Rise and Role of Marginalised Communities in Indian Freedom Struggle

Adidharam movement as well as Gadar movement which played a very important role too are part of my analysis. The sacrifices of Shaheed Udham Singh need to be brought to common people. ...

Vidya Bhushan Rawat
Rise and Role of Marginalised Communities in Indian Freedom Struggle
Rise and Role of Marginalised Communities in Indian Freedom Struggle
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Adidharam movement as well as Gadar movement which played a very important role too are part of my analysis. The sacrifices of Shaheed Udham Singh need to be brought to common people. Unfortunately, attempt is made to deny more material on him.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

I would like to thank all the friends for their good wishes on publication of my book : Rise and Role of Marginalised Communities in Indian Freedom Struggle by the Institute of Objective Studies, Delhi. It was really a hard work and many friends supported me in that. I would say that it is not a new history but my attempt was to analyse the history from a different perspective and that is why it has chapters on Adivasi Revolt in Santhal including Siddho Kanho brothers and Birsa Munda's rebellion. Further study is needed to highlight the role of the Dalits, Pasmanda Muslims in revolt of 1857. It is also essential to demystify the role of Gandhi in Champaran, Chauri Chaura as well as Avadh Kisan movement and how he virtually killed the leadership of the Dalits-OBCs and pasmanda Muslims in the movement and imposed a brahmanical leadership on them and converted their issues to non-issues under the garb of 'nationalism'.

RSS's history project is known to us. It is converting mythologies to history and hence these mythologies need to be x-rayed from Phule-Ambedkarite perspective. Historical role of Jyoti ba Phule, Shahu Ji Maharaj, EVR Periyar and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar has been missing from the 'mainstream' history projects and relegated to 'social reformers'. I have tried to analyse their work and role in freedom movement. A movement can’t be called freedom movement if it deny role and rights of the over 85% of the Dalit Bahujan population.

Adidharam movement as well as Gadar movement which played a very important role too are part of my analysis. The sacrifices of Shaheed Udham Singh need to be brought to common people. Unfortunately, attempt is made to deny more material on him.

At the time when the Hindutva right wing are glorifying the feudal Raja Maharajas who never challenged the caste based social order and secular liberals were countering them with protecting other feudal who were Muslims, there is time to expose this binary suitable to ruling elite. We have tried to explain the issue of Peshwai and the Travancore state and the caste legitimacy provided by the power in these states.

I am happy with the cover of the book : Dr Ambedkar leading the struggle and a revolutionary Birsa because history books have denied them their legitimate space.

Frankly, there is a whole lot of work is needed. I am not a historian but have been observing things and reading of Phule-Ambedkar-Periyar gave me new sights which I put in this work. There were lots of difficult things which many of those who were given to guide it did not accept. It is difficult to break those live in prejudices yet the support and trust of the Chairman of Institute of Objective Studies, Dr M Manzoor Alam was there.

Whatever I have written is available. Things are available in public domain. Some in the form of folklores and some in the form of individual testimonies. I had recorded a conversation with 5th generation of legendary Siddho Kanho brothers in Santhal Pargana but lost it to Railways which could not protect my luggage. I can say there are hundreds of such stories which need to be chronicled. I hope our young people will do so in the greater interest of protecting our heritage which cannot be allowed to convert into merely a brahmanical heritage.

For me, this was a much awaited work. I wish, I could do more but my own limitation, resources and time. I will continue to do my work in the public interest and try to bring those which remain untouched. Hence aim of this book is to further instigate new historians to research history from Phule-Ambedkarite-Periyarist perspective.

A few of my friends have worked hard to help me in my research. Dr R Ratnamuthu Sugathan, Bhaskar Sur, Vivek Sakpal, Ramdev Vishwabandhu in Jharkhand who took me to various places in Santhal and Munda land, as well as my daughter Vidita Priyadarshini who also looked at many texts and helped.

The book is available with Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi and being marketed by Genuine Publications & Media Private Ltd on a price of Rs 995. The total number of pages is 332. They can be contacted at info@genuinepublications.com or phone no : +91-1141827475

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