It was just last week when I met my friend from school after almost six months. It was nice and nostalgic as we talked about everything that happened in those six months. One thing that caught my attention in particular was when she told me that her boyfriend has joined the Communist Party of India and has become an avid believer in Marxism. Well, her purpose of telling me this was of course to complain about how this caused lack of time in their relationship. But what struck me was something else.
I am really pleased with one fact that he was taking up the initiative to do something with his heart and soul. He genuinely wants to bring about a change, something that almost all of us sit and think about but fail to do. But what was disturbing was the way he was doing it. Will Marxism tread the path to a perfect society? Is it really a long-term solution to problems like poverty and unequal distribution of income? It is indeed a very drastic step for someone as intelligent as him to support Marxism and ignore all of its flaws.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Marxism, I’ll just introduce you to its basics. Marxist laws are economic and socio-political laws, the whole concept basically being the brainchild of the German philosopher, Karl Marx. The basic aim of Marxism is to attain a society without any social or economic classes. Marxists believe in a socialist society, a classless society, which can only be brought about by a revolution by the proletariats or the working class. A socialist society is one which is publicly owned and managed co-operatively. Such a state, according to Marxists, does away with social and economic classes and creates equality. Hypothetically, it seems like a perfect scenario, with no problems and no troubles. However, the very basic concept of Marxism opposes democracy. It opposes fundamental rights of humans.
Let us take a simple example. Most of the companies that are privately owned were of course at one point of time started by someone. And whoever started a particular company had the intellectual potential as well as the risk taking ability greater than any of his employees, which enabled him to start the business. In even simpler terms, such a person worked for more than 12 hours a day for the first two years to settle his business with uncertainty if his business will succeed, as compared to a daily eight hour job with a fixed salary for his employees. He probably earned even less than what his employees earned in the first year. Such a person of course deserves more monetary benefits than his employee. If in a socialist state, everything is publicly owned, then a person willing to work 12 hours a day or a person with a great new idea for improvisation will never offer to provide such services as there is no extra monetary benefit.
Another simple example is that of employees themselves. An employee who needs more money because of some financial crisis or so, can do overtime and get paid for the same. Similarly, an employee with a better performance is likely to get a promotion much more than his colleagues. In case of a socialist state, no one will be induced to so such things as the responsibility everyone shares is equal. How will such a state ever see progress? How many people out of a random 100 will be willing to work for the general good only with no promises of any personal benefits? This is how Marxism finishes democracy.
I am happy that the youth today is finally owing up to its share of responsibilities. However, is it being properly guided in the correct direction? I do not know how many youngsters are being used and misguided by impractical concepts of such political parties. It is good to realize where you lack, but it is equally important to realize how to improve what you lack. Yes, even I do not have a concrete solution to such problems in our economy as of now. But I guess as the future of the country, we also should be a little more aware and alert as to the implications of what we are doing. For we not only have to own up to our responsibilities but also take up the correct ones to help build a better India.
The author is a student, currently pursuing B.Sc. (H) in Mathematics. Apparent from her choice of the subject she am majoring in, she loves to solve puzzles and brainteasers in her free time. She is an avid follower of fiction and is nuts about anything even remotely poetic. She is a professional freelance content writer and is intensely passionate about writing. Most of her time is devoted to the Internet where she tries to make the most out of it, for personal as well as professional purposes.