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How Yu Luoke’s execution in 1970 can be linked to Political ‘Guilt’ in Family Bloodlines in Today’s China? Read Here!

Public calls for Yu Luoke's posthumous rehabilitation resurfaced during the Democracy Wall movement of 1978-1979

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September 29, 2016: At the start of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966, a young man wrote a self-published political tract criticizing the prevalent view that class characteristics ran in families.

This idea, based on a throwaway political slogan, had already led to the automatic persecution of immediate relatives of those judged by late supreme leader Mao Zedong’s Red Guards to be “class enemies.”

In an era of factional violence and social chaos, Yu Luoke’s “On Family Origin” was alone voice speaking out against the relative senselessness of the endless political purges of the time.

But in March 1970, Yu Luoke was executed because of his book, and the idea of political “guilt” affecting the way that members of dissidents’ families are treated by the authorities is still mainstream in Chinese politics to this day.

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Yu Luoke (top, right), who was executed in March 1970 for his book "On Family Origin" that criticized China's senseless political purges, in 1963 family photo.---BBG
Yu Luoke (top, right), who was executed in March 1970 for his book “On Family Origin” that criticized China’s senseless political purges, in 1963 family photo. RFA

His brother Yu Luowen told RFA in a recent interview that his brother’s “crime” has dogged the family’s fortunes ever since the Mao era.

“Great harm came to our family … because of what my brother wrote during the Cultural Revolution,” Yu said.

“But this is a result of the [ruling Chinese] Communist Party’s policies towards class divisions today, not just during the Cultural Revolution,” he said.

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“Yu Luoke was opposing the idea that people can be divided into different social categories and ranks, turning some people into criminals for the rest of their lives,” Yu said.

“He was against all of that.”

Posthumous rehabilitation

He said public calls for his brother’s posthumous rehabilitation resurfaced during the Democracy Wall movement of 1978-1979.

“People felt that Yu Luoke had put his finger on the worst harm done by the Communist Party,” Yu said. “This was about equality and human rights.”

He said an official party newspaper, the Guangming Daily, had even written an article in support of overturning Yu Luoke’s conviction. But the article was never printed.

“The debate over inherited class identity was really a big thing in the Cultural Revolution,” he said.

Later, the article appeared in a Beijing-backed newspaper in Hong Kong, leaving party elders with no choice but to run the article in the Guangming Daily as well.

“But after a while they still thought it wasn’t in their interest [for the topic to be publicly debated], and so people weren’t allowed to mention it again,” Yu said.

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He said the overturning of mass miscarriages of justice that followed the end of the Cultural Revolution was more of a bureaucratic exercise than a fundamental shift in party ideology, however.

“They repudiated the Cultural Revolution but they never broke with Mao Zedong, nor with his methods,” Yu said. “This was very muddled logic, and so it was unsurprising that some people who asked to be rehabilitated at this time of chaos, were.” (BBG Direct)

 

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?