Fw: [Marxism] Re: Is BJP Fascist? (was Fascist Intell ectuals.)

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at videotron.ca
Wed Aug 30 14:52:47 MDT 2006

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From: "Marla Vijaya kumar" <marlavk at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [Marxism] Re: Is BJP Fascist? (was Fascist Intell ectuals.)

> David Walters wrote: "By labeling non-Fascist right wingers as "Fascist" 
> not only makes one wrong, it opens the door to all sorts of nasty 
> problems. Such as, well, if (insert rightwinger's name) then what we need 
> is an alliance with all "non-Fascists" as if the issue itself was 
> "Fascism" and not a rightwing program and attacks on the working class, at 
> home and abroad. It is, very similiar, to the misue of the term "Genocide" 
> to describe the general use of terror against civilian populations by 
> gov'ts."
> Marvin Gandall wrote: "Perhaps, though from here it looked like a normal 
> bourgeois democratic party - a business-friendly conservative one 
> presiding over deregulation and privatization and opening up the country 
> to foreign capital.
> I don't doubt the BJP has avowed fascists within the its ranks, up to the 
> highest levels. But doesn't a party have to be judged on what it says and 
> does? If it hasn't declared itself a fascist party and doesn't have a 
> fascist program and doesn't set up a fascist state when it takes power, or 
> if, as you say, it couldn't set up a fascist state in India even if that 
> was its intent, how does it help us to understand its political behaviour 
> by describing it as fascist?
> If conditions deteriorate, it may or may not come out under these colours, 
> but that is another matter. Until then, shouldn't we continue to 
> anticipate that if it were to return to power, it would continue to 
> operate as a "normal bourgeois outfit" like the Congress Party?"
>      Reply: Right in the early  50's, when the newly independent India was 
> trying to form its democratic institutions, the  undivided CPI had warned 
> of the rise of fascist forces under the banner of  Hindutva.
>      The communal hatred and  massacre at the time of partition of the 
> country and the continuous fanning of  communal flames around the country 
> were of no less magnitude in cruelty.
>      Events that happen in a poor  and backward country such as India get 
> a very highly biased reporting in the west. But  those on the left of the 
> political spectrum would have easily guessed the  intensity of the 
> atrocities committed on minority Indians by the Hindutva goons  (the RSS, 
> VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena) in Gujarat under the patronage of the BJP 
> chief minister Narendra Modi.
>      The Communists have not  raised the bogey of fascism just to get some 
> political advantage as David  claims. It is a matter of vital importance 
> and is critical for the unity of  this multi-cultural and multi-racial 
> nation. Please do not draw any parallels  with the West as India with its 
> billion population has got its own unique set of problems.  Fighting the 
> forces of Hindutva (The RSS version of Hindu-Aryan supremacy) has  been 
> and will continue of paramount importance for the Left in India.
>      Guru Golwalkar, the  theoretician of the RSS had advocated the 
> formation of a Hindutva State with the inspiration of Hitler. There were 
> many  rantings by the Hindutva brigade, but the notable among them was by 
> the erstwhile  Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, considered to be a moderate in 
> BJP: He had once  written an article in the official journal of RSS 
> "Panchajanya", that the only  solution to the problem of minorities in 
> India lies  a) in driving out all Muslims to Pakistan and  b) eliminating 
> them. This article was widely reported in the press and I  remember, it is 
> on the Internet also. I do not have the URL of that. (Of course,  though 
> photo copies of the article were published in the papers, Vajpayee had 
> denied writing any such article. He is a perfect liar).
>      Marvin, please do not go by  what is said about BJP in the monopoly 
> press. Simply because it was toeing a  pro-US line, it was pampered by the 
> capitalist press in US and naturally they  had painted it in soft colors.
>      I earnestly hope that BJP  will not manage to get absolute power on 
> its own any time in the future as then  it will really unwind its fangs. I 
> believe that the Indian people, though poor  and backward, are wise enough 
> not to allow that.
>      Vijaya Kumar Marla
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