Remembering Leon Trotsky

By: Hisam Memon

A man of revolution, brave, demagogue and replete with wisdom and sincerity “LEON TROTSKY” was assassinated 21st August in 1940 by Stalinist faction with ice axe. He was a friend of great revolutionary hero Lenin, who revolved in Russia in 1917. Which is known as “OCTOBER INQLAB” in our Sindh and I have been observing Russian Revolution has been a mental monument for the people, who learnt much from the Russian literature and revolution.

Now the radicals inclinations have been dimmed and the minds of the people have been dipped into the lust of gaining status and hoarding money.

I know the people talk of revolution, they have memorized their political role and they still have from the past….

How long the same attitude of greatness would be lasting, people plasticize and memorize the things, but are not pragmatic. People searches behind short cut and they are cut from the actual political role.

People are mentally filled with the certain experience and feel that they have done that all individually. ..

I just remember the things and could not have concession in this regard, because it’s a matter of history and history does not forgive.

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Leon Trotsky, Revolutionary

Born: 7 November 1879

Birthplace: Yanovka, Ukraine

Died: 21 August 1940 (assassination by ice axe)

Best Known As: V.I. Lenin’s right-hand man

Name at birth: Lev Davidovich Bronstein

A key figure in the creation of the Soviet Union, Leon Trotsky was later unseated and expelled by the ruthless Joseph Stalin. As a young man Trotsky became a disciple of Karl Marx and a friend of future Bolshevik leader V.I. Lenin. A powerful writer and political thinker, Trotsky used his pen to oppose the rule of Czar Nicholas II and so spent much of his adult life in prison or in foreign exile, writing for communist newspapers and journals. He was Lenin’s right-hand man in the Russian Revolution of 1917; Trotsky became commissar of war (1918-25) and organized the victorious Red Army in the civil war that followed. After the formation of the Soviet Union and then Lenin’s death in 1924, Trotsky lost out in a power struggle with Stalin; he was exiled to Kazakhstan in 1927 and expelled to Turkey in 1929. In 1937 Trotsky settled in Mexico at the behest of artist Diego Rivera. He was assassinated at his villa in 1940 by a probable agent of Stalin, Ramon Mercader, who posed as a friend of Trotsky’s and then killed him with the blow of an ice axe to his head.

He used the name Leon Trotsky while escaping from Russian prison in Siberia in 1902, and kept the name for the rest of his life… Trotsky was played by Richard Burton in The Assassination of Leon Trotsky (1972) and by Geoffrey Rush in Frida, the 2002 film about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (she was married to Diego Rivera)… Trotsky was represented by Snowball the pig in George Orwell’s allegorical 1945 novel Animal Farm… Trotsky was born on 26 October in the old Julian calendar; the Soviet Union made the switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1918, and Trotsky was born on 7 November in that reckoning.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups,24 August, 2008

One thought on “Remembering Leon Trotsky”

  1. Thank you very much for the article , it is valuable very and can apply the advantage , thank again

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