By Harsh Thakor
TODAY ON 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY OF BATTLE OF STALINGRAD LET US HAIL ERSTWHILE USSR WHO WON A VICTORY THAT WAS THE GREATEST TURNING POINT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF MANKIND IN THE LATS CENTURY.IT IS AN ACHIEVEMENT UNPRECEDENTED IN HISTORY OF MANKIND WHICH LITERALLY SAVED THE WORLD FROM FASCSIM.IT PROVED THAT NO BOURGEOIS DEMOCRACY COULD COMPARE WITH THE CAPABILITY OF A SOCIALIST STATE IN COUNTERING FASCISM THE MARXIST LENINIST IDEOLOGY COMBINED WITH THE PHENOMENAL MENTAL RESILIENCE OF THE SOVIET PEOPLE WON THE WAR.WE SHOULD ALL REFUTE THE LIES OF WESTERN POWERS LIKE AMERICA AND BRITAIN THAT DISTORT THE FACT THAT IT WAS SOVIET RUSSIA THAT MORALLY WON THE WAR AND TAKE CREDIT FOR ITS VICTORY.20 MILLION RUSSIAN S PERSISHED OUT OF THE TOTAL 55 MILLION WHO DIED IN WW2.THE WAR WAS NOT A VICTORY FOR ONLY THE RUSSIA PEOPLE BUT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD AS A WHOLE.ITS VICTORY WROTE A NEW EPOCH IN MANKIND AND PROVED THAT MANKIND COULD REACH ITS SUPREME ZENITH OF ACHIEVEMENT IN A SOCIALIST STATE.WE HAVE TO RESSURECT THE STALINGRAD EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER FORM IN DEFEATING ISRAEL'S TYRANNY OVER PALESTINIANS ,US HEGEMONY OVER THE WORLD,TURKIEYS OPRESSION OF AFFRIN,SUBJUGATION OF NORTH KOREA OR HINDUTVA FASCISM IN INDIA.
Today the people of the world celebrate an event that was the greatest turning point in the history of mankind of the last century. The Western media distort the proceedings by giving credit to U.S.A. and European countries and hardly give erstwhile USSR the due credit they deserve. Above all Soviet Russia's glory was result of the concrete application of Marxist-Leninist ideology led by a Communist party in a Socialist state and application of mass line. The great production levels achieved through Socialist planning in contrast to bourgeois capitalist industry was a crucial factor. Collective farming also had a vital role. It enabled Russia to perfectly tap its resources. Great unity of people of various ethnicities were binded together like no capitalist democracy could. The Socialist society galvanized spirit of unity in production .Great literacy amongst the working class contributed a lot their grasping of technical aspects to defeat the enemy. He Young guards or the Kosmosol exhibited genius of military tactics in their version of guerilla warfare defying conventional warfare and manufacturing their own weapons. Their firm grasp of Marxism-Leninist ideology was a vital factor in theory taking actions most appropriate to the situation. The Soviet people garnered all the resources possible and denied any of it to the German enemy. Above all it enabled mankind to reach its spiritual level at its supreme zenith which proved how only in a Socialist Society could man attain true inner transformation. Even anti-Stalinist's like Isaac Deutscher acknowledge the leading role of the U.S.S.R as well as bourgeois historian Geoffrey Roberts. Revisionists like Nikita Khrushchev went out of the way to deride Stalin's contribution which even ultimately a reactionary like Michael Gorbachev upheld. Watching the video reel of the battle makes every revolutionary reach the core of his soul. Like earlier the Long March in China the USSR Red army morally traversed region sin military achievement unattained before ever in the history of mankind. People were inspired and resolved to fight the enemy. It was the deliberate policy of the Western allies not to help USSR open a front as they intended to destroy the Socialist State of Russia. Stalin displayed all the qualities of an outstanding tactician as a military general and even in the gravest of situations called on his army to attack and not be subdued. He believed that attack was the best form of defense regardless of the situation .Morally Stalin displayed touches of genius applying Marxist-Leninist doctrine to military warfare. However more than an individual like Stalin we must eulogize the collective effort of USSR. Stubborn resistance even in retreat was a crucial ingredient .The partisan warfare brilliantly made adaptations to the conditions prevailing countering bourgeois or conventional war methods. With meticulous skill guerilla detachments were formed and partisans could be formed amongst people with no previous military training. Decentralization of military forces through partisans played a great role.
Many innocent people were unfortunately killed in the great purges from 1933-38 but arguably Stalin was correct in his attitude towards purging the hierarchy within the army. Sadly still ranks were not abolished. Studying the battle of Stalingrad ideologically and understanding its importance is a must for ever revolutionary cadre. The propaganda that it was the Russian love for the motherland and not Socialism that won has to be deeply refuted. A major sustained campaign has to be launched defending great Comrade Stalin's immortal contribution in leading the nation to victory and the lies of treachery of Khrushchev. I have good memories of the united campaign carried out by several Maoist groups in India from 1989-91 when the Social-Imperialist regimes and Soviet Russia collapsed. Narrating role of USSR in World War 2 played a major part of the propaganda. Sad that we are hardly witnessing many Maoist blogs or groups commemorating this event. There is an inherent weakness in the Maoist camp worldwide to be loose on defending comrade Stalin and achievements of Stalinist Russia. This was revealed by earlier RCP, USA ,Kasama, RCP, Canada and even Revolutionary Internationalist Movement. Many innocent people were unfortunately killed in the great purges from 1933-38 but arguably Stalin was correct in his attitude towards purging the hierarchy within the army. Sadly still ranks were not abolished. We need to resurrect a Stalingrad today when amoral world war 3 is at least on the verge of taking place if not already being shared .Israeli tyranny over Palestinians ,U .S A.'s hegemony led by fascist tramp, subduing of North Korea, Turkey's assault on Afrin. Hindutva Saffron fascism led by Modi in India are like several components that constitute an International fascist machinery. In some ways the insurgency of Iraq against Britain and America had tones of Stalingrad but they simply could have similar capability. All comrades should read Comrade Mao's essay on why Stalingrad was the turning point of history. Had USSR not defeated Nazi Germany the Chinese Revolution in 1949 would never have succeeded. FACTORS INSTRUMENTAL FOR TRIUMPH IN THE WAR FOR USSR-compiled from journal' The Comrade' no 3 of August 1996.Reccomend readers to read the whole article 1.Intense resistance and building up great resolve to fight the enemy. Several Communist party members were sent to the front to infiltrate the enemy and organize resistance in the occupied areas. They played a great supportive role in rebuilding morale of people in starvation affected and besieged cities .They helped the people organize defense and train themselves in fighting. Even non -military elements in cities were trained and mobilised.70% of the party membership and 90% of the kosmosol took part in the resistance. 2. The Soviet people displayed mastery in mobilization of economic resources. In wartime they remarkably switched over production by dismantling factories and moving them eastwards. The planning of the previous decade towards preparing industry for war had great importance. 3. They also created a huge backup of reserves for the war. Soviet people made immense efforts in volunteering and mobilization .Ordinary citizens were trained to fight. 4. Under Stalin's guidance with resolute determination they prevented the Nazi enemy from using any of the nation's resources. They mastered methods of protecting it not giving away even a drop of sand to the enemy. In every other European country German army literally looted all the available resources of the people. Stalin called for not letting the enemy gain even a pound of grain, locomotives or vehicles. 5. Partisan warfare made a great impact. By 1942 10000 people, 250 regional groups and 1013 partisan detachments were formed. Partisans constituted people never previously exposed in military warfare or trained. They made outstanding innovations in implementing people’s war. The young guards made arguably the greatest sacrifices to defeat an enemy in the last century. 6. Tying down the enemy through sustained resistance. Even Western countries could not emulate this whose armies were virtually subdued in the cities. Best displayed in Kiev and Leningrad, USSSR adopted the policy that attack is the best form of defense.
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