June 3, 2015
I finally found time to review the note from APSC that led IITM to derecognise them. That such derecognition is BEYOND SHAMEFUL goes without further comment.
My interest in this blog post is to review the note and provide further thought. Download the note here.
Text conversion and analysis, below, followed by further comments (Download Word version here).
Ambedkar-Periyar study circle
(An initiative by IITM students)
Contemporary relevance of Dr. Ambedkar
Speaker: Dr. R. Vivekananda Gopal, Diravidian University
Venue: HSB 352; Date: 14-04-15; Time: 5.00 p.m
“CASTE” is a word which has no significance for most of the urban elites in current times. The statement, “I don't think caste and caste oppression exist today” is popular among academic fraternity. Contrary to this, according to a recent survey, 21% upper caste population occupy the 75% of power and influential positions in government and private sectors in UP. Similar scenario exists in other states and even in central government organizations. On the other hand, all lower grade and manual jobs are exclusively reserved (i.e 100% reservation) for Dalits permanently! Though several ‘reformers’ have fought and are fighting against this rotten stinkard caste system, a scientific and scholarly approach towards caste was initially taken, and its sole authority of brahmanical hegemony was rigorously exposed by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
[Sanjeev: the idea of reservation is antithetical to a country with citizens who are equal in all rights and obligations under the law. The Sone Ki Chidiya agenda lays out a clear strategy to eliminate reservations upon ensuring equality of opportunity for all]
Caste in contemporary times has become a political tool for the ruling class to severe its social oppression over Dalits and also for economically exploiting the working classes. The Modi government, while carrying forward its Hindutva agenda, it is simultaneously assisting the multinational corporates to loot mother India. [Sanjeev: I fully agree that Modi government is a crony capitalist, i.e. socialist government] While implementing pro-corporate moves like Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill, Labour laws [Sanjeev: I’m afraid, we need very radical reforms of labour laws, which are creating massive unemployment and loss of productivity], corporate favor budget, 100% FDI in PSUs [Sanjeev: I wish! FDI is not accepted by the Modi government, and second, it is a shame that we still have PSUs] etc and paving way for the corporate to loot the livelihood of the children of India, it is communally polarising the common people by the ban on cow slaughtering, gar vapsi program and promoting Vedas etc.. In the name of ‘Swadesi’ they are selling mother India and dividing her children in the name of communalism. As part of this, now they are revisionising Ambedkar and projecting him as an icon for their vote politics. Ambedkar proposed to annihilate the caste by destroying Hinduism. He says, “You must destroy the Religion of the Shrutis and the Smritis. Nothing else will avail”. “Hinduism is a veritable chamber of horrors and it must die for caste to vanish”. But in the contemporary days, when caste is supporting the economic exploitation [Sanjeev: the solution is to implement Sone Ki Chidiya agenda, with equal opportunity. As far as Hinduism is concerned, my personal view is that it should be treated as a historical curiosity], it can only be annihilated by taking forward struggle against caste simultaneously with the struggle against recolonization.
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The point that this society has entirely missed is that Ambedkar was, above all, an economist; largely classical liberal. He knew the value of markets. He had a good understanding of liberty.
Accordingly, the APSC is well advised to promote the SKC agenda, rather than harp on reservations and divisive language of this sort.