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
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
division, for which his son and his son's ruling allies
fall into a pitfall dug by the Jungle king over the North
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
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.