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By Mao Tse-Tung, Slavoj Zizek

Mao's early philosophical writings underpinned the chinese language revolutions and their clarion calls to riot stay probably the most stirring of all time. Maverick thinker Slavoj Zizek's firecracker remark reaches unsettling conclusions concerning the position of Mao's idea within the progressive canon.

These early philosophical writings underpinned the chinese language revolutions and their clarion calls to insurrection stay the most stirring of all time. Drawing on a dizzying array of references from modern tradition and politics, Zizek’s firecracker observation reaches unsettling conclusions concerning the position of Mao’s inspiration within the innovative canon.

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96 In James’s portrayal of the Soviet Union, where he argued that Marx’s theories had been taken to ‘brutal and extreme conclusions’, the dangers of communism to the ‘civilized’ classes of India were emphatically clear. Moreover, as James pointedly added: it is not a fact that Russia is a happy land peopled by Communists. It is a fact that it is ruled by Communists with the help of the OGPU [State Political Directorate or secret police] and the Red Army . . [where] the people of the country are terrorized into submission to the rule which is imposed upon them.

They either change their names or they at any rate throw some doubts upon their occupations’,101 was a naïve attempt to brand them as sly and deceitful when in fact they had no choice but to act by stealth. Damned on every count as bad and dangerous to the health of the Indian polity, communists were described as fanatics determined to pervert the cause of nationalism, usurp the property of the wealthy, set the workers against their employers and indoctrinate impressionable youth against their elders and betters, all in the enterprise of achieving purposes which were deeply dangerous and wholly unacceptable.

Langford James, the prosecutor, saw communism as the work of a fifth column Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 05:35 29 August 2012 The Punjab, communism and the state 29 determined to overthrow the Raj.  N. Roy’s dangerous enterprise of ‘fostering’ communism. ’ Gandhi’s success was attributed to an appeal based mainly on religion, which was, admittedly, ‘anti-British’. Thus, ‘with a demi-God like Mr. ’92 But the point is that Gandhi’s call to religion was seen, in the Indian context, as a legitimate expression of a ‘genuine nationalism’; whereas communism was seen to be godless and hence infinitely more dangerous.

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