Friday, April 9, 2010

Naxalites: Poor peasant's war with a communist leader at the helm

The whole Naxalite movement in the eastern part of India reminds me of such similar poor peasant uprisings of 14th and 15th Century central Europe Germany and France. The phenomena are very much similar: Poor peasants are dissatisfied and exploited by the State (Indian government with the Corporate world in this case), Some communist leader (Maoist in this case) presents himself in front of this desperate peasants as their savior, tells them to rebel against the status quo (church in those centuries and State in present time), promises them the future garden of Eden in the form of communism, brotherhood, humanism and other such Utopian fantasies, Peasants get sucked into their propaganda and take up arms and the uprising, killing, murdering massacre starts!

During the 14th and 15th century there were this communist cult figure messiahs like Thomas M√ľntzer, the whole Anabaptist movement, the Brethren of Free Spirit, Taborites, Hussites etc., who were misguiding the poor peasants and now in India there are similar communists like Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal etc., misguiding the same poor.

The crux of the whole matter is: Neither the Status quo (Indian government) nor the Communist maoist are going to do any good for the poor peasants. Peasants are going to be exploited by both the parties for their own program.

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