Monday, 26 November 2018

Repression of Brahmins

'Smash Brahmanical patriarchy' poster shows how Indian journalist, artists, left-ideologues etc are clueless about real complexities of Brahmins. They have only one agenda to spread hate and lies about Brahmins.
On Sunday, 18 November 2018, a picture of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posing with a poster (designed by controversial caste artist Thenmozhi Soundararajan) reading 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy' went viral presented by another controversial Dalit activist, Sanghapali Aruna.
What followed was a collective condemnation of Twitter CEO Dorsey for spreading hate and communalism, by a large number of social media users. There were people criticizing Dorsey, branding him a racist and a bigot. Majority of them questioning, very nicely, what 'Brahminical Patriarchy' was or asserting that such a thing did not exist. Some of them even call to reject the micro-blogging platform. These left-activists have no courage and character to say, ‘Smash Muslim patriarchy' or ‘Smash Christian patriarchy' or ‘Smash Dalit patriarchy'.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was here as part of a PR campaign. He had to meet everyone, from politicians to celebrities, but the visit was hijacked and managed by anti-Hindu left-wingers. The visit became a disaster of unparalleled magnitude. Soon enough, the company has to give a clarification that the picture was from a "closed door discussion" and the disowning the placard "not a statement from Twitter or our CEO".  Fearing the backlash and losing the user base, a company as big as Twitter would dash out to put out the fires.
The people in attendance at the time when the photograph was taken were all left-leaning journalists. This includes activist Sanghapali Aruna, a Dalit activist who presented Dorsey the hate poster at the centre of the controversy; film critic Anna MM Vetticad, who first shared the photograph on her Twitter;  journalists Rituparna Chatterjee and Barkha Dutt; and of course, the employees of Twitter India. Actually, by attacking the so-called Brahminical Patriarchy, they were trying to safeguard the patriarchy of their own community.
Although, it was a closed-door discussion with Dorsey, how all the left-winger manipulated their entry, was a mystery. The aim of the visit of a foreign company Twitter was very intriguing that was to better understand the challenges for women and vulnerable minority communities for India especially on the eve of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. It was just defaming the nation as if women and so-called minority communities are treated badly in India.
The discussion and topics were completely hijacked by this group and they tried to manipulate the discussion with Twitter, their personal experience, as journalists, activists, women and minorities, and raise problems connected to the routine harassment and trolling we face on the platform. The discussion was completely communal and divisive in nature and they wrongly tried to malign the nation and Hindus to claim that Dalits, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Ravidassias, Buddhists and other religious and cultural communities face the systematic violence. It was wrong and hate mongering by them.
Leaving a few isolated incidents, In India, Dalits, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Ravidassias, Buddhists and other religious and cultural communities etc are safe and they enjoy unparallel very special privileges.
Now, Twitter India claims that it was a "private photo". It was a grave mistake on the part of Twitter India to allow the Dalit castes activists and left-oriented women in the discussion. Action should be taken against this serious lapse. Twitter India has handled its meeting very poorly.
In India, Dalits are among the most powerful communities and enjoying the extraordinary benefits. It is wrong to equate Caste to India with Race to America and other Christian countries. Catholic Christians have completely wiped out the Black-Aborigines-Dalits from America, Canada, Austria etc countries. Whatever is left there, they are still treated very badly.
Similarly, in Islamic nations and Muslim dominated areas like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Kairana, Mallapuram, Malda, Murshidabad, Mewat etc places Dalits, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ravidassias, Buddhists and other religious and cultural communities etc are treated very brutally and they have wiped out all the Dalits from their land. Nevertheless, Dalits and these activists have no courage to utter a single word for the victims.
In India, these activists have a very divisive agenda, which is sponsored by Church, Christian missionaries, Islamic nations and left- wingers. There is no Brahminical Patriarchy and is very unfair and entirely wrong slogan. There is no upper caste hegemony and in the Indian context, feminism is not required. Like privileged Whites and Muslims, Brahmins and upper castes, do not have any hierarchy.
The willful distortion of the slogan Brahminical Patriarchy that is unfair and untruthful.
Dalits have never faced and oppression and atrocities in India. They have been living peacefully and comfortably for thousands of years. The anti-Hindu church, missionaries, Islamists and left-wingers have fabricated this term Brahminical Patriarchy. Dalits never faced any bias of caste and misogyny. This debate about Brahminical Patriarchy not at all needed.
Dalits have been enjoying very special benefits in India. They have been granted quotas in education and employment, even on zero per cent marks they are selected, and on the other hand, Brahmins face very tough competition in every sphere of life.  Even after securing very high marks, they are rejected on account of caste-based reservation.
What angers the nation lies by Twitter and cried for being tone deaf on caste bias towards Brahmins. These activists have misused the platform.  This is also in sharp contrast to Twitter's strong stand to be against any race and community.
On the contrary, Brahmins — Irrespective of their political or caste affiliations — are actively threatened.  All called on Twitter to step up and not yield to bigotry, disinformation and bullying and to address in serious terms the problem of trolls threatening the life and liberty of scores of Brahmins. It is good the Twitter has responded with truths and sensitivity to a backlash against a divisive and racists poster saying "#SmashBrahminicalPatriarchy.
 "Brahminism is the spirituality based integral and holistic view of life that is naturally all-inclusive".  The caste system conversation is alive because of Congress, left-wingers, Urban Naxals, crypto-Christians, fake Dalits, Palits (rich Dalits) etc. They won't let it die. Most of the Twitter users didn't take the Twitter CEO's support comments against Brahmins in a good way, and most of them questioned why he choose to target only Brahmins. All accused him of inciting hate among people in India. This poster has the potential of causing communal riots at a time when several States are going to Assembly Elections in India," tweeted Sandeep Mittal, who is an IPS officer. "...Actually, it is (sic) a fit case for registration of a criminal case for attempt to destabilize (sic) the nation," he added. TV Mohandas Pai, former finance chief of software exporter Infosys, tweeted, adding that inciting hatred against any community is wrong.
The nation was outraged against the CEO, condemning him of an offensive against an "ethnic group" and perplexed why only Left-wing individuals were invited to the meet. Responding to the anti-Brahmin poster, Former Supreme Court Judge, Markandeya Katju, said, " 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy' is an anti-national slogan. It divides India into caste lines and so is part of a divide and rule policy of our enemies..."
Brahmins have been repressed for centuries.   Brahmins were the very first community to be targeted when Islam came to India. –Mahmud Ghazni massacred thousands of Brahmin priests when he raided the Somnath temple. The foreign invaders killed thousands of – Saraswat Brahmins – in Kashmir and Gandhara Desa-regions-(part of today's Afghan-Pakistan included) area. There is no Saraswat Brahmin in these regions now.
Pundits, the original inhabitants of Kashmir were tortured and driven out of their land in Kashmir by Islamic terrorists trained in Pakistan. Genocide of Kashmiri Pundits has reached its climax with terrorism succeeding in ‘CLEANSING' the valley of this ancient ethno-religious community. To escape persecution, more than 500,000 Kashmiri pundits had to leave their homes in the Valley and out of that; more than 50,000 are still languishing in uninhabitable refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi. Militants killed many pundits and raped their women.
Dr Ambedkar, the maker of the Indian constitution, quoting Muslim historians, says the first act of religious zeal by Mohammad bin Qasim, the first Arab invader, was circumcision of Brahmins. "But, after they objected, he put all above the age of seventeen to death." During invasions, forced conversions was a regular tyranny. During Mughal periods, thousands of Brahmins were beheaded. Tipu Sultan massacred thousands of Mandyam Brahmins in Melkote on Deepawali. Indian history is full of misinformation and most of it was intentional. One such piece of lies is that Tippu Sultan of Mysore was a benevolent king, despite the fact he forcibly circumcised Hindus and forced Brahmins to eat beef.
Mohammed Ghauri also massacred a large number of Brahmin priests when he plundered India. The period of Aurangzeb witnessed one of the strongest campaigns of religious violence against Brahmins in the Mughal Empire's history. Aurangzeb re-introduced jizya (tax) on non-Muslims, and Brahmins were the first target of his repression. He forcibly converted Brahmins to Islam and destroyed thousands of Hindu temples.
 Aurangzeb massacred 150,000 Brahmins and their families in Benares, Ganga gnat, Haridwar, etc…It is said that he made a mountain of skulls of the Hindu Brahmins and their children.  Aurangzeb has gone on record, making a pile of Brahmin "janeoos" (holy thread) and making a bonfire of them (after decapitating innocent Hindu Brahmins who refused to convert to Islam.
This prosecution of the poor and hapless Brahmins continued under the British and Portuguese. They were crucified in Goa, by the Portuguese, vilified by British missionaries, and morally crucified today, by their own brothers and sisters.
When the Portuguese came to India, St. Xavier wrote to the king of Portugal, his patron, "If there were no Brahmins, all pagans would be converted to our faith." He hated them with a hatred that evangelists alone are capable of. He called them a "most perverse people." Brahmins became a persecuted people. Thousands of Konkani Brahmins (Gaud Saraswat Brahmins) were persecuted and left Goa. They lost everything.
But Brahmins, who historically dedicated their lives for the sake of dharma and the welfare of the society, are still persecuted in modern India for their falsely alleged sins of the past. Tamilnadu is another state like Kashmir, where Brahmins are systematically oppressed, even on minor issues like vandalism of caste leader Periyar.
They earn the extra privileges, etc - Brahmins don't get anything extra. They just work hard, with integrity and purposefulness. They are persecuted by society because they are Brahmins because merit is not recognised. Singapore, the US, UK, Australia and Canada benefit from this stupidity in India - the brain drain is evident.
Brahmins still are persecuted from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, they were mugged robbed raped and killed every time someone wanted to make up for their own lack of credibility. After the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, there was a massacre of Brahmins which was much more bigger than the Sikh Massacre of 1984. In Maharashtra so-called lower caste Dalit people, Dalit Mahar and Muslims joined hands and killed a large number of Brahmins.  Both Muslim and Mahar Buddhist wanted to propagate their religion using violence and killings. There were anti-Brahmin riots in Maharashtra, especially in the ‘Desh' belt of Kolhapur, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Pune. Godse was a Maharashtrian Brahmin, a mass anti-Brahmin madness engulfed many parts of Maharashtra.
This is also in sharp contrast to Twitter's strong stand in favour of women and marginalized communities in other countries. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should have rebuked and condemned the makers of the hate poster 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy.'

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Why all re-namings are not the same?

New York was once New Amsterdam. Its name was changed to erase the bitter memories and atrocities of migrant Europeans-white Catholics. Turks changed Constantinople as Istanbul to forget the slavery they did for the mightiest Romans and Roman Empire. Myanmar was once Burma and Sri Lanka was Cylon. They all decided to remove the old names or colonial names from state institutions.

Every now and then, countries, cities, universities, hospitals etc change off their painful pasts and change their names to assert their nationalism. Canton became Guangzhou; Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City. In the late 1990s, with the arrival of Janta pariwar in power, states and cities across India also decided to remove the colonial and linguistic colonial histories and changed the older or original city names. Bombay, Madras and Calcutta, Bangalore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Pondicherry, Orissa etc chose new names.

Although, it is a different issue that most of the old names still grip the tongue; but officially, the new identities are what matter.

But now when BJP governments across India are doing the same things, all are very critical of the BJP governments. Gurgaon now became Gurugram, Mughalsarai railway station renamed Deen Dayal Upadhyay junction, Aurangzeb Road became Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, Allahabad got Prayag Raj, and Faizabad became Ayodhya. These new names are being rebranded to convey and assert a spiritual, mythological and nationalism idea. There is a popular demand to change Ahmedabad as Karnavati. Even the fate of tyrannical names like Hyderabad and Aurangabad are in danger of losing their identities.

The BJP is not the only party to the rash of renamings. Congress and V.P.Singh in Delhi, Sharad Panwar in Maharastra, Mulayam Singh-Mayawati in UP, and Lalu Yadav in Bihar had been indulged in the same renaming spree. Sharad Pawar was the first name who started this pattern with changing the name of iconic Marathwada University as Ambedkar University to please the Schedule Castes. But that old rash of remaining was different and nobody objected then because the names were changed to appease the caste and communal considerations.

 But all are very critical of this new move of renaming as it is different from the former changes based on caste and communal considerations but an honest attempt to Indianise British and Mughal names.
Now, the plan seems to be to remove all repression-sounding names and restore them with names that bring to mind past Hindu glory. It is very clear that these “foreign” Islamic names were forced by past invasions, occupations, and defeats those wrong are now being corrected.

However, the fact is, entire Faizabad always reminded all to the land of Lord Ram, situated very close to Ayodhya, built from scratch by the people in memory by Lord Ram. It was to avenge the historical wrong, an assault on an existing Hindu legacy and mythology. The word Ayodhya itself is a tribute to Lord Ram. So in the case of these cities, there ancient wrong past was being erased. The new names call up a history of Hindu legacy and mythology.

The earlier renaming has disregarded syncretic civilization of both Bharat and Hindus. Hinduism has been the point of origin of Ayodhya’s Ganga-jamuni land that travelled to even Afganistan. Ayodhya has always fostered the custom of vishwa bandhutwa (global harmony). It is precise by any measure — the physical margins of the epic Ayodhya must have to widen to additional districts of Barabanki, Gonda, Basti, Sultanpur and Bahraich, component of the 84 Kosi parikramas.

Meanwhile, the original city named Prayag refers s to a specific sacred spot, where the twin holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna meet, and the abode of the divine the old city was built on top of that holy side, forcibly rubbing out the Hindu ancient and mythological name. This new name change is a "wilful correction of history and an attack on the past wrong.

What is noteworthy, the name we use depends on the background. Critics may say Prayag in a sacrament or ceremonial framework, but say Allahabad to refer to a brutal king. A Marathi would say Mumbai and in English, Bombay. This is just the ‘Indic’ manner, this is the accepted and linguistically just code-switching from one register to another, the several versions that people are at ease with.

It is not like Islamic and Western, ‘Cartesian’ way of thinking where they annihilate one culture and imposed their own names and culture. These changes are just like the return to the roots. Pakistan has completely annihilated all the names and symbols related to Hindus and Hinduism.

But the opponents of this mission want to cut Indian society to a conflict of religions, to categorize Hindus with the nation, and cast Muslims as foreigners and invaders, calls for ignoring and condemnation. They are just ignoring the historical facts related to the civilization of the land. They see everything with religious motives and electoral benefits. It means ignoring the non-religious motives of rulers, the ancient realities of both Hinduism and Islam, and the erroneous mix of cultures that defines their ideology.

Even in the Gangetic land, such elements are responsible for all the communal conflicts of the last century and the before, it is a very aggressive attempt to annihilate the Hindu culture of thousands of years old  — in the names, the language, the laws, the clothes, the food, the music and dance.

Hindu veil (ghunghat) is a social evil but burqa and hijab are lawful and good religious practices. A Hindu priest with a knowledge Shikha (Choti) on his head is a subject of mockery in films and everywhere but Muslim skull cap is done by all the political leaders and film stars with a sense of pride.

The Bhakti poets like Surdas, Tulsidas, and Meera etc do not evoke any respect but Sufi poets are honoured by all although Sufi movements are nothing but a copy of Bhakti movement adopted by Muslim poets after renouncing Islam. For them, aadaab is a respectful greeting, a secular gesture but for them, pranam and charan sparsh are religious and Brahmanical. Even the Gorakhnath order (the Nath yogis where UP CM Yogi Adityanath belongs to) is also mocked and criticized by these elements. Now even, Hindustani music and Sanskrit language tell the same story whereas Sufism and Urdu language get state patronage.

There is nothing wrong to rename an existing city. It is an easy and much-needed thing to do to correct the past wrongs. But it would be the real achievement to build a new city to demonstrate the oldest religion and culture of the world.

It is very good and very necessary on the part of the UP government to count on the new city names sticking after a generation or two, to erase bitter old memories of brutalities.

Although, sixty-two years after its renaming, people still identify Varanasi both Benares and Kashi. Names and signboards may change but it’s not easy to heal the scars of the past those produced and brought up us.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Lawless Indians

With great hype and fanfare, ultimately the Signature Bridge was inaugurated by Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal and opened for the public. Around 1600 crores and 15 years long wait! But what was the outcome? There was a massive traffic jam at Wazirabad, Khajuri, Karawal Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Jafarabad, Nand Nagri, and Gagan Cinema etc places. Free for all. Rampant wrong side driving. No traffic manners. Massive encroachment by a Mazar built in the middle of the road, by shopkeepers, hawkers, unauthorised parking, autos, etc One has to spend two hours to cover 10 kilometres. Total anarchy and the chaos.No sign of any governance.
We Indians have failed all the models: Congress fails, Kejriwal fail, Modi fail. Ours is still a Kabayalee mentality. We will never change. If anybody wants to see Jungle Raj in Delhi, drive on Wazirabad-Ghaziabad road.
Give us anything, great or ordinary, we will barb it with lawlessness and indiscipline that would make a civilized man shocked. We take the craziest risks when talking on mobile phone, driving, riding a two-wheeler, walking on the roads, working in a factory, and so on. On the face of it not any of these acts are risky, but we turn to make them risky.
Last month, on the day of Dussehra, a tragedy took place in the Punjab, India. Unmindful of the dangers involved thousands assembled on a railway track to view the burning of the effigy of Ravan and fireworks, near Amritsar, not to board a train. Along came a train at full speed and mowed hundreds of people and killing 60 people on the spot.
Near the accident site, there was entire district administration, wife of a cabinet minister with full ruling power, office bearers of the ruling party etc. but all were unperturbed about the crime of the viewers were committing, of sitting on the track.
In India, government land near the railway tracks, river catchment areas, river beds, roads, etc are encroached by the squatters. People live and move very dangerously. Which cause accidents and deaths. 
We invite dangers just as we would guests, and damn the costs involved. Our loss of lives record for this lawlessness is quite stunning. As many as 1, 50,785 people died in India in road accidents in 2016. This is way much higher than the citizens killed by Islamic and Naxal terrorists combined. About 30 two-wheeler riders died everyday on Indian roads because they did not wear helmets. In the past five years, near about 30,000 people were killed while jumping railway tracks, de-boarding from running trains or falling off them. Why do we Indians are so lawless and indiscipline? What these tragedies reveal about the Kabaylee nature of Indian society.
Another study points out that as many as around 500 workers lost their lives between 2013 and 2016 because they did not follow work disciple and normal precautions. Even planners, architects and authorities are also unconcerned about the normal discipline. We Indians live, love and pompous about not following the law or breaking the law.
There are many easy and quick explanations for breaking the laws. Two violaters are not punished fast and stern punishment. The most common one, of course, nobody is afraid of the law. Nobody cares. For petty gains, we are ready to break any law and we display so much belligerence and ambition.
Then there is the catch-all “poverty disease” Bechara Garib, that gives them licence to not to follow any rule. The reality is that not just the illiterate and poor take pointless risks but rich and educated is also the same; about 20 motorists die every day for not putting on their car-seat belts. Our hazard blind manner is loose and applies to all classes.
On a different, somewhat legal note, some experts think that risk awareness and punishment are linked. It as a well-known fact that people know that they are breaking the law but no one was there to question their lawless act. If they did, it was at their own risk or benefit.
As institutions are fashioned by the law, for the people, the resourceful and the poor submitted to them. It is this that creates fear for lawless, indisciplined and ill-mannered and that teaches all about risk awareness and law-abiding character.
But once appeasement and vote-bank liberalism weaken these legal institutions, and new law-breaker dons emerge and those motivate us to take control of our activities; “do as one's likes.” This situation has no fear of any scrutiny of given social practices without alarm of reprisal. In such a scenario, risk or law consciousness has no space.
So who sets the tempo for law a danger consciousness, common citizen, or the society, or the authorities? The short answer is authorities. For the general population to be hazard and law alert, tough governance must act tough and act quickly. Only then would people be accustomed enough to follow law and disciplined which, incidentally, is pushed below the carpet by all the political parties for the sake of votes and appeasement. Now regularization of illegal colonies is the most important promise of all the political parties and that too with great pride. This does not mean we must carry a law book every time we step out. But the accepted recognition of laws and risks is a link of the realisation that each of us matters.
People identify and act upon hazards without any fear if the general system is incompetent to act tough. In India, for example, most people and land mafia encroach upon roads, railway land near tracks and river catchment areas because they are not afraid of any action by the administrators.  Over the years the nation has had many elections, but the removal of encroachments and squatters never has been an issue.
Overcrowded trains and buses run unchecked, and it is not news if any passenger should fall out of them. Labourers and people can hardly change the ways of builders and land mafias, so they regularly slip off scaffoldings without complaining. Nobody, nor government nor the people pay any attention to such issues, and all forget till another mishap takes place.
This attitude is also evident in the area of health. Where there is a tremendous shortage of hospitals and doctors. But neither people nor government put health first, risk awareness is encouraged among the masses. When major tragedy takes place all cry for a short time but against forget very fast.
Apart from such instances, Indian people and politicians are not law and risk sensitive and, therefore, Amritsar like tragedies take place regularly. They are more sensitive to freebies, caste and communal quotas. As most bureaucrats in India set themselves up as the unquestioned boss, to question them becomes an act of disobedience. This is what forces people to suspend risk and law-related concerns and leave everything to destiny.
A good state is one that recognises law and risks people face and take proper legal action from happening, no matter how it loses or gains. Discipline and respect to the law are necessary drives self-reflexivity which is mandatory to all, but some grip them more gladly than others.
People respond only to the tough law. These public service providers must also be under fear of law and be disciplined enough to act, straight away impacting all the institutions from transportation to health to rivers to roads to construction, and more. On circumstances, when it comes to risk recognition and law implementation, a good state may well be to the fore of the people, and that is to be welcomed by the people.
Nation has to face Amritsar tragedy, Wazirabad lawlessness etc if people and authorities are insensitive to risks and laws. We will be subjected to miseries and, even an item of laughter. It is like yelling “flood” in a cinema when everyone is enjoying the show.