I’d have been surprised if this hadn’t happened at Osmania university.
It was past midnight on Sunday when the organisers of the festival located one of the students who strongly opposed inclusion of beef in the menu and stabbed him. They also torched a media van deployed at the university for covering the beef festival. Early on Monday, the protesting students set on fire a state road transport bus passing through the campus.
And I won’t be surprised if it happens again and again in future—either at Osmania or elsewhere. The logical outcome of decades of sustained social poisoning is violent eruption.
In hindsight, I think it’s superfluous to even write this piece because the idea, indeed, the raison d’etre for the Beef Festival says it all:
The Dalit students were celebrating the "Beef Festival" (Pedda Koora Panduga in Telugu) – cooking and serving of beef in the open – on the OU campus as an expression of their cultural identity and constitutional right.
The treacherous founding fathers of the Indian Left must be grinning triumphantly in their graves at this outburst of the latest instance of the fissiparousness that they worked so hard to drive into Hindu society. There’s a very important reason I invoked the Left, as we shall see.
The Marxist Hijack of Dalit Discourse
The Left hates history. Actually, let me modify that. The Left hates Truth. One of its strategies in dealing with history—apart from lying and twisting facts and appropriating—is to utterly pervert it. Nowhere has the Left attained such spectacular success as it has in completely perverting the history of, and consequently the discourse on Dalits. Kancha Ilaiah is perhaps their most prized accomplishment, the man who symbolizes why the Dalits—if their view of themselves and things around them remains the same—are their own worst enemies. In short, the Left pretty much undid everything the leading lights of our freedom struggle and people like them had done. The current discourse surrounding Dalits is a study in irrational hatred towards Brahmins and Hindus based entirely on false and twisted history.
There’s a significant reason I said Dalits are their own worst enemies. Ever since they came to control public discourse, the Marxists/Leftists have specialized in picking on and poisoning the minds of the weakest and the most powerless section of any society. The labels—workers, labourers, Dalits, deprived, downtrodden, poor, beggars—are largely secondary. In India, their task was already made really easy, thanks to the British policy of splintering Indian society first along communal (in the true meaning of the word) lines and then, within the Hindu society itself. For a detailed account of some of the methods they employed to do this, read the first three or four chapters of Falling Over Backwards and Breaking India in full.
Contemporary Dalit Discourse
I’ve been following Dalit narratives written both by Dalits and non-Dalits for nearly 12 years. The non-Dalit discourse about Dalits with very very very rare and honourable exceptions are centered around clichés and hypocrisy. The Dalit discourse about themselves typically features these broad strands:
- Intense hatred of Brahmins: Blaming their past and present plight on what they perceive as millennia-old “Brahmin hegemony.” This is markedly different from the Periyar guys, who found it politically expedient to blame Brahmins for everything whereas Dalits genuinely believe that Brahmins are at the root of their misfortune. The most visible and living instance of this visceral Brahmin hatred is again, Kancha Ilaiah who advocates among other things, that today’s Brahmins must be made to carry human feces on their heads as recompense for how Dalits of yesteryears were treated.
- The British as Dalit Saviours: Viewing the British colonization of India as an act of deliverance of Dalits from said Brahmin hegemony. A significant section of educated and articulate Dalits—Chandrabhan Prasad to name the most prominent one—hold the view that the British colonizers and more specifically, the English language as a liberating force of Dalits.
- Vocal Assertion of non-Hindu Identity: An increasingly insistent and forceful assertion of Dalit identity as separate and irreconcilable from Hindus. This discourse defines Hinduism as Brahminical. It isn’t too farfetched to conclude that in contemporary Dalit discourse, Hinduism=Brahminism. Some narratives refuse to classify Dalits as a part of Hindu society.
- Islam and Christianity as Egalitarian Faiths: Generally exhibiting a soft corner for Islam and Christianity because this discourse views these faiths as egalitarian, a view shaped by the Marxist history of India, and conversion propaganda that readily and willfully fed and in numerous cases, exaggerated the “evils” of the so-called caste system to Dalits whose voices began to reach farther and farther corners post the B.R. Ambedkar era.
Apart from these major and oft-repeated themes, we find pretty much the same things that we find in hardcore Leftist writings: how Hinduism is defined only by an unequal and oppressive caste system, how Hindu scriptures sanction the repression of women, support for the Aryan Invasion/Migration Theory, and the rest.
Brahmin Communist Converts Set the Tone
The forefathers who poisoned Dalits against their brothers belonging to other castes, who in all the wisdom of their half-baked knowledge and extreme inferiority complex because of the caste they were born in, were hot-headed Brahmins enamoured by Communism. This breed continues to exist till date, and occupies powerful positions in public discourse.
Most of the “scholarly” papers, studies, and academic chicanery that have wide circulation internationally and passes as Dalit discourse, are written by non-Dalits whose concern for Dalits ends at how much these bleeding-heart Marxists can milk Dalits’ misery. This includes upper caste Hindus like Vijay Prashad who pontificates utter rot by peddling the outrageous lie that Dalits are the “Blacks of India.” Phony intellectuals and motivated academics like Prashad are the rightful heirs of the ugly Communist legacy founded in India by the likes of M.N. Roy, P.C. Joshi, and that entire class of Brahmin Communism-converts known as Poona Brahmins as well as members of the intellectual Bengali Bhadralok some of who still harbour fantasies of a Communist paradise and pen soulful poems about the Eden of Workers’ Milk and Honey protected by a vaporous shield of cigarette smoke.
Here is a short and sorry consequence of this toxic manure sown so early by P.C. Joshi & Co: today’s Dalits find a Brahmin conspiracy in everything wrong with India, and whatever good that is there is regarded by them as benefitting the Brahmins. In his epic novel Tantu, Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa paints a very stark and poignant scene where a leader of Dalit youths tells the Brahmin protagonist, a newspaper editor: “when we desperately wanted to get inside the temple and worship God, you stopped us. Now, despite the fact that we can enter them, we won’t because we no longer need your God.” There’s really no grounds for arguing with this. However, the chain of events that led to this sorry (and dangerous) pass could have been broken had the Communists been stopped from such all-pervasive pollution.
Dalits as Pawns
There’s no other way to say it: Dalits, over the past two decades or so are being relentlessly, mercilessly, played by the very forces that claim to stand up for their justice but in reality are inimical to them and their motherland: India. The Marxists who continue to poison their minds in the garb of fighting for them. The Missionary parasites who claim to uphold Dalit traditions—what native tradition can a Dalit practice after he converts to Christianity? The Islamists who don’t (yet) have the academic/intellectual/media backing and lack the smooth wiles of the Missionary parasites are content to simply join the chorus of Marxists claims for Dalits’ justice for the sake of tokenism. However, over the last three years, this seems to be changing: if you’re in Bangalore, you can’t fail to miss those colossal hoardings on major roads and traffic junctions proclaiming DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM? CALL XXXXXXXXXX FOR A FREE COPY OF QURAN, or its most recent avatar, MUHAMMAD THE PROPHET FOR ALL. CALL XXXXXXXXXX FOR A FREE COPY OF QURAN. AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, KANNADA, HINDI, TELUGU & TAMIL.
Both the Marxist and Missionary Mafia actively invoke the name of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and urge Dalits to treat them as confidants and friends. Their history of India is one where Brahmins devised a social order designed only to oppress Dalits and that at various points, external aggressors came to India to emancipate Dalits. In this phony history enterprise, bigoted genocidal maniacs like Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan become heroes and their religion, a religion of benignity and love. However, it appears doubtful that the Dalit leadership or intellectual class has actually read what Dr. Ambedkar wrote about Islam:
"Hinduism is said to divide people and in contrast Islam is said to bind people together. But this is only a half-truth. For Islam divides as inexorably as it binds. Islam is a close corporation and the distinction that it makes between Muslims and non-Muslims is a very real, very positive and very alienating distinction. The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is the brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only. There is a fraternity but its benefit is confined to those within that corporation. For those who are outside the corporation there is nothing but contempt and enmity." [Thoughts on Pakistan, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, 1940]
According to Muslim Cannon Law, the world is divided into Dar-ul-Islam (Abode of Islam) and Dar-ul-Harb (Abode of War). A country is Dar-ul-Islam when it is ruled by Muslims. A country is Dar-ul-Harb when Muslims only reside in it but are not rulers of it. That being the Cannon Law of the Muslims, India cannot be the common motherland of Hindus and Mussalmans. It can be the land of Mussalmans— but it cannot be the land of Hindus and Mussalmans living as equal. The moment the land becomes subject to the authority of a non-Muslim power, it ceases to be the land of Muslims. Instead of being Dar-ul-Islam, it becomes Dar-ul-Harb.
And this is just by way of a small illustration. Little wonder that they are being preyed upon by the likes of Owaisi who had a “role” to play in the riots that ensued during the Beef “festival.” Perhaps Ambedkar was and remains till today, the only Dalit intellectual in the truest sense. His criticism of Brahmins and the Hindu society was rooted in an accurate, wide, and honest reading of history, his own experiences and reflection. But the period since his death gave birth to a history that can only be called toxic brainwashing.
Beef Eating is Not the Issue
The beef festival—or Dalits eating beef as part of their diet—is not the issue. India happens to be the third largest beef exporter for all the noise about bans on cow slaughter. In today’s times, things like regarding the cow as sacred and un-killable have primarily to do with sensibilities and feeling more than religious diktats or prescriptions. Today’s reality is that a typical Western education calls everything into question on the premises of rationality and science, and you simply cannot defend a ban on cow slaughter on these grounds no matter how lofty or well-intentioned the goal is. This doesn’t imply an advocacy of indiscriminate cow slaughter but simply a reality check. Hindus had the chance to preserve the status of the cow as a cultural handover—just like the Somanath temple was rebuilt—but squandered it long ago by bartering it for spurious secularism and a doctored history of our own people.
The real issue is the disturbing fact that the Dalit students had to eat beef as a way to assert their identity, a very portentous event that shows yet again the extent of the schism that has been driven by the Marxist Mafia within Hindu society. And it’s not just with Dalits: every single group that seeks to assert its identity today does it by defining it in terms of an opposition to the other. This is again a device pioneered, perfected, and injected into the system by the Marxists: Females versus Males, Brahmins versus Dalits, Muslims verus Hindus, Christians verus Hindus, Dravidians versus Aryans… The idea is to assert identity by emphasizing the so-called irreconcilable differences, a surefire way, in the long run, to tear the nation into pieces.
And yet, not very distant in the past were people like Gandhi, and Patel who sought out and worked with the Dalits in a spirit of reconciliation, sought their forgiveness and tried to earn their goodwill with genuine feeling for their plight and an honest desire to uplift them. Thus it’s no surprise that thanks yet again to the Left, the Dalits came to regard the term Harijan as an insult, adopted the term Dalit to define themselves, and developed a passionate dislike for Gandhi. Equally, their view of the freedom struggle can be summed up in the following line I read several years ago in one of the Dalit Internet forums: freedom struggle for who? for what? from what? who benefitted from this struggle? Dalits are still slaves in “free” India.
Among other things, food always has—and continues to have—a special place in pretty much all religions. It is thus entirely consistent with the Left’s tactic of bait-and-pit: they know that a “festival” like this will anger countless Hindus who will obviously take to the streets. In the ensuing clash, the Left will proclaim through its media, academic and intellectual stooges: see, we told you so! Fanatical upper caste Hindus continue to oppress the Dalits and deprive them of their right to follow their diet, all in the name of religion.
The University as an Indoctrination Complex
The Arts and Humanities department in Indian universities are gigantic Indoctrination Complexes where negativity is aroused, and vile politicking is systematically injected into the minds of young people. Scholars and professors have zero distinction in any field and are unfit to hold any position requiring the application of critical faculties—even basic commonsense. The research papers and books they produce are pamphlets for disseminating divisive ideologies. When they’re not doing this, they spend their time pitting students against a rival academician or devising such beef eating festivals. It’s like a parent telling his ward, “Son, throw this rock at Sharma’s son because Sharma has prevented my promotion at work for 15 years. See how good you’ll feel about yourself!”
It is pretty hard to believe that the students who organized the beef festival did it without the full blessings and support of these wretched professors and other university staff. Their own testimony says as much—that they fully support this festival. The students who did this will graduate and perhaps take up a teaching position in the selfsame university and if they’re sufficiently brainwashed, will continue the selfsame “identity assertion activities.” The same applies in equal or differing measures to others who will join the media or politics or any other sphere of activity.
In the end, Dalits have been let down by their own intellectuals and leadership. What noteworthy results has a Mayawati, who rode to power on a very vocal Dalit-upliftment plank, delivered in at least 3 stints as Chief Minister? And what prompted her speedy cozying up to Brahmins, the oppressors of her caste? Or Baragur Ramachandrappa, the Kannada huckster who painted himself as a Dalit champion, but showed no shame in garnering plum government posts by getting into bed with upper caste politicians? I’m sure every state has one or several such toadies.
A lasting effort at bettering the lives of these long-suffering people will come about by adopting honest, reconciliatory, and not confrontational approaches. That road leads to certain ruin. Perhaps the biggest tragedy is that today’s Dalits don’t know what they are really fighting for: things like getting justice sound fine en route to achieving it but once they get there, what then? Again, Mayawati is the classic example of how very wrong this can go.
But we live in a public climate where the noise of the rabble-rousers is always more popular than the voices of sanity.