claims of great civilisation are humbug as long as caste discrimination &
Untouchability exists in India
Two kids who
happened to born in the Valmiki community became the victim of deep-rooted
caste hatred which the caste Hindus have been nurturing since centuries. What
was the fault of these kids? The fault is their being Dalits and that too of
the community which is ‘supposed’ to keep the street, houses, ‘clean’. A community
which has kept India clean, and carried the dirt of the caste Hindus for
centuries is not allowed to live a life with dignity. Most of the Valmiki
Bastis are out of sight for India’s politicians and officials. Not even the
activists go at their place.
decade an English journalist wanted to do a reporting on the conditions of the
manual scavengers in India and she asked me that she would like to visit a
family. I took her to a friend’s house in Trilokpuri. She was in her car and it
was summer season. She was not willing to come out of the car when she saw the
condition of that locality yet I insisted. She came to the home but could not
sit there for more than a minute. While I remained there, she decided to be in
her car. This was the story of Delhi but elsewhere, India has criminally kept
the community outside the developmental work.
That is why,
I said the motives of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan must be questioned and are
questionable if it does not have meaning for millions of those who have been
kept untouchables and isolated just for keeping India and our families clean.
Why did Narendra Modi or his party not speak of the rampant discrimination that
Valmikis and other manual scavenging communities face. where are the homes, the
schools, the rehabilitation for the community who suffer untouchability and
discrimination not only from the Savarnas but at many places from OBCs as well
as some other Dalit communities who feel that they higher in the caste ladder.
Look at the
situation of this village in Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh where Avinash,10 and Roshni 12 years
belonging to Manoj Valmiki’s family were killed brutally by Hakam Yadav and
Rameshwar Yadav. Why was the killing? The two were defecating in open. Nobody
asked why? According a report in the Indian Express paper today, there are 300 families of Yadavs in the village, followed by Jatavs
but the Valmikis who lives on the absolute outskirts are merely two families.
Both of them live in the semi constructed house and do not have any toilet. As
the village is dominated by the Yadavs, it is for sure that these Valmikis must
be used for cleaning their dirt and since they might now have the toilets at
home, they would definitely get upset with the community as what is their work.
The children clearly inform that there is deep rooted caste prejudices and
untouchability against them in the schools.
in India are the copy of Manu’s model and every basti is based on the caste.
The caste system is followed fully and in great adherence. The other
communities have no sympathy with your issue. Look at this village. Two
children are murdered brutally and there is not a pain, not a shame or remorse
to this 300 families of Yadavs. In fact, some of
them are defending the act, some are suggesting that Hakam Singh was ‘mentally
unstable’ and he would have killed anyone. So, these are pretext to save them.
Where were others when this happen. In village, nothing happens in isolation,
people gather in large number when things happen but when they realise that it
may be problematic, they keep quiet.
imagine that two kids were murdered by two caste Hindus who consider themselves
caste superior, and none of the villagers ever bother to visit the families of
these two. The community is defending the criminals and has no time to assure
the families of these children that they are with them and they will get
justice. This is caste hatred. That even after the crime, you shameless morons don’t
even think it to go and meet the families, apologise them, assure them. No, the
cowards and criminals will get polluted if they visit the families of these
untouchables. Where will you get such a barbaric society where after murdering
the kids the castes don’t even bother to attend their funeral just because they
fear of getting ‘touched’. This is the power of caste that it blinds you. Right
and wrongs become caste based. The criminals get strengthen from it because
caste stand with them. This is pure caste privilege and I can say even the
police will fail the case. After some days, the case would be forgotten and
things will come back to normal. If this Valmiki family make noise, they will
try to shut the mouth with money or threaten them to leave the village.
question is why don’t we speak against it? When did our schools taught our
children that untouchability and caste discrimination is a crime? Did Swachh
Bharat and its proponents ever speak about it? Why is the entire campaign to
clean India not reach the Valmiki Basties or dom bastis? Do the officers or
civil servants who have Janeu and red tikka over their forehead, or wearing
rings given by different Babas in their fingers or big rudraksh thread, ever
visit these Bastis? Can they do justice with the poor and marginalised if they
continue to live in their caste glory. Why no severe action is taken against
students, teachers, staff, parents, gram panchayats if cases of caste
discrimination come to light.
constitutional provisions have not worked hundred percent on removing
untouchability. Constitution actually did not eliminate caste. Baba Saheb
Ambedkar always talked about social democracy and felt in the absence of it,
our political democracy will fail. Our politicians have ensured that we remain
Manu-ised socially to ensure that this constitution fail because if it succeeds
then we will have an egalitarian society based on equality, liberty and
fraternity but such a society would annihilate the caste privileges being
enjoyed by various communities and their leaders. It is because of these
privileges that the Manuwadis don’t want the caste to go.
to this case, what is Kamal Nath’s solution to this issue? What is the
compensation on the issue? If Congress is sincere, it must take the task of honourably
rehabilitating the Valmikis and other communities engaged in manual scavenging.
Give them land for farming, provide their education hostel facilities and take
full care of their education, give them employment in non-sanitation work and
declare untouchability as crime against humanity and punish all those who do it
irrespective of castes. Will our leaders ready to take this? Will our
progressive find time to discuss the damages that manu-streamed polity has done
to this country?
Avinash and Roshni is a hate crime, a crime against humanity and India need to
give this issue top priority and not to side track the issue under certain
of progress, great power, great civilisation is bogus and Hippocratic as long
as we have untouchability and caste discrimination in our society.
Vidya Bhushan Rawat
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