Yechury once said “Marxism means concrete analysis of concrete conditions. As conditions change and your analysis does not change then you’re not a Marxist.”
So I guess in that way all the Indian Marxists who have analyzed Indian society on the basis of class and undermined caste were not Marxists
Let this massive wastage of our tax money serve as a message that caste is the skeleton of Hinduism.
Let this stand as a monument of Brahmanical mindset that identifies a man’s worth by his birth.
Let this stand as a reminder to every non Brahmin that feels proud to be a Hindu that even if a Maratha becomes a warrior King he’d still remain a Maratha an OBC for the Brahmanist leeches.
In a nation of 1.25 billion it has now become not only acceptable but also sth to be celebrated that the richest Indian now owns almost 20% of the the national assets.
We can notice a whole new breed of middle class emerging that is not only indifferent towards the poor and spiteful towards it’s own class but also has a God like admiration towards their rulers or the rich.
Everyone nowadays will tell you that those bourgeoisie somehow deserve their fair. Did Vija Mallya deserved his?
From where is this apathy and acceptance of inequality creeping in our society? Well, it’s coming from the caste system of India that legitimizes inequality, the class system of Europe that romanticizes it and the idea of American dream that claims handwork is the mantra for success which actually means that those who didn’t succeed weren’t working hard enough.
In a neoliberal world where ancestral wealth is still the largest source of financial capital, the only guarantee to inequality, and ‘deserving’ privileges is choosing the right parents at the time of birth.
Birth is the only and biggest lottery but it’s certainly not a qualification to be celebrated!
It took the collective effort of both black and white folks to abolish slavery in US or apartheid in South Africa so here in India the whole idea of excluding the privileged castes from the unity of oppressed movement sounds a bit absurd as this idea itself appears casteist.
Yes I agree with the idea of BAPSA that we need more leaders coming out from the oppressed sections and that the communist movement in India has been hijacked by the reactionary Brahmanist forces. But how can one have monopoly over Ambedkar and Phule only on the basis of caste?
Because it’s also true that many former dalit leaders are now standing with the Brahmanist fascists of RSS-BJP and one can’t deny the fact that more dalits and indigenous people have died fighting under the red banner than under the blue banner.
Left Ambedkarite Feminism is the need of the hour to combat the rising threat of Communal Fascism in India!
Ever since this far right Hindutva fascist govt came to power in 2014 who ate what became a bigger question that who ate how much!!
Last year the father of an air force employee was brutally lynched by a saffron terror faction over the suspicion of having consumed beef!
What’s interesting is that instead of showing any interest to nab those fanatics the state machinery showed more enthusiasm about knowing the nature of meat stored in the fridge of the victim.
It’s hilarious that it took them almost a year to find out what kind of meat was stored in the fridge which not only reveals the impotency of Indian police and judicial system but also throws some light on why it takes 20 years to get justice in India!
Anyways, the apologists of Hinduta fascism will tell you these are rarest of the rare events carried out by “fringe elements.”
But what’s really scary and the matter of biggest concern is the fact that these are not fringe elements and its proof is all around us. When senior leaders of this fascist Govt openly call for a final battle against minorities by swearing to carry out such attacks all across the nation, when union ministers in the govt show open support for these savages and when politician turned saints make appeals for a Muslim free India and starting a civil war it would be foolish to assume such terror strikes are random events carried out by fringe elements!
All this simply indicates that these fanatics who carry out lynching, murders and rapes in the name of cow and the degraded Indian culture aren’t goons or fringe elements but storm troopers of the fascists in power or rather state sponsored Saffron terrorists!!
After all when a saffron terror faction openly threatens the police and state with riots and mass murders in the city if no legal action is taken against the victim’s family and those fanatics sitting in the center shamelessly say that the victim won’t have had consumed the beef alone simply shows to what extent this fascist govt supports it’s sponsored terrorists!
Frankly speaking I have never seen such kind of insane polarization in my entire life. Everyone acts insane or seems to have abandoned all reasons! Never before fascism revealed itself so shamelessly and so blatantly.
Gandhi once said I’d never kill a cow for a man just like I’d not kill a man for a cow! It’s clearly the fight between Hind Swaraj of Gandhi and Hindutva of the British stooge Savarkar. It’s a fight between those who know how to think and those who know how to hate. And its battleground will be schools, colleges, Universities and our very mind.
The choices we make today will decide the future of this country. We can either become a welfare state like any advanced nation or we can become Hindu Talibans. We can either take a giant leap towards a better world of Tagore’s poems or we can go back to the dark ages of theocracy and feudalism.
All depends on what we chose to think today!
I see a strange obstinacy among the Brahmanist Hindu fascists to declare Comrade Kanhaiya “anti national”!!!!!!
In spite of being clear that the videos presented as the proof of Kanhaiya’s sedition were doctored or even after listening to the speeches of Kanaiya and Umar only a person with a particular mindset can be so adamant to declare Kanhaiya a traitor!
Only a person who’s very existence depends upon Brahmanism, fascism, communalism, feudalism and capitalism; only a person who can’t differentiate between Nation and Modi; only a person who can’t understand the difference between democracy and theocracy; only a person who believes Manusmriti to be the constitution; only a person who believes Nagpur to be the parliament of India can show such pigheadedness or cunning!!
After all it takes a special kinda imbecility to say Kanhaiya is traitor but Mallya is not or Umar is terrorist but not the Govt that’s bombing its own people in Jharkhand!!
To admire Nazism and Zionism simultaneously would be referred to as the highest form of paradox anywhere in the world!
But only when you have no knowledge about both. Only when you don’t care for what these two school of thoughts stand for. Only when you’re in love with the fascism, apartheid, racial supremacy and fundamentalism advocated by these two isms you can openly idolize Hitler while supporting the Zionism of Israel.
Any rational being might call this an oxymoron by it’s sth very acceptable among the far right Hindu fascists of India.
Its not because the Hindutva right has any sympathy or even understanding of Nazism or Zionism but because the fascist fundamentals of both these murderous ideologies resonate with their ideology of Hindutva/Brahmanism i.e. practice of xenophobia, casteism, untouchability, and apartheid, preservation of feudal system and structural violence, belief in racial supremacy and subjugation of Dalits and women!
Freedom can be political, social or economic but in order to have the first two, one must have economic freedom. The reservation policy or what is called ‘affirmative action’ is all about assisting the marginalized sections of society in attaining economic freedom. The critics of this policy might say that economic status must be the criteria for reservation, which simply shows that they are not in touch with the reality of this country.
Caste is class in this nation and this has remained the truth of Indian society for nearly three thousand years. It was the caste factor that decided the economic status of an individual for all these years. So if caste became the basis of political, social and economic injustice, then caste and only caste can be made and remain the basis of political, social and economic justice. There is much to be done in this direction and one critical aspect of that is to take steps to ensure that existing policies work in actual practice.
India is a democratic “welfare state” but today, a sinister public opinion is being built up that projects cheap education as a privilege/ tax-payer’s handout and an expensive education as something very normal.. Now how can a substantial number of Dalit or Adivasi citizens “benefit” from the reservation system when basic education itself IS MADE inaccessible to them?
Unfortunately, India is witnessing a massive war on public education ironically by the State itself that includes slashing the education budget, demeaning government schools, calling off scholarship programs and branding schools as the breeding grounds of Naxal and Maoist movements. As if this wasn’t bad enough, they have started branding universities as anti-national and are actively garnering popular public opinion around that! This entire design works on one simple principle: you drain public offices of funds and make people angry and when people get angry you let private corporations do what the State should have done in the first place.
While it is fair to say that there are many poor people in this country across caste lines, poverty is different from social discrimination and alienation, something only the Dalits and Adivasis of this country have faced for centuries. An inclusive economy, if that indeed is the great Indian dream, can be achieved by declaring the rights to food, education and healthcare as the “fundamental rights” essential of each citizen.
When the State ‘misuses’ reservation and starts handing it out to all and sundry (the Jats are the most recent point in case), it means that not only has it failed to mobilize affirmative action to uplift the Dalits and Adivasis for whom the reservation system was first introduced, it has also failed to alleviate poverty by creating jobs for ALL.
While the progressive nationalists of jnu displayed their open discontent towards the social evils of poverty and brahmanism the fake nationalism of hindutava fascists was shaken to the core by four slogans!
When Sanghis protested against jnu they deemed an entire university anti national, compared the girls of jnu with whores and threatened Kanhaiya and his friends with murder and lynching!
But when jnu protested against the sanghis and their hollow ideology of hindutava nationalism they simply commenced special classes on nation and nationalism!
While jnu was having discourse on social evils confronting the nation the sanghis were busy collecting condoms in the jnu campus.
When Kanhaiya was granted bail he talked about the threats of neo-fascism, meaning of Aazadi and treating the right wingers as political opponents rather than enemies!
After Kanhaiya’s fiery speech the rightists reacted by asking the price of his jacket and demeaning his relation with his female comrade! When this wasn’t enough they put a bounty of 15 L on Kanhaiya’s head!!!
I m telling this because if you’re a supporter of Kanhaiya and a protagonist of constitution and personal liberty you must know what kind of sick people will oppose you and what is the level of their intellect. And it’s up to you to decide if these people with such sick, perverse and criminal mindset even worthy of your words and time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I see oppression when I hear songs equating fair skin with beauty!
I see oppression when I see movies demonizing the black colour!
I see oppression when I see rappers and singers shamelessly taking pride in their caste!
I see oppression when use of certain words make you a traitor!
I see oppression when asking a certain question can make you anti national!
I see oppression when mocking transgenders and gays is made acceptable!
I see oppression when I hear words like blasphemy and sedition!
I see oppression when people talk as if communism is the synonym for terrorism!
I see oppression when people talk as though utopia is a mental disorder!
I see oppression when people act as if they are compelled to waste their fortunes on festivals and marriages!
I see oppression when actors who don’t even appear to be Indians discuess their first world problems in a third world country on the silver screen! I see oppression when nationalism appears to be all about country and not the countrymen!
I see oppression when people tell me oppression is justified!
So guess I only see oppression!