[Marxism] Distinction between authoritarian and totalitarian states

Marla Vijaya kumar marlavk at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 25 09:09:37 MST 2017

Louis,          There is a debate going on among the left cadre whether Modi's BJP is aspiring to build a fascist state. BJP and RSS have got all the armaments ready to build a totalitarian state.BJP is a branch of the all powerful RSS (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh - Translation: National self service group), which actually exterts its influence on the administration. In fact, Modi has to bow before the authority of RSS leasdership cotorie. Major decisions are taken at the Nagpur HQ of RSS, located in Central India. RSS has got many shadowy organisation such as Bajrang Dal (the Monkey God Corps), Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP for short - the ideological wing of RSS), Sanatan Sansthan (the covert organisation that had murdered 3 prominent intellectuals). It is reported that RSS has under its umbrella hundreds of such covert and overt organizations, with membership running into 3 or 4 million. Added to this, they have many local outfits such as Shiv Sena (Shiva's Army). It is reported widely that the VHP had imparted military training to more than 2 hundred thousand volunteers with modern weapons, including use of anti-aircraft missile weaponry. With such a strength and clout, they aspire to take control of India. We have seen in the last 3 years of BJP rule, many hundreds of incidents all over the country of brutal murder and attacks on Muslims and Dalits (untouchable lower castes). Today, they have established an iron grip over a majority of higher educational institutions and reasearch institutes. The press is coerced and subdued in to compliance with the ruling dispensation and any movement against the BJP is supressed. Much what they are attempting is in the direction of a totalitarian state.But.. something is going drastically wrong for them. They are losing one state election after another. The results of the ongoing state assembly elections in 5 states, including the most populous Uttar Pradesh (1/6 of the country's population) will be out on 11th March, 2017. In all likelihood, Modi's BJP is going to bite the dust in all the 5 states. Modi's exercise in demonetisation had proved to be a monumental disaster and he had angered not only the poor, but even the well off and the big business, with the GDP rate projected to fall by more that 1.5% (from the earlier projected 7.6%). Will the debacles in state elections put the authoritarian forces on the backtrack or will they go ahead more vigorously is to be seen. Our hope is that democracy in India is strong and our armed forces continue to remain non-political, unlike in Pakistan.
Vijaya Kumar Marla

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