Political experiment or social engineering?


Thirty months back, when he first got the offer to join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Satish Misra was apprehensive. Was there any future for someone from an apolitical Brahmin family in a party of Dalits?

From being a political nobody, the very corporate-looking Misra has now emerged as a potent ‘Brahmin force’ in BSP, which is now trying to do a Congress. For four long decades, the Congress banked on the Brahmin-Dalit-Muslim axis that it built and carefully nurtured.

‘The Brahmin-Dalit combine disintegrated in the Congress for the simple reason that the Congress used Dalits as a vote bank,’ points out Misra. ‘Unlike the Congress, we in BSP chose to establish a complete social integration between the two communities,’ he adds.

Though it is known that the 55-year-old lawyer-turned-politician and son of a high court chief justice was the key architect of this social engineering, the low profile Misra attributes the success story entirely to BSP chief Mayawati. And Mayawati took advantage of the vacuum created on account of the Congress going into virtual political limbo.

Once the task of wooing the Brahmin to BSP was entrusted to Misra, he left no stone unturned to carry it out with a missionary zeal, sacrificing his legal practice that had made him the highest income-tax paying attorney in Lucknow. And if he is being envied today for being the only star campaigner for the party besides Mayawati, it is sure enough on account of his merit and perseverance.

‘It was no surprise that Behenji (Mayawati) has given him an independent helicopter to go about campaigning in the Brahmin dominated areas of the state. After all he has proved his mettle by mobilizing Brahmins in a big way for BSP,’ remarked a Muslim leader in the party. By Misra’s own account, he had addressed as many as 98 Brahmin ‘sammelans’ (meetings) in the state.

‘Within eight months of my induction into the party as its national general secretary in October 2004, I organized the first Brahman sammelan at Allahabad in February 2005. It was there that the party’s new slogan – ‘Haathi nahin Ganesh hai, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh hai!’ (This is not just an elephant, but the party icon symbolizes the Hindu Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv!)

The slogan caught on – like wildfire.

‘I addressed 21 such meetings in different places and concluded the first round of this series with a ‘maha-sammelan’ (mass rally) in Lucknow on June 9, 2005,’ Misra recalled. His next move was to travel to each of Uttar Pradesh’s 70 districts where he constituted a ‘Brahmin-Dalit Bhaichara Banao Samiti’ (Brahmin-Dalit Goodwill Committee).

‘Each of these committees has 300 Brahmins and 100 Dalits who met periodically to discuss mutual social problems and also thrash out solutions.’At the end of one year in June 2006, Misra organised a state level meeting of the goodwill committees in Lucknow. That was promptly followed by a series of 77 rallies in different parts of the state between July and September. He covered about 21,000 km within the state over these three months, busy breaking the caste barrier in a highly hierarchical Uttar Pradesh society.

Misra took pains to make his audience realize and understand that Brahmin was never the exploiter of the have-not Dalit. ‘In traditional Hindu society the Brahmin survived only on ‘bhiksha’ (alms) while the Thakur and Yadav remained the powerful landowner who exploited the poor Dalit at will,’ was the oft-repeated refrain of Misra to his audience. As far as possible, he would make it a point to have Brahmins to traverse the distance to the nearest Dalit pocket for the goodwill rally.

‘And that really worked to repose confidence among Dalits that this bond was here to stay,’ asserts Misra, who believes that ‘the success of the Uttar Pradesh experiment would go a long way in eventually re-writing the political destiny of India’.
By Sharat Pradhan Source: Indiaenews.com


Is it an political attempt to solve age old apertheid problem which Mr Mishra is talking about?

We at Atrocitynews  strongly feel that if social engineering is to happen , it can only possible if people observe trinity of human values : liberty, equality and fraternity in their daily life. How strange and foolish is  to  say that trinity in Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesh can bring peace on this planet without any human effort?

The political experiements or gimmicks like above may fall very short in bringing about social enginnering. For that experiments should be in area which are well-thought and well-researched. One such areas of challenge would be injecting scientific temper in Indian psyche; bringing  new methods of scientific investigations; promoting more inquisitiveness and practicing  it religiously.

Otherwise there are many educated people who could have read physics concept like -CAPILLARITY ACTION  many times but severl miles away from actualising it in daily life .

To suit the argument we have an example which was BIG news in the past: There was 3Km Que in front of a Ganapati Temple in posh colony of Mumbai. The people were carring thousands of litres of milk in order to offer to Ganapati Idol after temple-priest’s reporting ‘idol sucks milk from snout’. Even Indian media was totaly convinced. Non of them dared to enlighten people on this issue.

We don’t need these sort of blind civilisation? Do we ?
Readers what you say, please comment?

One Response to “Political experiment or social engineering?”

  1. Nishikant Waghmare wrote:

    I will be PM one day: Mayawati
    Thursday, April 05, 2007
    New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is not only sure of her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) securing absolute majority in the upcoming assembly elections but also of becoming Prime Minister of the country one day.
    “The BSP will secure absolute majority, but people distort surveys and opinion polls in such a way that the confidence of the people comes down. I want to tell you that the real result of opinion polls will be declared on that day when the counting takes place,” she told TV news channel NDTV in an interview.

    Polls predict no clear majority to any party in the seven-phased assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, beginning Saturday, even as the BSP is seen as leading the tally.

    “I can tell you in advance as I have been campaigning that the BSP will secure absolute majority,” said Mayawati who has been Chief Minister of the state three times.

    Asked about her chances for the post of the Prime Minister, Mayawati said: “Yes, I believe it will happen one day. I cannot explain the exact number of years… (you are talking of 10 years,) for all you know we might not even have to wait that long.

    “Our supporters across the country are trying to get us to the Centre after Uttar Pradesh,” she said.


    “Chakradhar Hadke”

    We may forgo material benefits of civilization,but we can not forgo our right and opportunity to reep the benifits of the highest education to fallest extent—DR BR AMBEDKAR
    “rajan ambeth”

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