Tag Archives: Dalits

Civil War or a Revolution, that is the Question.

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I am an Ill informed Lout. So people can Enlighten me whether these sorts of – people, particularly Women, getting targeted, – happens in other parts of the world.

This video is from Haryana in India. The women of the ‘Valmiki’ community, a supposedly ‘low’ one, are being beaten up by men of a supposedly higher caste. Many of the women’s breasts were blue with/by the beatings, it is reported.

An old man seems to be getting beaten up, and the words, ‘he can be a witness’ is something I seem to recognize. [ It is in Haryanavi, somewhat different from Hindi ].

#modi, #amitshah, the #bjp, the concerned #cm, the #judiciary and the #police of India will force a #CivilWar in this country; and they shall be responsible for it.

Add to the above list my Esteemed Brothers and Sisters of #SilentHinduMajority, the #ChristianCommunity, etc.

It might even become a French or Russian type of Revolution. Not right tomorrow, of course.

Vande Mataram. ( Salutations to my Mother Land, who must be Weeping. )

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Manual Scavenging Still done in India, but…

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Manual Scavenging is Still done in India, but Only by the Dalits. 😦

manual scavenging

Image from the Internet.

Sad that India has Not Yet been able to develop its Technology to handle this, at least in Railway Stations. If they would ask me, I would show them Simple and Effective Ideas.

Billions are being Spent on sending Rockets to Mars, on Bullet Trains, and what not. Literally Yuck. 😦

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WHO Responsible for Cow Deaths in Rajasthan?

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This is in connection to my last article.

Who is responsible? It is: 

VICARIOUS COW SLAUGHTER’ ON THE PART OF THE #BJP, as the #bjp is ruling Rajasthan just now. 

Details in the article below.

Usually 20 cows die in a day there, (they said this without the least bit of concern). Since July 21, they have not been fed! And because of that, 90 cows died in two days.

WHO is responsible not just for these deaths, but the Prolonged Agony they must have suffered before their death?

Those ‘in-charge’ would like to put the blame on the Poor ‘workers,’ – Most of whom might be Dalits, as the work would involve removing the carcasses there. But these –

Employees, who labour to Feed the cows and to Clean up the place, Have NOT BEEN PAID for the last 5 or 6 months.

As the #bjp is ruling Rajasthan, I can this Vicarious ‘Cow Slaughter’ on the part of the the #bjp. It is a Shame that they even have a minister especially in-charge of Cow Welfare.

The ministers responsible for this should be Tied-up and Thrown in the same Muddy Mire, and Refused Food and Drink till they Die.

rajasthan cow minister Otaram Devasi

The ‘Cow’ minister of Rajasthan, otaram devasi. he is the One and the Only ‘cow’ minister in India! The way he functions, as per this incident, it is fortunate for the Cows, I suppose. That they don’t have more ‘cow’ ministers.

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And this is the ‘chief ministress’ of Rajasthan, vasundhra raje, who ‘promised a separate ministry for cows in her poll manifesto. And when the party came to power in December 2013, promptly announced a ministry for the protection of cows.’

Image of devasi and edited quote above, from:

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-01-09/news/57884094_1_cows-meet-india-s-gau-seva-commission

All other images from the Internet.

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As I have already said: This is Vicarious ‘Cow Slaughter’ on the part of the the #bjp.

Let them Not speak of ‘Gau Raksha’ (Cow Protection) any more.

This is how they do the ‘gau raksha,’ protecting the cows:

gau rakshak a

While this is happening to the cows:

cows die in rajasthan aug 16

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Dalit CHILDREN Beaten Up

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Seems I am Never going to get any Rest. …From Facebook:

These (Dalit) Children had entered some Temple, trying to get a little ‘Prasad,’ the Sanctified (Food) items given to the Devotees. It is not a question of these things merely being Sweet; The Sheer Hunger of the Masses is Unknown to Us.

For their pains, their heads were Shaved, they were Tied up like this to the tree and Beaten up.

dalit Ch beaten up

The Injury on the boy’s forehead is Very Apparent. There are definite swellings on his Chest and Stomach.

And the Eyes.

The Eyes are Not only filled with Pain. They are asking Us: “Why?”

They say: “LOOK at Our Bodies. We are Thin. That should make it Clear to you –  well-fed people, that Our lives pass in Hunger. So What was wrong if We took something to Eat?”

That is what I mean by my not going to get rest. Blessed are We if We Do Not Rest.

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I have said it Before, and I will say it Again: Let All of Us, who are Sensible Human Beings, Really Open Up Our Mouths WIDE and SHOUT and tell those people to Stop doing such things, Beating up the Innocents just because they happened to be born in a Different Community.

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On ndtv, modi, bjp, and Strict Actions

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Watched a part of a programme in NDTV that started off as ‘Against Vigilantism,’ and, as usual, went all over the place, particularly about the sentiments of the majority community of India to kept in mind and honoured and all that.

On that, Tweeted something, as under.

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On , , , .

dalit youth strict action

 

guj dalits btn up 0716

Shall be Awaiting some Answers. …For a little more on Dalits, please  click here.

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Chief Secy of State states: Hooliganism …with Additions

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[ Have added some more material on this. New data at beginning. ]

The look of Arrogance on the face the young boy at right shocks and repulses me.

look of arrogance

From: http://scroll.in/article/812166/gujarat-police-chose-not-to-stop-assault-of-dalit-tanners-alleges-independent-fact-finding-report

As ‘Sekar Pandian wrote on the comments else where,

The whole nation is watching bjp government at the center and states. Also the entire world…… we need to have decency…….After Bjp came to power at the center the behaviour of the fundamentalists have changed and they got some kind of unwritten approval for taking the country to stone age.”

The Facebook page, ‘Final War Against Corruption’ says: “This will not be forgotten,” and very rightly so too!

gau raksha thugs

Image by screen capture

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As I state in the title, No less a person than the Chief Secretary of the state of Gujarat states: ‘Hooliganism going on in name of gau raksha.’

Gau Raksha means ‘Saving the Cow.’

gun dalits btn up 0716

Image by screen capture from Twitter.
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Source:

Hooliganism going on in name of gau raksha: Gujarat Chief Secretary

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Actually the Video(s) show repeated beatings by long iron rods, steel cables, etc. …They had been ‘Skinning’ a Dead Cow, for its skin, for Leather. And these men set out to ‘Protect’ the Cow. Viva la India.

AND the police knows whom to salute when it reaches the spot. Oh Country, my Country.

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Easter, Untouchables of India, and Reservation

You will find the refernce to Easter in the last line of this my post.

There are A whole lot of people in India who had/have been Intentionally, Wilfully, Cleverly and Cruelly been Kept down, for Ages, to do All the Menial work. Starting with Cleaning up the Poo and the Toilets, to working on the Footpaths repairing Slippers, these belong to the so called Lower Caste of India.

Manju Human Scavenger

Manju, Human Scavenger. Graphic from the Internet.

If We think that Manju can live by finding some other job, then frankly, We would be Nuts. She can Only get a similar job. If she makes bold to, say, set up a small shop selling some Eatables or Vegetables, not only would she be Shunned; Most probably she would get Beaten up for her pains.

The so called Upper Caste would not hesitate to call themselves that, but they will be quick to say that there is no lower ‘caste,’ only ‘classes’ based on work and what not. But, Talk is always a cheap commodity.

Reservation is a system whereby those were supposed to be given Chances for a little Higher Study, (schools and colleges would Not have taken these but for the Reservation!), and for Job Opportunities so that the ‘Gap’ between the communities could have become smaller.

It has not worked. Because it was not really Meant to. Because, as I have shown earlier, if they become better in life, who is going to do the Dirty work for them?

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After all India is Not like the West where people might take up the Dirtiest Jobs, get paid Well for it, Own their Cars, Live in Dignity, as Regular Members of the Community, and above all, be able to Smile at the Camera!

I had come across a programme about those who clean up the Dirties homes in the US, in the Nat Geo channel, if I am not mistaken. Wanted some pictures of that, which I could not find. But I did find such a group in the UK!

An Example of Before and After their work. But Frankly, the TV programmes had shown Much Worse graphics.

Dirty bef n aft

And those who do such work not only use such Modern technology, but also Own Cars. [ Show me One ‘Untouchable’ in my Village having a Car, which has a ‘Colony’ for them. I do believe that the village boasts of some 20 Cars, None belonging to the lower community. ]

Dirty Cleaner Oliver Hampton R&M Cleaners

And those who do such work in the West do not have to go ‘Hiding’ their faces, be ‘Looked Down Upon,’ Ostracized, being Hated when they come close by.

Dirty Cleaners ce

All these images from the Internet.

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To Re-Iterate, the so called Untouchables Still Exist in India, in the Very Same Condition, even after the so called Reservations for them.

Untouchable being 'offered' water

Even according to the government’s statistics, a Whopping One Fourth of India comes into the category of Untouchables today! But Show me One Tenth of them in any Decent-paying governments jobs? Haha! So much for How they have made the ‘Reservations’ work. And yet people want Reservations for them to be stopped; even the small benefits that might be reaching them at some forgotten corner to be stopped.

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For all that, Reservation has been found to be ‘Lucrative!’ The so called ‘upper castes’ want to get into the act! Most famous among these are the ‘Jats’ of India, a Very well to do group of people, who found a way to ‘Arm-Twist’ the government into giving them the privileges of Reservation!

000 jats

Cartoon from the Internet.

To achieve their wishes, they had merely resorted to Violence, like bringing Transport and Business to a Stand Still, Including Stopping Drinking Water to the People of Delhi, with some other simple things like Uprooting Railway Tracks.

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A little bird tells me I should Stop now! Ok, Ok.

So, What is the connection to all this and EASTER? Well, today IS Easter, and the so called Lower Caste are STILL Cleaning Poo Without Dignity, (at least in places). …It is More Important to Lift Up Christ in the Untouchable than to decorate home and church and eat Eggs.

Dalits, aka Untouchables

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1. Preamble

A young man named Rohit Vemula, a Dalit, brilliant enough to be doing his PhD in a university in Hyderabad in India, recently committed Suicide. In this post I would like to raise, but Just Touch upon, (very small paragraphs, and very few, in every case!), very many aspects of Rohit’s suicide, under:

  1. Preamble
  2. Introduction
  3. Dalit
  4. My Experience with them
  5. What has been done for their Plight
  6. What Is being done
  7. The Need for Justice

An Important Note:

Though this post is on Untouchability, particularly in India, this is Not against the Hindus. Very Sadly and Shamefully, Christians, particularly Catholics, practice this evil too, at least in some places, in Ostracising those who had joined from Dalit backgrounds, to the extent of keeping Separate Burial Grounds for them!

…Why don’t the so called higher castes want these Dalits to come up in life? Because, then, they fear, they would not have the Labour Force to work in their fields!

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2. Introduction

Students on fast at Rohit's suicide, Hyd univ

All these are Dalit Students. That is Rohit’s picture in the banner. His suicide has turned into a Protest against the Way the so called Untouchables (cleverly called Dalits now) are Treated, even in Educational Institutions.

It is not just the Students who are treated that way. Even those who get to become Professors and reach Administrative posts are Still treated as Untouchables!

Hyd univ Professors join protest

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3. Dalit

The word literally means Oppressed, A Suffering People. The original term had been Shoodra, the so called fourth, last and lowest catagory of the Indian Caste System. Gandhi tried to bring in some changes by calling them ‘Hari-jan,’ the People of god. Dalit is the latest by way of terminology. There is another term in official circles for them, as the Scheduled Caste, or simply SC.

It is argued that there is No Caste (Jaati in Hindi) system, but only one of Class (Varna in Hindi), something according to the work one does. But whatever the Rigmaroles, they are in the final word, treated as Untouchables.

An Untouchable 'offered' water in India

An Untouchable ‘offered’ water in India. It is not that he should not come in contact with the woman, in this case of a supposed ‘higher caste;’ he should not even touch the vessel. Image from Internet.

The STs, (Scheduled Tribes) of India

Just the Shortest word on them here. We can call them the Original settlers of the Land. I have worked for these People for more than Six Years.

Santals

A picture of the Santals, one of the sheduled tribes. Picture from bbc.com

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4. My Experience with them

I can recount four noteworthy details in this regard.

The first is that during my Youth I had a Friend called Bal Karan Das, a Dalit. Though knowing less than nothing about these things in those days, I had found No difference in him or his family which would have made him Untouchable.

As for the second, when I joined the Indian Railways in 1968/69, One of my companions, in a batch of about 25, was an SC. He had even been given the job on the basis of being so! This is known as ‘Quota.’ The idea was that if a certain number could be brought up in Education, Jobs and thus Experience, the level of life of their community on the whole would rise. Actually, without the quota, it was almost impossible for them to get decent Jobs. This man was a Washerman by trade. He kept to himself, as approaching others too closely would have invited Snubs. But, there had been No difference in his life or behaviour that could have justified the word Untouchable in his case.

Now for the third. While I was in Daltonganj diocese, an area near Hazaribagh was populated by Harijans. A man named Kali, (though a Christian) was my mason for my first buildings. Another was my Gardener. Again, No difference… etc.

The fourth is that of a Young Woman from my Village here, now.

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This Sweet Child, who is Not an SC, had gone and Fallen in Love with a boy of the SC community! Her Parents advised her that they would not be able to Visit her, nor she them, after marriage, if she continued on her course. They had brought her to me for her to Accept the fact that she was in love with that young man, (because they knew she would listen to me, which she did indeed), and then they had proceeded with the Advising! That is How I Know. …Reluctantly she agreed to another marriage and is settled in Karnataka now. This had happened a scant 8 years ago.

And that means that Even Today the SCs are Non Members of the larger part of society, which will not Eat with them or Mingle with them in Marriage, etc. 

As a Priest, I am Welcome in the houses even of the Very Rich, an instance being the late Adailkkala Raj, Member of Parliament from Trichy. The Very Poor and the Dalits would like to have Visitors and to Offer Hospitality. I have happily Eaten with them and Stayed with them, many a time. All this experience gives me an Insight into their Plight, as well as their Pain.

Human Scavenger in India

Human Scavenger. Photo from the Internet.

This just Might have stopped, but the photo I offer is not too old. Members of the SC community are Still cleaning up Sewers In Our Village.

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5. What has been done for their Plight

One of the Oldest instances of Partiality towards the Dalits is a rather famous story in the Mahabharata. Eklavya, a Prince of the outcasts in the Kingdom of Magadha of old, wanted to learn Archery from the famed Guru Drona. As that was not feasible, he fashioned a statue of the guru, paid his respects to it, and came to excel in that Art.

Eklavya

Drona came to know, and asked for Eklavya’s Right Thumb as his Guru Dakshina (the offering to the guru, or in more simple if cruder terms, the fee). Imagine an Archer without a thumb! It is clear that the purpose was to put an end to his Archery. Though it is said that the young man excelled in it in spite of it, I take that with a lot of salt.

Has the situation and the treatment of the SCs and STs become any Better?

The SCs and the STs together form 25% of population, says Census 2011 data. 16% plus of SCs, and 8% plus of ST makes it around 25%.

http://censusindia.gov.in/Census_And_You/scheduled_castes_and_sceduled_tribes.aspx

http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/scs-sts-form-25–of-population-says-census-2011-data/1109988/

Thus, One in Every Fourth Indian is an SC or an ST.

Then, logically, Every Fourth Officer, Official, Office Worker, those in Banks, the Medical Profession, the Judiciary and What not should have hailed from these groups. What is the Reality? Not even One Tenth can be found there after Decades of Independence, and lip service from the various governments.

Just about 10% of them reside in Urban areas; (Source: the government census mentioned above). Even if We say that these ones are Well Employed there, that makes it 2.5% of the Indian Population. So, More than 95% of the good jobs are in the hands of the so called upper castes.

They work mostly as farm labourers or in menial jobs, which is Why even Indians with an Open Mind do not know about them.

Rohit’s sad end, the experiences I have presented from my life, and the various photographs, all Prove that Little has been done to Lift Up their Life.

By the way, the Dalit Women are Very Much the Prey of the so called higher castes. In the Notorious Hanging of the Minors after having been Raped, the Girls belonged to the Dalit community. And that was not an Isolated happening.

Minors gangraped n killed in up 0514

Dalits, apparently, are not good enough for Marriage, but can be used for Sex.

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6. What Is being done

What follows is a mini report on what is happening post Rohit’s death. 5 days After Rohit’s Death, prime minister of India modi offered his condolences to the family. As the tweets on 24.01.16 show, modi’s show of condolence was not appreciated.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Five-days-after-Hyderabad-University-students-suicide-PM-Narendra-Modi-tries-to-douse-fire/articleshow/50690686.cms

‘Why did PM not speak for 5 days?’: family

Don’t want your money, tell us why it took you 5 days to respond to Rohith’s death: Rohith’s family to Modi, Irani

But in the Real World of AYN RAND, politicos ‘Plant’ words, very much so through the offices of their pet medias, which Unthinking people are ready to follow. …That is why I had written my post on Democracy and Intelligence and Courage.

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7. The Need for Justice

Today, by the Clever use of words, the fact that the Dalits are denied higher education, that all sorts of blocks are put in that, is Cleverly Hidden, and even Supposedly Educated folk fall for it, and get side tracked by blah blah.

The Question of Dalits can be Understood Only by those who have their feet on the ground.

Only Unified, Un-Selfish Love on Our part can bring Dignity and Justice to the Dalits, and a Balance to the World.

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