“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” — Aldous Huxley, British novelist and essayist
Look at the propagandistic Maoists now.
With the jejune information from their roughhewn “intelligence,” the Maoists brought the traffic at different highways and major cities to halt today, burnt tyres and created an environment of uncertainty among the general public.
In today’s issue, The Kantipur Dainik published news that the Army vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition that probably were imported recently are heading towards the capital city. The news somewhere insinuated that the government has breached the agreement with the rebels by importing the arsenal.
This news latter turned out to be false. The vehicles that the news mentioned and the Maoists said are for the UN mission. But, no arsenal in them.
Once Jim Callaghan, a British statesman, in his speech to the British Parliament said, ““A lie can be half-way round the world before the truth has got its boots on.”
May be the Maoists took the news for reality. May be they were the “source of information” to the Kantipur journos who without verifying the matter “broke the news”.
But the news and the reaction by the Maoists to it created confusion in the country.
This confusion not only created inconvenience to the general people, it also showed that how volatile the condition of the country is.
May be the Maoists are trying to pressurize the government if they got any chance; may be they have decided to carry out the psychological warfare side by side.
May be some of trigger-friendly comrades are trying to find out the way to run away from the peace process. May be their information was wrong.
May be it’s all publicity stunt; they just wanted to propagandize on every issue related to the National Army and later on cash in on the volatility of the national political scenario.
Comrades if this time the scoop was not your strategy to create red-sensation, your habit of making idle speculations need to be changed.
Russian novelist Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn has written somewhere: “In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.” And, we are not different from that of Aleksandr’s allusion.
If you are serious about the real problems of the country and if you have sincerity for the establishment of peace, give up cheap propagandas.
Can the Maoists who better understand the language of weapons decipher what this means?
“I give you bitter pills in sugar coating. The pills are harmless, the poison is in the sugar.” –Stanislaw Lec in Unkempt Thoughts.
And hope all will try to understand:
“Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.” — F M Cornford, British philosopher.
If the Maoists are really trying to transform into a poltical party from armed rebels, they need to be noetic and whatever they do or say needs to have a solid ground.
People are tired of unjustifiable activities by you! No unfounded comments now!