Atanu Dey On India's Development

What is Congress but a Fascist Organization?

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“The Congress at the present stage—what is it but a Fascist organization? Gandhi is the dictator like Stalin, I won’t say like Hitler: what Gandhi says they accept and even the Working Committee follows him; then it goes to the All-India Congress Committee which adopts it, and then the Congress . . .”

That sounds contemporary but is actually from December 1938. [Source: India's Rebirth Part 5.] Sri Aurobindo speaking to his disciples. Continuing on, Sir Aurobindo says:

There is no opportunity for any difference of opinion, except for Socialists who are allowed to differ provided they don’t seriously differ. Whatever resolutions they pass are obligatory on all the provinces whether the resolutions suit the provinces or not; there is no room for any other independent opinion. Everything is fixed up before and the people are only allowed to talk over it—like Stalin’s Parliament. When we started the [Nationalist] movement we began with the idea of throwing out the Congress oligarchy and open the whole organization to the general mass.

Srinivas Iyengar retired from Congress because of his differences with Gandhi . . .

He made Charkha a religious article of faith and excluded all people from Congress membership who could not spin. How many even among his own followers believe in his gospel of Charkha? Such a tremendous waste of energy just for the sake of a few annas is most unreasonable.

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Give [people] education, technical training and give them the fundamental organic principles of organization, not on political but on business lines. But Gandhi does not want such industrial organization, he is for going back to the old system of civilization, and so he comes in with his magical formula “Spin, spin, spin.” C. R. Das and a few others could act as a counterbalance. It is all a fetish.

Talking of fetish, I have always been fascinated that Gandhi had more than a few himself. Imaginary idyllic villages is one of them. And among a large number of Indians, Gandhi is a fetish. So villages are fetish-squared for many Indian even today.

Here’s a related post: Moving Mountains. Dec 2007.

  • sumitreddy711

    Atanu,
    Do you know that Gandhi had a pet goat whose daily diet was on non-veg and Gandhi used to drink the milk of that goat.

  • larissa

    Yes it is all a kind of passive aggressiveness, since we do not have what it takes to fight it out with you and challenge you like real men, I am going to starve myself so you can pity me and change policies (this is basically what his non-violence amounts to…)

  • seadog4227

    Extremely timely and pertinent post.
    What a 3rd rate, stinking, rotten party it is!

  • seadog4227

    I copy-pasted this blog on 3 websites.
    It was generally ignored, but drew strong opposition on one site from ALL the respondents.
    I could not help but remember Col. Jessop’s lines from “A Few Good Men”: “You want the truth? You can’t HANDLE the truth….!

  • larissa

    “You want the truth? You can’t HANDLE the truth….!

    amen. thats why Indians turn away from it or look elsewhere or ingnore what is happening there as the truth is too depressing for any sane and normal person…

  • Amit Arya

    Awesome! This is the first time I have read someone calling a Fascist, which he actually was. :)

  • Amit Arya

    * I meant calling Gandhi a fascist. Sorry!

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  • Yoga Saripalli

    Cong will probably die soon but being replaced by AAP and Kejriwal…I am not sure if India will ever be able prosper…