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Soviet is dead but the ideology lives on. A layman’s observation on the current state of political conversations in the country will show that there has been a large shift of young individuals towards left-wing in the last few years. On a surface level, the phrase “If you are not a socialist when you are young, you have no heart and if you are not a capitalist when you are old, you have no brain” makes sense but a 1984 interview by an ex-KGB spy might state otherwise.

Yuri Bezmenov was a KGB agent in India who later defected to Canada. In one of his interviews in 1984, he revealed a four-step plan for Ideological Subversion of a Country. Ideological Subversion is a liberal word for ‘Communist Takeover’ which refers to how a country can be demoralised and destabilised using the Communist ideology. At the same time, he warned America of what was about to come in the future.
He had revealed that there are four stages of an ideological subversion:
1. Demoralisation which takes 15-20 years;
2. Destabilisation which lasts for 2-5 years;
3. Crisis which lasts for 4-6 weeks;
4. Normalisation which lasts indefinitely.
While his warning may be to the American citizens, we can see a parallel to this in India in recent times.

Demoralisation

Demoralisation is the first step towards ideological subversion. The process of Demoralisation takes the most amount of time because that is the time it takes to teach and imbibe into an entire generation, the ideology of Marxism and Leninism.

The spread of this ideology over to the elite universities in the past few years is evidence that the process of demoralisation has already started. The potential recruits, as he says are large conservative media persons, rich filmmakers, academicians, and cynical egocentric people. These are the people who would happily destabilise their own country for their lack of morals. Recently, we have seen a plethora of these rampant elites being openly vocal about their ideologies. These people are specifically sought for as they have power over the minds of the younger generation. In the age of social media, this influence over the younger minds has increased multi-fold.

Further, he says that once this generation takes positions of power in a society, it becomes difficult to control them. These people become blind to facts and react to a stimulus. At this point, we have reached a point of no return.

The process of Demoralisation aims at reducing the values of the country. We see this across the political spectrum, where Indian values are synonymous to hate against minorities. A prime example of this is saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is wrong and not standing up for the national anthem is considered okay. No wonder people are getting programmed. In the age of social media, more so than ever. Yet, we underestimate the impact this will have on India over a course of time.

Destabilisation

The next step is Destabilisation. Mainly three proponents of a country are attacked here- economy, foreign relations and defence. Initially, the decline of a system may feel normal due to several proponents like increased inflation, neighbouring country accessing your territory etc. but the fall is evident.

Crisis

The most important process here is Crisis. The period of crisis only takes up to six weeks. An example of the Crisis period is Central America as Bezmenov stated where a country is pulled down to its knees. He was referring to the period of the later 1970s when civil wars and communist revolutions started erupting in major Central American countries from which they haven’t still been able to stabilize.

Normalisation

The final process is the period of normalisation. Once a country goes through a period of crisis, it may never be able to come back on its feet. Hence, the process of normalisation is when India has had a long history of attacks on its territory but no attack had become successful because the moral fabric was retained. This is where it gets tricky here. The first process mentions de-moralising. Once the morals of a community die, the revival becomes more difficult.

What can be done?

Before we get into the solution, let us first look at the problem. A common argument for the most liberal progressives is that we are moving towards a relatively social and equal society. Yet, this theory can only exist on paper. Bezmenov adds that once these people understand what the society of so-called equality means in practice, these are the same people who will revolt. However, the time would have passed. The same people who cried for a more equal society will get executed due to their revolt. Fascism would be suppressed by Communist fascism.

What then can be done to curb this? First, we need to nib the problem at the bud. As stated before, the demoralisation process has started. Steps should be taken both by the parents and the government to ensure that the children of this generation do not get recruited into these ideologies. The National Education Policy of 2020 was fundamental in this sense as it inculcates into the student Indian values as stated in its fundamental principles. Though, the Policy hasn’t yet to been tested to check its effectiveness. Further, the most important role here is of parents. The dynamic of parenthood is changing with more working parents. In such a scenario, parents may spend less time with their children than before. Yet, the responsibility falls upon the parent to monitor a child and inculcate into them the values of the family. Simply put, both the government and parents should inculcate values into their children.

The problem may seem large but the solution is simple but not easy. To convince an entire generation not to act a certain way has its issues. Yet, this is the need of the hour.

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