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View From The Right: Two Tamil Greats

The editorial notes that “the politics of Tamil Nadu before Amma was more exclusivist, based on exceptional Tamil identity”.


December 14, 2016 12:04:47 am

The editorial in Organiser comments that the “departure of two great actors-turned-public figures of Tamil Nadu within a span of 30 hours” that has left “a void” in the “political and intellectual space of the southern state”. “One was a populist politician” but “a leader reluctant to engage in free communication”; the “other was a media giant who was ready to express himself on any issue in a straight and satirical manner”. “Despite long acquaintance and trusted friendship, the journalist did not spare the commanding politician,” the editorial notes and asks: “what was that cord that made this relation between former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and veteran journalist Cho Ramaswamy so special?” It concludes that “their connection with theatre and cinema was the common factor”, and underlines that “another important aspect that brought these two distinct but influential personalities together was their common antagonism towards Karunanidhi and his version of Dravidian politics”. The editorial notes that “the politics of Tamil Nadu before Amma was more exclusivist, based on exceptional Tamil identity”. It emphasises that “she always had a national and integrationist vision”. Cho “always appreciated” her policies for “common masses”, it says, underlining that “while Cho sometimes criticised competitive populism in Tamil politics, he defended her tooth and nail”.

Istanbul To Amritsar

Commenting on the recent Heart of Asia conference, an article in Organiser praises Indian diplomacy which ensured that “the Afghanistan centric dialogue at Amritsar turned out to be a major embarrassment for Pakistan” and exposed “its nefarious designs”. The conference “squarely blamed Pakistan for vitiating the political stability in Afghanistan”, it says, and notes that the “major declarations of Amritsar move around on Pakistan undeclared war against India and Afghanistan”. “Afghan President Ashraf Ghani directly blamed Pakistan for launching an undeclared war against his country,” it says, and adds that this statement along with the speech of PM Narendra Modi summed up the “mood” of the Sixth chapter of Istanbul Process. The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was launched in 2011 “to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours”. The participant countries have agreed on “political consultation involving Afghanistan and its near and extended neighbours”, it says. The article notes the “fundamental change in the power structure of the world, unfolding new alliances” and adds that the “victory of Donald Trump” is likely to change the contours of this region. “The United States top commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has given a stunning new dimension to the Afghan war when at a briefing in the Pentagon he blamed Russia and Iran for supporting Taliban,” it says.

Failures Of Marxism

An article in Panchjanya says that there is hardly anyone who vouches for Marxism-Leninism today but “some persons in India are running their shops in the name of Marx”. Marx and Lenin are no longer worshiped in Russia or China as people have realised that this ideology will lead them to destruction. “Whosoever has studied Marxism with an open mind, it says, “would not remain a Marxist” as “Marxism has proved to be wrong on both theory and practice”. The seeds of its destruction are embedded in its propositions. “Marx had said about capitalism that it would be destroyed by its own contradictions. That actually happened with Marxism,” the article says. Marx wrongly rejected private property, which is permanent in human existence. “Similarly, Marx’s idea about the human behaviour was also flawed,” the article notes, emphasising that all humans have certain natural and eternal attributes. Any idea cannot be imposed on humans behaviour, it notes. “Therefore all Communist regimes had to resort to endless violence,” the article contends. It details violence committed by the Communist regimes in Russia and China. Millions of innocent persons were killed, it notes and asserts that in the process, the idea called Marxism was also killed.

ashutosh.bhardwaj@expressindia.com

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