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Rahul Roushan’s memoir: How a liberal Hindu became a proud Hindu

 

Chanchal Kumar

chanchal kumarThe entire intellectual development of Rahul Roushan, the author of the memoir Sanghi who never went to a Shakha, who is a Bihari bhumihar and presently, CEO of the BJP/RSS news portal 'OpIndia.com", can be summed up in the following sentences:

His father, an English literature teacher and a liberal Hindu, tried his best to shield the former (who is even named after Gautam Buddha's son as hinted by the writer himself) from the reality of the caste system and inculcate tolerance in him but fails. (Roushan 66) Rahul Roushan initially grows up with a love of the written word and has innate creativity, which brings him to the attention of less gifted but politically slier group of people from Delhi. He is steadily brainwashed into believing that Hinduism is the best religion to exist in the world and he should rid himself of the guilt and shame in being an oppressor. Why? Because there are bigger oppressors than him. Convinced by this infallible logic, Rahul works for his Brahmin masters and after being constantly egged on by them, pens this gem of a book. By the time he writes the final pages, voila! Rahul Roushan has become so radicalized he has literally turned homicidal.

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Millennials and Jotiba Phule

 

Pavankumar Shinde

pavan kumar shinde300, the movie

The Hollywood movie, which depicts how 300 Spartan soldiers fought hard with thousands of Persian troops, arrived in 2006. It was such a popular movie among the youth of India.

137 years ago, in 1883, Jotiba (Krantiba) Phule had in the book 'Shetkaryancha Asud' ('Cultivators Whipcord') written that the aristocrats and peasants should be inspired by the 300 patriotic soldiers of Sparta who fought against the army of Xerxes to save the republic.

Yes, 137 years ago! Krantiba Phule is the first person in Marathi literature to draw inspiration in the history of various countries of the world including Sparta, Rome and so on.

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Unfinished legacy of Dr Ambedkar and the Plight of the Oppressed in South Asia


Hemangi Kadlak

hemangi kadlak[A Speech on the Occasion of 130th Birth Anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.]

Jai Bhim,

First of all, I would like to thank the Ambedkar Society for South Asia for inviting me as a speaker for this webinar to celebrate the 130th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar. Today’s webinar topic is the ‘Unfinished Legacy of Dr Ambedkar and the Plight of Oppressed in South Asia’. I personally wanted to work collaboratively with all South Asian countries; for this I tried and am trying my best to connect with them. I feel this is the best opportunity to mingle with them all. I want to work with them on the topics of caste, gender, occupation (mostly sanitation occupation). I have been doing research and been actively involved in the issues of sanitation workers, their children and families for more than sixteen years. This is a most neglected topic even in the anti-caste movement. Dr Ambedkar understood the complexity in relation with caste and sanitation occupation and the plight of the sanitation workers. He said, “In India, a man is not a scavenger because of his work. He is a scavenger because of his birth irrespective of the question of whether he does scavenging or not”.

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Birth based work: Slavery imposed by faith

 

Madhab Ruidas

madhab ruidasFaith plays a vital role in Indian society, It is so deep rooted and dominant that the sense of a class society has been violated, in almost every regional or non-regional sphere of the unorganised working sector.

The unorganised worker's world is divided into various parts, due to their birth based, caste led occupation. They are bound to their faith and they act accordingly throughout their lives. In the 21st century people still practise their birth based occupations -- some willingly, others have been forced to take up those jobs due to their needs.

* A day labourer works to build a Temple, and when it's built, he can't enter it for prayers. Why?

The reason isn't that he's a worker and poor, but because of his caste.

 * A community which plays drums during Durga Puja, makes the Pandal premises impure by their presence. Why such cruelty?

Again, the reason is not they are poor workers but because of their caste.

* The servant who is very faithful to his master but faces restrictions on his natural behaviour. The forces restricting him may not be monetary all the time, they have faith related roots, obviously.

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Myth of Brahmin Merit: Refutation of Superiority

 

Pranav Jeevan P

pranav We have been hearing arguments that try to justify the superiority and monopoly of Brahmins and savarnas in the fields of education and governance based on genetics. Their argument is that generations of endogamy and access to education has created a group of people who are better at learning (Brahmins). They are simultaneously arguing for the Brahminical superiority in education along with justifying the backwardness of Bahujans. This is one of the biggest arguments against affirmative action programs in jobs and education since they are genetically gifted with "merit". They think they are using the principle of natural selection to prove their point, but this analysis refutes their claim and shows it is pseudo-science. Genetic determinism has always been used to nullify cultural and sociological effects to exaggerate the influence of the genotype, and build support for exclusionary policies that create and reinforce socio-political hegemony (Mukunth, 2020).

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Is Government against Tribal development?

 

Bodhi Ramteke

bodhi ramtekeIn the caste based social system of the country, tribals are also a big exploited class. In 70 years of independence, their constitutional needs do not seems to have been met. I am of the opinion that the tribals have a different lifestyle and culture and it should be cherished and preserved. But depriving them of the development ensured by the Constitution in the name of preserving culture is utterly reprehensible.

Statements like: tribals who live in the forests and mountains are very happy in their own life despite lack of facilities, are made. But the question is, has the government taken any efforts to make them aware about their right to such facilities? Until and unless they know that electricity, roads, education, internet, health services are their right, then the only option before them is to live a happy life without any expectations.

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Why inflation is not diminishing BJP’s electoral performance?


Arvind Kumar

arvind kumarThe soaring prices of petrol, diesel and LPG have been regularly creating public outrage among a section of Indian society, but this issue seems to be unaffecting electoral performance of the BJP. The results of previously held assembly elections and the stunning performance of the party in local body elections of Gujarat and Rajasthan adds further evidence. This whole issue raises a pertinent question: why are electorates rewarding the BJP with electoral victory despite the inability of the party to control inflation in general and the price of petrol, diesel and LPG in particular? This question is interesting because it goes against cardinal principles of economic theory of voting.

Principles of Economic Theory Voting

The central premise of economic theory of voting is that individual is a rational agent who self-correct oneself when exposed to the proper information. While voting, the rational individual is argued to take care off her/his economic interest in the best possible way. In the language of classical utilitarian philosophy, it can be said, voters take care off their economic interest in the best possibly way by maximising profit and minimising loss. Using these premises, multiple models such as retrospective, valency, directional, etc., have been developed to explain voting behaviour of people.

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