is not a single nation, but a collection of nationalities. This explains their stand on Kashmir issue, their support to all separatist movements in Bharat and their hate of the Bhartiya nation.

Betrayal during China War

It is well known that they colluded with the Communist China during the 1962 war. Indeed, Nehru who was quite sympathetic to the Communists, had to ban Communist party. Leaders like Jyoti Basu and H S Surjit were sent to jail as they were trying to help China. They conspired with Chinese community in Kolkata, and gave lectures saying “China cannot be the aggressor”. Thus, Bharat was to blame for the war. At the time, their slogan was “China’s Chairman is our chairman!”.

One can again see their deceit during the current Ladakh issue, where they refuge to believe army and government, but parrot Chinese propaganda. Their international reach can be gauzed by the ease with which they get to become voices of Bharat on international forums. The global left supports them on every cause. For example, recently Noam Chomsky et el wrote a letter in support of known urban naxals G N Saibaba and Varvara Rao.

It is important that these fifth columnists of enemies are repeatedly exposed so that their propaganda loses its power. Their continued dominance in media and academics is a threat to interests of Bharat.

(Featured image source: rediff)


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Pawan Pandey
Pawan Pandey is an Educator based in Dehradun, currently working as Senior Staff Writer with HinduPost. He is an Engineer by training and a teacher by passion. He teaches for Civil Service Exams as well as for Common Law Admission Test. He has deep interest in politics, economy, culture and all things Bharatiya. He fancies himself to be a loving husband and doting father. His weakness is Bharatiya food, particularly sweets. His hobbies include reading, writing and listening to Bharatiya music.