The larger issue:

 

The issues plaguing India today are.
1. Poverty
2. Casteism
3. Oppression of women
4. Dismal healthcare system
5. Dismal education system
6. Inept and corrupt political system

There are other equally important issues, however, let us consider the above problems and how they contribute to a vicious cycle of oppression, poverty and societal failure.

This is our legacy, and the vicious cycle is perpetuated by the anti-poor, and pro rich economic policies like tax incentives, lower interest rates to corporate sector and waiving of corporate debt on one hand and reducing amount for education, primary healthcare on the other.

The total bail out cost for this current year stands at 87 Billion Dollars, a whooping 4.4% of GDP of India, where as the budgetary allocation for healthcare stands at 0.25% of GDP.

The tax forgone from corporate houses this year stands at 62000 crore rupees, when the total allocation for education is not even half of that.

These are the economic policies that are truly anti national and anti-dalit, anti-poor.

They want to open up public education, healthcare and agriculture to WTO regulations and want to consider these as salable services.

What this means is, education will no longer be affordable for economically poorer sections of the society, the nightmare in this hellish situation is this, 90% of the economically oppressed and marginalised people belong to SC/ST communities.

Out of pocket spending by the poor on healthcare (more than 80% of healthcare is already privitised in India), is the leading cause of poverty and perpetuation of the poverty as per national statistics.

Now, about the social evils like oppression of women, dalits, and imposition of one idea of nation, culture, history, religion.

This effort by the right wing fundamentalists has been in place from even before the political independence of India.

The RSS has been re writing the history to project all muslim rulers are oppressive and have made great inroads in villages, educational institutes across the country. RSS (Hindu mahasabha) sided with the British during the freedom struggle, since it is shameful now, they are rewriting the history.

They killed Gandhi because Gandhi was fighting these very same people for dalits and oppressed castes.

The ugly untouchability is still very much in practice all over the country.

But the Brahmanical imperialists want caste system to continue because they don’t want dalits to get education, economic freedom, sexual freedom, they want uneducated slaves to work for them and make them rich.

So to achieve this, they have to make sure every voice of reason, every voice of the oppressed is shut down.

They can achieve this only when the universities that always have stood for the rights of the oppressed, marginalised and downtrodden, and have fought against the state oppression, to be defamed, vilified and finally shut down.

The effort against the universities has been a long one, and now since they are in power, they are taking the next step, actually try and shut them down.

This is the real issue behind what happened in JNU, HCU, FTII, IIT Madras, Lucknow Univerisity, Jadhavpur University, BHU, Ambedkar University.

We can not de-link what has been going on at other universities from JNU.

You may have other opinions, but after very careful study of events, the modus operandi of RSS over the years, it is very evident to me that I am not mistaken.

The RSS and BJP really want to end education of poor people and dalits, they truly want to make sure no voices of dissent are heard.

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Are you a proud Indian yet?

Superstitious India (Image credit, Reuters, and The Citizen)

Welcome to India, where any congenital malformation is de-facto evidence of gods, and be it any animal, including humans with such congenital anomalies and some without are worshiped while the rest are killed for various reasons.
That is how scientifically advanced we are, only thing that was missing was Wi-Fi at railway stations and in villages… we have everything figured out, you know, Vedas they contain all the information you will ever need, with the help of Vedas we will use the internet to download food for our poor people, we will use digital network (and of course cow urine and cow dung) to cure HIV, malnutrition, diabetes, cancers and every other medical illness.
We will hold candle light vigils for gang rape victims, and molest girls who are holding candles next to us.
We are a very tolerant country, you only need to respect our mobs killing those who question our tolerance.
We have a very rich culture, our culture needs protection, how else could one go about witch hunting, widow burning if there is no protection.
We love our Bollywood/Tollywood etc. (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam) movies which portray young people falling in love and fighting against all odds and the casteist parents and societies to finally win… hey that is only for movies, my daughter is my property, she will marry the guy I, (I mean, our entire family) select for her.
And to top it all, we are a civilized country that has a secular constitution. (Secular stands for those Muslim loving anti-nationals only). We vote on the basis of who bribes us the previous night with some liquor and some money, we want development, so we voted for Modi in the last election, those people saying that in Gujarat the malnourished children outnumber some sub Saharan countries put together are lairs and anti-poor, they are paid by the foreign CIA etc.

Banchod India

Bastards hoodwinked the gullible masses of India in the name of development..

The masses didn’t ask, development for who?

No sir, we are happy to be led by religious bigots and extremists, knowingly or unknowingly, because,

We don’t give a fuck about women in our country, we love to treat them as sex slaves and baby breeding machines, but we love to hear the word development.

We are so fucking idiotic that we will believe any crap that is uttered by our esteemed Prime Minister, because we are a bunch of fools who worship rocks and dicks and love to hear the word development.

We so fucking love to bask in the non-existent past glories and will believe that mythology is history, we don’t want to be shown the reality, we call ourselves the most richly cultured people on the face of the earth and will tell the women that get raped that it was their fault… because, we sir, are Indians, we love hearing the word development.

We will riot and burn someone else’s property because we are offended by books and movies and words and jokes… oh don’t you get it, we are fucking offended by every damned thing on earth. But, we like to tell the world that we are a country of great people and history and we love peace and we are also very proud to be a very tolerant society… but, hey don’t you dare write a book that exposes us, and don’t you dare use expletives, those words make us think of sex because we don’t know that expletives have nothing to do with having sex… it’s not that we don’t fuck, oh, we fuck all right.. we do that with unwilling strangers, we do it in groups and make videos of them and circulate them as mms, because we love watching someone getting raped… wait wait.. but we are a very cultured people and our country has rich heritage and we idolise Rama. Oh yes, we love to vote for people who give lengthy speeches about development.

Some of us call ourselves liberals, moderates, at times even non religious… who gives a shit what those words even mean… but we will jump in, join the mob in protest against corruption, you see, we are a democratic country.. because we love to hear the words development and anti-corruption.

We sir, are a nation of a billion morons, we ban books, we ban art, we ban clothes, we ban foods, we ban words, we ban love, because sir, we are a banchod nation.

We love to hear the word development, because we are the uneducated degree holder middle class masses of India who will pay all our savings to hear criminals tell us what colour stone I have to wear on which finger on which day and which coloured dress I should match up with that ring so that my daughter doesn’t get raped like that poor girl in the bus in Delhi… But.. why was she out with a male friend at 10 pm in the night? And she should have some shame, if she wears skimpy clothes, the men will only get aroused and they will attack… bastards… they should be castrated and should be hanged. But girls should not go out in the night… what is the need. Oh, we love lighting candles too..

Casteism in India and the elitist idiocy.

Casteism was and continues to be a vicious humanitarian problem in India.
Much of the privileges of the upper castes were a direct resultant of preventing competition from the dalits by means of ruthless repression.
In the machinations towards Independence, B. R Ambedkar and Rao Bahadur Rettamalle Srinivasan of Madras demanded a separate electorate for the Dalits so that they could reverse the most basic exigencies of casteism. M. K Gandhi opposed this demand and went on an hunger strike, as he believed that this would this demand would sound the death knell of hinduism
Due to the unprecedented public pressure and probable repercussions on the dalits B. R. Ambedkar relented. In exchange a system of seat reservations within the electorate was agreed upon.
“The Constitution of India states in article 16(4): “Nothing in [article 16] or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.”[7] Article 46 of the Constitution states that “The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.”[8][9]

In 1982, the Constitution specified 15% and 7.5% of vacancies in public sector and government-aided educational institutes as a quota reserved for the SC and ST candidates respectively for a period of five years, after which the quota system would be reviewed.[10] This period was routinely extended by the succeeding governments. The Supreme Court of India ruled that reservations could not exceed 50% (which it judged would violate equal access guaranteed by the Constitution) and put a cap on reservations.[11]”
Wikipedia.
Further, despite 15% reservations being present in the IAS and IPS, only 5% from this group reach the upper echelons in both. Which is a pointer to the humungous casteist discrimination still present even in the so called creamy layer.
The highest number of dropouts are from these Dalit groups in rural schools. Which then skews enormously the participation of such groups in upstream educational opportunities.
The argument of some who claim to be equalist is one of merit. Claiming that affirmative action results in dilution of quality. They seem to forget the quality workmanship and skill of artisans of the past, whose works as seen in archaeological remnants, are glorified no end. One may note that these artisans constitute the lower castes, with leather workers – contributing extraordinary workmanship in leather exports – being amongst the lowest. One may further note that The oft touted India an ancient economic superpower” was based wholly on slave labour derived from casteism in agriculture, smithy, terracotta etc.
Had there not been 1500 years of horrific subjugation, these people would have been the tech leaders of the world. One need to merely look at tribal art form of the warlis near Mumbai to realise their extraordinary capabilities of perception and representation.
The argument of dilution is actually precisely the opposite of what the privileged ignorants want to make.

In educational institutions fostering a chilly climate and victim blaming are common practices indulged in by both faculty and students. It has led to numerous suicides of dalit students. Several cases are extremely glaring, yet the faculty involved in these acts continue to merrily operate in the very same positions.

Given the above facts what is needed is vigorous implementation of affirmative action and strengthening of mechanisms to prevent discrimination in educational institutions.
The only probable dilution would be in provisions of creamy layer being extended to educational reservations for 2nd generation descendents.

Ref: Beyond the Quest for Merit V/s Quota Suresh Babu Gs, Social Action a Quarterly Review of social trends Vol 57.

 

Article originally written By Mr. Jude Terrence Dsouza.

Is secularism safe? part 2.

A few days ago, I wrote an article labeled “is secularism safe?” this is an addendum to that, a few missed out points and clarifications.

If you have read my earlier post, you would realize that I come very strongly on the core principles of secularism, but I have mentioned in that post that secularism, even with its current shortcomings is by far the best that is available to us. Here I would like to suggest that this is in fact true in the context of what other options are available currently to humanity.

You may wonder why did I choose to write so negatively about secularism to begin with. That is perfectly a sound reasoning, I will tell you why, I want to illustrate to you, if secularism itself can have such horrific outcomes with regard to building a free society that does not give rise to fundamentalism and one that does in no way encourage the practice of outrageous traditions and cultures in the guise of religion and respect for such, imagine what could be the consequence of any other form of societies or governments. You can see the examples of such theocratic and dictatorship governments every day, the entire group of Muslim majority countries are riddled with violations of basic rights of humans and such cowardly suppression of women, this is a ubiquitous phenomenon across all countries which are ruled by religious fanatics

So coming to secularism, it is indeed the lesser of the evils, only if we have a state law which is applicable universally. The state law should in no way recognize any sort of religious, racial, ethnic, or any other pseudo discriminatory boundaries and lines in the society. This should be enforced through the constitution.

For a secular society to flourish and have any meaning this is the basic prerequisite.