Meet True Marxist Seculars!!!
A couple of years ago, I was travelling to Ernakulum (Cochin) in a train, second class sleeper. Two young boys and a girl got into my compartment from Quilon (Kollam). They had huge packages in their hands.
They were keeping the packages below the berth. A boy told me, “We are students going to Kottyam. The Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) may charge extra, if he notices these boxes.”
I just smiled and asked: “What’s in it?”
“We have Christmas celebration and competitions in our college…These are some materials for that.”
“Good. Merry Xmas to you all” I smilingly said. They reciprocated the greetings. Then, we introduced ourselves. I don’t remember their names now. But they were not Christians.
“I am glad to know you guys celebrate Xmas! That surely is a broader metropolitan outlook,” I said.
“Yes, we are secular…” the girl said.
“Very good,” I said and I was really glad that college students think beyond religions. “I feel proud about your broad-minded nature. You are true Indians. Do you celebrate Mahanavami and Diwali as well?”
“Didn’t you hear sir?,” she said, “We are secular…We are not religious fanatics…”
“It’s vargeeyam (communalism)…” the boy angrily snapped.
“Guys, I do not understand. Mahanavami and Diwali are celebrations in India. It’s part of our culture, right?”
“No. Those celebrations are purely communal….Those are Hindu festivals…”
“Oh – Are you not Hindus?”
“No – we are Marxists. ‘Unfortunately’ we have born to Hindu parents. We do not believe in religion. We cannot support any Hindu festivals and rituals. Those are communal. We are Marxists…”
“In terms of population, how many of you are in Kerala?” I asked.
“About 30 percent of the population in this state should be Marxists.”
“Okay. Christmas is a Christian festival…If you are Marxists, why do you celebrate it?”
“Ah – this is a typical question asked by ignorant moron people. Christians are minority here, dude, we have to support them…” said the third boy with a very arrogant tone.
“Oh, you support minority?” I asked.
“Yes…Our party leaders had already declared our stand and fight for minorities. That’s why we had declared Band (hartal = strike or industrial action) when Saddham Hussein was killed in Iraq.”
“Okay, do you have followers among Minority religions? How much percent?”
“Not much. May be one or two percent only…” the girl replied.
“Hmmm…I don’t believe you support minority…”
“Simple mathematics. In Kerala, Muslims are approx. 27 Percent of the population. Christians are above 20 percent. Other religions, including Crypto-Christians, illegal Bangladeshi Muslims, Jains, Buddhists etc. may constitute 2-3 percent. That means the population of Hindus has declined to less than 50 % now. You said Marxists have no religion though vast majority of you are born Hindus and you don’t have much members from Minority religion. You have membership of 30 percent of the population. That makes actual Hindus in the state reduced to less than 20 percent. So Hindus are the ACTUAL minority in Kerala. Why don’t you support Hindus then?”
All three looked each other for a moment. Then the girl said: “Hey mister, you are playing with numbers…”
“If you are truly secular you should either celebrate all festivals or equally distant away from all religions,” I said.
I didn’t peruse further. I can’t blame them. They are so intolerant towards Hindu culture. I have always wondered – why do Communists Marxists hate their forefathers and ancestors so much? This is the HUGE weakness of these political parties- an anti-Indian culture stance! That too without any reason or logic!
I have been taught that we should respect all religions and ideologies. Humanity and the country should be given most priority than any political ideologies. I respect all ideologies including the one that guided the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) party.
I was born and brought up and did my studies up to graduation in the locality internationally known for an uprising of the agro-labourers and industrial workers. It is the region of “Punnapra-Vayalar Revolt” – a larger revolution with the ultimate objective of establishing a Communist India. I lived with Leftists around me. Most of my school, college mates were hardcore Marxists and communists.
I have seen the party workers publicly burning Manusmriti alleging it is anti-women! Their leader EMS Namboothiripad declared that Bhagvad Gita is anti-Marxist quoting its famous verse as saying “Krishna is denying salary (reward) of labour”.
Obviously, their knowledge of Hinduism stems from books written by some poisonous British, evangelists and anti-Indians about our culture. The history of India in pop culture and school textbooks has been manipulated to please invaders while not mentioning a word about the genocides, vandalism, plunder of ancient monuments and places of worship.
I used to ask my Marxist friends: “Any independent thinker will know that Hinduism = humanity. It belongs to all. It belongs to you too. So, instead of being proud about it, why are blindly rejecting it?”
“Uday, you may be theoretically right, but politically wrong. You don’t know politics…”
A top leader in Marxist party has participated in Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s ‘The Art of Living’ program. He was cured from Asthma, it was claimed (I cannot verify this claim). But the following conversation had really happened.
During a personal talk, a friend asked the leader: “How was the AOL program…?”
“It was good and helpful…”
“So you will promote it with testimonial?”
“No. No. I can’t. Pranayama and Yoga are of Hindu traditions. We cannot publicly support it…” (This is not the exact translation, the gist of his statement)
My best friend Santhosh was a Marxist party leader. He always wanted me to join Students Federation of India (SFI) – an offshoot of CPM during my college days.
I have made it very clear: “I cannot join something that promotes any discrimination in any forms. You discriminate between ‘haves and have nots’. A labourer and an employer…”
“Uday, discrimination exists everywhere. Aren’t religions discriminate between believers and infidels?” he asked.
“That’s why I don’t follow ANY such religions. But you can’t say discrimination exists in all ideologies. There is an exception. There IS a philosophy that doesn’t discriminate. It classifies humans based on their profession, but without hierarchy – a horizontal classification, not vertical. An all-inclusive philosophy. An ideology that considers entire world as one family. An ideology that prays for well-being of entire world.”
“Uday, are you in Utopia? Such ideology cannot exist. If such ideology comes up, I will be in the forefront…”
“Then, welcome to Sanatan Dharma and Vedic culture”
“Oh, that’s very idiotic…” he said.
“You are passing sweeping comments without even understanding about Hinduism. You have been brain-washed in your study class based upon the false history. They made you blind-believer so that you feel shameful about your ancestors and your past!”
The totally false idea about Hinduism is so deeply set in minds of the young pubic that they are hardly receptive to anything pro-Hindu.
“I agree with Karl Marx – he said that religions opiate of the masse, but then, he didn’t have any idea about Sanatan Dharma. Had he learned about it, he would have said: Be a humanist. Grow beyond religions and cults. Be a follower of Sanatan Dharma,” I told him.
If you properly learn Vedic literature you will know all allegation against Sanatan Dharma like discrimination, status of women, superstitions, Brahmin domination or caste system are totally baseless. It only talks about equality and humanity.
Agreed, during the ‘post-invaders period’ Hindus were following lot of wrong practices, caste systems and superstitions, that had nothing to do with Sanatan Dharma. Today lots of Marxists live like bourgeoisie with super luxury life style. Can you blame Karl Marx or Marxist ideologies for today’s bourgeoisie? No. So, how can you attribute totally wrong practices followed by a section of Hindus to Sanatan Dharma?
The Partys’ hatred towards diverse Indian cultural values sometimes goes to the extent of hurting others sentiments. For eg, there is a section among Hindus who believe cow is divine. CPM workers have conducted beef festivals supplying cow meat to intentionally insult them and hurt their sentiments! Why should they be intolerant towards cow-lovers? Don’t they also have the freedom to believe in divinity of cows the way you believe in Communism?
There is also prejudice against the saffron colour. The saffron-coloured cloth was worn by either people with immense knowledge (saints, sages) or downtrodden beggars for the last 5000 years! Even Charvakas, Sankhyas, athiests, nastiks etc used saffron coloured cloth. Why should you deligate this colour to right wing Hindus only? In fact, saffron would have been declared as our national colour.
Do you really understand the danger in it? Left parties are empowering right wing Hindu groups in India. What will happen when you blindly oppose Sanatan Dharma to appease hardliners in organized Semitic religions? It is not just an injustice, but you are pushing the honest followers of Dharma away – pushing them so hard that they are compelled to believe that their survival is at stake. When you brand the supporters of Indian culture as Hindutva, ordinary people think that the ACTUAL heirs of Indian culture are ONLY right wing Hindutva forces. The Hindutva groups question CPM’s love to minority pointing out that the latter don’t support minorities in Kashmir and Eastern states.
The communal forces have become most powerful in areas that had been under CPM rule, for eg, the states of Kerala and West Bengal. Reports say that these states are soft target for the recruitment of terrorist business organizations. All political parties in Kerala decide candidates based on religion and caste only. Whose failure is that? This wouldn’t have happen if the Marxist Communist parties kept equal distance from all religions. Remember, even Ayodhya constituency was a strong hold of Communist party.
So, open up your eyes guys. Don’t be fascists with prejudice against Dharma. Don’t be intolerant to the truth that is Sanatan Dharma. Learn about real humanism and grow beyond petty politics and ideologies. Our land is sacred; it is not just a piece of real estate.
A Sanatan Dharmi can even be an atheist. A Hindu can be Marxist. Even Asuras are accepted as part of our culture!
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