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Last Updated Saturday September 16 2017 03:51 PM IST

Hitler, jingoism and the Hindu Rashtra Department

Sitaram Yechury
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Kanhaiya Kumar 'As far as the JNU issue is concerned, an isolated incident regarding which there is no credible evidence is being used to mount an attack on the university community as a whole'

Golwarkar, the second RSS chief, once said the three internal enemies working against the establishment of Hindu Rashtra in India are Muslims, Christians and Communists.

The recent attacks on institutions of higher education and central universities smack of an unfolding of this line of thought.

The RSS- BJP and its government try to defend their role in the recent developments in the Hyderabad Central University and JNU and mount a counter attack as the sole defenders and upholders of Indian nationalism.

There arguments are bereft of any facts or evidence. On the contrary, the facts of the circumstances that pushed Rohit Vemula to commit suicide unmistakeably point to the manner in which the university administration acted as per the directions from the Union HRD ministry.

As far as the JNU issue is concerned, an isolated incident regarding which there is no credible evidence is being used to mount an attack on the university community as a whole.

The CPM's credentials in fighting terrorism of all varieties and in upholding the unity and integrity of our country against all attacks by communal forces is there for all to see.

We need not prove our credentials to those forces who celebrate Nathuram Godse as a national hero.

We unequivocally declare that the size of the tricolour in our hearts is much larger than the national flag the HRD minister has ordered to be unfurled in central universities and institutions.

The HRD ministry has now been effectively reduced as the Hindu Rashtra Department.

The nationalism that RSS-BJP propagate is chillingly reminiscent of how it was used by Hitler and Mussolini for their fascist projects.

Remember, it took a ghastly World War to end the fascist menace. Even there, it was the Soviet Red Army and the Red Flag that led the decisive role on the Riechstag.

The flag that fluttered signaling Hitler's defeat and ending world war was not that of the US, France or Britain, but the Red Flag. Likewise, our struggle in India against these forces who threaten to demolish our syncretic civilisation and to impose their fascistic Hindu Rashtra will be fought these are defeated.

The RSS- BJP are seeking to divert peoples attention away from the mounting burden on their lives due to the policies followed by the Modi government.

Our economy is in doldrums. All economic indicators are in negative terrain, including a dip in industrial activity, manufacturing, negative growth of agricultural sector, mounting farmers' distress leading to a larger number of distress suicides, relentless inflation and dwindling exports.

This is when the rupee has registered a historically low value and the consequent hardships on the people are leading to cascading levels of discontent.

Coupled with this is the heightened insecurity being foisted upon our religious minorities. All these put together threaten the very future of India as we know of it.

In order to divert attention from the discontent of the people, the Modi government has embarked on the course of whipping up nationalistic jingoism.

This is clear from the PM's tweet forwarding Smriti Irani's speech under the caption, Satyameva Jayathe. This is the real meaning of the PM's claim of a government with a 56-inch chest.

In the Rajya Sabha, it was amply proved that such whipping up of nationalistic jingoism is nothing but 'Asatyameva Jayathe'. The attack on institutions of higher education is nothing else but an effort to replace our country's rich syncretical historical evolution with Hindu mythology.

Replacing Indian history with Hindu mythology and Indian philosophy with Hindu theology is an essential prerequisite to facilitate the RSS-BJP effort to transform our secular democratic republic into their version of a rabidly intolerant fascistic Hindu Rashtra. This shall be resisted.

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