Vladimir Lenin has a significant place in the 20th century. Unfortunately, his name is associated with more negative attributes than favorable qualities. He was an intellectual with a formidable brain and he wrote many books and papers during his time in Russia. He ushered in what’s known as the communist state but that state he created collapsed within 5 decades of his death and now Russians believe that Lenin led them up the garden path into a state which was tyrannical and had limited personal freedom.
Lenin remains a historical figure in Russia and his body on his passing was embalmed and kept at the mausoleum in Red Square. Any dignitary visiting Russia was dutifully taken to see the mausoleum of Lenin on Red Square After the collapse of communism and the breakup of Russia to 18 states the realization dawned on the Russian people that Lenin had led them up the garden path. There were many who wanted the body from the mausoleum to be eliminated like Stalin. People might recollect that Stalin’s body was also kept in the mausoleum in Red Square along with that of Lenin but after Nikita Khrushchev became Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, the body was removed and is now buried in the crypt in the Kremlin wall.
The mausoleum of Lenin is no longer a place of pilgrimage for people who come to Moscow and the Russian government spends no money to keep the mausoleum. It is maintained by the Communist Party of Russia with its own funds. It is a moot point how long the body will remain in Red Square as there are many demands to remove the body from that point. There’s absolutely not any doubt that Lenin did electrify the world in 1917, in what is called the as the October revolution. This revolution which was supposed to give a lot of hope to the Russian people, unfortunately, did precisely the opposite. The Russian people came under the jackboots of the Communist Party throughout the Secret police, the NKVD and people began to fear the Midnight knock.
Lenin was an intellectual, nobody will deny that but his mind was warped and there are some facts which can’t be condoned. There is some evidence that when he was the dictator of Russia, he may have ordered the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his children in Siberia. The Tsar who was a prisoner of the Communist Party was shot dead together with his family on the pretext or being shot for a family photograph. The house of Romanoff has been finished and many Russians even now shudder at this.
He’s the first man in world history to have brought into effect the concentration camp. This is very sad as Russia has a great heritage and certainly using a concentration camp is not is not something to be proud of.
Lenin was not much worried about India and there isn’t any evidence he said about India anytime in any of his speeches or writings. For him, India was a nonexistent nation and he considered it to be a part of the British Empire. Lenin had no respect for any of the Indian leaders during his period including Gandhi, Tilak, or Gokhale. This celebration is known to have been an anti-Nationalist party and during the famous Quit India Movement of 1942, Communist Party of India supported the British. This is a historical fact and the majority of the Greek leaders on direction from Moscow supported the British rule at that time.Britain was an ally of Russia in the struggle against Nazi Germany and the Russian authorities had instructed the Communist Party of India not to create trouble for the British.
These facts of history can’t be brushed under the carpet. This party claims to be an intellectual party and contemplating Bengalis themselves to be more intellectual have voted them into power. The CPI program was simple – to create another state in India and hence very little development was completed. The purpose was to create a split in the country. The party generally lionized Lenin. I’ve already written Lenin was never interested in India or Indian Independence. There’s absolutely not any record that Lenin ever said that India should be a free country. These facts are in the history books. Even Stalin wasn’t interested in India before his death in 1953. He considered Indian leaders such as Gandhi and Nehru as the running dogs of British imperialism
The state made by Lenin had no permanence and within 5 to 6 years of his death, the communist state created he collapsed like a pack of cards. Russian’s recognized that there was no personal freedom and the entire Russian was like a massive concentration camp so nicely brought out by Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzetsysian. They brought to light in their books and books a state that’s built on sand and was bound to collapse along with the Russian State constructed by Lenin collapsed. Lenin cannot have a permanent place in history because he was essentially a failure. The title of the great will elude him for all time to come
In India we have lopsided properties and when the BJP that came to power in Tripura and toppled two statues of Lenin there’s been a hue and cry as if Lenin was very much part of the Indian mind. The real fact is that he wasn’t interested in India. Yet it’s a matter of great regret that Lenin has been greater significance in India than in Russia. Can anyone forget that over 150 Statues Of Lenin were toppled in Eastern Europe following the collapse of communism? Lenin was certainly a historic figure and a significant figure of the 20 century but he probably falls in the same bracket as Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo and that is not a very happy thought