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Live long Che

June 14, 2009

If there is one sin which U.S has committed(everybody know they have committed many) which I will never forgive is the killing of Che Guevara.  A man true to himself and all he wanted was every human in this world must live in a liberated world and in a dignified manner.He committed himslef for the cause. He frightened U.S. with his determination to go beyond the odds. A doctor by profession, a revolutionist by choice, a citizen of this world and he was one of the great human who has lived in this world, according to me. The methods he has took may be rough one but his thoughts are divine. He didn’t fought for the freedom of his nation. He didn’t seen the people of other nations separately. Whereever people suffers he will be there to help them to come out of their pain. The more I read about him, the more I admire and love him.

He was born on this day June 14th by the year 1928 in Argentina. He was like every other kid used to play and done other things as an ordinary person. He was also an avid reader of books and read many diverse  topics at the young age. But the year traversing around the Latin america in his motorcycle at the age of 20 with his friend Alberto Granado changed him a lot made him to think about the people who live around him. An excerpt from wikipedia which says what Guevara thought about this travel as:

Guevara later remarked that through his travels of Latin America, he came in “close contact with poverty, hunger and disease” along with the “inability to treat a child because of lack of money” and “stupefaction provoked by the continual hunger and punishment” that leads a father to “accept the loss of a son as an unimportant accident”. It was these experiences which Guevara cites as convincing him that in order to “help these people”, he needed to leave the realm of medicine, and consider the political arena of armed struggle.

Then he joined with Castro to liberate Cuba from the dictator Batista and they have succeeded by the Guerilla warfare. Remember he was an Asthma patient but he survived the cold conditions of the Cuban mountains and also led a few members in that war as both Castro and Che were separated. After the success of the revolution, Guevara become the Director of the Industrialization Department of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform and also played a big part in Cuban politics. But in 1965, he left Cuba to help Congo revolutionists but he was failed there due to lack of co-ordination between the revolutinists. I couldn’t imagine any great leader will do that. Leaving a ministry to liberate people of other country, in the process also risking his life. phew!!

Then he returned back to Bolivia to free the Bolivian people from the US and once again failed, his health was not also by his side and one of the soldier from his own cadre turned into an informant and that helped the US forces to find him and execute him. His last words: “”Shoot, coward, you’re only going to kill a man”. I say: No sir, you are not. You are much more than that, a human. There is a difference between both. You might be killed sir but you will live in the hearts of millions, like me, until this world revolves around the sun.

Here is one excerpt which made me to think how great he is:

In 1959, Che Guevara was appointed commander of the La Cabana Fortress prison. During his term as commander of the fortress from 1959-1963, he oversaw the execution of what some estimate to be approximately 500 political prisoners and regime opponents. Many individuals imprisoned at La Cabana, such as poet and human rights activist Armando Valladares, allege that Guevara took particular and personal interest in the interrogation, torture, and execution of some prisoners. In fact, when Che’s column had captured enemy soldiers who had not committed crimes against the public, such as rape and torture, he would simply take their ammo and release them.

Here are some of his evergreen sayings:

  • If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
  • I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
  • The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
  • The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
  • Many will call me an adventurer — and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
  • The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation.

I have a lot to learn about this great man and I will do. Long live Che 🙂

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  1. June 14, 2009 4:23 pm

    Beautiful dedication!

    kanagu: Thanks Winnie 🙂

  2. June 14, 2009 4:39 pm

    Kanagu,

    I’m not a fan of revolutionary guerrillas especially communist ones…While I respect your admiration for him, I think he was a rogue although that doesn’t mean he should have been killed…

    I have a question for you – do you think Cubans are better off under Castro? If you do so, please let me know why…

    kanagu: Bones, I always prefer communism over capitalism… in capitalism if one has to get a victory means one has to fall… but in communism I believe there is a scope for mutual victory… but both have great flaws

    by any means we can’t discount him… just think about a situation were U.S. was taking all the wealth of other countries for their own good.. is that right?? not everyday non-violence will fetch us fruit.. even in India for many Bhagat Singh and Nethaji were the heroes..

    /*I have a question for you – do you think Cubans are better off under Castro? If you do so, please let me know why…*/

    My answer is, it’s really better than the American doll government which worked for US during Batista Regime … I am not saying it’s perfect.. but it’s better…

    • June 14, 2009 10:30 pm

      P.S.

      “The methods he has took may be rough one but his thoughts are divine.”

      Here is a question for you Kanagu – does the end justify the means?

      kanagu: Couldn’t get you bones 😦

      • June 15, 2009 8:54 am

        What I mean is : is it right to achieve your dreams through violence?

        kanagu: If you left with no means.. it’s better use the best weapon(violence) at
        your disposal and start fighting… how it will be possible for a non-violence movement
        in CUba or in any latin-america country where America was so powerful and CIA operating??

        they won’t regret to stab you at the back… to fight against America any means is good…
        because they are such a country who always kills many for themselves to live… 😡

        • June 15, 2009 1:29 pm

          But what Che did after overthrowing the Batista government was no better than Stalin…He created labour camps, executed Batista supporters without fair trails etc. …He was no better than the Americans either – like Stalin and the US, he was basically after power…He was vengeful…It’s like saying the Maoists in India and Nepal are to be admired because they are fighting for what they believe in…

          kanagu: Bones… I have read that he has treated prisoners well… so the things we read about them to makes to decide somethings… anyway I never back away from what I have said before.. ‘his thoughts are divine’…

          he never after power for sure… if he is such then he must have stayed at Cuba and enjoyed the power along with Castro… but he didn’t done that… he suffered for the people’s freedom..

          Here we have a democracy.. but it’s also a flawed one… and not as bad as the dictatorship where the poors were oppressed…
          I am not admiring anybody for their thoughts.. if that is the case means I must admire Hitler… but it is based on how good it is….

          I will do a thing.. let me read as many diverse sources as possible and come with up whether Che is true hero or not and post it with references… but It is a difficult thing as it’s based on the authors who written them.. anyway I will try..

          • June 15, 2009 1:32 pm

            Hey Kanagu, I hope there are no hard feeling ’cause I’m disagreeing with you…I admire the fact that you believe in something strongly even if I don’t believe in the same thing…

            kanagu: Surely not bones 🙂 Never think like that… the things we read or hear about one makes us to decide how good or bad he is… 🙂
            Actually My PM once said that Sanjay Dutt was innocent(will post a post on it).. and I am in dilemma now whether he was good or not.. so its based on that 🙂
            thanks bones.. the same for you 🙂 you are too strong in your arguments and have enough info on that… I am lacking in this…

  3. June 14, 2009 6:29 pm

    Superb post, Kanagu!!! As you know, I’m a great fan of Che as well, for several reasons.

    One, he was a good human being – something that’s quite rare in a world filled with lowly scum beings, especially the so-called “leaders”, including the notorious communist ones.

    Two, he had no reasons to do what he did – he was born into a well-to-do family, recieved a good education and became a professional medical man. He could have easily spent the rest of his life practising his profession among the relatively well-off classes of people in his home country and would have still earned the tag of the good doctor Ernesto.

    Of course, that was too little for him. He had a genuine heart and true concern for the poor, the oppressed as well as the exploited indigenous people of Latin America though he was quite well-to-do and an Argentinian of Caucasian descent. He saw everyone in the world as his fellow humans, as his own family and could not tolerate any injustice done to them. That is a very, very rare quality in a human being. Many humans are barbaric, sub-animal scum beings at heart and enjoy the filthy, sadistic pleasure of making and watching, people suffer.

    Three, his courage and determination was simply fantastic!

    Four, his charisma is simply unmatched! In India, the notorious CPI (M) use his image extensively – simply because they cannot use portraits of “commie leaders” – many of them were notorious mass-murderers like Josef Stalin, Mao Zeodong etc. This is a big fraud by the commie thugs of India – Che was no communist at all! Che was a rebel, a revolutionary and a liberator! He did not get indoctrinated in the ideology of communism by some commie criminal. He lived with the people, understood their problems and found out that the filthy, corrupt, exploitative structure of Latin American societies were responsible for their miseries. After the US-backed thug Batista was overthrown, Cuba did go the commie way, but that was because of Castro. Though Che maintained his friendship with Castro, they eventually parted ways. Because Che wanted to do what he did best – that was being a rebel. Running a commie country was not his cup of tea! Castro will never be remembered as a rebel or a revolutionary, though he was also one in the beginning – he will be remembered as a rebel who turned into a power-hungry commie dictator.

    On the other hand, Che was, is and will always be a rebel, a revolutionary. He is best defined by his immortal line – If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine. And he was someone who not just spoke, but lived up to his words as well. As long as there is injustice in this world, Che is not dead. Che will leave the world only when injustice, oppression and exploitation cease to exist in the world – which is never. In other words, Che is simply immortal!

    Five, Che was simply not afraid of death as is evident from what he told his murderer. Overcoming the fear of death is one of the most difficult qualities to attain in a human being. It is the closest thing there is to conquering death itself.

    Six, Che’s image, especially the portrait that you have put up – “the most famous photograph in the world” has proven his immortal nature. I get angry on seeing his image being misused by crooks [both commies like the Communist Pigs of India (Marxist) as well as exploitative “free market capitalist” corporations] to further their own nefarious designs and market their products.

    Seven, if there is a rebel or revolutionary or leader whose face can transcend the barriers of race, sex, age, language, countries, continents etc., it can only be Che and no one else. (Lesser mortals like actors, celebrities, sportsmen and lowly creatures like “leaders” would do anything in the world to attain even a fraction of Che’s cosmopolitan appeal, charisma and aura. They always fail miserably.)

    Simply put, Che is one of the, if not the greatest rebel of all time, one of the greatest personalities of the 20th century and is immortal. No wonder Che is worshipped by many campesinos in Latin America as one of their gods.

    kanagu: Thanks for those info about my hero Che Raj… he is immortal.. he will live long and will be hopes of oppressed people
    I know you are a great fan of him Raj 🙂

    • June 14, 2009 10:11 pm

      I’m surprised that you think Che was better than Stalin and not a communist…He was a Stalinist well before his success in Cuba as is evident from the famous quote from a letter written to his aunt on December 10, 1953 (before his arrival in Guatemala) “sworn before a picture of our old, much lamented comrade Stalin that I will not rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated”…While in Mexico in 1955, he signed a letter to the same aunt as ‘Stalin II’…

      Guevara was a hard core Stalinist…His first position in the ruthless Communist Cuban dictatorship was that of comandante of La Cabana fortress in Havana where he had jurisdiction over the notorious ‘war criminals’ trials, which resulted in the execution of 600 civilian and military officials…

      Che was responsible for setting up the first labour camp at Guanacahabibes, Cuba in 1960…

      As I see it, Che was a Stalinist of the worst kind who preached martyrdom and hatred reminiscent of the jihadists of today’s Middle East…He once famously proclaimed- “Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become…”

      I think the myth of Che Guevara is kept going by the marketers of t-shirts, his book ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ and films…

      • June 15, 2009 3:02 am

        Of course, Che was way, way, way,… better than Stalin! There can be no comparison between the two at all, whatever Che may have written to his aunt. Stalin was a tyrant, a crook, an usurper, a mass murderer and a power-hungry dictator all rolled into one. His only worthwhile contribution was to lead the Soviets to victory over the Nazis against all odds. Apart from that, he was nasty creature. He, like so many other “leaders”, deserves a place in the dust-bin of world history, with an honourable mention about his role in WWII.

        Che may have been a ruthless fighter but he was no mass-murderer. I agree that he was behind the execution of Batista’s cronies but to compare him with lowly commie thugs and mass-murderers like Stalin or Mao is way, way off the mark. The Cabana executions were bad, but what about the abuses continuing to take place at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison located on the soil of Cuba? Or Abu Ghraib? If scum beings like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and others are supposed to be “leaders” and can get away without being questioned for Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, then why should Che be vilified for supervising the executions of the cronies and thugs of the US backed mass-murdering tyrant, Fulgencio Batista?

        Sure, Che hated the lowly creatures (and their bosses, the CIA backed tyrants and dictators) who were responsible for exploiting and oppressing Latin America and her people and resources. One must understand the circumstances that led Guevara to take the support of the commies. Latin America’s banana republics were treated as the colonies and fiefdoms of American corporations and this reign of terror was maintained by installing puppets as dictators. It was just like the way the British East India company treated the people of the sub-continent. Che had no option but to take the support of those who opposed these vile neo-colonists, and the commies were the ones who provided support. But still, while the USSR provided support to Cuba and influenced Castro to formally declare Cuba as a commie country, it was not a communist sponsored revolution in the first place. The revolutionaries were just that – rebels from the grass roots who dared to challenge the filthy, exploitative structure of the banana republic and neo-colony that Batista’s Cuba was.

        Just because Subhas Chandra Bose took the support and help of Nazi Germany and Japan, can one call Bose a Nazi or compare him to Hitler? Certainly not!

        Che is vilified due to two reasons.

        The first is because the crooked thieves, cronies and tyrants who ran banana republics (and their CIA backers) were terrified of his revolutionary exploits which threatened the scum beings’ hold on power and their reigns of terror.

        The second is because the notorious commies have decided that they must make full use of whatever little association they had with this terrific personality. They are doing the greatest disservice to Che by prominently including him in their list of “world leaders” – mostly lowly commie scoundrels and mass murderers like Stalin, Mao, Lenin etc. Che surely DOES NOT BELONG to this list of vile, savage creatures!

        Despite being vilified due to his opposition to the tyrannical dictators, neo-colonists and exploiters as well as his association with some commies [which the commie criminals everywhere {especially the CPI(M) in India} prominently play up, since their list of “leaders” would otherwise look like a bunch of mass-murderers and tyrannical dictators], Che is rightfully regarded as one of the greatest people to have walked on this planet in the previous century. That’s because he really was one!

        • June 15, 2009 1:57 pm

          I’m not condoning what the Americans are doing in Guantanamo or any other prison…All I’m saying is that Che may have started out with good intentions but he got intoxicated with power and that’s what led to the rift with Castro…His vengeful nature also came to light when he ordered the executions of Batista supporters without proper trials…He was an ordinary person NOT God…

          • June 15, 2009 4:48 pm

            “Che may have been a ruthless fighter but he was no mass-murderer. I agree that he was behind the execution of Batista’s cronies but to compare him with lowly commie thugs and mass-murderers like Stalin or Mao is way, way off the mark. ”

            Why is comparing Che with Stalin and Mao off the mark? They all ordered hundreds of executions if not thousands without fair trials and so they are all mass murderers in my eyes…One rule should apply to all…

            • June 19, 2009 9:02 pm

              Sure, one rule should apply to all, depending on the gravity of their crimes. Che ordered the execution of only hundreds of Batista’s cronies, thugs and goons. The Commie criminals like Stalin and Mao were responsible for exterminating millions of innocent Soviets and Chinese. Going by the same logic, Manmohan Singh and his cronies are mass murderers for ordering the execution of more than fifty peacefully protesting Kashmiris in last year’s violent oppression of Kashmiri protests. Or the gang-rape and murder of two women in Shopian just a while ago and the subsequent protests against the government shielding the filthy barbarians who committed the crime. Buddhadeb of the Commie Pigs of India (Marxist) belongs to the same category of mass-murderers for the murder of people by the police and commie goons in Nandigram or the on-going violence in Lalgarh. All these lowly scum beings belong to the category of mass murderers as well.

              Che was certainly no god…Che does not need to step down to the low levels of a god…these gods are merely figments of imagination, totally incapable of fighting injustice…Che was a human who was above these imaginary entities called gods…the gods from their heavenly abode have proved to be toothless, worthless entities, incapable of preventing injustice…these imaginary entities called gods would certainly love to acquire even a fraction of the courage of the human called Che.

          • June 19, 2009 8:39 pm

            Che was power hungry??? From where did you get that piece of misinformation? If Che wanted, he could have been the Prime Minister or Vice President of Cuba till now, and taken over as the President instead of Raul Castro. Of course, he was above such stupid things. Why would a man who could have enjoyed power as the no.2 leader of a country go and fight against injustice in the jungles of Africa or Latin America? That’s because he was NOT a power hungry fellow like Fidel Castro. Castro could have gone down in history as another Nelson Mandela if he had given up power gracefully long ago. That was not to be. Castro will be remembered as a power hungry fellow, not a glorious rebel like Che.

  4. June 14, 2009 7:26 pm

    thanks for sharing this…i’m no fan but some GK got increased:)

    kanagu: welcome Vinnie 🙂

  5. June 14, 2009 8:37 pm

    I am yet to read the motorcycle diaries – I bought it quite a long time back… Hope to read it soon, and yes he was a great revolutionary figure no doubt. And many people in India use his photo as if they are his direct descendants!!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Me too have to read it soon DI 🙂 and what you have said is right.. many were using his phtos.. hope they know what he has done 🙂

    • June 15, 2009 3:19 am

      Use of Che’s photo in India is both funny and irritating at the same time.

      On the one hand, we have some business school going to the extent of naming a series of their programs after Ernesto and displaying his photo, like Planman Che or something. I cannot stop laughing when I thing of the irony in it 😆

      On the other, we have the notorious Commie Pigs of India (Marxist) using it everywhere. They even seem to use Che’s photo more than their stupid sickle and hammer symbol! 😡

  6. June 15, 2009 1:31 am

    You are a fan of Che ??? Me too 😀 😀 😀 Actually, Im a fan of his thinkings and action !

    kanagu: Cool bro 🙂

  7. June 15, 2009 1:53 am

    I am a fan of Che…….. not for all his actions…. but for his passion…………………….

    he has defiantely committed a lot of war crimes….. but I will always admire his passion in his beliefs………
    and I am not a fan of his “revolt thru revolution” method…. but THE MAN is great……

    kanagu: Hmmm… we can question his methods and not his thinking, ideology and what he has done…
    he is a great man 🙂

    • June 15, 2009 2:01 am

      especially his motorcycle diaries….. have you read it?

      kanagu: Yet to read machi 🙂

      • June 15, 2009 3:18 am

        read it dude….. inspiring book………. or atleast watch the film

        kanagu: I will read the book soon dude… i prefer that 🙂

  8. June 15, 2009 1:57 am

    I haven’t read much about him. Thanks for this writeup and the link.

    kanagu: You are welcome, Amit 🙂

  9. June 15, 2009 6:16 am

    I Love his thinking and he looks cute 🙂 Watched Motorcycle Diairies…. 😉

    kanagu: 🙂 I have to read that book 🙂

  10. craftyshines permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:09 pm

    hmmm… got Motorcycle diaries lying with a friend. i haven’t read up on him yet Kanagu, but after this post i sure am curious! 😀 😀

    kanagu: Read it crafty.. everybody were saying it’s really good.. and I am gonna read it soon 🙂

  11. June 15, 2009 4:34 pm

    I am not an admirer of the man that he was as far as his actions are concerned..but yes I am a huge admirer of his thoughts specially thoughts such as the ones you have listed here 🙂
    And the book is amazing to read…
    Do read it Kanagu 🙂
    I am sure you will like it 🙂

    kanagu: I have to read it Indyeah 🙂
    I always love him as a man for his thoughts and action as far as I know about him 🙂

  12. June 15, 2009 7:35 pm

    Nice dedication though I don’t know CHE of Che 🙂

    kanagu: 🙂

  13. June 16, 2009 3:36 am

    Nice dedication but I am not an admirer. 🙂 Enjoyed reading the arguments above.

    kanagu: Thanks Solilo 🙂

  14. June 16, 2009 5:16 pm

    Very interesting Kanagu. I am no fan – but will read the book.. haven’t had a chance to read it yet..
    And I certainly admire your passion 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Smitha 🙂
    Do read it.. everybody says that its one nice book 🙂
    I am yet to read it 🙂

  15. June 20, 2009 1:02 pm

    i don’t know much about him. but a superb post. will try to read ‘motor cycle diaries’. 🙂

    kanagu: Welcome here Karthik 🙂
    thank you and do read it.. I am sure you will like it 🙂

  16. June 20, 2009 11:52 pm

    havent read much about the man. nice informative post.

    kanagu: Read about him Reema.. you will be amazed 🙂
    Thank you 🙂

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