What does independence mean to children dying in the hospital out of utter negligence?
What does independence mean to sexually assaulted women facing character assassination?
What does independence mean to aboriginals being deprived of their right to live by the state?
What does independence mean to sanitation workers dying in gutters?
What does independence mean to Dalits facing everyday discrimination?
What does independence mean to Muslims being labeled as traitors?
What does independence mean to women still facing patriarchal oppression?
What does independence mean to 40% of the Indian population living under army occupation?
What does independence mean to 70% of the Indian population living on just $2 a day?
What does independence mean to farmers being forced to commit suicide?
What does independence mean to the North Easterns who are called Chinese and whores?
What does independence mean to South Indians subjected to racial slurs and linguistic imperialism?
And what does independence mean to the 10,000 people who die daily from starvation?
Aren’t we still with being happy that seven decades back some rich brown people secured their right to contest in elections!
It’s easy to be a Hindu and criticise Islam.
It’s easy to be an Indian and talk about Baluchistan.
It’s easy to be an American and bash Israel.
It’s easy to be a man and criticise Feminism.
It’s easy to be a communist and criticise capitalism.
It’s difficult to be a Hindu and criticise Hinduism.
It’s difficult to be a Muslim and criticise Islam.
It’s difficult to be an Indian and talk about Kashmir.
It’s difficult to be a Pakistani and talk about Baluchistan.
It’s difficult to be an American and criticise Americanism.
It’s difficult to be a man and criticise patriarchy.
It’s difficult to be a communist and criticise the left.
The thing about constructive criticism is that it has to come from inside of the system to have a positive impact or else it is often dismissed as allegations and hate speech.
De Omnibus Dubitandum!
People who get orgasmic joy over the idea of a Hindu fascist state should at least come forward and tell us what they really mean by the word “Hindu.”
Because obviously for such fanatics the Keralites who worship King Bali and eat beef are not Hindus, the Dalits, the aboriginals and the OBCs are not Hindus, women who wish to do anything other than breeding children are not Hindus, the Northeasterns are not Hindus as they have a different culture, Hindus that are communists or liberals or secular or pluralistic are again not Hindus, Hindus who disagree with RSS are also not Hindus and so on and so forth.
So, who exactly is Hindu in this cauldron of castes and ethnic groups haunted by Gods?
Oh wait! This hocus pocus of a Hindu Rashtra is all about creating a fascist nepotistic theocracy for the rich male Brahmans! One by one, everyone else will be erased.
So before supporting this rabid idea of Hindu State please know that there is a very high probability that it might not include you!
The so called cow vigilantly Brahman Banya gang again assaulted four dalits for skinning dead animals because they claim to believe cow is their mother!!
Since Hindutva ideology is more about hating the imagined “others” than loving their own people, it has selected it’s imagined “mother” very carefully!
These people know Muslims have been eating beef since generations, these people know sections of dalits have been skinning dead animals since ages and hence they can easily use the cow excuse to target both dalits and Muslims at the same time!
All this brutality all this savagery inflicted by these Saffron lynch mob is not for the love of their Cow mommy but for the deep contempt and hatred they carry within their hearts towards the dalits, the aboriginals, the OBCs and the Muslims!
If they really love their Cow mamma so bad why can’t they just do sth similar to the beef seller bjp leader and riot accuse Sangeet Som??
If this is not Hindu terrorism then what else is??
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!
What Donald Trump did for America Modi has done the same for India. The presidential campaign of Trump has exposed the racist, islamophobic, sexist, xenophobic mindset of an average upper middle class, white, American male which is comparable to what the new Indian govt has done with the Indian society.
Back here in India one of the biggest achievements of this far right Govt other than establishing a minimum common unity amongst the Left, Ambedkarite, Feminist, secular and progressive forces of the nation is playing a major role in exposing the deeply casteist, insanely fanatic, Islamophobic, anti Dalit, anti minority, xenophobic, feudal, sexist, anti rational mindset of an average educated privileged caste males of the Indian society that feels suffocated and tormented living under a democracy.
Surprisingly this class is often well educated petty bourgeois that dreams of one day joining the ranks of its oppressors. This class is afraid of democracy, fears diversity, despises freedom that is inclusive, is hero worshiper, feels oppressed for having lost their right to oppress and has a deep contempt for a welfare state and words like socialism and secularism. When this govt took this particular section of the society blatantly unleashed its venom of hatred and frustration in the most brutal and the bitterest way; not only through words but also through actions!!!!!!!!!!
Caste and religion based violence have been a reality of this nation since independence. But it’s also a reality that communal violence is on the rise since the Hindu fundamentalists took over and it’s a fact that is even accepted by govt and non govt bodies. Never has the country witnessed a regime that is openly tolerant towards intolerance, never has the country seen a govt whose leaders and ministers appear to have come up with a roster system of delivering hate speech never has the country witnessed an HRD minister giving hate speech on the parliament floor.
Never has the republic witnessed an era of extreme jingoistic nationalism where every debate and discussion has been reduced to the binary of nationalism and anti nationalism. And needless to say never has the county been ruled on the most toxic mixture of governance i.e. liberalism in trade and conservatism in culture.
What do we get when we combine all this? An exclusive, fanatical, and jingoistic form of nationalism that demands one nation one religion and one language aimed at establishing the rule of rich male Brahmins. And when seeing the society with this prism we’d be shocked to see almost everyone in the country is a traitor let it be the Kashmiris or the North Easterns or the Keralites or the Madrasies or the Muslims or or the Christians or the Dalits or the Aboriginals or the Women or the dissents or the intellectuals or the writers or the poets or the students or let it be anyone who doesn’t fit into the agenda of Hindu nationalism.
The only singularity about India is that it can only be described in plurality! As it’s said one language two nations, two language one nation; same can be applied on culture, religion and creed.
The fact that case and religion based violence are on the rise is because of the blatant patronage to such fringe elements by those sitting in the govt. What hope can a country have where a student is booked under sedition for demanding freedom from poverty but a leader urging his followers to be prepared for final battle against Muslims remains untouched?
Why won’t the republic witness rise in communal violence in the name of nationalism when it’s being governed by the daughter organization of Italy’s fascist party that draws is idea of nationalism from Europe, rejects the constitution, burns national flag and constructs temples for the murderer of Gandhi? Have no doubt; what we are witnessing is a radical insurrection against the constitution of India.
But just like capitalism fascism digs its own grave. Such fascist authoritarian approach of this govt has brought the Communists, the Ambedkarits, the Feminists and the liberals together spontaneously. And we hope these fascists will soon meet their Stalingrad.
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.