Civil Society as a Coinage of the Forces of the Fourth Generation Warfare
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Nearly thirty years ago, William Lind, one of the finest minds in the arena of military and warfare strategy jointly authored a seminal paper titled The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation. Ever since, the phrase, “Fourth Generation War” gained wide currency. Here’s an excerpt:
Leftism is Warfare, Not Ideology
The numerous instances of manufactured unrests, violence, etc from 2014 up to the present time offer the greatest real-life, ongoing proof of Lind’s prognosis.
Let’s look at a couple of random examples.
Does anyone remember the notorious Cambridge Analytica now? It’s barely three years and unless someone brings up its name explicitly, the name is as good as non-existent. Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Congress party to stage disruptions and violence within the Indian political, societal and legal system and thereby somehow try to win the 2019 general elections. This doesn’t fit any definition of fighting elections through traditionally recognized democratic means. It is war.
Remember Chief Justice Dipak Misra? More accurately, remember how the Congress party top guns effortlessly incited Dipak Misra’s fellow judges to a sort of judicial rebellion against him? This, when the Congress was out of power. If this isn’t war against the Indian state, we fail to find a suitable term to describe it.
It’s in this light that we need to view both the magnitude and the civilisational significance of Narendra Modi’s consecutive victories in 2014 and 2019. But for that fortunate electoral summer of 2014, the Congress-legacy system would’ve returned and noiselessly persisted with their wreckage of India till it reached the brink. In fact, India was already on the brink, its vitals eaten away at a ferocious pace from 2004-14.
But to give due credit, the nation owes an enormous, non-repayable debt of gratitude to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for frontally combating this multi-headed menace for nearly a century often at enormous cost including the political murders of hundreds of its Swayamsevaks. Any other country faced with similar threat would’ve imploded in a matter of a few years. It is a tragedy that a comprehensive history of the RSS’s civilisational resistance against breaking India forces is still waiting to be written.
From the Forests to the Cities
Without getting too deep into the history of Naxalism, we can examine a relatively recent quote:
Shocking as it may sound, these words were uttered by former Home Minister, Shivraj Patil on the floor of the Lok Sabha on 5 December 2006. Remember him?
The significance of his statement becomes clear when we also recall that that was the era when the first innings of the UPA government was supported by the Communists. It was the same era when Shivraj Patil did nothing even after repeated Jihadi attacks on Indian soil until 26/11 war against India happened. The underlying message from his numerous silences on all such occasions is simply this: the ministers in a Government remote-controlled by Sonia Gandhi had been thoroughly muffled into slavery. That was the period of an undeclared emergency in the truest sense.
The current NSA, Sri Ajit Doval, in a brilliant but chilling paper written in 2010 had given us some contours of the gradual takeover of India by breaking India forces. His paper specifically talks about the deadly spread of the Maoist tentacles but his paper is equally valid for all manner of breaking India forces. Not surprisingly, Sri Doval quotes and regards William Lind as a Guru of Fourth Generation Warfare.
Subverting the Indian State Using the Indian State
The explosive growth of armed Naxal-Maoist power, spread, influence, and terror during this period was a direct outcome of the Communist support to UPA 1.0. It is also no coincidence that the world’s only Hindu state of Nepal turned communist in the same period. The chief ideologue of the Nepal's Communist party, Baburam Bhattarai is an alumnus of JNU, and has waged violent war against the state of Nepal.
As we observed elsewhere, the Communists benefitted disproportionately in the UPA 1.0 coalition. They got an almost carte blanche power to subvert the Indian state from within using the very apparatus of the government machinery.
But the real story of the real subversion begins with their exit from the UPA in 2008 citing a phoney moralist reason opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal.
With the re-emergence of the UPA in 2009, something far more sinister occurred. The mothership Congress elatedly stripped off its upper garment and sat down topless for a five year-long banana-leaf full meals of plundering India. On the parallel track, influential sections of Naxals had directly occupied the corridors of power—both overtly and covertly thanks to Sonia Gandhi’s unconstitutional body named the National Advisory Council (NAC), an acronym of subterfuge for a vast cabal of anti-national NGOs. One only needs to read the two-part biography of the late Outlook editor Vinod Mehta who nonchalantly and in vivid detail mentions the nature of the activism by eminences like Aruna Roy, Arundhati Roy, Arvind Kejriwal and Harsh Mander who regularly visited his office and outlined their breaking India plots to him.
The summary: jungle Naxalism had systematically, but surely and securely moved into the cities. Official proof for this fact emerged in 2013 in the form of a report by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The 2013 report actually comes a little late. Sometime in early 2007, a CPI (Maoist) forest conclave held in the border of Jharkhand-Orissa took an unanimous decision: to extend their armed struggle to “urban and mobile warfare.” One way to do this was to have Maoist professors and lecturers pour the poisoned lead of Leftist ideology into the ears of their unsuspecting students. The task was made easier thanks to an “education” system which seeds anti-India treachery right from the KG level.
And so, today, if a mob numbering thousands can be whipped up at will to “protest” against say, the CAA, and urban warfare can be launched at Shaheen Bagh, remember that decades of sustained and patient planning have gone behind them. A reasonable case can be made for the fact that the number of Muslim mobs that participated in the Shaheen Bagh war against India is almost equal to the number of Incurables who lent them their supportive shoulders. One understands the religion-fuelled motivation of Muslims but ask any Incurable why they were protesting: you get only abuse.
Another equally deadly but overlooked weapon in the Leftist arsenal is the so-called “surrender” of armed Naxal leaders. These terrorists are given relatively light sentences and once they rejoin the mainstream society, they are seamlessly rehabilitated by the party apparatus by creating jobs for them in the academia, media, think tanks, etc and they resume their task: of waging war against the Indian state and Hindu society.
It is this well-oiled and highly-networked apparatus that whips up violence, revives an old rape like in the case of Kathua, anoints posthumous sainthood upon a terrorist non-entity like Gauri Lankesh, cashes a fixed deposit like Prakash Raj, etc. It’s worth recalling William Lind’s words again:
How does one even fight this?
To be continued
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