Book Review- Denying National Roots

The book is meticulously factual and impeccable with referenceable citations.

The book begins with debunking communism in India, but when finished the reader is left with a feeling of witnessing a total annihilation of communism in India and elsewhere. The title of the book is aptly justified, although the book presents numerous other invaluable ideas as once reads through. We Indians may be diverse in outlook but are connected by our deeply rooted culture. The book explains why and how communism in India has tried and continues in its strife to obliterate our culture. The evidence to this fact is presented in the book as even Gandhiji and Nehru never were convinced that such methods of denying national roots would ever work here. Even the veteran communist leaders like Dange and Hardayal couldn’t convince themselves otherwise.

The book presents a clear perspective on how Indian spiritual leaders like Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo were not impressed with communism. Clearly, for a superior civilization like ours which has offered to the world great examples like Janapadas and works like Artha Sastra, communism has very little to offer in itself. The spiritual leaders expressed the same in their composed tone as communism to be mischievous and motivated.

The book presents a good answer to why the present communists in India have multiple political parties. Is there any ideological difference between CPI and CPI(M)? The blame clearly is not on the so-called idealogy, but the leashes that each party would inflict upon itself. CPI continued to court favour with the Russian group of Comintern (communism international), while the CPI(M) moved on to courting favours with their Chinese counterparts.

The book describes the whimsical and vindictive nature of Comintern. Some of the Indian communist leaders who were officially invited were humiliated, jailed, tortured and even executed in the erstwhile USSR for not towing the official line of communism as per the Comintern. For Comintern, the whole aim was international communism (with Russia as epicentre) while opportunistically using nationalism or regionalism to achieve the revolutionary (read as anarchy) means. The effects of this are seen even today in India where Communists or their Sympathizers like Arundati Roy encouraging militancy in Kashmir.

The effect on Comintern on Indian communist leaders as explained here was such that even the Indian Communist Party (ICP) which formed before Independence out of the ideological inspiration from Marxists was forcefully usurped and renamed to Communist Party of India (CPI) to meet the international naming standards inline with CPSU, CPGB and CPUSA. The motive being the communist first and the Indian later.

The author also explains the genesis of socialist thoughts in our first prime minister Nehru which in itself became the ideology for the next prime ministers to come. The author goes further to explain how he and his mentor Gandhiji played along with Communists in congress but kept them at bay from taking over the congress and thereby keeping their close hold.

The author, Dr. Rahul, presents good insight on the role played by SC Bose in Indian Congress and outside and how he kept himself away from any ideological shift towards communism while keeping nationalism paramount.

The author leaves the reader with further thought-provoking questions – how did so many young impressionable minds fell prey to such brainwash? Was it because of prevalent conditions and ongoing reforms in Hindu society? Was it the McCaulay system of education?

Review by   Sundeep Raikhelkar on Amazon

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