By - Kh.Ibomcha
While taking it for granted that all revolutionary movements have their own rises and falls, it is needed to review the structure and nature of a revolutionary movement if it loses its momentum gradually. Here what is even more important is reviewing whether the movement contains reactionary elements within the movement or not. If there find traces of reactionary forces or elements, the only way to carry forward the movement is to annihilate the forces, failing which will debilitate the society’s collective spirit of revolution. In the case of liberation movements, such society will remain a slave forever.
As often witnessed in human history, reactionary forces always have taken sides with colonizing power. But nevertheless, they deliberately misinform the masses to masquerade their real faces by engaging in less important pro-people activities to enable them to playact as representing the voice of the people.
The above-mentioned entity, the ally of reactionary forces and the colonizing power, is never meant to benefit the masses, but the reactionaries. In another perspective, if their rationale behind making an ally with colonial forces, including compradors is purely tactical to meet short term revolutionary goals; it is acceptable.
However, this must be communicated with the masses, the real powerhouse of a revolutionary movement. If not, this evidently signifies that the reactionaries are trying to serve their interests in the name of the revolutionary movement, or they do not have a theoretical weapon powerful enough to lead a revolutionary movement. In either case, the revolutionary spirits of the people are corroded empowering the colonial forces deepening their domination over the colonized capitalizing on these weaknesses of theirs.
Here what is more astounding is how come one thinks of getting freedom from the enemy by making friends with them. Independence should be snatched through violent processes from colonial forces is what the revolutionary organizations preached to the masses before taking sides with the colonial regime. But after going with colonial masters, they take a U-turn and say “we could get freedom from the master licking their boots. Does it make any sense?
Making constant attempts for continued dominance over the colonized is what the colonizers usually have planned, whereas the revolutionary organizations are resisting these attempts. Now, the point is that the two forces stand on opposite sides ever conflicting with each other. So, the two cannot take the same side.
If taken the same side, it is clear that the table has turned and the revolutionary forces have become reactionary. Instead of threatening the state and the vital interests of the ruling class, that is the colonizing power, they will act to maintain their power within the same power structure that needs to be dismantled for a qualitatively new society.
To expect that such an organization will bring about a better society is nothing less than building castles in the air, for all they want is to maintain the present social system, keeping intact the present class structure. In other words, they are just helping the ruling class to reconstruct the status quo.
From two different perspectives the question of ‘why a revolutionary force becomes reactionary’ can be discussed. In the first place, it may be borne out of the infiltration of colonial agents inside the organization corroding the revolutionary fabric of the organization.
Second, an organization often gives in to the pressure of the state when it no longer believes its own strength of leading the people to victory. Such situations often happen in long-drawn-out struggles that call for firm commitments which are depended upon the member s of the organization’s rootedness to the ideological position the organization has taken. So, at the end of the day, it is the cognitive level of the leaderships leading a movement that determines whether it is moving forward or backward.
It becomes all the more destructive when the people come to know that those who promised them freedom are working together with the same colonial power oppressing them. This will land the society in a condition where every member of the society, the masses, hates even the word ‘revolution, forget about bringing a revolution.
This will make it easy for the colonizers to swiftly assimilate the colonized into the socio-cultural fold of the former. When the revolutionary movement is on the right track of history, it is not that easy for the colonizers to get the masses assimilated in their social structure as one of the chief functions of a revolutionary movement is resisting the cultural hegemony of the colonizing power.
Now the question is ‘what shall we do if we are trapped in such a vortex as said above?’ The answer, in plain words, is: the reactionary forces within the revolutionary organization must be identified to get it destroyed or rectified. This, we do come across in the history of revolution. The organization which can timely purge such elements can lead the masses to victory. What is more important is letting the people fortified with capabilities to realize that they are misled. If they are equipped with the capability, they together with the organization that is advancing the people’s interests can teach a befitting lesson or uproot the reactionary forces.
Concluding this write-up, a society that is fighting liberation war against a regime needs to critically discuss the aforementioned points. If the society fails to pick out the reactionary forces it will be easily fallen into the trap set by the colonial power. And this can be ‘The End’ of ‘the society’.
By - Kh.Ibomcha