Pokhran : CPIM supported North Korea becoming a nuclear power, but not India

Are you proud of India being a nuclear power? Of course you are. A nation of India’s standing in the world cannot settle for anything less. This image was one of the defining moments for kids of my generation.

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The nation will always remember this.

It may sound unbelievable today, but not every Indian was happy to see India take one step towards claiming its rightful status among nations of the world. Among them, the Communists.

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At the time, the CPIM’s excuse was of non-proliferation and all sorts of supposed humanitarian concerns. Quite comparable to the rhetoric that you see today against the abrogation of Article 370.

The hollowness of the CPIM’s argument was most clearly exposed almost a decade later, when North Korea carried out nuclear tests.

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According to the CPIM, mouthpiece, North Korea had a legitimate right and a legitimate need to carry out nuclear tests, but not India.

Think about that for a second. For Communists, North Korea occupies a higher position on the world stage than India. They care more about protecting North Korea than about protecting India.

Will it be so unfair now to say that the Communists are anti-national?

In case you think the CPIM’s concern for North Korea was a one time thing, it was not. Sympathy and admiration for North Korea is very systematic in the Communist Party. This is Kerala’s Communist Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressing his party in 2018.

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Such fraternal love for the brutal Communist dictator Kim Jong Un. You might be interested in knowing that  V S Achutanandan, the previous Communist CM of Kerala, had mocked Dr. Kalam as a man who plays with cracker rockets.

Now you tell me : where does CPIM’s loyalty lie? With India or with North Korea? 

In 2006, the CPIM condemned an international rally in Brussels to highlight human rights violations in North Korea, calling it a “smear campaign aimed at tarnishing the image of the DPRK.” Now think about all the times that CPIM has accused India of committing human rights violations! (see recent example here)

Let me repeat the question: Will it be so unfair now to say that the Communists are anti-national? 

There are two reasons I am telling this story today. The first is that we should never forget history. Especially, we cannot afford to forget who Communists are. The second reason is that the contours of the debate from 1998 are almost the same today.

The CPIM wasn’t alone in being unhappy with India’s nuclear tests. Their point of view was faithfully amplified by the liberal ecosystem at the time.  Most opposition parties seemed to be saying much the same. Here are the words of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

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To remind you, the 1998 nuclear tests were named Operation Shakti. So is Sonia ji saying India should not have performed those tests? Does she want India to be a nuclear power or not? Will Congress clarify?

The Opposition pretending to have all sorts of supposedly humanitarian concerns and accusing the ruling BJP of showing off hyper-nationalism. At the same time, the world appearing to gang up against us. Sound familiar?

The hand wringing over Article 370, over CAA and NRC, has followed much the same path. But the history of Pokhran tells us what the future holds.

Nobody questions the Pokhran tests today. The nuclear tests are now a cherished moment in our national memory. Those who opposed the test at the time would be embarrassed today if reminded of it.

A decade or so later, the abrogation of Article 370, leading to the complete and total integration of J&K, will become another such cherished moment in India’s history. So if you feel overwhelmed by the liberal cacophony, take a deep breath and relax.

And smile. Because we are going to prevail. But what liberals are saying now will remain floating around on the internet, like ghosts. A decade later, liberals will be haunted by what they have said today.

11 thoughts on “Pokhran : CPIM supported North Korea becoming a nuclear power, but not India

  1. The fiberals’ statements coming back to haunt them years later by floating around like ghosts on the internet is an apt simile.

    However hard they try to act smart and hope everyone has forgotten what they said, somebody with a long memory is sure to share a link or screenshot. A lie on the net has a shelf life of a few hours only.

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  2. Our liberals love India getting blackmailed. The reason they hated the nuclear tests was that India could not be blackmailed by its two hostile neighbours thereafter.
    After the nuclear tests, a bunch of IIT/IISC professors had signed some letter protesting the tests as anti-peace. Little did the professors know that we have peace today only because we have the nuclear weapons and delivery systems for the weapons.

    Nuclear weapons help us fight conventional battles, Balakot being the latest example. But the first one was Kargil. The book “From Kargil to the Coup” by Pakistani writer Nasim Zehra describes very graphically how the Indian Bofors guns rained death on the peaks of Kargil. Around 5 lakh rounds were fired non-stop and decimated most of the Pakistani troops. There was so much gunpowder that even the water on peaks like Tiger Hill got polluted and the Pakistani soldiers had no water to drink on icy peaks.

    And today we have nuclear weapons inside our nuclear submarines that allow us to keep fighting even if all our land based nuclear weapons are destroyed. Thus making us even more safer. If we did not have nuclear weapons today, there was a distinct possibility of even the European nations trying to threaten us and recolonize us.

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  3. When the Pokhran II happened I was very proud, but I did not know about all the details, all the preparation, all the possible hindrance that were encountered by the decision-makers. After watching the movie “Parmanu” starring John Abraham my pride went up tenfold. The movie depicts how timid and nincompoop previous government was and how the daring Vajpayee government, especially George Fernandez was. How the entire world, especially America was watching India’s Pokhran related activities with hawkeyes and how George Fernandez fooled Americans. All very well depicted in the movie. If anybody has not watched this movie, they should jump up to watch as soon as possible. No wonder Commies hate the whole issue. The movie gives us a clear impression where India would have been today in the world if we had more BJP governments.

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  4. Abhishek,

    I’ve said this many times before and I say it again: your blog needs to be in multiple Indian languages. Especially Bengali, with the state’s 2021 elections looming large. Your piece yesterday says Mamata is on the backfoot but there’s still a fairly large “badralok” community that supports the Communists. Some may never change, but others still may be embarassed at what their redskins have displayed in years past.

    At the very least, have a “translation” button with a selection of languages. Google may do the rest. Do it. Let’s put the last nail in the coffin of these rats.

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    1. Google translate does a good job on Hindi

      According to the CPIM, mouthpiece, North Korea had a legitimate right and a legitimate need to carry out nuclear tests, but not India.

      Think about that for a second. For Communists, North Korea occupies a higher position on the world stage than India. They care more about protecting North Korea than about protecting India.

      Will it be so unfair now to say that the Communists are anti-national?

      In case you think the CPIM’s concern for North Korea was a one time thing, it was not. Sympathy and admiration for North Korea is very systematic in the Communist Party. This is Kerala’s Communist Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressing his party in 2018.

      सीपीआईएम के अनुसार, मुखपत्र, उत्तर कोरिया के पास एक वैध अधिकार था और भारत को नहीं बल्कि परमाणु परीक्षण करने की एक वैध आवश्यकता थी।

      एक सेकंड के लिए इसके बारे में सोचिए। कम्युनिस्टों के लिए, उत्तर कोरिया भारत की तुलना में विश्व मंच पर एक उच्च स्थान रखता है। वे उत्तर कोरिया की रक्षा के बारे में भारत की रक्षा करने के बारे में अधिक परवाह करते हैं।

      क्या अब यह कहना अनुचित होगा कि कम्युनिस्ट देशद्रोही हैं?

      यदि आपको लगता है कि उत्तर कोरिया के लिए सीपीआईएम की चिंता एक समय की बात थी, तो यह नहीं था। उत्तर कोरिया के लिए सहानुभूति और प्रशंसा कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी में बहुत व्यवस्थित है। यह केरल के कम्युनिस्ट मुख्यमंत्री पिनारयी विजयन ने 2018 में अपनी पार्टी को संबोधित कर

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  5. I’d like to come again to the topic of translating this blog in every Indian language as there is, IMHO, an important reasoning behind it. Frankly, such translations should happen at OpIndia, MediaCrooks, Swarajya, etc as well.

    Yuval Noah Harari, in his book “Sapiens” talks about how humanity builds itself around “imagined orders” and how these orders are always in danger of collapse because they are built around myths – when the myths collapse, the imagined order collapses. Which is why the Communists indoctrinate its cadre and has them on a tight leash. But when they’re in a weak state – as now – is the best time to break their myths so their imagined order collapses. The Bengal elections this time around may be about Mamata vs the BJP but why not finish off the Commies who are still some small percent of the voting population? That’s where the message has to go out – and go out continuously – to this segment in their lingua franca. That theirs is a myth that never delivered and will never deliver.

    That said, it’s also important to understand why the illiberal liberal side along with its flock of proseletyzing religions, NGOs, and media SCUM try to keep hitting at Hinduism. Because, our faith has its myths too and they are striking at the roots of those myths. It’s not as if the other side does not have any myths, but since we on this side of the fence don’t seek to destabilize their faith, they have a free run at us. That means we will have to break the opposition one brick at a time – first the Commies, then the SCUM elements, next the NGOs, followed by the so-called “intellectuals”, and last, but not the least, the evangelicals and proselytizers. Each brick taken down makes for a weaker edifice until the building exists no more. We didn’t survive for over a millenia by taking it on the chin and keeling over. That happened in many other regions and countries but we held out.

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    1. Actually the translation of memes or ideas is happening very fast in vernacular languages. So someone reading Abhisheks articles forms an opinion, translates that opinion (into say Bengali) and then broadcasts it on his Whatsapp circle. Someone reading that modifies it, makes it more humourous and sarcastic and transmits it to his group etc.The meme translator has now tuned the message to his audience in the way they understand.

      This is how Whatsapp has destroyed political careers in the Congress including its president. You can talk to RRR or Nobel prize winners. But once Whatsapp has taken you down and continues to take you down, there is no recovery possible

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      1. I hope so. The commies were the original evil that ran loose and fast in this country, thanks to the Nehru crowd. But they’ve had to eat humble pie in the last couple decades and I say – time to finish them off. Give them no quarter as they would assuredly not to their opponents. This land has to be rid of this cancer once and for all – after all, they are an alien idea that has no roots here. Then, next, the sideloaders and co-passengers who came along in their wake but now occupy prime space. Go after them in sequence. They should have no political or social space at the end of this journey, perhaps in a couple decades. But it’s going to be a long slog and requires great focus, patience, and unity.

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