The Telegraph writes in its issue of April 27, 2018 under the caption– “Dalits see ‘Hindutva agenda’ in govt ban on ‘Dalit’”:
Dalit activists and academics have condemned the Centre’s recent ban on the word
“Dalit” in official communications, saying it stemmed from fear of a word that symbolises oppression, unity and self-assertion and therefore implies the threat of rebellion.
“This ban is part of the Hindutva agenda; we’ll resist it,” said C. Lakshmanan, associate
professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies. The Gwalior Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court had banned official use of the word in January this year since it “does not find mention in the Constitution of India or any statute”.Following this, the Union social justice and empowerment ministry directed state governments and autonomous institutions last month to use “Scheduled Caste” instead of “Dalit”.
Lakshmanan said the government should have challenged the high court
order. GurinderAzad, a Dalit activist, said the word “Dalit” suggested that a part of
the population was being oppressed, thus implying that another group was the
Vivek Kumar, professor of sociology at the School of Social Sciences in Jawaharlal Nehru University, said the government feared the word “Dalit” because it had the potential to galvanise the oppressed.In 1990, too, the Centre had asked the
states to use the constitutional term “Scheduled Caste” and its equivalent in
other languages but not explicitly banned “Dalit”. This order was reiterated in 2012.
B.R. Ambedkar had used the word “Dalit” in a pamphlet in 1936. But the label acquired
popularity only after 1972 when the Dalit Panthers of India, a social organisation,
mentioned it in its manifesto. Since then, the word has received acceptance from the Scheduled Castes across the country, Lakshmanan said.
Y.S. Alone, a professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in JNU, said“Dalit” had become
a unifying word for Scheduled Caste communities, whether they were Buddhist or Hindu. “The official term is ‘Scheduled Caste’ and can by all means be used in official
records but the term ‘Dalit’ is here to stay.” (The Telegraph April 27, 2018).
1.The report above reveals the self inflicted psychological wound by our brethren under the Scheduled Class and Scheduled tribe who are victims of ignorance, false propaganda and divisive designs of British rule, and subsequent incessant onslaught by Hindu deformers sponsored under the Gandhi-Nehru appointed Congress brigade.
2.Expressing disrespect to anybody through words (like dalit etc.) or action is
strongly against Hindu perception and ethos. Hindus squat on a mat or carpet, tread
on a doormat before entering a room or temple. But in case you have to roll up the mat or remove the doormat, it has to be done by hands and not by feet. In case accidentally we happen to displace it by feet inadvertently, we immediately offer our obeisance to the object, similar to how we usually treat a living being. This is the general rule in every Hindu household irrespective of caste or sect. The fundamental philosophy flowing in any Hindu blood is to respect the Lord in every object without discrimination.
Influence of Goswami Sri Tulsidasji, the writer of Sri Ram Charit Manas was considered
even greater than the Mughal Emperor Akbar during the medieval period, observed the
famous historian Vincent Smith. Tulsidasji – The entire world consisting of inanimate
and animate is the manifestation of Sri Rama and I offer my salutations at their Lotus Feet with my folded hands. These teachings and feelings deluged the land of Bharat that
remained ingrained in the heart of every Hindu leaving an indelible impression on their psyche and performance.
Every Hindu household without exception observes this Achar (purity of mind) since
millennia. Seated on Dharma, even 50 years back, such diverse divisive tactics did not hold water.
The erudite saint of Ayodhya, Sri Balaram Swamiji Maharaj of Sri Vijay Raghavji’s mandir situated in Mattgend, Ayodhya would feel grievously hurt if somebody would call another person attached/related to his disqualifying features like ‘kala’ Sandip or ‘bauna’
Prasad etc. This is considered sacrilegious and a heinous behaviour in any Hindu house
hold, whoever follows the Shastras (Shastranuvarti) or are blessed by the pious association of Sant Purush. A disrespectful reference or address is considered denigrating and demeaning –
Uttering such a derogatory word is considered degrading and against Dharma and
one who commits becomes a Mleccha— so say the Shastras. The greater we are weaned
away from our superior culture radiating like Sun, enamoured with the glitter of the glow worm, the more we are lured towards divisive distress and self denial. Restoration of Dharmic values and cultural moorings are the primary need to restore honour and confidence through a spiritual bondage among different castes on sects, to usher in an atmosphere of trust and universal love that existed in our country even 50 years back.
The present Hindu society, plagued by erosion of values and moral degeneration, is also afflicted by divisive temperament, anti-Hindu sentiments and infatuation for imported foreign promiscuous culture fuelled by pernicious political profligacy and increasing economic disparity within the society. In the Varnashram vyavastha, proper observance of the four Ashramas viz. Brahmacharya (celibacy), Garhasthya (piety, sharing comfort and wealth with relatives and neighbours), Banaprastha(recluse from family entertainments in the search for God) and Sanyas (complete renunciation and observing strict rules of abstaining from the material world) by the Brahmins, the first three
by Kshatriyas, the first two by the Vaishyas, had a salutary effect on the entire Hindu society.
Though there were no such strict rules imposed on the Shudras or Panchamas, their association with Brahmins and Saints had a strong elevating influence on all of them. The bondage of love between the so called upper echelon in the society (for their restrained life) and the rest– managing the huge service sector, arts, crafts and technology was so perfect and strong, that the invaders, possessed with degraded culture failed to make any dent in the Hindu society. Col. Sleeman dealing with dacoits and thugs had to mention in his memoirs that– “I had before me hundreds of cases, where life, property and honour, anything that is dear, depended on telling a lie, but a Hindu will never tell a lie.”
The foreigners of semetic religion invaded this land more often by prowess or deceit, but the prevailing practice of untouchability with them restricted mass conversion of Hindus to any alien religion. The concept of Hindu untouchability is in complete variance with its English or Mughal sense of origin that is based on lust and wealth – ,
because the Hindu concept is not based on consideration of money, power or complexion
but is exclusively protective, based on observance of Dharmic norms of discipline and conservation of character.
So much so, that a person who is ungrateful, possessed with fallen habits and character,
ceased with the habit of prolonged anger, or is deceitful inspite of being born as Varna Hindu (Brahmin, Kshatriya, or Vaishya) deserves to be treated as an untouchable with one who is born outside the four castes. This strongly segregating practice protected the society for centuries. However, they can be purified with the expiation of sin by penitence, remembrance of Sri Hari’s divine name and Bhagavad Bhakti.
The Bhakti Shastras have gone to the extent –even if a Brahmin is rich with 12 attributes but is devoid of Bhakti or devotion to Lord Narayana (Aravindnaabha– one on whose
navel the Creator of the Universe Lord Brahma was born) is worse than a Chandal or a lowly born person – (who eats dog’s flesh), who is solely devoted to Sri Hari with his mind, and words dedicated to His Feet, because such a person though lowly born, sanctifies himself along with his whole dynasty while the former Brahmin with various attributes fails miserably. This is a purely, spiritually oriented view, that has sustained
the lofty ideals of purity and penance, and served as a protecting shield against foul divisive tricks to ruin the Hindu Society.
While the Govt. is committed to provide economic relief to the scheduled castes and
tribes only through caste reservation quota etc. leaving other poor people belonging to other castes in the lurch, there is an imperative need to embrace every economically poor Indian, irrespective of caste, creed and community in the graceful arms of the administration, fearlessly, catering equitable justice.
The two poisonous fruits of the Congress– poison tree are disintegration of the Hindu
society (based on caste, sects and Dharma) and appeasement of the minority. God save the Hindus!
Let us refrain from dividing the Hindu Society by inducing further discrimination on economic lines and reservation logistics.