Press Release, 18th April, 2018

Condemn the Dismantling of Lenin Statue

Condemn the Dismantling of Lenin Statue in Tripura BJP and its allies have come to power defeating the left front government in the Tripura Bidhan Sabha elections recently. This is not an anomaly in this sort of Parliamentary democracy. Attacking members of the defeated party, destroying their homes etc have also become part of their routine activities. But it isn't just CPI(M) party offices or workers who are being targeted. Bulldozers were used in Biloniya and subsequently in Sabrin to raze Lenin statues to the ground. This incident bears much relevance. BJP is a political party who is guided by RSS and affiliates all of whom are highly aware of who and what they are targeting to and the core reasons that lie behind it. They know that their real enemy isn't parliamentarians in the garb of Marxists; their real enemy is Marxism and Leninism. This is precisely the reason why BJP wants to attack Lenin and Leninism. Ironically enough this reveals nothing but their ineptitude. They think that they can wipe off Leninism by destroying statues! Lenin is not a mere statue. His statue represents the dream of liberation and the fighting spirit harbored by millions of working men and women, his statue represents the act of bringing home victory. Lenin is not a statue, Lenin is the embodiment of Marxism Leninism, Lenin is the embodiment of victory. Fascist BJP wants to strangle that dream—but they shall never succeed in doing so. They don't even realize their incapability and that is why they can be seen rejoicing in an uncouth fashion after dismounting statues of Lenin. There's no point lamenting endlessly on this matter. The spirit of Leninism cannot be defeated by fascists—no matter how powerful they look ostensibly. The correct response to razing of Lenin statues can only be provided by Leninist praxis. Social democrats bury Leninism and construct Lenin statues; they want to reduce him to a lifeless idol. They have dropped the basic tools of actualizing Leninism and instead focused their energies on idol worship. They simply do not have the capacity of safeguarding the dream of emancipation. There is only one way to strengthen the fight against BJP and the pseudo Leninists— and that is through embracement of Leninism. This is why we need to hit the streets in protest of the dismantling of Lenin statues. Our protests need to spread across agricultural fields and factories alike. The arrogance showcased by the fascist BJP by destroying statues of Lenin must be responded to with the resonance of our protests all over the country, keeping Leninism in the forefront.

On behalf of the intellectuals and writers

Varvara Rao, Sabyasachi Deb, Krishna Bandyopdhay, Nemai Ghosh, Salil Biswas, Dr. Swati Ghosh, Bidyut Bhowmik, Asim Giri, Kanchan Kumar, Arun Ferera, Vernon Gonjalves, Rinchin, Dr.Kaniska Chowdhury, Sitangshu Shekhar, Nilanjan Dutta, Avijnan Sarkar, Asok Bhowmik, Asok Chattopadhyay, Santipada Bandyopadhyay, Madhab Bandyopadhyay, Dr. Nirmal Nag, Alokranjan Chakraborty, Arun Chakraborty, Tathagata Moulik, Siddheshwar Ghosh, Amit Bhattacharya, Gurupradad Kar, Kalyan Roy, Himadri Bandyopadhyay, Rajesh Dutta, Dr. Subhajit Bhattacharya, Dr Siddhartha Gupta, Dr. Santiranjan Mallik, Debasish Goswami, Bishan Rudra, Suman Kalyan Moulik, Tamal Saha, Subhasish Roy, Somsankar Roy, Ajay Basu, Mrinmoy Chakraborty, Othelo Haque, Swapan Sil, Atanu Majumder, Satarupa Sanyal, Ratan Khasnabish.

Apr 18, 2018