The Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2 2016, is a few days ahead. As usual, there will be a public holiday, so that Government Employees can play cards the whole day, booze, or visit pubs, or go to dance bars, or hang around TV sets, or do whatever they like, except studying at least for one day, what Gandhiji had said or practised during his life time, what methods Gandhiji used in the various movements led by him such as Non-Co-operation Movement, Salt SatyAgraha, Quit India Movement. Of course, officially Governments will order closure of meat shops and wine shops. Okay, let us have this annual ritual, as true Indians whose penchant for rituals is well-known globally.
In the last post, I have given some links for download of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Collected works of Lenin. I have also given one link to a 1930 article by a Indo-British Labor Leader of those days Shapurji Saklatvala, with the article titled 'Who is this Gandhi?". Along with that I have also given a 'memoriam' about late Shapurji Saklatvala.
Now, I provide below a link to a telegram by Late Lenin, soon after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, addressed to his associates. Click to go to Telegram to Comrades Kuraev, Bosh, Minkin, and other Penza communists at Marxists.org.
I also quote excerpts from the telegram:
Written: August 11, 1918
Source: From the Library of Congress exhibit Revelations from the Russian Archives: Collectivization and Industrialization: “Hanging order”, p. 1 & p. 2.
Translated: Prof. Richard B. Day, of the University of Toronto Mississauga (2008)
qTranscription & Markup: Kevin Goins (2008)
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2008). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.
Russian Federated Soviet Republic
Chairman of the Council Of People’s Commissars From Moscow, the Kremlin. 11-VIII-08
To Comrades Kuraev, Bosh, Minkin and other Penza communists.
Comrades! The uprising by the five kulak volosts must be mercilessly suppressed. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, for we are now facing everywhere the “final decisive battle” with the kulaks. We need to set an example.
1. You need to hang (hang without fail, so that the people see) no fewer than 100 of the notorious kulaks, the rich and the bloodsuckers.
2. Publish their names.
3. Take all their grain from them.
4. Appoint the hostages — in accordance with yesterday’s telegram.
This needs to be done in such a way that the people for hundreds of versts around will see, tremble, know and shout: they are throttling and will throttle the bloodsucking kulaks.
Telegraph us concerning receipt and implementation.
PS. Find tougher people.
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
I do not want to eulogise or criticse Late Lenin, because we do not know the grassroot level scenario prevailing in Russia of 1917. I am more interested for the 'Indian Context", that too "India 2016".
Similarly, I do not want to eulogise or criticise Mahatma Gandhi's leadership and working styles, because he had his own set of priorities and problems. His topmost priority, obviously was to lead India to freedom, and that he had done to the best of his ability. There might have taken place many meritorious things and some undesirable things. Anyway, whatever had happened at that time is history. It will be suffice if facts are recorded by historians in a "mirror-like manner".
In the above telegram, Lenin was asking his associates to hang at least 100 kulaks.
Kulak definition as per Merrium Webster Dictionary: 1. A prosperous or wealthy peasant farmer in 19th century Russia. 2 : a farmer characterized by Communists as having excessive wealth.
In Indian context, we can call them landlords, big farmers. For sometime, when P.V. Narasimha Rao as Chief Minister of United Andhra Pradesh tried to bring in Land Reforms, some fragmentation took place in AP, and it appeared as though there are few landlords left in Andhra Pradesh. Probably, a similar thing might have happened in Bengal and Kerala. In some other States administered by other bourgeoisie parties like Congress, BJP, RJD, Samajvadi, BSP, etc. etc. some sort of facade-land-reforms might have taken place.
2016 Indian Situation, is definitely different. Owing to continuous fragmentation which took place among children of farmers, while the number of small and marginal farmers, landless agricultural laborers, unwritten-tenant farmers has gone up, simultaneously several pieces of small land holdings were purchased in benami names by nouveau riche
Simple Definition of nouveau riche as per Merriam Webster Dictionary:
: a person who has recently become rich and who likes to spend a lot of money.
of Society consisting of industrialists and business magnets, politicians and bureaucrats, film stars, cricketers, successful lawyers and doctors, corrupt Govt. engineers etc. In other words, the old class of kulaks (in Telugu we can probably call them 'peda rAyuDu') have been replaced by the modern kulaks.
Maoists hiding in forests tried the techniques of killing kulaks and contractors, probably some rural money-lenders. They have also killed some villagers, calling them informers. They have also indulged in killing some low-level police employees treating them as enemies. But, ultimately, they could achieve nothing in India, except extracting moneys from contractors. Some surrendered Maoists like Nayeem, Sambasivudu (et al) have even established their own empires of criminal extortions.
The Empire established by Lenin in U.S.S.R. (erstwhile Soviet Union) through MASS KILLINGS as proven by the above telegram, did not last long. About Lenin's administration of his so called new Communist Society, we shall take up later. Soon after death of Lenin, the Russian Empire went into the hands of Stalin, who was nothing but a tyrant.
What I wish that we should study in the reigns of Lenin and Stalin is, whether Collective Farming Methods had brought any improvements in the lives of the then Russian Working Class. If there were failures, gradual atrophy till 1991 dissolution of Soviet Union, possible reasons for such failures, we have to study. What I am tempted to say is: Why should we throw away baby with the bathwater? Why not we identify what went wrong in the Russian and East European Experimentations of so-called Socialism-Communism? We know that Chinese Communism is a total failure, as can be seen from China2016.
To continue. Subject to further editing to remove anything illegal/unlawful. सशेष. సశేషం.