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Two Leaders and a Festival

14 February 2013
 

In China's contemporary history, there are two individuals with the most profound impact on the lives of over a billion Chinese people: one is big man Chairman Mao and another is little man Deng Xiaoping.

Mao was elected to the top leadership by the CCP and founded the PRC through hard battles; Deng was never elected to the top leadership by anyone but had the power to install and uninstall the top leader, not for once, but a few times.

Mao was a master in promoting mass democracy, obtaining freedom for suppressed working people, establishing a self-reliance economic system and reshaping the world politics while aspiring to build a higher civilisation for all people in China, better still in the world, for which his son fell on the battleground in North Korea for fighting against the Jungle Law chieftain; Deng was specialised in playing cards, talking about cats and making political tricks while allowing China to slide back to the old path of semi-colonisation and rich-poor division, for which his son and his son's ruling allies fall into a pitfall dug by the Jungle king over the North Korea.

Mao as the founding father of the PRC is painstakingly shunned by the Chinese leadership, while Deng is persistently presented by the authority as the architect of the modern China.

However, in this Chinese New Year festival season, ordinary Chinese people have delivered their own verdicts with their feet on the both men.

On the new year's day, 150,000 people flocked to Shaoshan village, the birthplace of Chairman Mao, to pay their tribute to their spiritual leader.

On the other hand, few ever bothered to say happy new year to Deng Xiaoping.

 
 
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