Some students might object to the protest on the grounds that the protesting students have violated Boucher’s right to freedom of speech. First of all, Boucher and other figureheads of imperialism have no lack of platforms to speak from: nearly every medium blares out the message of imperialism tirelessly. Be it the media, most of the academic work that is done in JNU and elsewhere, indeed our own so-called leaders speak the language of imperialism. It is the other set of voices that is never heard, the voices crying out against the decimation of their lives, livelihood and culture; through Special Economic Zones, development terrorism, Patents act and other killer policies peddled by imperialism. The US government has sponsored military coups in dozens of countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The human costs of imperialism are horrifying, and most of the blame lies squarely on Boucher and the regime he represents. The protest today was against an individual, but not just that. More significantly it was a protest against the imperial interests he represents. We have to ensure through consistent struggle that the fight against imperialism doesn’t end with protests against its figureheads.
Imperialism is not possible without local collaborators; we are surrounded by a web of compradors and collaborators that facilitate and implement imperial designs. Exposing this network and smashing it is the first step towards an anti-imperialist understanding. The rotten-to-the-core Congress party is the most obvious culprit with its list of crimes including the passing of the SEZ Act, the Patent Act and more recently the opening up of the retail sector to FDI and the Nuclear Deal. The Hindu fascist sanghi brigade, in keeping with its history of collaborating with colonial rule outdid the Congress in meeting imperial expectations. There are also other forces like the CPM aspiring to the comprador status of these mighty parties; be it their support for the SEZ act or the Nuke deal or the forcible occupation of agricultural land in Nandigram, Singur and now Chengara in Kerala. With the complicity of this coterie of dalals, nearly entire states (Jharkhand, Chattisgarh…) have been sold to multi-nationals. Millions of poor people have been sacrificed at the altar of ‘national interest’, which coincides suspiciously with imperial interests.
dsuWith such a long list of enemies, an anti-imperialist struggle may seem impossible. While it is a daunting task, we may take heart from the vibrant and growing resistance of the working people of this country, and all over the Third World. Millions and millions of peasants and workers, tribals and Dalits have stood up and in one voice rejected the neo-liberal developmental model. The explicitly anti-imperialist resistance in Nandigram succeeded, despite unimaginable state repression. The farmers refused to give up their land and the government was forced to take back the proposed chemical hub. Support for armed resistance against imperial takeovers in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand is surging like never before. The struggling people of Kashmir and the North Eastern region of India, in demanding the right to self determination, attack the very heart of imperialism. This is a part of the anti-imperialist struggle waged world-over by the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and others. For those who say that there There Is No Alternative (TINA), its time for you to hear! The toiling masses are forging an alternative in the heat of battle. Yes, imperialism is on a high, but not for long