Caste India on war with Naxal India: Caste defines Democratic Deficit

12Apr10

This is an excellent article from ‘Booker Prize’ winner Arundhati Roy who visited Dandkaranya to take stock of War like situation where the tribal and Dalits are killed in the name of justice.

Arundhati has takes pain to understand the background of Naxal movement unlike the fence-sitting (brahmin) headed journalists who call themselves socialist by attribute, in practice, however they keep silently nourishing the caste-games in Politic and social  life of Caste India which is waiting to get blown up due to mix of  economic and social poverty!

Readers may like to see the entire article from Outlook here..Arundhati writes

The PWG were not the first evangelicals to arrive in Dandakaranya. Baba Amte, the well-known Gandhian, had opened his ashram and leprosy hospital in Warora in 1975. The Ramakrishna Mission had begun opening village schools in the remote forests of Abujhmad. In north Bastar, Baba Bihari Das had started an aggressive drive to “bring tribals back into the Hindu fold”, which involved a campaign to denigrate tribal culture, induce self-hatred, and introduce Hinduism’s great gift—caste. The first converts, the village chiefs and big landlords—people like Mahendra Karma, founder of the Salwa Judum—were conferred the status of Dwij, twice-born, Brahmins. (Of course, this was a bit of a scam, because nobody can become a Brahmin. If they could, we’d be a nation of Brahmins by now.) But this counterfeit Hinduism is considered good enough for tribal people, just like the counterfeit brands of everything else—biscuits, soap, matches, oil—that are sold in village markets. As part of the Hindutva drive, the names of villages were changed in land records, as a result of which most have two names now, people’s names and government names. Innar village, for example, became Chinnari. On voters’ lists, tribal names were changed to Hindu names. (Massa Karma became Mahendra Karma.) Those who did not come forward to join the Hindu fold were declared ‘Katwas’ (by which they meant untouchables) who later became the natural constituency for the Maoists…



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