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The cheerleaders for Malala – Hypocrisy much

There are many hypocritical self proclaimed liberals/intellectuals in India who are shedding tears and acknowledging the bravery of ‪#‎Malala‬ Yusufzai, who just won the Nobel peace prize. These will be the same people who will be supporting drone strikes by the imperialists in Pakistan in the name of fighting “terror”. You will not find them shedding tears for the many innocents, including children, who are killed or their lives are destroyed by the imperialist aggressors.

Apart from these hypocrites too, there is of course a large section of nationalist [Hindu] citizens who are seen expressing their solidarity with Malala . It can be asserted with a fair degree of certainty that a vast majority of them are doing so because they see in Malala an enemy of what they consider the enemy – the ‘other’ – the Muslims and particularly Pakistanis [often, in their Hindutva-ized conceptual space, overlapping categories] and hence an ally.

The same is definitely true for the mainstream media – which spares no opportunity to paint a monstrous image of Pakistan [of course that nation state and its authority figures are hardly worth praising any more than India’s ] and to increase the inter-nation animosity through staunchy Hinduized nationalistic rhetoric [why, haven’t you become habituated to Arnab Goswami’s nostrils flaring all the time , just barely falling short of shouting anti Pakistan slogans inside the newsroom?!], is making such a generous portrayal of Malala. Would they have done the same if a human rights activist condemning the respective rogue-occupier states from Kashmir/Palestine would have received such an “award’ [I denounce the politics of such “awarding” especially in a capitalist regime but that’s a topic beyond the scope of this present discussion], which of course seems rather absurd given the balance of powers in the world scenario…

So one needs to take this artificial euphoria over Malala’s award winning very skeptically. Malala has openly said that she wants to take part in active politics and wants to become the country’s supremo as well [I hope the latter position she will later change but it is of course a positive thing that she wishes to take the politics of liberalizing the extremist society seriously.] However, one may of course argue that she is being usurped or appropriated by the imperialist clique and the international capitalist brigade is trying to accommodate her radical agenda against Islamist extremism for furthering its own interests…This is not to deny her contributions towards democratizing society for women in Pakistan, at least in a limited way but to gauge how individual or even collective efforts can be jeopardized and even hijacked for serving the interests of the ruling elites.

On Madrassas – Ditching Both the Reactionary and Opportunist Stances

One need not defend the Islamist schools or Islamist organizations, as some opportunists may find it useful to do at the present juncture, to say that the witch hunting by the state and majoritarian right wing forces should stop or rather should be resisted militantly by offering human shield to the repressed community.

There is essentially nothing wrong with this reporting per se – it just reports the findings by a study, which is done by a Students Islamic Org of India, Karnataka Chapter. One need not defend the existence of a theological education to point out that there are social forces at work which are greater than just the Islamist [not Muslim] community itself, behind the necessities of existence of such schools .

If “self esteem” is low, is it only because they go to Madrassas? Conversely, is it that the Madrassas are not helping them gain the kinds of material benefits that can be expected of people who have been to other schools? One might be tempted to say that the so-called “model” madrassas should be emulated..

.of course, the reality is that the ENTIRE education system has to be rejected; only through its negation can the alternative be even conceptualized. This rejection is hardly just limited to the rejection of Madrassas or the Vedic Schools/Gurukuls [and I am not mentioning the Hinduist institutes in passing, I have been a vocal advocate of smashing such institutions of Hinduisation for long].

“Science, maths, social studies” – insofar as they are remain confined within the contours defined by the status quo, are taught in schools just to produce cogs in the wheel. So even though the report is not offering any bias, it could very easily lead to a biased [a problematic one at that] reading of it.

Madrassas that offer religious teaching Are problematic. Also, if madrassas remain the only centers of “education” [and by this if we limit ourselves to the process of securing some basic livelihood and social status, since I have already trashed the notion that there is anything like a “secular” or scientific education alternative now] available to many Muslims, the conditions that lead to such a compulsion need to be explored and understood. The communist project can sympathize with religious sentiments only to the extent that it tries to grapple with reality rather than looking at things from a reactionary angle [say for instance, certainly the communists will not criticize the Islamist madrassas [i attach the qualifier “Islamist” to make room for the possibility that not all madrassas are necessarily Islamist] in the way the common Hinduist will do. It can never LEGITIMIZE religiosity, let alone communal expressions of the same or religious indoctrination of young minds through religious institutions. The opportunists who are in the business of doing this right now are doing a great disservice to the communist project.

So while opposition to saffronization of education takes a political frontseat because of the graveness of the reality confronting us, because the threat of a Hindutva fascism is far greater than the threat of an Islamist fascism in “India”, in principle, both , and indeed all forms of religious indoctrination have to be summarily rejected as part of the communist ideological project.