29th January 2011
My open letter to so-called “Dalits”
The "Dalits" are not slaves – they should wake up and throw away their chains!
I am sick of hearing that the "Dalits/Harijans/SCs" have been oppressed in the past and so INNOCENT non-oppressors must COMPENSATE them today. That is a shoddy argument that beggars belief, but forms part of the reservations rigmarole which has condemned India to mediocrity, and led to the exodus of (most) Indians capable of standing on their own feet in the face of world-level competition.
This disease of affirmative action has spread even into 'gender' matters, such as reservations for women. The thinking capacity of Indians is worsening with each passing day, till the point is now close when they won't be able to distinguish the right from the wrong, good from bad, evil from greatness.
What is particularly galling is that the "Dalits/Harijans/SCs" are themselves at the forefront of this ridiculous demand for continued reservations. I wrote a detailed article on this subject but apparently not many people have read it. Please read it. It clarifies why reservations are FUNDAMENTALLY wrong and UNJUST, and offers a clear way out of this mess.
But let me put out a CLEAR message to my so-called "Dalit" friends today. I say "so-called" because it is THEY who call themselves Dalits. I don't call them such names nor see them differently from ANY other human being.
MY OPEN LETTER TO SELF-PROCLAIMED "DALITS":
If you know me by now, you'll also know that I treat EVERYONE around me as an EQUAL HUMAN BEING. People are different in talent and capacity, but being equal humans, each deserves the same level of regard – and political rights.
You also know by now that I have no engagement with any religion. I do retain, however, some affinity for many Hindu philosophical concepts and those of Buddhism (plus some affinity with good things from all religions). In any event I do know some things about Hinduism. This one thing is clear beyond the slightest iota of doubt: that the idea of a hereditary caste system does not form part of the original conceptions of Hinduism and was introduced much later, as a distortion.
Let me make it clear, that as a FREE human being (no less, no more), I have discarded ALL religion and take on, as a guide to my thinking, only what I decide is right. I discard all garbage; all rubbish; all false ideas. I don't care for blindly obeying anyone who is living or dead. I ONLY trust in myself. That is because as a human being I THINK FOR MYSELF. Because I am a human and not a sheep, nor a coward afraid of 'big names' or 'scriptures'.
You, my good friend, are NOT a slave. Please note that when you advocate the false and flawed socialist policy of reservations (based on the nonsensical idea of 'social justice'), you become PARTY TO THE CRIME and INJUSTICE that this represents. By doing so, you also connive with (rather than challenge) the FALSE system of caste that is NOT part of Hinduism as it was and should be. Indeed, by accepting and acknowledging your caste, you become a slave to the distortions of history.
TODAY PLEASE BECOME A FREE MAN. Yes, today, not tomorrow. Not when you have squeezed out more undue benefits from the 'reservations' system for yourself and your children, but TODAY.
TODAY if you are an honest man (or woman) nothing stops you from freeing yourself from the caste system but you, yourself. You are your own greatest enemy today. None other but you are holding you back. No living or dead man is blocking your freedom.
Personally speaking, I would be deeply offended if in a race in the Olympics or in a match in the Wimbledon I was given additional points (or a special handicap) just because of my 'caste'. That would destroy my confidence in myself totally. I want to know HONESTLY how I fare in this world after my best efforts. I don't want to be molly-coddled. I am NOT a TODDLER needing a pat on my back. I am a MAN.
Today I challenge you to grow up into a MAN (or woman), and stop being a SELF-IMPOSED slave. I challenge you to become a free human being – capable of thinking for yourself. If you are a man (or woman) and not a slave, you will THROW OUT YOUR CHAINS – RIGHT NOW.
If, however, it is sheer GREED for reserved seats that makes you stick to a FLAWED version of Hinduism, then you are CONTEMPTIBLE and deserve the calumny that is often attributed to your caste by ignorant fools. You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't claim to want to be treated with respect, but want reservations too.
If you are SERIOUS about gaining self-respect, you will REJECT HINDUISM OUTRIGHT, RIGHT NOW – or at least any version of Hinduism that treats you with contempt. REJECT YOUR CASTE. REJECT YOUR RELIGION. Rise ABOVE these things. If you are bothered that a "Brahmin" priest doesn't let you enter a temple then BUILD YOUR OWN TEMPLE!!!
The Upanishads say: Tat Tvam Asi. You are it. You are the God so for God's sake! get some self-respect into your bones.
Join me today in freedom. Become a free human being. Lead your own life: choose your own destiny.
If anyone dared to judge me on my 'caste' (which I once had) I would SPIT on that person. I care to be judged by my acts, by my contributions. I want to be ONLY an ORDINARY human being. That is creditable enough – if I rise to the standards expected of a good human.
If I can kick my so-called 'caste' with my shoes and break ALL shackles to my thinking capacity, then why do you want to stick to your stupid 'caste'? SPIT ON IT. THROW IT AWAY.
Reject it outright. Right now!! And having done that, learn about the ways of freedom. Critical thinking is the foundation of freedom. Read The Discovery of Freedom (still a draft).
Then learn how, as citizens of FREE India we can ensure that all our children are educated effectively. Read Breaking Free of Nehru (Chapter 6 in particular) on how this can be done. And when you – FINALLY -understand the meaning of freedom and want a free India, then JOIN THE FREEDOM TEAM. Together, we will transform India's policies to ensure that EVERY child is educated in the best possible way.
After that is done, let all people in India compete on merit and let the best win.
Let's oppose reservations tooth and nail, equally as we demand freedom for everyone and expect them to behave with self-respect.
29 January 2011