Monday, August 20, 2007

...the so called 'Dalit Upliftment'...

Recently, Sivaraj, one of my friends, forwarded me this link http://sugunadiwakar.blogspot.com/. He said this blog seems to be different. I had a glance and it was indeed different. This was the blog to post 'Sivaji - The Loose'. But, that was the only funny post. Almost all the other posts were related to Dalit upliftment.

I do not have any second thoughts about the dalit upliftment. Also, it is a bitter truth that Dalits are oppressed in several parts of India. In fact, I am a strong supporter of the reservations to Dalits. I also believe Dalits could live in a better situations through this educational and job oriented reservations. (Ofcourse, I also say that the reservations should have certain strict rules to avoid the misuse of the provisions) When the posts of this blog reflected some of the ideas for dalit upliftment, I agreed with those ideas.

But, there is another disturbing, if not irritating, feature that appears in almost all posts of this blog. Not only this blog, but also the blogs, speeches and articles of many other so-called dalit uplifters. Almost all their writings have 30% of Dalit upliftment. But 70% of hatred towards other 'so called' higher castes. Also, the 'so called' higher castes are mostly Brahmins. (Iyers and Iyengars)
All their works would involve severe criticism of Brahmins. Sometimes, the 'Dalit upliftment' writers would use their 'Freedom to Write' to publicly demoralise the entire community. You can freely use the phrases 'Paapan', 'Paapara Paye', 'Ammanji', 'Thayir Saatham', 'Cross thread',etc. You can also speak and write about the 'Parpaneeya Aadhikam' for pages. (I wonder what kind of 'Aadhikam' do brahmins have in Tamilnadu?)I never understood this attitude and the cause of this attitude. Why is their hatred go towards brahmins? The reason they say is 'His (Brahmin's) Grandfather abused my (Dalit's) Grandfather'. Is this a reason for these writers to abuse Brahmins?
Also, it is a well known fact that it is not the Brahmins alone who suppressed dalits. Almost all caste were/are involved in that. But no writer would ever mention them. Because the other castes have powerful with big associations(even without associations). No one can play with the other communities. But the brahmins (a.k.a 'Thayirsadhams') are the poor souls. They can not form unions and march against you. They can not threaten these writers. They have no way to show their anger. (The only possible way would be to condemn through magazines. Even the brahmin association has formed only in recent days)
This all seems like a harrassment against a community. This kind of behaviour of a stronger team (atleast now dalits are more powerful than brahmins in Tamilnadu) against a weaker sect is an attitude of Psyco. It is the attitude of enjoying by abusing someone in public when you are sure that the abused cannot do anything. Also, these writers and leaders never realise that they do the same mistake that the 'XYZ' grandfathers of the Brahmins have done. They plant the seeds of hatred in both the minds of Dalits and Brahmins which would run for centuries. Hatred can never break the Hatred.
The Brahmin community might have done some mistakes in the past. But all the communities have done some mistakes. It is not the mistake about communities. Everyone has done some mistakes. I have seen that even some learned non dalit people speak against Brahmins. I believe this is due to some kind of complex in the deep subconscious mind of them about the brahmin community and their growth. (Please remember 'I am not a Brahmin')
I think the 'Dalit Upliftment' writers/supporters/bloggers should change their attitude. Instead of focusing on the hatred towards other communities (Brahmins in particular), Let them really start thinking something useful for the real upliftment of Dalits...

10 comments:

Sriram said...

people who speak for upliftment would speak the language of love. most of what i've heard from the so-called leaders is nothing but vitriol against the 'higher castes'.. really don't see why they have to.. they're the majority..esp here in tn..wonder why they have to bad-mouth a minsicule portion of the population.. perhaps it is so because, as you put it, they can't talk back and also cos they would like to cover their own deficiencies in having provided upliftment despite being in power for decades.. wonder why so many of the so-called higher castes prefer leaving the country (not something i'm for anyway)

Anonymous said...

I am a neutral guy..I support only what is correct as per facts... lets get the facts right first..Dalit upliftmet movement in india has helped only the RICH dalits become richer.. it has reached only 2-3% of the needy dalits where as the reservation is for 22.5%. The dailt leaders only save votes for them when they criticize the Brahmin class.. On the other hand, brahmins are no "Poor fellos" kind of community.. dont you know of Hindu fundamentalist groups started and backed by strong brahmins.

Siva said...

You must be kidding. What kind of Aadhikam Brahmins have ? A lead of few centuries over the others. In access to information. In knowledge. In Contacts.

You are playing 'Brahmins are weak' card next. It is not about physical power. What you have done is portray a slightly modified thayir satham's are weak image.

No one accuses the other communities because according to a lot of Brahmins (I know) anyone else is keel sathi. Dalit or not doesn't matter. So it was originally Brahmins vs others. Now the scenario is different. But people still stick to the old fight.

So you say that Brahmin associations are recent. How about Dalit and OBC associations ? How many of them were there in the 40s ?

It feels good to root for the underdog. But give me good reasons. Note, I am not for hating Brahmins. But give me a convincing argument.

Sarangan Rajamanickam said...

@Sriram..Yes..I accept that. Anyone who wants the upliftment of the community would speak the language of love..no hatred..

I am not sure whether they are in power for decades..But atleast they have got condierable attention in the past 10 - 15 years..

But, thatz a different case...In power or not, there is no point for them to abuse another specific community...

Sarangan Rajamanickam said...

@anonymous.... I am not sure where you got the FACTS....saying 2-3%...But that would be a different discussion regarding the reservations....

My point is irrespective of the state or reservation, Why is one specific community being targeted...

Also, Hindu associations backed by strong brahmin families... Brahmin community is by itself a smaller one (2 - 3% in TN per census) Among them leaving aside the NRIs, middle class, Archagars, Non - Political guys the rest would be really few.

So, If they support any organization, the influencing ability would usually be less significant than others supporting it...

Sarangan Rajamanickam said...

@Siva...I do accept they have a lead on us... But Is that a reason to throw stones at them..

How will a brahmin child born today be responsible for the lead it has got through his great grandfather...

I do not accept that all brahmins think others as 'Keel Saathi'... But let me assume that as true.. But howz that going to affect us...

If Sarangan is thinking Bill Gates as a Idiot, Should Bill Gates start abusing Sarangan...

So still abusing brahmins could not be justified....

Siva said...

You introduce new arguments and leave the old ones hanging. First you claimed they are poor souls who can't form associations or threaten others. Which I still don't understand why ?

Ok, you accepted they have some Aadikkam isn't it ? (I know that gap is narrowing). Then all this hatred love logic doesn't work when you are in the receiving end. The Bill Gates analogy is no where close to the situation we are discussing. Still, What is your argument there ? That you are expecting some magnanimity from the 'keel sathi'. Unn sense of humorkku oru alave illama poche. (and you are equating keel sathi to bill gates :-) lol)

Leave this philosophical tone aside. That there should not be hatred. Be genuine. Haven't you seen Brahmins seeking Brahmin friends. It is a common sight in TN. There are whole schools of them. TVS Laxmi, PSBB etc. In my opinion, that is the main reason for so many people grouping against them nowadays. It is not the Aadhikam from the old days.

Siva said...

Also I never said to throw stones at them because they have a lead. I just answered your question about the lead.

Sarangan Rajamanickam said...

I told that they can not form associations because their percentage is just 2 -- 3 in Tamilnadu..What can they do?

Also, I did not consider the lead as Aadhikkam..If you say that lead as Aadhikkam, then ok. They have some lead on others.

Ya...Antha Bill Gates example konjam overthan..:-)

And, Still I support that philosophical tone. 'Pagaivanukkum Arulvai Nannenje' - Hatred will never solve any problem in any nation at any time.

Brahmins seeking Brahmin friends..What is actually wrong in that..It is their problem...Not sure whether all are like that...It was Senthil who would bring food to all of us and take us everywhere during mu schooldays...Even you had a lot of Brahmin friends..Even If they mingle with Brahmins alone and ignore others, then you also ignore them...

Also, this behaviour is seen to a small extent in all extents....'Devanda...', 'Manavadu.....', 'Sowrashtra...' type of dialogues is common in Thiagarajar college...So, Why do we blame one group...

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