The grammar of anarchy: from Shaheen Bagh to Seattle

Last week, the Capitol Hill area of Seattle city, USA was barricaded by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors, who demanded, among other things, abolition of police. The protests, started after brutal killing of one George Floyd by US Police in Minneapolis, have turned into full scale rioting in many parts of America. In Seattle, the protestors established a self-declared Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). As per reports, there are efforts to make such zones across America.

This aspect bears a striking similarity to the anti-CAA protests in Bharat early this year. Those were followed by establishment of illegally occupied public places across Bharat, most famously in Shaheen Bagh. Of course, the riots followed in many cities of north Bharat, specially Delhi in which dozens lost their life.

The similarity is not incidental. The anti-CAA protests were supported by leftists, specially Communists, at international level. They wrote letters of support and published misleading editorials in foreign publications in collaboration with Islamists and leftists of Bharat. Interestingly, leftist controlled Seattle city council had actually passed a politically motivated, poorly drafted and factually incorrect anti-CAA resolution. It is no wonder that the same person who introduced the anti-CAA resolution is also coordinating and supporting the CHAZ occupation.

Uncommon situations, but some common players in both protests

Before we explore the common aspects of these protests, we must be aware of three important distinctions between them:

1. African Americans in US have historically been in a very disadvantaged position. They were brought to the country as slaves and even after the Civil Rights movement of mid-20th century, continue to be discriminated against. They have never been politically powerful in the history of the country, nor have they ever dominated whites anywhere in the world. Compare that to Muslims in Bharat, many of whom formed the ruling class in Bharat for centuries. They enslaved, forcibly converted and massacred non-Muslims in millions.

2. Constitutionally, Muslims have a privileged position in Bharat even today. They have their own personal laws, specific rights as minorities such as the right to run their schools and religious institutions without undue government interference (these rights are not available to Hindus), and a sympathetic ecosystem of Islamist supporters all over the world. African Americans enjoy no such privileges.

3. African Americans in USA are protesting something real which affects them in their day to day lives. Muslims in Bharat were protesting a law which doesn’t affect them at all – CAA was introduced to provide expedited citizenship to the persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have taken refuge in Bharat.

Therefore, while the protests by African Americans in USA are justifiable at one level, the protests by Muslims in Bharat are not justified by any logic. But there are some common aspects in the protests at Seattle and Shaheen Bagh. Discussing these will hopefully give us a better understanding of both and the players involved:-

1. Radicals in both protests want to challenge the sovereignty of their country and stop constitutionally appointed authorities from carrying out their jobs. The issues of police brutality and CAA were just pretexts for these elements, their real agenda is to spread anarchy and violence, and undermine democratically elected governments. It is amply clear from their evolving demands. The anti-CAA meetings had speeches about cutting off north-east from mainland Bharat, freedom of Kashmir, attacks on Parliament and Judiciary and resentment against Constitutional removal of Article 370, Supreme Court’s Ram Temple verdict etc. In US, the situation is still developing. However, we have already seen demands of abolishing police and criminal justice system, black doctors for black patients etc.

2. Some organisers of these protests are part of the same cabal that thinks ‘protest is a craft’. We have already seen the role of Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who self identifies as a socialist. The influence of communism can also be seen in the evolution of demands in USA. In Bharat, communists are the ones who support terrorists in Kashmir and the tribal heartland, oppose Ram Temple and want Bharat to be partitioned into dozens of countries

3. The methods followed in both these situations are decidedly of communist variety. Historically, they have used the same methods in various revolutions. The use of a radicalised minority to further their agenda has been their old modus-operandi. For example, they tried to use it during Iranian revolution, although it backfired on them.

The perusal of the evidence above decidedly tells us that one common thread that binds both these events is the global left. As always, it promotes existing social differences and provides intellectual support to anti-state forces.

Conclusion

Dr. Ambedkar’s closing speech in the constituent Assembly on 25.12.1949 referred to the ‘grammar of anarchy’ that had no place in a constitutionalist-democratic state. In his words “We must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha ……. when constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.

There are calls for similar protests in Bharat again. Leftists in Bharat swear in his name but we should not expect them to heed the advice of Dr. Ambedkar. Therefore it is incumbent on the govt that this dangerous circus is not allowed in the country again.


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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.