Ideological Paradox : Communism and Islam – By Abdul Qadir

Original Question : Why are there so many Muslims in communist parties in India, when neither Koran allows them to be communists nor communism allows them to be Muslims?

Original Question : Why are there so many Muslims in communist parties in India, when neither Koran allows them to be communists nor communism allows them to be Muslims?

This should obviously be confusing to a lot of people. Let me unravel the mystery if there was any.

Communism is a ideology which seeks to achieve atheism eventually. Like Xi Xinping recently said it’s compulsory for party members to be unyielding Marxist atheists[1]. And Indian communists are largely inspired by China. Wahabism is an ideology which seeks to achieve the exact opposite, and wants everybody to follow Wahabi version of Sunni Islam.

So

it’s natural for people to be flummoxed how a certain practicing Muslim

claiming to be follower of an ideology which seeks to eschew every

religion. Communism and socialism are similar in one respect that while

Communism uses socialism as a tool, Wahabism uses religion as a tool for

political purposes. Communism and Wahabism even though have ideological

differences, there are certain similarities between the two.

Why the unofficial alliance: The common ground

Communism

after initially finding popularity in 1920–80 is fast dwindling owing

to awareness of this violent ideology . Wahabism on the other hand is

struggling to find takers in India in large numbers. They occasionally

try to stoke fear in Muslim masses by carrying out “Deen bachao” (Save

Islam) rallies. It was largely successful in 1940s and those who came

under its influence ran away to Pakistan. Now they try to do that again,

but a wooden pot doesn’t work twice.

Communists

in majority will not tolerate Muslims like what happens in China and a

Wahabi state like Saudi Arabia will not tolerate a communist.

So what can be the common ground to forge an alliance?

Both

see a common enemy in nationalism, a philosophy of love for your own

country transcending all the cultural, ideological differences.

Nationalism has reduced communism to fringes and made the percolation of

wahabism in general public very difficult owing to both foreign and

violent character of both the philosophies.

So

both the struggling philosophies have kind of entered into an political

understanding finding a common enemy in nationalism. It’s very common

politics for foes to forge alliances. You can take example of recent

political development in UP where once sworn enemies Bahujan Samaj Party

and Samajwadi party forged alliance as both parties were facing an

existential crisis and found a common enemy in Modi. Same thing is

happening with communism and Wahabism.

The common mode of operation: Widen social faultlines

Communism

carves out its political existence through social differences. It tries

to widen the social fault-lines. Wahabis have also the same agenda.

Recently Pakistani Wahabis senate think tank sat down to counter India

after strong reaction to Pulwama attacks. Check out the point number 8

of the action plan finalized against India.

The

objective 8 not only is similar to what communists do, but the

terminologies used are exactly similar that is used by communists in

India. There appears to be an ideological understanding. The number of

hate spreading caste based leaders (like Mewani, Hardik Patel etc.) that

have sprang up just can’t be a coincidence. There is a conscious

attempt to counter nationalism by promoting linguistic, regional, caste

based divisions. Even certain journalists especially in outlets like The

wire etc. are unabashedly done caste and religious based divisions

exactly on lines of what the Pakistan think tank seeks to achieve.

Shekhar Gupta who has worked with NDTV and is perceived as a congress

loyalist has written articles on his media start up from caste and

religious angles. Shekhar Gupta is now the President of Editors’ guild

makes it more worrisome.

There is a conscious attempt from a group journalists gives an impression that a cabal as at work. Example.

The leftist realize that cricket is the main source of unifying India. So the following article appears an attempt to wrack it.

Cricketer Muhmmad Kaif quickly saw what the vile journalist of Wire was trying to do.

Journalist

Ajaz Ashraf within days of passing of course of action in Pakistani

senate wrote the following article in a leftist “news” outlet Caravan,

exactly on line of point number 8 of the memorandum.

Urban upper-castes driving Hindutva nationalism have little representation among Pulwama’s slain jawans

So

if you find a Muslim claiming to be communist or a supporter of

communism, he would essentially be more political than religious. You

can take example of Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid. I have had a

discussion with few Pakistanis few months ago and asked them if they

think Pakistani army general should ask China of to stop torturing

uighur Muslims in the concentration camps. The usual excuses were 1.

China is an atheist state, so their action is justified. 2. It’s china’s

internal matter. China and Pakistan have found a common enemy in India,

hence the political alliance.

I

have found Muslims claiming to be communists or supporter of communism

to be much more divisive than just communists. Their focus is more on

politics than religion. So don’t think they will refer Quran for their

actions. Hate for other religion is bigger than love for his very own

for a Wahabi. In fact both Communism and Wahabism is all about hate and

that’s the de facto religion.

Footnotes

[1] Xi Jinping Puts New Emphasis on ‘Marxist Atheism’

The Article was first published on Quora and has been republished on The South Asian Express with Author’s permission.

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