Bhopal Gas Tragedy: 20,000 lives lost because the White American men of Union Carbide thought risking the lives of men of color is just okay. Deemed as the biggest industrial tragedy in history. No justice was ever done.
Chernobyl: 4000 lives lost in a nuclear accident. Those running the plant and those dying belonged to the same nation.
But guess what, these Muricans decided to make a series about Chernobyl and not Bhopal because they were directly responsible for the later.
Also maybe they thought 4000 European lives hold more value than 20,000 lives of Brown Asian people.
Just finished watching this dystopian Netflix series Leila that follows the life of an upper-class Brahman woman married to an upper-class Ashraf Muslim man in a Hindoo Pakistan.
The series tries to showcase the horrors of a Manuwadi regime inflicted upon the masses of the Indian subcontinent.
But if this Manuwadi dream is actualized who’d suffer the most: the Bahujan men, the Bahujan women or some rich Brahman Woman?
This series tries to capture various social conditions including communalism, pollution, poverty, water scarcity and totalitarianism.
But why carefully choose to neglect caste apartheid which has turned out to be so effective in keeping 90% population subjected and hence aiding the ruling class to appropriate surplus labour with such efficient way that even the Turks invaders wished to introduce such system in Islam.
Why’d the ruling class of a dystopian time that’s devoid of resources, not use casteism to secure its privileges?
Threats of communalism is carefully given the most important in the entire series to undermine the gravity of casteism.
This whole series seems to a reflection of the fears of the rich liberal Savarna class about what would happen to them in an extremist Manuwadi regime: they won’t be able to mingle with people of their own class/caste from different religion, eat meat or drink wine or listen to Faiz or will be targeted for their identity and ideologies or won’t have enough water or be forced to live in polluted environment or their women will be forced to be more homely and religious.
Take a good look at the lives of Dalits, Backwards and Aboriginals: the dystopia your entitled Savarna ass fears is already upon us.
When Savarna women get raped, the rapists are caught and tried within no time, there is a nationwide protest covered by mainstream media and they even get the laws changed coz they are unhappy with the sentence.
When Bahujan women get raped, they struggle even to get an FIR registered.
When a Savarna is killed in fake encounter there is a massive media outrage, the victim’s family get govt job and 1 Cr compensation and the encounter killings magically stop.
When Bahujans are killed in fake encounters, the media celebrates and Savarnas laugh.
When Savarna Doctors are lynched, there is a nationwide strike and even the supreme court gets involved.
When Bahujan Doctors are forced to end their lives, kidnapped by authorities and lynched, there is a criminal silence in media and doctor community.
This is just one small glimpse of the kind of caste capital these Savarnas possess and how powerful it is.
Still, you believe Savarna women are just women, Savarna men are just men and Savarna Doctors are just doctors?
Nah, even in victimhood they are oppressors.
The racist and casteist Gandhi turned into some larger than life figure only because he had his fan base in the dominant caste group.
He has now been thrown into the dustbin of history become the same dominant caste no longer needs him.
His greatness was not because of his merit but because of the type of followers he had.
Those who live by the dominant caste die by the dominant castes.
Ambedkar, on the other hand, was hated then and is hated now by the dominant castes.
But today that Doctor is larger than any mahatma or saint.
So vast is his shadow that the dominant castes from every spectrum of politics wish to embrace him.
He became the greatest figure in modern Indian history not because he lived at the mercy of dominant castes but because he had superior intellect and merit.