A few years ago the revolutionary thinker Professor Kancha Ilaiah proposed that we are going to be in a post-Hindu India from 2010. Dalits including ourselves had gotten into a celebratory mode on Prof Kancha’s forecast. We have been waiting for this post-Hindu world since hundreds of years. We are waiting for our chains to be broken and the ugly caste system dismantled.
At Dalitnation we have been researching and reviewing this with several of our friends who are social and political scientists, media personnel, social psychologists and literary luminaries. What we get is a bleak picture of the collective Dalit behavior and with this the post-Hindu India will never be a reality.
The regional TV channels, movies and newspapers all promote a Brahminical worldview which the Dalit people have internalized. There are programs on Astrology, Vastu, Ayurveda and Brahmin Classical music which educated Dalit people have taken to themselves as their culture. Our people in hordes go to pilgrimage to Tirupati, Vaishnavo Devi, Mantralaya, Sabri-Malai, Shiridi Sai Baba and other Hindu holy places. Brahmins have even appropriated the Ganja Smoking Muslim fakir Sai Baba into the Brahminical fold. Vedas are recited in Shirdi as a form of puja by Brahmin priests who control the whole of the economy in this pilgrim city. The wily Brahmins have been doing their usual tricks and opened up these places for Dalits to visit. Dalits now do Puja to placate planets and remove their so called negative effects. The Brahmin priests are having a field day and their business is booming more than ever before. Earlier only their jatwallahs used to do this. Now they have Dalits getting their services and paying for it. We know several educated Dalit IAS officers and scientists doing homa, havans and visiting temples for their promotion. Many of these neo-rich dalits practice yoga and meditation and have no revolutionary spirit left in them. The poorer people are all influenced by TV and media and watch patriarchal soap operas like the ones created by Balaji Telefilms. All this makes us sad.
Is this what Babasaheb wanted us to do. What happened to the conversion to Buddhism. What happened to Buddha and his Dhamma of rationality and equality. Why are our brethren sucked into the superstition of Brahminism. We have seen Navayana Buddhists worshiping the violent Hindu gods and goddesses like Vishnu, Shiva, Laksmi and Kali alongside the Buddha and not seeing the obvious contradiction. We see even Dalit laborers having pictures of the elephant Ganesha and the servant monkey god of slaves Hanuman. Dalits do house warming and marriage ceremonies the Brahminical way. What happened to the ten vows that Babasaheb gave us.
This is a warning to all the Dalits. Unless Dalits wake up and fight this monster of Brahminism there will be no reprieve for them from the slavery of the caste system. We should throw the whole of BRahminism in the gutter – lock, stock and barrel, baby with the bathwater.
WAKE UP DALITS AND LET US MAKE THE POST HINDU INDIA A REALITY
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