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Problem With The Left

The arrest of several left activists has created a huge furor in the media. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govt has even been accused of introducing Emergency de facto. I am firmly against illegal arrests. Everything has to be done by the due process of law. However, what I find totally hypocritical and disgusting is the selective approach of the Indian left when it comes to human rights violations.

It’s high time the issue of human rights violation either by the police or by civilians is taken out of the mire of partisan politics and is viewed as illegalities which have no place in a democratic society.

Over three lakh Kashmiri Hindus were kicked out of their homes in the Valley at gunpoint. None of the left activists condemned that. In fact, Arundhati Roy and Prashant Bhushan want the Kashmiri Muslims to be given azadi. Isn’t that a violation of the Constitution? Why was the left silent when recently a group of men which hoisted the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar was beaten up by separatists?

The CPI’s D Raja and co. are condemning the current arrests. But it was the Communist Party of India (CPI) which endorsed the infamous Emergency imposed by Smt Indira Gandhi. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), which misruled West Bengal for several decades, unleashed terror on political dissenters. An entire generation of youth was wiped out by the CPM cadres and the Congress govt of Siddharth Shankar Ray by labeling them Naxalites. No one protested then.

In Kerala, RSS workers, including those engaged in flood relief, are killed by the CPM. But no protests from the activists.

When the BJP govt in Maharashtra arrests Sanatan activists for allegedly planning to strike terror the police action, without incriminating evidence, is justified. But when the same govt talks of a Maoist plot then all hell breaks loose. In fact, Chief Minister Fadnavis has turned the left-right debate on human rights on its head by arresting the Sanatanis.

The Congress which has the blood of 3000 Sikhs on its hands has no moral right to condemn the recent arrests. By the way, I am yet to come across a single leftist activist who condemned the gunning down of scores of innocent Hindu bus passengers by Khalistani terrorists.

Also, I don’t find anyone exposing the leader from Maharashtra who masterminded the 1993 riots of Mumbai just to fulfill his political ambition. He is again fomenting casteist violence and has even got certain Muslim activists to abet in it in Maharashtra.

It’s high time the issue of human rights violation either by the police or by civilians is taken out of the mire of partisan politics and is viewed as illegalities which have no place in a democratic society.

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S Balakrishnan

Advocate and Senior Journalist who was formerly City Editor & Chief of Bureau of The Times of India, Mumbai. He has also served in the Mumbai Municipal Council.

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  • Problem with Left is that they have been 'LEFT BEHIND' and dumped by people of India. They fear what little left in Kerala BJP may dislodge them from their also. So They make raucous noise when their shrinking cadres are arrested or even if their anti-India stands get exposed.

  • Why write about the Left. There is nothing left in the Left. It's their last struggle before they pass on to Oblivion.

  • The problem is with right not with Left or wrong. The elected right not doing anything right . People were mislead ,forced to be robbed . No ethics of any kind left.When having in power Rights cant do anything right then what right we have to even bother about what is Left . Its current government's gimmick to take peoples attention from their sins and frauds. Other parties were heavily scammed .But this is the first time tax payers loosing billions of dollar money from their pockets directly .Earlier it was coporate commission or bribe.Was a single corporate fraud arrested in last 4+ years ? Because they will pay back some how .Good pirates.

  • Great and profound literary, economic and rights activist - Luminaries [eg. Arundathi Roy, Amaritya Sen, Shanthi Bhushan] either go into selective verbal diarrhoea in certain cases or take the extreme step remaining in a state of of selective amnesia never opening their mouths in yet other situations. Where is objectivity, honesty, integrity and remaining UNBIASED with this so called Hindu Intellectuals who are morally CORRUPT fitting the bill of being pseudo-secularists, the Sickly JAICHANDs of modern India.

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