Turmoil of Kalinga; Then and Now..


Is it the same Orissa which hosted the world renowned Kalinga Battle in the year 262-261 BC led by the Mauryan empire and lead by the Asoka the great.

This battle traumatised the linkage of humanism torn apart from the blood shed theories of war on the battle field. It is rated to the minimum that about 100,000 casualties were reported to the minimum cost of lives. Emperor Asoka’s brave army too had to suffer the aftermath tolling to 10,000 which is recorded on the Rock edits of the Asoka. Daya river which flowed through the passage of boundaries was no more the natural colour after the war but turned into the unpleasant rubicund. Asoka was moved by the words of a tear torn lady who accused Asoka for the aftermath that took her father, husband and son away. She was broken, Asoka turned down the sword of violence and accepted the true path of life which Buddha gave in the 4th Century CE. And since then, the warrior and kingdom of power gave the world a masterpiece example to lead the unity of world and life of harmony.

No kingdom in the world is recorded to outcast the equality natural laws in their kingdom that granted equality not only to the human but to the animals and plants too. Asoka is cherished in the history of mankind and mostly recognised as the beloved darling of his children (his kingdom). He used to say, “All men are my children. What I desire for my own children, and I desire their welfare and happiness both in this world and the next, that I desire for all men.”Such a generosity was found in the kingdom of Asoka that shared common brotherhood and fraternity. His Kingdom was the foundation of non-violence and practised Buddha in his satellite states through. People enjoyed equality, love, compassion, neighbourhood and a peaceful state of mind. Centuries later when the same land is observed a remorse of acts makes us feel pity to the incidents happening in the east coast. Violence predominantly sharing the ferocity of social taboos relating to the hierarchy of religion. In the 21st century haunting attacks were paraded against the minority and poor converted Christians and their missionaries. Radical extremists lead the avenge against the poor people who deemed to be converting people from the world’s most heinous and intolerant religion called, Hinduism. Labourers and workers working in the Tea farm were toiled forcefully and then humiliated to turn down the incidents what called as a religious bigotry. In a heart rendering video on the social networking which was leaked outside Orissa was posted on Facebook. There were lot of hate comments against the incident but some of the poor minded radicals justified it as a reaction to the theft. Where the Tea workers were trying to rob and meanwhile they were identified as looters and hence were attacked. But mere theft does not prosecute to life, women parading naked, not even in the National courts and as well as the International Courts of Justice.

 Latest incident of Dalits houses being burnt and people heavily beaten encompass the furore of the radicals against the Dalits. Some similarities between the 2008 incident of Christians attacks and 2012 Dalit attacks can be summed up as:
1. Both the incidents were grilled in the name of theft
2. It was carried out against the poor and disable working labour class
3. Minority population was targeted
4. Both were attacked by the Hindu extremists
5. Carried out sheltering in the name of religion protection

The reason of attack against the Christians and Dalits is the Dalit themselves. As the converted population to Christians are the Dalits. So the attack is having an revenge about the Dalits converting from slavery to freedom.No following of Asoka is determined in this very land of Kalinga that teaches equality, fraternity. But the Circus of triangles are related to the festivals of Konark Sun Temple, JagannathRathYatra (Chariot circus), Lingaraj Temple that lubricate violence and motivate the actions of extremists. Radicals, can have a modern synonym as Rascals that want to continue the hegemony of inequality in this very Diamond jubilee age of Universal Declarations of Human Rights. Overview of Solution: There lies a series of solutions that can be articulated in the administrative and legal norms but lack of will is certainly most uncultivated grain that has to be looked after.

 Police Stations/Booths should be located in the Dalit areas compulsorily and the chief of the Station / Booth should be the person of lower alias Dalit class. An law enforcement officer should be posted in these downtrodden areas to get the grievances registered in the legal manner which solidified protection. Dalit NGOs should extend their coverage to local avenues. Immediate monetary relief should be granted to the victims, Dalit journalists should be encouraged to form the resource. Indian Government that begs before the OCED and the multi-lateral funds in the name of poverty should be reasoned about the protection of its civilians especially the marginalised Dalit communities in India. Human Rights Council, an independent Human Rights body should be drained with the continuous incidents of Dalit atrocities that often take place. The issues of Kashmir, Israel-Palestine, Minority Christians in the Islamic states issues are often pressed in the Human Rights Council sessions that demand an international concern. Similarly, the situation of Dalits is alike and even more worsen than them should be advocated on the international foray till the 300 million are liberated. There’s no Godfather for Dalits in this modern age, hence the Dalits themselves should create their own resource and a stardom to their identity and promote their real conditions like the Baha’is of Iran, Aborigines of Australia, natives of America, etc. to the International community.

Dalits constitute 18% of the total population in India which is equivalent to the population of the United States, 5 times more than the United Kingdom, France, Italy and many more to constitute.“No Nation can progress when it is living in its history. History has to be learned and not lived.”


Auther,Suraj Yengde, is  a freelance writer. He can be reached at  <suraj.yengde@gmail.com>

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