The recent furore over the Labour Party’s links to openly anti-Semitic, racist, terrorist and Holocaust deniers is in many respects only the tip of the iceberg. While this is rightly condemned there has been no mention of the anti-Hindu nature of the present leadership which begins at the very top. Any attempt to raise this with Labour is either met with a wall of silence, or in the case of former MP Rob Marris, threats of defamation. The self-appointed Hindu leaders meanwhile vote with their feet by joining and urging support for the Conservative Party, while simultaneously doing almost nothing in taking Labour to task for its Hinduphobia.
In the Huffington Post of 28 September 2016, Hardeep Johal lamented how Corbyn was alienating Labour’s traditional vote bank in Britain’s Indian community:
The antisemitism row isn’t just a Jewish problem. It is perceived in some quarters that Labour has tolerated some under its banner to round on a minority and unleash hatred, bile and attack, the likes of which has not been seen in mainstream British politics since the 1930’s. This sinister behaviour is becoming worse and more entrenched in the identity of Corbyn’s Labour. Unchecked, it could appear as de-facto policy. The behaviour of Momentum this week at conference has torn to shreds the (already questionable) conclusions of Baroness Chakrabarti’s report on Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Wound one minority, others feel the slice; some British Indians are watching and wondering, ‘are we next?’
This was the same Labour Party that immigrants had flocked to from the 1950s in an environment seething with racism. But under Corbyn “a thick, fibrous umbilical between British Indians and the Labour Party has been severed.”
In keeping with his support for the oppressed such as low paid working class people, Corbyn attended the World Social Forum gathering in Mumbai in January 2004. In his engaging account for the Morning Star on the conference from Mumbai, Mr. Corbyn writes among other things about those who joined the WSF march.
“The Dalit peoples who have suffered untold discrimination despite the Indian constitution’s claim to protect them march in huge numbers, and many union groups from miners to forestry workers march against re-structuring and privatisation. The surviving victims of the killings and mayhem in Gujarat tell what it is like to be the victims of the hordes goaded on by right wing xenophobic politicians.”
Of course what ‘victims’ he meant and this definition of ‘right-wing’ is rather problematic. Corbyn himself has been keeping some rather ‘right-wing’ company by being associated with Holocaust deniers, which one does not normally link up with the Left. Also did he mean all victims at Godhra or just some? Is it as Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “some animals are more equal than others”?
Corbyn’s Silence on Kashmiri Pandits
Any accusation of racism and Hinduphobia will be defended with how many ‘Indians’ or ‘Asians’ are in Labour and close to Corbyn. However colonialism always had those who would collaborate with the ruling power to the detriment of their own people.
The Nazis employed Jüdischer Ordnungsdiens or Jewish police in the ghetto to help annihilate their own community. Apartheid had its black homeland leaders such as Lucas Magope and Kaiser Matanzima to help bolster the white government in Pretoria.
Also what do these ‚Hindus‘ actually do (although admittedly the same could be said for thsoe Conservative MPs only invited to Diwali in Parliament because of their Indian origin)? Shami Chakrabarti was active with Liberty in pushing for freedom of speech, information and human rights. Yet she stonewalls any enquiries into Hinduphobia and the treatment of Hindu minorities in Kashmir and Pakistan.
In 2013 Mr Corbyn joined forces with Left-wing MP George Galloway and John McDonnell to sign a parliamentary petition against Mr Modi. The Early Day Motion accused the Indian politician, then Gujarat’s chief minister, of having a role in riots in 2002 and went on to demand that the Government reinstate a ban on Mr Modi entering the UK that was first implemented following the riots, and also that he be blocked from entering Parliament, with their concern at “authorities in Gujarat leading the efforts to dismantle a secular India”. This was only dropped when as prime minister of India, Modi visited Britain in 2015. However he was absent when Modi addressed the UK Parliament, and instead had a private meeting with him.
Jeremy Corbyn has consistently supported ‘self-determination’ in Jammu and Kashmir, which basically amounts to the ethnic cleansing of its Hindu population at gunpoint. By contrast he refused to sign the EDM tabled by Bob Blackman MP on 8 September 2015, which condemned human rights violation in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Similarly on Godhra, Corbyn was silent on the Hindu pilgrims who were massacred by Muslim mobs when the train they were traveling in was torched. While being concerned about ‘secular’ India, Corbyn has no qualms about associating with Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran’s state run Press TV, or backing the jihad in Kashmir. Ofcom ruled in November 2010 that Corbyn did not show due impartiality when he appeared on Press TV as a guest on George Galloway’s weekly show. In this he is in good company.
Antisemitic Bradford Labour MP Naz Shah P also lambasts human rights violations by India, just as she ignores the Hindu victims. On 21 October 2017, The Hindustan Times reported how Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, says despite the “profound problems” in Pakistan, it would not be right to term it a “terrorist state”. In addition she told members of the Indian Journalists Association India should allow human rights monitors into the state. On 7 September 2017, Corbyn himself told the BBC Urdu service that:
“Pakistan must be treated with respect, and all countries should avoid criticising it”
Further, he asked the world to recognize the sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terrorism. Is that message Corbyn has to Hindu refugees feeling Pakistan under threat of rape, forcible conversion and death?
Corbyn’s Caste Wars
The Hinduphobic rot in Labour begins at the very top. On 27 August 2015 in the Hindu Business Line of India, Davinder Prasad, general secretary of Caste Watch boasted: “He was the first MP who engaged with our campaign…he was the first who listened to us, considered what we said and trusted us”.
In 2007 Rob Marris MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Andrew Stunell MP also addressed the Westminster Conference and supported the work of CasteWatchUK. Corbyn himself has been long time honorary chair of DSN (Dalit Solidarity Network) UK. DSN in common with other anti-caste organisations the Corbynite Labour Party has also consistently ignored any dialogue with Hindus, while condemning them for caste discrimination. Enquiries of rampant Hinduphobia have been ignored. Former MP Rob Marris threatened defamation in a manner frighteningly reminiscent of the Vernacular Press Act by Viceroy Lord Lytton, in India in 1878.
On 18 September 2015, DSN leader Meena Varma was ecstatic at Corbyn’s election as Labour leader:
“With an overwhelming and unassailable majority in the very first round, Jeremy Corbyn MP and long-time supporter and defender of Dalit Rights is the new Labour Leader of the UK Parliament and Leader of the Opposition.
This is a victory of honesty, principle and hope. Here at DSN-UK we are delighted that at last we have a champion of the just causes at the top table. The Labour Party position on discrimination is clear. We will be seeking their unconditional support for Dalit rights across the globe and to finally push this Conservative Government in to obeying the will of Parliament and implementing the caste discrimination legislation of the Equality Act 2010.”
While on their pages DSN attempts to at times disassociate caste discrimination from Hinduism, it simultaneously indulges in the opposite:
“The division of a society into castes is a global phenomenon not exclusively practised within any particular religion or belief system. In South Asia, the caste system originally emanated from the Hindu religion and caste discrimination is today still deeply engrained in the Hindu society. Supported by philosophical elements, the caste system constructs the moral, social and legal foundations of Hindu society. Dalits are ‘outcastes’ or people who fall outside the four-fold caste system consisting of the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya and Sudra. Dalits are also referred to as Panchamas or people of the fifth order. However caste system and the ensuing caste discrimination have spread into Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Sikh communities.”
So the message is clear. Its origins are Hindu so that is where the blame lies. At actual meetings in which DSN and other groups participate, along with partners and collaborators, the blame is always put on Hinduism. Hence Hindus are rigorously excluded. This goes to the very root of caste narrative and indeed Corbyn’s own political theology.
Marxist Master Race
On 8 May 2017, The Telegraph reported how Corbyn described Karl Marx as a “great economist” as he leapt to the defense of John McDonnell; he shadow chancellor who thinks there is “a lot to learn” from Marx’s communist tract Das Kapital. Now Marx was influenced by that French father of pseudo-academic racism Arthur Gobineau (who believed in the superior Aryans), and along with Engels saw the French invasion of Algeria as a civilising mission. Marx himself believed that Indian history was just a series of invasions.
Hence British rule was not an aberration. It was just a question which set of foreign invaders ruled the superstitious and backward inhabitants; which was also the best hope of bringing them out of their barbarous state. On 10 June 1853 in the New York Herald Tribune:
“Just as Italy has, from time to time, been compressed by the conqueror’s sword into different national masses, so do we find Hindostan, when not under the pressure of the Mohammedan, or the Mogul, or the Briton, dissolved into as many independent and conflicting States as it numbered towns, or even villages. Yet, in a social point of view, Hindostan is not the Italy, but the Ireland of the East. And this strange combination of Italy and of Ireland, of a world of voluptuousness and of a world of woes, is anticipated in the ancient traditions of the religion of Hindostan. That religion is at once a religion of sensualist exuberance, and a religion of self-torturing asceticism; a religion of the Lingam and of the juggernaut; the religion of the Monk, and of the Bayadere.”
“England, it is true, in causing a social revolution in Hindostan, was actuated only by the vilest interests, and was stupid in her manner of enforcing them. But that is not the question. The question is, can mankind fulfil its destiny without a fundamental revolution in the social state of Asia? If not, whatever may have been the crimes of England she was the unconscious tool of history in bringing about that revolution.”
The message is clear. Whites have come from a superior race and culture and are the only hope for India’s benighted Hindu masses. Marx’s racism was far from unique. Indeed the anti-racist Left has some rather embarrassing parentage.
Nineteenth century and early twentieth century British socialism was saturated with racism and eugenics: Sidney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Harold Laski, HG Wells, John Maynard Keynes, WJ Sanderson. Social reform would improve the breeding quality of the proletariat and protect the white working class from the inferior subhuman breeds. In 1880, Karl Pearson had favoured the need to strengthen the state against liberal individualism and to improve Britain’s population by additions of superior racial stock.
Most revealing of all is the title of Pearson’s book. It was called The Moral Basis of Socialism. HG Wells wrote of eliminating “swarms” of non-whites. Such ideas helped in legalising and indeed enforcing sterilisation among the ‘unfit’ in USA, Canada and Sweden long before it was adopted by the Nazis in Germany. Conservatives such as Herbert Spencer followed classical liberal principles in being content to allow laissez faire in determining the survival of the fittest. The ‘Progressives’ thus denigrated conservatives as being “Social Darwinists” or even “backward” and “reactionary” for not enforcing racial hygiene such as sterilisation of those deemed “unfit”.
The Sixties campaigners in Britain fought racism, sexism and homophobia. But this also fostered an aggressive individualism and aggressive identity politics which threatened basic freedoms. Multiculturalism sees life as a contest between racial and sexual tribes, a romanticisation of tribalism which is dangerous and extremely destructive. In Corbyn’s theology these various ‘tribes’ are pitted against each other. Some are virtuous. Others inherently evil. Hindus are clearly in the latter category.
Hence Hindus in Kashmir, Pakistan and even wider India are always the guilty. As Marx himself could not understand, so to his heirs ruling the Labour Party enforce. Hence victims of the train at Godhra were “extremists”. Hindu victims of terrorism in Kashmir are ignored. Corbyn demands Modi be banned and yet says that a terrorist state such as Pakistan, which wants Anschluss with Kashmir, has almost wiped out its Hindu minority, and funds terrorist attacks on India and other states, should be given “respect”.
Labour’s Caste Obsession
Marx’s view of India just being a litany of invasions was shared by fellow German intellectual, Max Muller. This Indologist was father of the Aryan Invasion Theory, a racist myth which permeates all caste narrative. Unlike Marx however, Muller was to eschew the racist narrative which he himself invented. Yet throughout caste debate in Britain and elsewhere, the Aryan myth is constantly brought up, both brazenly and through code words such as the caste system being 3000 years old (after Muller’s arbitrary invention of the invasion at 1500BC).
In this nightmarish reality, Hindus are called racist, fundamentalist and fascist for opposing this racist myth. They are labelled Nazis and communalists for undermining he very basis on which Hitler wrote Mein Kampf. They are called “right-wing” extremists for jettisoning what actual white supremacists regard as racially sacrosanct.
Much has been made of Corbyn’s antisemitism. Ironically the very Hindu culture which he holds in such contempt via the prism of caste narrative and Kashmiri ‘self-determination’ was free from this social sickness. At least until very recently, when all the anti-Brahmin invective, anti-Hindu conspiracy theories and Victorian era racial myths coalesced into full blown antisemitism with Dalit Voice.
This propaganda piece not only blames Brahmins for being Aryan invaders who created the caste system, created Hinduism to give it theological basis. By an incredible amount of twisting and pseudo-anthropology, Dalit Voice editor VT Rajshekar argued in all seriousness that the Brahmans are in fact Jews in a paper he presented to the international conference held in Tehran on 11 December 2006, to deny the very existence of the Holocaust, and which was sponsored by the Iranian government.
In this light it is clear why Hinduphobia so uncontrolled now in the Labour Party, and why Corbyn and his Politburo will refuse to tackle it. To do so would undermine his entire theological legacy and narrative. It is ironic that with all his social consciousness and fight against poverty and racism, Corbyn has ensured that with regards to Hindus at least, and India in a wider context, the old colonial myths are not just kept alive on artificial life support but stitched together into a monstrous chimera reminiscent of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. With mainstream political parties constantly singing form the same hymn sheet and giving the same bland political answers, the millions who feel marginalised, forgotten, mired in poverty, burdened by debt, and disenfranchised will look for the messiah to lead them, the Caesar to bring semblance of order to their lives. Hindus ignore the rise of such demagogues at their peril.
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