Leftists value recruits in the media more than the recruits in farms and factories as they are needed to justify and rationalise their deeds and misdeeds. A classic example of Left’s effective media management is Che Guevara, a mass-murderer who has been fashioned into a hipster icon, a champion of the poor. In JNU too, when the leftist students’ union failed to stop the registration process, they launched violence on those who refused to fall in line but their media recruits projected the perpetrators as victims of the violence.
Violence is integral to the Leftist philosophy. Communism explicitly calls for terrorism and the extermination of people. Karl Marx, the original prophet of violence and terror, wrote in an editorial, "There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, and that way is revolutionary terror." Lenin too stood for organized terror. He said, “The state is an instrument for coercion … We want to organize violence in the name of the interests of the workers.”
So even though you hear leftists invoke peace one day, you find them celebrate violence the very next day. Leftists celebrate leaders who slaughtered people, often using the government to do it, in the name of people's revolution.
Mao Zedong qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in the world history. During the Great Leap Forward (1958 to 1962), he put 45 million people to death in China.
Joseph Stalin of Russia, killed millions of the wealthier peasants – or ‘kulaks’ – in Ukraine as he forced them off their land, and purged his own party, shooting thousands and sending millions more to work as slaves and perish in the Gulag.
Fidel Castro in Cuba took control of the Cuban government and used it to slaughter his enemies. Death camps were set up and people who were not leftist got executed.
However, the mass-murderer who takes the cake is Che Guevara. There’s nothing more annoying than a Leftist in a Che Guevara t-shirt – a cigar-smoking sociopath who helped establish a regime in Cuba that butchered all its opponents and threw into jail anyone who did not fall in line. This Argentine guerrilla and modern Cuba’s co-founding father have been fashioned into a hipster icon, an anti-establishment rebel, and a champion of the poor.
Che helped free Cubans from the repressive Batista regime, only to enslave them in a totalitarian police state worse than the last one. He was Fidel Castro’s chief executioner, a mass-murderer who commanded a number of Latin American death squads. More than a million Cubans fled to the United States to escape the horrors of Che Guevara’s repression.
In spite of this murderous legacy, Che became a hipster icon because he had the most effective public relations department on earth.
Che Guevara wrote in his own diaries in 1958: “Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.” Castro and Guevara cultivated the foreign media. They made it a goal from day one. They needed to export their propaganda and make it not seem like propaganda.
This is exactly what the leftists in India do. They cultivate the media using all the resources at their disposal. They prepare left activists in universities and then send some of them to big media houses where they further the leftist agenda under the garb of journalism. In their initial years, they win the trust of people by conducting programs on social issues and later use that credibility to justify and rationalise deeds and misdeeds of leftists within and outside the country. Invariably, they highlight the leftist way more than the rightist.
So even as you hear debates on what happened in Gujarat in 2002, even today, you would never find these journos tell you how violence was institutionalised by communists in Bengal and Kerala and their political opponents were eliminated.
So even as you hear stories about how some Muslims were killed by a Hindu mob in Best Bakery massacre, you would never hear stories on what happened to the families of those 58 Hindu Kar Sewaks who were torched alive in S-7 coach of Sabarmati express by a Muslim mob.
So even as you hear stories on how Kashmiri Muslims are living "in fear" due to continuous presence of the Indian armed forces in the valley, you would never hear stories on how five lakh Kashmiri Pandits were kicked out of their motherland years ago and forced to live in sub-human conditions in Jammu and elsewhere.
So even as you hear stories about Israeli persecution of Palestinians, you would never hear stories on how Hindus are being persecuted in Pakistan and Bangladesh, their daughters raped and converted, their properties attacked.
So even as you hear stories on how caste discrimination by upper caste Hindus is holding up the progress of Dalits, you would never hear stories on how Dalits who converted to Islam and Christianity are still treated as lower class in the societies they adopted.
So even as you hear stories on how Gandhi murder was an “RSS conspiracy”, you would hear no stories on the great communist treachery during the 1962 Indo-China war.
So even as you see regular stories on the Holocaust by Hitler, you would never see them do stories on mass-murders by Mao, Stalin, Che, Castro and Pol Pot.
In short, everything that shows the leftists in poor light is hidden from the public view. And everything that has the potential to show the right wing in poor light is magnified multi-fold, even if it requires resorting to lies.
To give you an idea about leftists’ love for mass murderers, let me take you to the JNU campus where the portraits that adorned the walls of the students’ union office till 1996 included those of mass murderers Mao, Stalin and Che Guevara. The other two portraits were that of Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narayan. It required an ABVP-dominated union in 1997 to pass a resolution and put up portraits of our national heroes like Swami Vivekananda, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the union office. It would be worth mentioning here that the nine councillors belonging to the communist SFI and naxal AISA voted against the resolution.
This country has not forgotten how leftists and the left-dominated media provided support to the supporters of the Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru on the JNU campus three years ago when they gave a call for India's disintegration - "Bharat Tere Tukde Honge Inshaallah Inshaallah."
Of late, media management of Marxists was in full public display in the ongoing JNU imbroglio. Journalists cultivated by leftists openly sided with the leftist student leaders. A story of the right wing violence against the leftists was created and circulated by the media. Facts were manipulated to implicate right wing student leaders even though it was the JNUSU president Aishe Ghose and her masked cohorts who launched violent attacks on ABVP supporters and the rest followed. The victims were projected as perpetrators and the perpetrators were projected as victims. It was a shameless abuse of media power by those who have it against those who do not.
But as expected, leftists failed once again as they have, ever since the social media arrived on the scene to counter their lies. The false narratives they tried to build over the last couple of years - oppression of students, women, Dalits, Muslims, etc. - fell on its face and Narendra Modi-led BJP came back to power in 2019 with a stronger mandate.
Leftists must realise that gone are the days when they had monopoly over dissemination of information. Today, Social Media has made them irrelevant. Now at best, they may succeed in causing resentment among the vulnerable sections of the society for some time but will ultimately fail to get them on their side.
As Marxists fail to manage media now, their blood-soaked hands are there for everyone to see.