Collector Murali's 'controversial' speech on Brahmanism

 

Round Table India

Akunuri Murali, District Collector of Bhupalpally in Telangana, echoed the views of a major section of the Bahujans when he critiqued the dietary practices imposed by Brahminical culture, at a public meeting organised on the occasion of World TB day in the district, saying they led to a deterioration in the health of the people, especially the SC/STs. He was particularly harsh on those who take up Ayyappa and Anjaneya (Hanuman) malas (ritual vows) and follow Brahminical rules of avoiding meat. The Brahminical media and civil society were quick to take offense, called the speech 'controversial', and launched a protest campaign against the collector. The following is a transcript of key parts of his speech: 

AKUNURI MURALI

If you feel that meat is becoming expensive, there are forests nearby to you, you can happily catch the wild boars and eat them. It is very important.

SCs, STs – we are all those who eat 'big' meat (beef). But in recent times, this disgusting culture called Brahminical culture has descended upon us – I am saying this because it is the reality – telling us that we should not eat beef, and all sorts of other cock and bull stories, and making us stop.

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Slaves of Manu

 

Nitin Dhaktode

nitin daktodeSome people
Born in the socially marginalised community,
Forget their roots
Spend their life practising slavery
The bootlickers of the oppressor caste
Oppressors from Right, Left, Centre, Liberal etc.

Never forget
They will use and throw you.
They will make sure you are their slaves forever,
The day you talk about
Your Dignity, Leadership, Empowerment,
Challenge their oppression
You will be their biggest enemy
They will kill your social and political career

They will fill your mind with poison
So you can spit it at your own people...
They will make sure
That you become their foot-soldier
To fight against your own people
To sustain their agenda of Brahmanism...

They will be ruling
And you will be helping them
To rule your own people
To exploit the marginalised
They don't have anything to lose...
Losers are you and your people
Those struggling for Dignity, Freedom and Equality

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The Fish Milk of Kindness

 

Umar Nizar

umarIn the mess bill that is religiously brought out every month by JNU's Jhelum hostel, there is an outstanding amount of Rs.5200 against the name of J.Muthukrishanan. This is the sum that he owes the 'nation.' It is a bad education loan, given in kind, and extracted pitilessly. The research scholar's relationship to the university is one of debt.

Every day at noon this mess hall is the site of a display of abundance. Lines of vessels bearing mounds of rice and dal decorate the dining tables like some dietary solar system. This is shock and awe, of the pettiest kind. Food is regimented. Food is something to be hoarded in 'bhandars.' Famine lurks around the corner. There is thunder in the distance. Everything, from food to its end-product must be harnessed in the service of a rigid social hierarchy. Arguments about food have to be subtle, and nuanced. Blunt force might cause trauma. Of course, rules are meant to be broken. But there are strict rules regarding that too, on who can eat and by how much.

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Unite to stop self-punishment

 

Hemangi Kadlak

It is said that those who come from poor socio-economic backgrounds have a stronger fighting spirit because of the need for survival. Then why are some students from these sections committing suicide when they enter the big universities of India? Do their expectations of themselves or the university or society go much higher when they come into the university? Or they create an illusion within themselves that after getting into the universities, the social system, the mindset of the people has probably changed?

one ambedkar

 How would their entry into the education system just change the social system? For that, we need to constantly work on it. It is a mismatch between their expectations and the social reality. Why they fail to understand the more you grow, the stronger, more invisible, and deeper is the caste system. And we have to fight with unity, patience, persistence to act against the social system. Why are we so overwhelmed by the system? We have to act against the system, the mindset. The way Buddha to Jyotiba-Savitrimai Phule and Babasaheb worked against the system. Many more social revolutionaries worked against the system. I would request our young generation to check this self-punishing attitude and act against the system.

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Why Kashmir?

 

Shinzani Jain

shinzani jainWhy should an Indian, any Indian – student, journalist, activist, lawyer, academician, politician, worker, feminist, communist or an ordinary citizen – care about Kashmir?

First of all, it is untrue that we don't care. There are way too many shades of opinions, suggestions, ideas and even convictions that we Indians have with respect to Kashmir and Kashmiris. And funnily, we are a bit too convinced of our own versions of Kashmir. Very few of us bother to check our facts. Critical thought seems so distant that it hardly appears to be a possibility.

As obsessed as we are with our wishful fantasies of Akhand Bharat and the future of Kashmir and Kashmiris "in India", it will not be an exaggeration to claim that we Indians have little idea about the history, politics, culture, tradition, art or even the geography of Kashmir.

To most Indians, Kashmir, an "integral part of India" is paradise on earth. It is where we go to holiday, relax or to escape. To the political left, right and center it is an indisputable part of India. They do differ, just a little, on how Kashmiris, "our very own citizens", ought to be treated. To a few of us, slightly aware of the cruelties, injustices and the brutalization of the territory and its people, it is an issue too distant and far away. The problem is too huge and we, too small. And sometimes we simply choose to limit our imagination. Because it is comfortable that way, you see.

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Reject ABVP’s diabolical fascist agenda on the institutional murder of Rajini Krish

 

 BAPSA, JNU

The appalling pamphlet put out by ABVP calling for a protest outside CHS against Rajini Krish's death is absolutely uncalled for. We unequivocally reject the politically manipulative and conniving concern extended by the Killers of Rohith Vemula and Assaulters of Najeeb Ahmed. It is a dangerous sign of the future to come.

rajini krish

It has been known that whenever Dalit-Bahujans start asserting politically, the right-wing claim immediate stakes on this assertion while the left bastions, even while extending solidarity to the oppressed, affirm the right-wing's claim. In this time of extreme grief, we are now facing a similar two-pronged attack: One, an attempt to appropriate the death of one of us, and our struggle by the saffron right-wing. The other, an accusation by 'thekedars' of left progressivism of being in complicity with and becoming the 'foot soldiers' of these very forces even while portraying themselves as the modern Jajmans of the education system. BAPSA as an organization, guided by the vision of social justice showed to us by Babasaheb Ambedkar, has always actively opposed both the Hindu right wing and all other Brahminical elements.

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त्यौहार

 

Vruttant Manwatkar

रसिक-रोमानी दिन है आएँ
हंगामे का 'फैशन' लाएँ.
"अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी दो!"
जीने का हक़ भाड़ में जाये.

क्रांति दम्भ में लाल जवानी
रंग, उत्सव में बदलती है.

savarna avarana women

आज भी जब जब चौराहे पर
अवर्ण औरत जलती है.

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