India’s biggest threat is Communism

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on January 5, 2020

Aside from the ahistorical struggle between mostly Hindu India and Islamic Pakistan, internally, the greatest threat to India’s national stability are communists.

Though the effects of Islamic terror have been widely felt in India, from the Mumbai Terror Attack in 2008 to the Kashmir suicide bombing in 2019, the communists pose the most existential, long-standing threat to India. Posing the greatest risk in the Indian state of Kerala, various anti-government communist guerrilla armies are scattered throughout the country, and are termed Naxalites.

One of the main aims of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is to shrink the territory of the Naxalites. So far, they have reduced the communist’s sphere of influence in the five eastern Indian states dubbed the “Red Corridor,” but even in 2019, hundreds are killed annually in the insurgency war, which has been ongoing since 1967. 

The situation in the Red Corridor remains dire, as large swathes of land lack paved roads because of Naxalite violence. They have prevented the Indian military from moving into their territory.

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In the last 20 years of the war, 12,000 people have been killed, with multiple times more injured, and hundreds of thousands of mostly tribal Indians displaced from their land. 

The new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has led to a spike in Islamist and far-left violence around the country. The protesters claim to fight “Islamophobia” and injustice, but their claims rely on a fundamental misunderstanding of what precisely the CAA entails. 

The CAA grants refugee status and Indian citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, which have high rates of religious discrimination.

The Islamists and Socialists claim the CAA does not grant automatic citizenship to Muslims from these places. They can still apply and receive citizenship from India through the standard channels.

It is important to note that Muslims from India are not affected by the CAA in any way.

However, the socialistic Indian National Congress (INC) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) have instilled fear within the Muslim community to build their resistance to the CAA and in service to their anti-BJP/Modi agenda. 

In response to student groups protesting the CAA, Modi spoke to the violence committed by those same groups. He says, “The government understands your feelings and is ready to listen to you. But you also have to sense whether some political parties and urban Naxals want to use your shoulders for firing.” 

“Congress is spreading lies, creating an atmosphere of fear for Muslims over the new law. Citizenship (Amendment) Act neither takes away the rights of Indian citizens nor harms them in any manner,” Modi charged at INC, his parties most significant opposition. 

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In Kerala, the only communist governed state, the political agitation is not much better from the terrorism of communists cadres in other parts of the country.

Not only has the Keralan assembly voted in favour of an anti-CAA resolution, but Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, justified the assembly’s actions in saying they are to “preserve our cherished values of democracy and secularism.” In opposition to the bill, the Kerala government has been attempting to use the Muslim community, who they usually strongly oppose, to protest against the CAA.

Recently, a Muslim woman criticized Chief Minister Vijayan publically but was forced to apologize under threat of violence from a pro-Communist mob.

This demonstrates the CPI’s real intent. They are merely using the Muslim community as pawns until they say something against the communist party elites. The tactic is nothing new to the Red-Green alliance.  

Communist/Socialists often work together to destabilize a region and start a revolution only for one to assume power and immediately kill the other. Like the Communists did to Islamists in Kerala, or the Islamist did to the Socialists in the Iranian revolution in 1979. 

Even outside of the issue of CAA in 2019, the CPI government has stepped up with what seems to be political assassinations against BJP workers. 84 BJP workers were murdered in the Kannur district alone.

Raghav Pandey, in an article for Firstpost, declared that “It should be a matter of concern for all the citizens of this country as to why such violence happens only under communist regimes.” The backbone of the CPI’s power in Kerala is based on mob violence and intimidation.

Some communists in the West will ignore the gross human rights violations of the CPI in Kerala, pointing to the strong economy in Kerala compared to other Indian states. This ignores the fact that Kerala’s economy currently hangs on by a thread. Remittances fuel it from Keralites working in the Persian Gulf, which constitutes 31% of the economy.

India may have major threats emanating out of Pakistan, particularly radical Islam, but it is short-sighted for India and the Western media to ignore the more imminent and the daily threat of communists and Naxals who murder, agitate, and threaten to destabilize India.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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