by Siddhartha Suripunj
Leaving aside the hatred towards a particular community-though if Jew be a metaphor of the class as one described in the book whose presence in one form or other, in any society can not be ruled out by any nation, then even the hatred can be justified to some extent-the book deserves to be credited as political state of art. But even so, the hatred for whatsoever reason can never be an extenuating proposition for violence against any community. But if any book is to be reviewed it ought to be assessed solely on the merit of its content, not on basis of track record of its Author. The book has been succinctly written and is straight forward which also reflects how deep rooted ,clear,well pondered and rebellious conviction the Author had about his propounded idea and also at the same time about himself and that same can be corroborated with the excerpt of his book when Author's father admonished him for his chosen career saying-”Never” and he retorted by saying -”Nevertheless”.
The book has number of historical references but those are not important to understand and appreciate the state of art. The idea and philosophy are more important.
Adolf's notion to build the nation,particularly when the country was struggling for its sovereignty and staggering in moral crisis, is convincing and free from demagogues. At the time when Germany was reeling under Versailles,Hitlter felt the need of decisive policy to extricate the country from its dismal state and for which he argued that parliamentary process of decision making was nonsense and pacifist in nature as it exempted participant in owing direct individual responsibility for the decision and thereupon the result aftermath. To push his idea and exterminate the existing one, he also mentioned the importance of propaganda which he meticulously propagated to build and cement his acceptance among mass. His conducive oratory succeeded him to spread that propaganda widespread because he himself believed in his book that mere writing articles and academic discussion and silent protest can not bring about the revolution and through this opinion he discredited the contribution of Karl Marx and other leading writers for the revolution in Russia in early 20th century. The objective of movement of National Socialist German Workers' Party which he later presided over, was to integrate the nation on the basis of common race and culture. He also cautioned that the purity of race must be preserved by not letting it to be contaminated through alliance with inferior race. He believed that uniformity of race unifies the nation. For the privilege of superior race and their expansion beyond border ,he propounded the idea of winning the Territory through force. He emphasized that economy of the country can not sustain and grow unless its military is not in hunt of new colony. In the chapter-The German Post-war Policy of Alliances-he lamented that Germany failed to forge any strategic alliance with Britain which in the case could have served current German interest and at the same time thwart France to take extra millage on Germany. Hitlter's thought appeared quite practical when he observed in the same chapter, that unless the country was resolute within, it was not possible for it forge an alliance with the country which would subordinate former's interest.
There are so many such ideas in his book,which are convincing from both psychological and strategical points of view. Further more his idea about the building organizational hierarchy ,and analysis of cause and effect of different fall outs in political and social arena are full of insights.
But all or most of his ideas are against to any peaceful resolution of the crisis. In many instances it seemed that he is on sanguinary quest of Power. He claimed that God has created superior race to rule and inferior to subordinate,which was quite contrary to the Christianity teaching:All Men are created equal. Unlike many other Autobiography where in the Author explores himself and revels himself,Mein Kamf is less relevant in terms of the struggle of the Author but more in terms political and social ideology which Author held and executed with force and tact,and in that course the analysis of subject matter involved, makes the book a really readable one. I personally would like to rename it as”Art of Movement & Nation Resurrection” for its original name.