Old RSS: Anti-Gandhi, Anti-Tagore. New BJP: Corrupt, Violent, and Dangerous.

RSS Kolkata

This is what I have seen in my long, personal association, and study, of India’s Hindu chauvinist forces. RSS — the mentor, umbrella organization. BJP — its political wing now in the seat of power. ABVP, VHP, etc. — other powerful RSS outfits.

Pratik Ghosh translated the following from my Bengali article I posted in Facebook.

I have always found RSS, BJP and ABVP supporters to be of lower aptitude. Not much to talk home about their knowledge, thinking ability or analytical skills. They can be aptly called headstrong.

Like, my father used to say, they were not just anti-Gandhi but also anti-Tagore. My father despite having a golden opportunity refused to meet Rabindranath Tagore in Benaras. Now he regrets. What can be done regretting now – it is too late. At his young age, my father was just like that. In the fifties he moved to Kolkata and started reading Tagore.

But his Tagore was confined to Shivaji Utsab (Celebrating Shivaji – a Maratha icon), Bandi Vir (An Imprisoned Hero – a Sikh guru) and songs from the poet’s Devotion and Patriotic bouquets. Like the way hardliner Muslims from Bangladesh and Pakistan abuse Tagore without reading his works. They haven’t read Tagore’s Wife’s Letter, The Laboratory, The Crisis of the Civilization, or The Petrified Place. They have not heard his speeches, read his essays, letters, or his missive from Russia. They know a tiny sliver, a fragmented Tagore. And with that utterly limited knowledge they judge the Master Poet.

Yet during my intense association of some sixteen years with RSS-Jan Sangh-BJP-ABVP I always noticed that despite not being very clever, they were genuine human beings. I saw my father Jitendranath. How selflessly he spent his entire life with the Sangh family! In return he asked for nothing. Had he asked, he could have gotten a lot. Since 1939 he had been with national RSS/BJP leaders like Advani and Vajpayee. He too was jailed at the aftermath of assassination of Gandhi [when a Hindu zealot Nathuram Godse killed Gandhi, and the organization was banned]. Subsequently, being on the Congress blacklist he couldn’t get a proper job and spent his life in poverty.

I have written about these in my Bengali memoir, “Ghoti-kahini”. I have seen with amazement how for years the RSS proselytizers worked half fed from their third floor office at 26 Bidhan Sarani. They were racists, anti-Islam, anti-Christian. They depicted a laughable history of India. They knew hardly anything about the world history. They were awfully anti-socialism. Yet, they were nice guys. Like affectionate elder brothers. Even after I left RSS, I could never forget these men.

But now I see with the smell of power, BJP is filled with evil degraded men. Blood in their eyes. Poison at their tongues. Killing machines at their hands. I feel sad seeing them because they haven’t seen people like my father. They haven’t seen how to sacrifice life at the altar of idealism.

I have also seen at the other end how for the sake of idealism the followers of Communist Party of India (Marxist) or Marxism sacrificing their lives. I remember how my CPIM following in-laws’ family didn’t get on with my father. There was never any political discussions between them but there was a mutual respect. The Bengali characteristic of respect, civility, modesty and love is no longer found among the BJP supporters in Bengal. A few good ones keep shut for the fear of the obscene mayhem the rest can unleash upon them. They don’t have the backbones to withstand it.

I have been in politics for long. Politics of getting thrashed on the road. Politics of putting my own life at risk. I have done that in India. In the U.S. as well. Those who know me, know it. Those who don’t, can check it out on my Wikipedia page. The perpetrators of these atrocities are that foolish that they don’t even realize that they are only revealing their true self to the society. People with brains know that civility, gentleness are humane quality. Possessors of a sub-human brain have no understanding of that. Ironically, those without a brain, don’t realize that they don’t have brains because they need brains to understand it.

Anyway, there is no place for communal violence and slander in Bengal. Not for the Hindus. Not for the Muslims. Neither for CPIM, nor for the Trinamool Congress, now in power of West Bengal. And I shall carry on with my mission. My mission of making people think differently. To teach how to think. I am trying to steer away people from the brainwashing by the media. Steering my students in the US, people in India, in Bengal.

I have always been by the side of the oppressed. By the side of women, men, and children. I will always write against injustice, dishonesty, corruption and thuggery. I will protest — BJP or whoever the perpetrators might be.

Violence, intimidation, coercion or dirty abuses cannot bottle me up.

Sincerely,

Partha Banerjee

Brooklyn, New York

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From: Indian Express.

An Easy-to-Understand Analysis of Modi and Trump

IN CASE ANYBODY CARES.

Beef murder in India

Unlike the anti-BJP liberals, lefties and their media personalities who are making the beef ban and continuous, brutal murders of beef eaters in India a singular issue against the Hindu fanatics and their leader Modi, I do not think that is where the anti-fascist focus should be. Even though I condemn the murders of innocent Muslims by fanatic Hindus, and also strongly oppose the beef ban because it puts millions of poor people — both Muslims and Hindus — out of business, throwing them in more desperate poverty.

My problem with these liberals and their media is on these counts.

(1) The beef industry is extremely anti-environment: methane produced in cow farms is one of the major causes for global warming (just like carbon di-oxide), and therefore, there must be a way to discourage out-of-control production of beef and a massive export of beef to USA and Arab countries.

(2) The bigoted variety of Muslims (and NOT the ordinary, peaceful Muslims) has its share of blame to bear, as terrorism by fanatic Muslims is a serious problem, and Pakistan regimes (and now Bangladesh) — not ordinary, innocent Pakistanis — have been a major exporter of terror into India; therefore, common Hindus (and Muslims, Christians and everybody else) are angry at Islamic extremists. Media’s fanning the communal flame — to make profit by selling fear — creates hate and violence.

(3) The real anger should rather be on the economic destruction and escalation of rich-poor divide in India, where Modi and his depraved variety of capitalism are destroying the traditional semi-socialistic, pro-poor economic infrastructure, and basically plundering the poor and middle class, in the name of development.

(4) Tax cuts for the rich, interest cuts for the poor and middle class, destruction of the environment, rapid takeover of Indian farming by Monsanto and rapid takeover of Indian retail by Reliance and Wal-Mart — these are happening right now under this government, which has stark similarity with what Trump administration is doing here in the U.S. It’s an unprecedented-in-history takeover of world’s resources by the 1 percent.

(5) Unbelievable inflation and pollution, where the poor and middle class simply don’t know how to make ends meet, and how to breathe air. Coke is taking over water sources. Polluting promoters and corporations are taking over farmlands and villages, displacing the poor.

Elite liberals and their media are not focusing their energy on these more substantive issues, just the same way New York Times, CNN and MSNBC are not talking about these issues here in USA.

People are falling for their pervert spin, and hoping that in India, a degenerate Congress Party and here in USA, a bankrupt Democratic Party’s return to power would solve all the problems. It’s not going to happen that way, because Congress is as corrupt as BJP, just the same way Democratic Party is as corrupt as the Republicans.

And in the background, IMF and World Bank are pulling the strings, and nobody even knows how dark and sinister they are.

Media keep us in dark.

(BTW, I strongly support Not In My Name, because this is a major movement taking shape across India and around the world — against the rise of fascism in India.)

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