Dalits hit the streets in Bengal to protest Manu smriti Hegemony and demand #justicetorohit ! The Phoenix rises from the ashes! Bengal is historically very reluctant to change but once decided, Bengal always opts for change and in recent past, Bengal struck down the Left Regime for thirty-five years. If Bengal is awakened, Manu smriti may not continue, I am afraid to warn!
It is happening! Dalits in Bengal do cry #justicetorohit! The Phoenix rises from the ashes!
As Manu smriti invoked Devi Durga to kill the Asuras, the asuras decided to rise from the dust like Agnipakhi! What if irrelevant Minister of foreign affairs follows suit the Manu smriti and some bajrangi Sipahsalar cries foul against the nation-wide Dalit Upsurge!
I know the Dalit face of the RSS Hindutva agenda, Dr. Udit Raj since his undergraduate days in Allahabad University and may ensure that if he wants not to be irrelevant, he has to explode sooner or later to expose the antinational regime of fascism unbound!
What if Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday reportedly said that the University of Hyderabad PhD scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide, was not a member of the Dalit community?
As Bajrang Bihari Tiwari pointed out very correctly in his article published in Jansatta today, Dalits never react in the same way as Dalits do in rest of India. It is just because of the continuity of Buddhist legacy. Dalit movement as well as Dalit literature in Bengal have to be different, not just impulsive or identity affair, it is rather deep rooted and always certain to make a change.
Thus, #justicetorohit movement in Bengal launched by Dalits in Bengal is bound to strike the Bull`s eye as Chandal movement in Bengal abolished untouchability in Bengal even before Babasaheb emerged in Indian scenario, as Matua movement led by Hari Chand Thakur elected Babasaheb Dr.BR Ambedkar to draft not only the constitution of India, but also the idea of India which is economic, social and political equality via the destination of Annihilation of caste.
Tiwari is absolutely correct that Dalit literature roots in Matua movement led by Hari Chand Guru Chand Thakur and the emergence of Mahapran Jogendra Nath Mandal. But Mr. Tiwari should better know that none of them were writers in any way. I am sorry to say Tiwari missed the leading names of Titas writer Adwait Mall barman and the eminent Dalit poet Anil Sarkar from Tripura. He just named Manohar Mauli Biswas and Manoranjan Byapari, both of them have done excellent work and both of them happen my most dear friends. But Bengali Dalit literature roots back in Charya Pada, Buddhist literature written during Pala regime, Chandidas and Jaidev.Jaidev used desi aesthetics and Lok folk departing from the classical Sanskrit Mahakavy dhara in his Geet Govindam which created the Boul movement intermingled with Sufi music and songs. The result was Geetanjali which is nothing but Dalit autobiography by Tagore who was a Brahmo, outcaste Brahmin converted to Brahmo Samaj!
In fact, in Bengal it might not be said that Dalit literature or Dalit movement either is subaltern as Shekhar Bandyopadhyay and Ashish Nandi always tried to prove.
It is rather the mainstream until the British raj and Permanent land settlement which created Zamindary and the ruling class in Bengal which dominate every sphere of life after partition and it is rather very hard to identify the tradition or the individual in false identity. The apartheid in Bengal is more brute which divided India and Bengal. The mainstream literature and culture and even mass movement still being led by the out caste excluded agrarian communities in the other part of Bengal, Bangladesh. Without having any idea of Bangladeshi literature, music and different forms of art, Bengali legacy inflicted with political partition is quite incomplete.
Bengal is historically very reluctant to change but once decided, Bengal always opts for change and in recent past, Bengal struck down the Left Regime for thirty-five years. If Bengal is awakened, Manu smriti may not continue, I am afraid to warn! News agency ANI quoting Swaraj reported that the foreign minister said, “The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a Dalit. By calling him a Dalit student, this whole case has been raised as a communal incident by some people.”
Earlier on Thursday, in a secret intelligence report forwarded to national security adviser Ajit Doval, agencies cited the statement of Rohith’s grandmother Raghavamma claiming that both her son (Rohith’s father V Mani Kumar) and daughter-in-law (Rohith’s mother V Radhika) belong to the Vaddera community, which is a backward caste and not Dalit. Rohith and five other students were suspended by the university in August 2015 in connection with an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.
The HCU has already revoked suspension of the four students, following uproar over Vemula’s suicide. Procession cholche…..