Bangalore: As this is written (June 22, 2009) Iran is undergoing a second revolution fighting a fierce zionist-led counter revolution, led by Rafsanjani, a former Iranian President.
The counter-revolution is fading because all the revolutionary forces of the world led by China stood by Iran. Even Barack Obama took the right stand by not going against Iran. Because he knows that only the re-election of Ahmedinejad as President of the nuclear-armed Iran will strengthen his hands to hammer the zionist Israel.
However, the zionist-Christian Right led counter-revolution will not easily give up. But Justice, Truth and History are behind Iran and Obama to tame zionist Israel and render justice to Palestine.
DV was the first in India — if not the world — to predict that Ahmedinejad would get re-elected Iranian President with a big majority (DV May 1, 2009, p.19).
It is the overwhelming village-dwelling poor Iranians, who voted for him. But the urban-dwelling, Western-educated affluent minority hated him. The zionists agents have created some trouble which we expected.
This powerful brain-washed minority is a threat to Iran’s Islamic Revolution which has brought hope in the entire Muslim world.
The zionists and their Western agents have made deep inroads into the Iranian urban youth. Ever since Iran sentenced the hated Salman Rushdie — now in hiding — for his Satanic Verses, the zionists are determined to bring down Iran. But the revolutionary Iran has not only defied the zionists but thrown a challenge by developing bomb before which the zionist Israel is now trembling.
Editor’s visit to Iran: The Editor of DV visited Iran (2005) once but his visit again to attend the Holocaust Conference was sabotaged by these very forces.
What we said in several of our reports on Iran has proved correct on seeing the latest counter-revolution.
The urban-dwelling, Western-educated affluent Iranians, who have taken advantage of the country’s oil wealth, are turning traitors to the Iranian Revolution led by Imam Khomeini.
This is also true in India, the world’s largest Muslim country, where the English-educated urban affluent Muslims are gradually giving up not only their Muslim identity but even compromising with Hindu imperialism.
The West has succeeded in brainwashing the Iranian urban youth and turning them into anti-Islamic counter-revolutionaries to see that Iran does not challenge the zionist Israel and all the dangerous values that go with it.
Warning to Iran: But the forces of nature, however, have upheld Justice and Truth which also means President Obama’s hands are strengthened to tackle the zionist Israel (DV Edit July 1, 2009).
KULDIP KUMAR, HISAR, HARYANA
The Vienna murder of a Ravidasi saint has two sides: historical background and immediate reasons. (1) Background: Guru Nanak, a Khatri by caste became saint in 1500 AD. He sang songs in praise of Hindu gods. He met two saints at Kashi, Guru Kabir and Guru Ravidas, who changed his course. He started singing bani (sermons) of these gurus. Some old scholars claim that Guru Kabir was his real guru. Anyhow he spread message of these gurus in Punjab. Nanak’s followers were called Sikhs i.e. learners. Sikhism had ten gurus. Early Sikhism is nothing but teachings of Guru Kabir and Guru Ravidas. It completely discarded Brahmins and their rituals.
Brahmins use Sikhs: The ninth Guru was approached by Brahmins. They flattered him and his son Guru Gobind Singh (10th and the last guru). But the 9th guru was beheaded at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
Guru Gobind Singh (1699) started the Khalsa Panth. Mostly Mazahabis and Chamars joined his army. No Brahmin came. Though it is true that the Sikh religion was born to fight Brahminism, the fact is the Brahmins throughout used the Sikh martial race to attack and kill the Muslims.
Despite M.K. Gandhi deceiving them on Sikh homeland and Jinnah promising the same, they did not join Pakistan but preferred to go with Brahmins. Even after the “Blue Star” massacre of Sikhs, they simply forgot all the crimes and joined the Brahmana Jati Party (BJP) as its electoral partner.
Though the Sikhs are not trusted by the Hindu rulers, they will be too eager to fight Pakistan if another war breaks out. To that extent they are hinduised (corrupted).
All the gurus treated Dalits with dignity. So too the Jat Sikhs. But after the death of Gobind Singh, Brahminic people (called Masand) took charge of Sikhism.
Dalit bani in guru Granth: This situation continued till the advent of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Many Chamars from Jallandhar area went abroad and became millionaire/billionaires. They promoted Ravidas mandirs/gurudwaras. When Kanshi Ram, a Punjabi Dalit, started his movement, Dalits joined him fully.
Guru Nanak carried with him the bani (writings) of Dalit gurus. He commanded his successors to compile banis of all the saints. Almost all Dalit saints’ bani have been included in the Guru Granth. This bani is recited in all Sikh gurudwaras and also Ravidas mandirs called Dera.
Some 5-6 years back, some Sikhs came to a dera and tried to hoist Nishan Sahib (a sword like symbol of Sikhs) to annex Ravidas temples under the Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). Dalits of all castes resisted and foiled the move. Bloody fights broke out between Jats and Dalits who showed their real strength. It is a historical fact that Dalit Sikhs sacrificed their lives for Sikh gurus but the upper caste Sikhs always betrayed them. A peace pact was arranged between Dalits and Jats by then CM, Amrinder Singh, at Akal Takhat (the highest seat of Sikhs) which directed the SGPC not to meddle with deras.
Dera Sachkhand Ballan is the most popular Dera of Guru Ravdas. Two years ago its followers made an idol of pure gold worth crores of rupees, took it thru procession from Punjab to Varanasi. Millions of Dalits joined the procession.
This hurt the caste pride of upper caste Sikhs but they had no courage to touch the Ballan saints. So they chose Austria.
However, the Chamars showed their courage and killed one/two gun-wielding attackers without any weapon.
DV REF. ON FALL OF SIKHISM
DV Dec . 16, 2007 p. 20: “A brave flag-bearer in war against Brahminism”.
DV June 16, 2007 p.5: “Punjab dress rehearsal for a bloody caste war: SC/BCs used to fight Jat Sikhs”, p. 5: “Brahminism swallows Sikhism”.
DV July 16, 2006 p.11: “Fall of Sikhism begam with Sikh hatred of Dalits”.
DV Aug.1, 2005 p.21: “Sikhism not only not Hindu but anti-Hindu”.
DV May 16, 2005 p.25: “Dalit scholar saves Sikhism from jaws of Brahminism”.
DV May 1, 2005 p.278: “Dalit Sikhs suffered as they did not know the supreme truth”.
DV March 16, 2005 p.8: “No, we Dalits will not burn Dasam Granth” & “Jat Sikhs vs. Dalits”, & p. 9: “DV’s Sikhs-on-death-bed warning must be taken seriously”.
DV Feb.16, 2005 p.5: “Dalits must burn Dasam Granth to save Sikhs from Brahminism”, p.7: “Sikh militants in grief & pain”, p. 9: “Editor visits Chandigarh jail”.
DV Edit Feb.1, 2005: “If Sikhism is not saved from sure death, Brahminism will run riot & kill every protest movement” & p. 5: “Sikhism reels under vaidik attack: Dasam Granth to replace Guru Granth”.
DV Nov.16, 2004 p.9: “Sikhs depicted as monkeys in Hindu film TV serials & media” & p. 9: “Sikhs: Slaves enjoying their slavery”.
DV Edit Oct.1, 2004: “Dalit bid to save Sikhism from Brahminical counter-revolution”.
DV Aug.16, 2004 p.9: “Don’t create Dalit-Sikh rift” & “Sikhism founded by Nanak”.
DV Aug.1, 2004 p.20: “Brahmins not enemy of Punjab Dalits but Jat Sikhs”.
DVJune 16, 2004 p.11: “Ballan Dalit saints revolt against upper caste Sikhs”.
DV Sept.1, 2003 p. 20: “Sikh weekly admits mistakes of Jats”.
DV Aug.1, 2003 p.21: “Sikhs divided into 3 warring camps: Upper castes, Jats & Dalits”
DV June 1, 2003 p.17: “Brahminism eating up Sikhism”.
DV March 1, 2003 p. 22: “Vaidiks injected anti-Muslim hatred to destroy Sikhism” & “Gandhi & Sikhism”. p. 23: “Master Tara Singh saotaged Muslim-Sikh pact?”
DV Nov.16, 2002 p.22: “Dalit Sikhs thank DV for warning on slow death of Sikhism”.
DV Oct.16, 2002 p.7: “Sikhism comes under total Brahmin control”.
DV Sept.16, 2002 p.16: “Top Sikh journal agrees with DV prediction”.
DV Oct.16, 2001 p.23: “Brahminism eats into Sikh vitals”.
DV Aug.1, 2001 p.22: “Justice Kuldip Singh’s anti-reservation verdict violates Sikh tenets”.
DV July 1, 2001 p.21: “Guru Granth nowhere advocates vegetarianism or meat-eating” & p.22: “Why Dalits still stick to Sikhism when they ar sent out of gurdwaras?”
DV March 16, 2001 p.7: “DV doing job of Khalsa better than many Sikhs”, p.8: “Power corrupted Sikhs & Brahminism swallowed revolutionary religion”, & p.11: “Anti-Sikh forces impose Brahminical rituals on gurdwaras”, “Sikh leadership under Hindu nazi control”.
DV Feb.16, 2001 p.7: “Sikhs must never believe any vaidik promise”, p.8: “DV bid to de-hinduise Sikhs resented”, “DV wins battle to prove Sikhs are not Hindus” & p.10: “Brahminism causes intellectual desert in Sikhism”.
DV Edit Dec.16, 2000: “Jat Sikhs in hurry to quit sinking ship of Sikhism & seek shelter under BSO, happy with shudra (slave) status”, p.8: “Suffocated Dalit Sikhs searching for a liberating religion” & p.11: “How to save Sikhism from sure death?”
DV Dec.1, 2000 p.8: “Did Dalit Sikhs also give up efforts to rescue Sikhism”.
DV Oct.1, 2000 p.8: “Treacherous BSO divides Sikhs to destroy revolutionary Sikhism”.
DV July 1, 2000 p.21: “Angry Dalit Sikhs may go back to Budhism or break Sikhism” & p.22: “Heinous role of Brahmin Sikhs of Kashmir”.
DV June 1, 2000 p.8: “How Sikhs missed every bus”.
DV May 16, 2000 p.18: “Ram found in Sikh scriptures is not Hindu god Ram”.
DR. K. JAMANADAS, “SHALIMAR”, MAIN ROAD, CHANDRAPUR – 442 402
A few years back I had read that the Dalits from South India were fighting for their right to pull the temple car in annual rath yatra. They were fighting not for sitting on the ratha, pulled by others. They were fighting for getting harnessed to the ratha, on which the Brahmins were sitting. Then we read about the Dalits from Orissa fighting for the darshan i.e. having glimpses of the Brahmin god. The Brahmins wanted the Dalits to have a darshan through a hole in the wall, and the Dalits wanted to have the glimpses without the wall. Some similar situation had been reported from Karnataka also.
Now a report comes from Rajasthan (Nagsen, March 23, 2009 the Dalit Adhikar Kendra, Rajasthan). In Bhilwada dt. in a village Tiloli having a population of 11 different Dalit castes totaling 1,965 of 452 families out of total population of about 5,000. The Dalits are fighting for participation in a yagna the Hindus are conducting. They approached the govt. The yagna organizers denied any discrimination and the authorities prevented the flare-up of tension through a compromise that only the Brahmin priests will be putting the aahuti (oblation) in the fire of yajna and none else. The Adhikar Kendra people are aggrieved that the authorities did not consider the matter as observation of untouchability and take preventive action; instead, they only took it as a law and order situation. The Dalit youth who are reportedly educated and united, seem to think they are on the correct path. They might be feeling even jubilant at the understanding. But I think, they are on the wrong path.
DR. AMBEDKAR VERDICT
Dalits are not Hindu and were never Hindu. Thus said our savior, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. He organized satyagraha for Mahad water tank, when he burnt the Manusmriti. When he got deceived by Gandhi and was forced to sign the Poona Pact and was even cheated after that, he decided the Hindus would never be willing to give treatment of equality to Dalits and he decided to renounce Hinduism. And then came that famous declaration: I was born a Hindu, which was not in my hand; but I would not die a Hindu”.
QUIT HINDUISM CALL
Ultimately he renounced Hinduism and adopted Budhism (1956). He then gave Budhism to half a million of followers at Nagpur and Chandrapur. Since then the way of Dalits is decided for them. And that way is the Way to the Buddha.
If that is our way, why insist on having darshan of Brahmin gods or put valuable grains and ghee into fire in wasteful yajnas? That is not our culture. That is never beneficial to humanity.
The Budha renounced it originally, and then time and again. That was the fight of the Budha against the Brahmins, which ultimately brought in untouchability around the time of Adi Shankara, about thousand years after the Budha. We worshipped the gods of Brahmins for thousands of years. That did not bring any emancipation to us. That did not bring us health, wealth, prosperity or prestige or any right to learning or even to bear arms. It was because of this, we had to submit to the atrocities of the Brahminic law books; that is how we were reduced to dust.
No Brahmin god came down to earth to wipe our tears. With a great effort by Dr. Babasaheb, we have now learned how to come out of the mud of Brahmanism. So why we are again going back to Brahminism? Let us fight for human rights. Sure! Let us maintain our organization and unity. But take care that we do not go towards Brahmin and their gods and yagnas.
HOPE IN BARACK OBAMA
62-year-old III-World War against Islam will end only with Palestinian peace
Can we say that the West launched its zionist-inspired prolonged Third World War against Islam on Nov.29, 1947 when the captive United Nations was forced to divide Palestine—that legitimately belonged to Muslims —and called for the establishment of Israel with the full support of the West? This 62-year-old war has led to unprecedented world-wide Muslim anger which India’s ruling Brahminical people and the zionist-led Wet described as “terrorism”.
West losing war on Islam
Today, no country is spared from this “terrorism”, the origin of which is in the creation of zionist Israel. The West which boasts of its democracy, justice, secular credentials gave birth to the state of Israel based only on race and religion. “Secularists” in the West and India do not tolerate Islamic “revival” but the zionist state based only on race and religion is praised even when it goes on killing Palestinians. How the “socialists” tolerate a religion-based Israeli state? No answer.
But in DV, we have already said that the zionists in the West and the Brahminists in India are losing their Third World War against Islam. (DV Aug.1, 2004 p.23: “How America got defeated in war on terror”).
Verdict of small minds
Clear signs of the end to this history’s longest war are now visible with President Obama warning Israel’s blood-thirsty zionist Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, when they met in the White House recently.
Our upper caste critics may say: what nonsense. They may find fault with us for calling it the Third World War. They may also say:
Sporadic wars are going on in different parts, mainly the Middle-East, but how can it be called a WW-III? What is going is some skirmishes, some occasional shootout in isolated areas against terrorists”.
There is lot of difference between small minds and great minds. We are basing our conclusions on the findings of “great minds” —not small minds like Huntington or Salman Rushdie. We are basing our conclusions on the massive historical research made by a celebrated historian, David Selbourhne, a distinguished professor at Oxford University and a writer for the London Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, New Statesman etc. And author of a dozen world famous books. It is in the book, The Losing Battle with Islam (Indian edition, 2006, Viva Books), he comes out with a very detailed study of the “war on Islam” and says the Third World War actually started on Nov.29, 1947. He lists the different countries and areas where the West and India’s Hindu rulers launched wars on Islam.
Salbourne has covered the whole world and hence we are fully justified in borrowing his sentence that what is currently going on is the “Third World War on Islam” and in this war the zionist-led West and Brahminism led-India are defeated.
But, alas, the world’s academia, which is supposed to look without blinkers, has also become a victim of prejudice when it comes to Muslims. As regards India, caste prejudices walk in the front and the “intellectual” follows. (India’s Intellectual Desert, DSA-1999).
So the verdict of David Selbourne, who is acknowledged world over as a distinguished scholar and an impartial observer, is suffice to silence our critics. DV proves right.
2% Jews control U.S.
Since Israel was proclaimed as an independent state, 12 US Presidents have met with 13 Israeli Prime Ministers. But all failed because a mere 2% zionist Jews are controlling America and making it dance to the tunes of the zionists.
America is today slowly dying only because the angry zionists are bent upon killing it. But this will not happen because China will not allow it.
But Barack Obama was the first President to strike a different tune showing genuine sympathy with the suffering Palestinians who are the rightful owners of the land. This is history. Details of the latest round of talks will be available only when Obama makes a policy speech on June 6 at Cairo on Middle East settlement.
India a failed state
Several significant international developments are pointing that Obama’s peace deal in Middle East will be a success — though ultimately Obama and the world will have to force the deal on the zionist state in the interest of ending the Third World War. The factors favouring such a happy development are the defeat of the zionist-controlled White Western racists in their 62-year-old war against Islam and Muslims, the rise of Iran as a nuclear power, shift of economic power from US to China, the weakening of America as a sole super power with its powerful Jewish financial bosses in trouble and finally the immense world-wide popularity of the Black-cum-Muslim American President who has already declared that US is not at war with Islam.
Brahminist rulers of India, who are in league with zionists, had high hope that they could bend the country to suit their needs. But in the process they only made the country a laughing stock — a failed state.
Israel has caused enough damage to world peace, world-wide violence and unrest by its aggression on Palestinian land — triggering the 62- year-old Third World War. If the Jews — they say there are any number of peace-mongers inside and outside Israel — want peace and security, they cannot get it until Palestinian self-determination is achieved.
All the American Administrations controlled by the Jews have been too kind to Israel. But for the first time Obama was tough with Netanyahu. We are sure Obama will get full support from the Western Christian politicians. The Pope has already visited Palestine and blessed a two-state solution but mischievously did not spell out the modalities of it.
Get rid of Abbas
One of the biggest obstacles to peace deal comes from the Palestinian state headed by Abbas. But the people are with Hamas.
Every conflict in the Middle East and even the Muslim anger the world over is linked to the Palestinian question. The world will get real peace only when the zionist Israel is cut to size. The entire peace-loving world will agree with this except the 2% Jews controlling America. Even many Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia fully under zionist control, will have a sigh of relief if the Palestinian problem is solved. Many fake Muslim leaders will automatically fall dead.
Like the Brahminists in India who love drinking blood, the zionist Jews take great pleasure in other’s misery. Both are cousins (Read our book, Brahminism, DSA-2001, and other pamphlets).
Defeat of West
Palestine was handed over to zionists by the zionist-controlled Britain, the then sole super power of the world. That is how the zionists and its Christian tail launched the longest lasting Third World War which has now spread to almost every country in the world. But in every war against Muslims the West got defeated and the killer George W. Bush himself got booted out.
India’s Muslim-hating Brahminical races conspired to divide India driving out the Muslims to Pakistan triggering an unending war with Muslims.
In the West, it was the Christians and Jews who were at war with each other. Anti-Muslim war and violence started only with the creation of Israel. Today zionists are controlling the Vatican also.
Confidence in Obama
There are any number of peace-loving people in the world. All producers of wealth need peace. It is the micro-minority urban-dwelling manipulators (Brahminists and zionists live only in cities) who want war and violence. As the Western media and the Indian media are controlled by the manipulators, the voices of peace-lovers is not be heard.
But Obama with his high international prestige and his background as a Black and Muslim, the two worst suffering people of the world, can bring peace to Palestine. And thus end the longest 62-year-old war to end all other future wars.
DV Feb.16, 2009 p.9: “DV proved right on Palestine”.
DV Edit Feb.1, 2009: “Blood thirsty zionists can’t defeat Hamas”.
DV May 1, 2008 p.7: “More bad news for Israel”.
DV April 1, 2008 p.6: “Hamas bravery rattles zionists”.
DV Jan.1, 2008 p.5: “Arab surrender to zionists?”
DV Aug.16, 2007 p.18: “Hamas may grab West Bank”.
DV July 16, 2007 p. 12: “DV supports revolutionary Hamas & assures victory to Palestinians”.
DV July 1, 2006 p.19: “Abbas as stooge of Israel”.
DV March 1, 2006 p. 5: “Israeli tail wags US dog”.
DV Edit Feb.16, 2006: “Shift Israel to America” Zionist state threatned by deadly enemies all around” .
DV Feb.1, 2006 p. 5: “Curse of Muslims kills killer Sharon”.
DV Jan.1, 2006 p.9: “More on racism within Israel”.
DV Dec.16, 2005 p.8: ‘Racism within Israel?”
DV Sept.16, 2005 p.21:”Palestinians attract world attention”.
DV Edit Aug.1, 2005: “Thoughts on London bombing: Terrorism will continue until Palestine problem is solved”.
DV March 16, 2005 p.7: “US-imposed peace pact collapses”.
DV March 1, 205 p.5: “Palestine – Israel peace pact bound to fail”.
DV Jan.1, 2005 p.15: “Abbas dissapoints Palestinians?”
DV Aug.16, 2004 p.6: “Palestine: Meaning of New World Order”.
DV April 16, 2004 p.9: “Palestine must get ready for wholesale jehad against zionists”.
DV March 1, 2004 p.9: “When Nature itself supports Palestinians why stop Intifada?”
Zionism: monster of Islamophobia
Alan Hart, a White British historian, expert on Palestine-Israel conflict and an authority on zionism, warns that “anti-semitism is on the rise”.
In his “Author’s Note” on the first of the gigantic four-volume American edition of his famous book, Zionism — the Real Enemy of Jews, Vol.1, Published by Clarity Press, USA, describes Israel as “the cancer at the heart of international affairs”. Describing Americans as the “most idealistic people on earth”, he says many of them are uninformed about the conflict in Middle East because of the “Israeli-occupied media”. He tells Americans brain-washed by the zionist-controlled American media that “the overwhelming majority of all Arabs and Muslims everywhere do not hate America or Americans” and warns that “the monster of Islamophobia is on the prowl across the land of the free and licking its lips”. All this because of the zionist lobby’s influence on the American policy.
“Jews of India”: Alan Hart learnt about the “Jews of India” when we met in London three years ago at a book release function. Later he came to Bangalore to address a Muslim conference which we also addressed. In his public speech, he admitted that his research also revealed that Brahmins indeed are the “Jews of India”, which is our finding now widely accepted in India and outside.
In his foreword to the new book, he says Judaism and zionism are not one and the samething. Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic. The book was first published by the author himself in London because all the British publishers were frightened that it might offend zionism which is also controlling England. He has great praise for the Diana G. Collier, the Editorial Director of Clarity Press, which is America’s leading Black publishing house.
Incidentally our book, Dalit — The Black Untouchables of India, (1987) which has gone into fourth print, was also published by America’s very same premier Black publishing House.
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Brahmins & their poverty
A BRAHMIN (NAME & ADDRESS WITHHELD)
Dalit Voice is full of criticisms about Brahmins whom you call as India’s ruling class. But there are any number of poor among the Brahmins including myself.
Yes. This is the a familiar song. In our school and college days, we used to read any number of story books beginning with the sentence: “Once upon a time there lived a poor Brahmin…..”.
Poverty is always associated with Brahmins so that such repetitions will leave a permanent impression on young minds that the Brahmins indeed are poor. Repeat a lie 99 times and it becomes truth at the 100th time. But the fact is the Brahmins are the unquestioned rulers of the land. Forget about this fact, let us accept your own version. Brahmins and their parties ruled India trying to convince us that there are any number of poor among Brahmins. So saying they ruled India for 62 years. Yet they could not eradicate the poverty of their own caste people. How can they lift others? — EDITOR.
THUMMAPUDI BHARATHI, PH.D, ENGLISH DEPT, S.P.MAHILA UNIVERSITY, TIRUPATI—517 502
To be a woman is a disadvantage; to be a Dalit woman is a double disadvantage. Her sex is her great disadvantage. This is a patriarchal world. Sociology openly demeans her gender and her caste; theology openly deifies her but secretly undermines her dignity and security as a human being. No religion has ever come to her help or help to empower her. Religions have only deified her: but never humanized her. In the Bible very subtly she is called by her generic name woman at the birth; only after her fall she is called Eve.
HINDUISM IS ANTI-WOMAN
There was a time, that too, a long time, during which Hinduism was the only religion in our country. Its rituals, and scriptures nurtured and glorified superstitions of all types which encompassed not only its theology but they also enveloped the sociology of the subcontinent. Its superstitions oppressed the inferior castes but specially oppressed the women.
The worst sufferings of the women were not only that they were kept under a kind of unannounced house-arrest but they were even pushed to a sub-human condition of existence. Their souls were shrouded and their bodies given prominence and were thereby exploited. Their lives were cheapened and they were involved in the practice of pleasurable arts like natana and natya and music. In their private and public lives they were merely toys in the hands of their menfolk.
Even their dress were designed by men. Their ornaments and external decorations though declared only to improve their physical appeal, they even cluttered their movements. Long hair on their heads has no functional value; it only consumed their time in the upkeep. The flowers they wore on their hair and their dress prevented their quick movement.
They were tied to delicate and effeminate gestures which incapacitated them from public participation in social activities. Their flowers and face-wash and their flowing hair were all dove-tailed to the presence or absence of their consorts and became symbols of their marital or windowed state of existence in their family and society. Even their lives were contingent on those of their husbands that sati became not only a practice but a sacred ritual. Killing the female fetus or the newborn female baby became an ingredient of the Hindu culture.
All these were the fate of women in India. They were worse compounded in the case of the Dalit women. Women’s literacy rate was low enough; Dalit women’s literacy was the lowest imaginable—97% of Dalits come under poverty-line depending on daily wages. When men folk go to their daily chore, women and girls become baby-sitters or field-workers.
PLIGHT OF EDUCATED DALIT WOMEN
In the urbanized context young Dalit girls some times at the age of 10 years or so are employed as full-time maid-servants where both the couple is employed. Hence they are denied education. Their alienation from education and financial poverty and dependence nurture their backwardness and superstitions.
Their religion and caste lead to illiteracy and financial dependence which together go to entangle the Indian Dalit woman in her sociological trap. Added to all these her sex has also been constructed into a gender by the ignoble patriarchal philosopher. Genderisation has been the concerted work of not only the conspiratorial patriarch but also the dedicated contribution of the matriarchs in our households.
WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE
The small percent of women who were educated and employed and hence have attained a certain level of liberation are refusing to come forward to liberate the still unliberated Dalit woman. They even refuse to participate in public life leave alone Dalit movements and activities. A majority of these liberated working Dalit women do not have the freedom and time to spend their salaries for any pro-Dalit activities. Their lives are controlled by their men, who in most cases are unemployable, unemployed men who try to live in the earnings of their spouses and daughters.
Dalit oppression has not merely been social, economical and political, it has, at its roots, been psychological.
It has killed in the minds of the Dalits even the desire to be self-respecting and dignified. Long-time mental bleaching has made them and kept them as vagabonds and drunkards. It has nurtured their irresponsibility almost as a counter-value. Because of this most of the Dalit families hang round the neck of the Dalit woman. Man has developed the negative capacity to abandon the family’s interest while woman cannot shirk her responsibility as a mother. She plays, tragically, a mother even to her husband
There is another danger the Dalit women have to face. If they overcome all hurdles and become Dalit activists and participate in public programs they are easily mistaken for being light-hearted and men try to exploit them. Such women become easy prey to the evil designs and desires of men. It is also a general opinion of a majority of men that a woman in public life is a sign for her willingness to drink and have a free sexual affair with any man. A woman on a public stage is not held in high regard as a sweet-stay-at-home is. A solo woman has not been able to win respect from the menfolk in our country. Even other women don’t respect her.
A highly professional woman is accused of violating traditional norms and a highly traditional woman is to an equal extent accused of being old fashioned. This is a dilemma for the Indian Dalit woman. She knows not what to do because a liberated woman is easily considered exploitable—socially, physically and sexually.
Women, given the opportunities, have not only proved equal to men, they have even surpassed them in public and professional lives.
One can reel out names from all over the world. Hence patriarchy has skillfully kept women out of many areas of human activity, especially from society-forming. Child-bearing, a natural biological activity, has been ritualized into a religions drama to insulate the woman from dynamic social involvement.
The British women got their voting rights through street fights. Later and because of that when India got her “freedom at midnight” our women got their voting right even without asking for it. Our Dalit women too got it that way. But it was like a penalty corner, they have failed to convert it because they have gone on trying to get this goal through converting men which has proved impossible. Therefore, if men cannot be converted, there is only one alternative: they have to be conquered. Only a conquest will end the woman’s quests for a space in the sun.
Greatest weakness is male-domination
We fully agree with Sister Bharati. We go round the country addressing meetings which are attended only by Dalit men. Even when our invitations specifically direct them to bring their wives, mothers, daughters, they come alone. When we ask them why they failed to heed our request their answer is: “Who is there to prepare food when we go home?” Their women are reduced to a mere cooks. It is true that the upper caste society is more male-dominated but their women get at least a chance to visit the temples which promote Brahminical supremacy. Our women have no such forum. When the male-dominated Dalit movement itself is in doldrums, when can we see the dawn of Dalit women’s liberation — despite Mayawati heading the country’s most powerful Dalit party? The greatest weakness of the Dalit movement is it is male-dominated — EDITOR.
Which BAMCEF should DV support ?
DR. V.D. CHANDANSHIVE, COTTAGE VAISHALI, SHAHU NAGAR,NANDED – 431 602
I was indeed shocked to read Brother Gurnam Singh Muktsar’s writeup (DV April 16, 2009, p.13) asking DV to support Waman Meshram’s BAMCEF and the Editor’s consent to support it to fight Brahminism. I know Waman Meshram from very close quarters. He worked here during 1982-1985 in Kanshi Ram’s BAMCEF, learnt so many things from Kanshi Ram, pretended to be his ardent follower and later turned so snobbish that he used to have a claim of grooming Kanshi Ram and his movement.
SPLITTING KANSHI RAM BAMCEF
Later in 1986, with a group of supporters in Maharashtra and at the behest of the Congress, he split Kanshi Ram’s BAMCEF and got his faction registered. We who worked with Kanshi Ram felt that it was a heinous betrayal of not only Kanshi Ram but of Ambedkarite movement which Maharashtrians are famous for. After reading Brother Gurnam’s write-up, a very pertinent question cropped up: how the BAMCEF, factionalised by the Brahminical Congress, would strengthen Ambedkarism and fight Brahminism? This BAMCEF faction still appears to be on the payroll of Brahminical people.
A PAN-INDIAN NON-POLITICAL MOVEMENT
As Waman Meshram claims to have started a non-political Ambedkarite movement, let us remember that he has done so by breaking BAMCEF into several factions after kicking out people who initially supported him and all these kicked out people run their own BAMCEF factions in Maharashtra. And let us remember that all these worthies have not added anything new other than what Kanshi Ram taught.
They have, very cunningly, hijacked the name BAMCEF along with Kanshi Ram’s ideology and now masquerade as all-India leaders or even international leaders.
Educated and semi-educated Maharashtrians suffer from leadership mania, though — they know — they do not possess leadership qualities. That is why they break popular organisations, hijack the name and ideology and sit at the center of their faction like a proud spider sits at the center of its web to victimise smaller insects.
That is what they have done with RPI and that is what Waman Meshram and his ilk have done to BAMCEF. If these worthies feel that they really possess leadership qualities, they should start new and fresh organisations instead of stealing names of organisations founded by somebody.
INVITATION TO POLITICIANS
If we scan the functions organized by Waman Meshram’s BAMCEF, we cannot but find that in majority of his functions some or other political leader is invited.
The question is why politicians of different hues adorn the dias of BAMCEF which claims to have devoted itself to non-political activities?
And, moreover, what non-political institutions have been established and run by Waman Meshram’s BAMCEF other than holding conferences and seminars since 1986? He often speaks of strengthening non-political roots of Bahujan Samaj. Fine. But which non-political roots of BAMCEF he has strengthened?
RAT MADE INTO TIGER
The very concept of non-political roots has been borrowed by him from Kanshi Ram. But this very concept has been used by him to spread misunderstanding about Kanshi Ram’s movement. When BSP was founded by Kanshi Ram in 1984 and was spreading its base with the help of BAMCEF and DS4, these very people published hand- outs in 1986 saying: “Kanshi Ram was a rat but we made him a tiger”. They also wrote: “Kanshi Ram was incapable of providing leadership because he had lost his mental balance”.
BREAKING THE EGG
We were so shocked by this handout that we actually sent some people to confirm Kanshi Ram’s mental health to Nagpur where he was going to address a rally. But these very people go on inviting political leaders in their functions and nobody asks them the reason. Are these political leaders their mentors?
In fact, after Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar the political, non-political question has been drawn out of proportion and converted into a controversy unending such as “the egg first or the hen first”. The controversy has taken a dangerous dimension such as “whether to break the egg, from the little end or the big end.” Whichever end you break the egg the effect will be the same. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar ran political, social and cultural movements simultaneously to co-ordinate them with each other without making them water-tight compartments.
Ever since I became a DV family member, I have known that DV always supports and admires the honest, intelligent and those who believe in social dynamics. But not those who have betrayed Ambedkarite movement in any form. And I sincerely feel that DV itself is a non-political movement devoted to theorizing, conceptualizing and awakening thousands of simple Ambedkarites in India and abroad. I also feel that Waman Meshram intends to have coverage for his self-styled leadership in DV through brother Gurnam Singh Muktsar.
I am well aware of the intellectual level of Meshram as he has worked with us for quite some years at Nanded. After breaking away from Kanshi Ram’s BAMCEF, he has tried his best to wean us away from Kanshi Ram’s movement. But we at Nanded still support wholeheartedly Mayawati and BSP movement which has been making strides throughout India.
As a DV family member I don’t want either VTR or Brother Gurnam Singh to be misled by those who have intentionally betrayed Ambedkarite movement. If propped up, Meshram might even claim that he had groomed even VTR and Gurnam Singh Muktsar.
DV & BAMCEF
Many people came to us and tried to win over in the past 28 years of DV. The most powerful bid to purchase us came from those on the payroll of the Vipassana Viper Goenka. There were some more. But none could succeed. We don’t know if Brother Gurnam made the offer after consulting Brother Waman Meshram. Our stand is DV is ready to go to the other end of the earth and join hands with even the Devil to fight and finish Brahminism, India’s principal enemy (contradiction). The ball is in Brother Waman’s court — EDITOR.