Cabbages and kings 20 April 2013
Much like fascism in Germany, the rise of Narendra Modi’s BJP is driven by similar agendas of neo-liberal economic reform and communal polarization
While the Gujarat chief minister is mounting a feverish pitch for being projected as India’s future prime minister, his Bihar counterpart, a vital NDA ally, has not minced words in expressing total disapproval.
This, notwithstanding the choice of using platforms of India Inc. and the servile response that the Gujarat CM is getting, is chillingly reminiscent of the rise of Hitler and fascism. The CM, like the Walrus in Alice in Wonderland, has begun to speak many things- “cabbages and kings…..”
He wants to create a ‘vibrant’ India a la the illusory ‘vibrant’ Gujarat. The 2002 communal genocide in Gujarat is sought to be replicated for the rest of India as the foundation to achieve such‘vibrancy’. This is the debt that the Gujarat’s chief minister claims to have repaid to his state and now wants to repay to India.
With little signs of reversal of our domestic economic slowdown and with the global economy continuing to falter, the yearning of India Inc. for profit maximization needs such a messiah. There is much historical evidence of how global big business, particularly US corporate giants, had played an important role in the rise of fascism. In his book, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, Antony Sutton provides a documented account of the role played by major US corporations in funding the rise of Nazism. The Guardian in its obituary of American historian, Gerald Feldman (January 15, 2008) says, “ Gerry wrote a sober, balanced but in many ways devastating official history of the Allianz Insurance Company whose chief Executive Kurt Schmitt was for a time Hitler’s economics minister.” Mischael Dobbs writes in the Washington Post (November 30, 1998), in an article “Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration”: “ I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration’, Hitler told a Detroit News reporter two years before becoming the German Chancellor in 1933, explaining why he kept a life-size portrait of the American automaker next to his desk.
He says, “Fascism acts in the interests of extreme imperialists but is presents itself to the masses in the guise of the champion of an ill-treated nation and appeals to outraged national sentiments.” Further he says, “Fascism puts the people at the mercy at the most corrupt and venal elements but comes before them with the demand of an honest and incorruptible government. Speculating on the profound disillusionment of the masses, fascism adapts its demagogy to the peculiarities of each (situation)”.
History has its own ways of conveying messages through historical coincidence. It was on February 27, 1933, that the Reichstag (Germany’s seat of power) was set on fire. On February 27, 2002, Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express burst into flames at Godhra. The former was used by Hitler to launch a vicious anti-Communist repression, abrogate democratic rights, suspend the Weimar Constitution and proceed to consolidate Nazi fascism. The fire was later established to have been the handiwork of the fascist forces themselves. Further, on January 30, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. It is, indeed, an irony of history that on this very day, 15 years earlier, in 1933, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as the Chancellor of Germany.
Extracts of an article in HT 16 April 2013 by Sitaram Yachuri
Brought out very strongly the truth on “Namo & Namo” Namo believes speak loud, again and again, the whole untruth and people mostly ignorant of the real truth would start believing you.
We should not forget “Communalism generates hatred & divisiveness in the society, leads to rigidness and fundamentalism, fundamentalism leads to conflict situation, finally, ends up with, terrorism. Are we inclined. For a social divide of a kind which could lead to Polarization?