Ideological Subversion is a method of cultural warfare – is a slow method – to change the perception of reality, where despite the availability of abundance of information, citizens of a country cannot make out the reality.
Yuri Bezmenov was trained in Russia by the KGB and served as a “journalist” in India during the 60s. In this video he discusses how this process of Ideological Subversion occurs.
The whole process follows 4-steps:
- Demoralize a nation (15-20 years): Expose your ideology to your nation’s “soft heads”. At the higher stage, the citizens of that country start brainwashing their own countrymen.
- Destabilization (2-5 years): does not care about your patterns. Essentials are attacked – Defense, Economy and Polity.
- Crisis (6 weeks): bring a country to crisis in such a way that violent change happens, which is followed by the next stage.
- Normalization (infinite period): This is “tongue-in-cheek” and cynical. Because Normalization means adherence of the enemy country to your own ideology. The people who were instrumental in bringing the enemy country to this stage are “lined up against the wall and shot dead”.
His work in India included:
….Bezmenov was once again assigned to Bila in 1969, this time as a Soviet press-officer and a public relations agent for the KGB. He continued Novosti’s propaganda effects in New Delhi, working out of the Soviet embassy. Bezmenov was directed to slowly but surely establish the Soviet sphere of influence in India. In the same year, a secret directive of the Central Committee opened a new secret department in all embassies of the Soviet Union around the world, titled the “Research and Counter-Propaganda Group.” Bezmenov became a deputy chief of that department, which gathered intelligence from sources like Indian informers and agents, regarding most every influential or politically significant citizen of India. (link)