Cultural Revolution, a blunder, a failure: China

Cultural-Revolution,-a-blunChinese state media have broken their silence on the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution, with a commentary in the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.

The anniversary of the movement, which began May 16, 1966 and consumed the country in 10 years of chaos and bloodshed, has otherwise been largely ignored by official voices in the country.
The commentary, published late Monday, said the Cultural Revolution, when Chairman Mao Zedong’s Red Guards rampaged across the country, was “mistakenly launched” and caused “comprehensive and serious” damage. It was a failure in deed, it said.
“History has fully proved that the Cultural Revolution was completely wrong in theory and in practice. It was not and will not be any revolution or social progress in any sense,” it said
Officially, the Chinese Communist Party denounced the Cultural Revolution decades ago and the commentary toed the official line, but many Chinese still revere Mao.
“The entire history of the Chinese Communist Party revolves around the personality of Mao,” Frank Dikotter, author of “The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History,” pointed out saying, “Which is why the Party will never, ever promote a critical examination of its own of its own history.”
Critics and some survivors of the Cultural Revolution also say that current President Xi Jinping has taken a page from Mao’s playbook, consolidating power and demanding total party control over society.
It remains to be seen whether the lip service paid by state media to the anniversary will satisfy those who lived through the chaotic period.

Medaram Jathara

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