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Holi – A Festival To Commomorate Bahujan Burning


Holi – What is it and how did it originate?

It is well known that Holi forms one of the important festivals among the Hindus. It is supposed to be festival of Shudras, and is one of the three most important ones in India, the others being Dasera and Diwali. The Dasera is in honour of killing of Ravana and Divali is in honour of killing of Narakasur and noted pesant king Bali. The purpose of Holi, indirectly, is concerned with killing of Hiranyakashyap. The important elements of the festival of Holi are as follows:-

1. A pyre is burnt.
2. Abuses are showered on people, and other obscenities are observed. Dirt, mud etc. is smeared.
3. Festivities are indulged in to celebrate the victory.

Also check – Some Random Thoughts on Diwali – Say No To Diwali

Traditional Account

The puranas give an account of hokika burning. The traditional story is that a powerful King Hiranya Kashyapu sent his sister Holika to kill his ten year old only son Pralhad, as he was worshipping Barhmnic god Vishnu against his wishes. Holika had a cloth which could resist burning. She sits with Pralhad on a pyre. The wind blows wrapping Pralhad with the cloth and Holika is burnrd to death. Holi is supposed to be celebrated to commomorate this event.

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Purpose of writing puranas

Dr. Ambedkar avers that “This literature arose during the period subsequent to the triumph of Brahmins under the leadership of Pushyamitra” (p.257 W&S vol.3) Original authors were non-brahmin sutas, but later they were ousted by brahmins who made monopoly of it. At that time they were finally edited and extra new subjects, apart from five traditional ones, were incorporated. [W&S vol 3, p.255]. But if you consider the fact that the majority of people were only allowed to know either by reading or hearing, and mostly by hearing, only these so called scriptures and nothing else, it becomes evident that the purpose of these books was rather more for false appeasement rather than information or enlightenment, let alone their progress and liberation, so that they don’t aim and strive for any higher literature. The real purpose of Puranas was to misled the dalitbahujan masses regarding their aspirations to knowledge, to curb down their desire for more information and limit their desires to their paltry needs. BSO has always done that and even now, we see that. An example of Gandhi admonishing the savarna leaders for accepting Agnibhoj, an untouchable in the Congress ministry by saying that this will increase the aspirations of these lowly born harijans is well known.

Check also – Raksha Bandhan: Another form of Slavery

In practice, the stories in Puranas were used to present a make shift explanation for unexplainable capture of Buddhist monuments by the Brahmnical priests and to tell the dalitbahujans that the Brahmnical values are their own, when in fact, the masses were opposed to these values. It was also used to regularize the usurpation of Buddhist temples and tirthas, and thus misleading masses about their real history and heritage.

The above quoted story of Holika is nothing but an eyewash to hoodwink the dalitbahujans. This becomes clear from two cardinal facts. These are:-

1. That the fire for burning the holi is brought from an untouchable. [Ghurye: Caste and Race in India, 1969, Popular Prakashan Bombay, p. 26]

2. It is noteworthy that the festival of rejoicing ends by touching an untaouchable and the taking a bath. [“Rigvedi”: marathi book – “aryaachya sanaancha prachin va arvachin itihas” p. 366, 1979, pradnya patha shala mandal, Wai-dist. Satara, M.S.]

There is no satisfactory explanation of these vital clues in this festival in the traditional story of Holika and Pralhada.

Obscenity of Holi

The second aspect of Holi is abusing the people. This goes on from about 15 days before the festival begins and goes on till the culmination of atrocities on the second days of holi. This certainly is a relic of old “Hindu” tradition of adding insult to the injury inflicted upon the old rivals of Hinduism, i.e. Jains and Buddhist. The Jains have somehow, adapted themselves and accepted the supremacy of brahmins, but the Buddhist did not and hence are condemned to be the Untouchables.

Present day obscenity

It is camouflaged in fish pond ceremonies and All fools’ conventions and the like, the original traits are seen even today.

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Modi Budget: Dalits/Adivasis left out, ‘Sab ka Vikas’ only for corporates


New Delhi: Pursuing unabashedly and openly a pro-corporate policy, the Modi Budget outlines a stark vision of an India that sharply limits budgetary allocations to millions of its poorest and neediest citizens, the Dalits and Adivasis, said the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) – Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan (DAAA).

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Modi Budget: Dalits/Adivasis left out, ‘Sab ka Vikas’ only for corporates

The Budget has severely fallen short on its fiscal promises and takes away 57% per cent of state money meant for welfare schemes for Dalits and Adivasis. “Where are the ‘achhe din,'”asks an agitated aam aurat.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to whip the budget into shape and make the economy fairer for Dalits, Adivasis and other marginalized sections, unfortunately, his words have not translated into action,” says NCDHR General Secretary Paul Divakar.

The Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP), the most important budgetary components for Dalits and Tribals initiated in 1979, became necessary as Dalits and Tribals were continuously denied their adequate share of government funds essentially required for their development.

This year, Dalits have been allocated only Rs 30,850 crore, while the allocation is only Rs 19,980 crore for Adivasis. However, as per the SCSP/TSP Guidelines, the SCs should be allocated 16.6% of the Plan Outlay, which amounts to Rs 77,236 crore towards SCSP and the STs should be allocated  8.6% of the Plan Outlay, which amounts to Rs 40,014 crore towards TSP. Dalits, therefore, have been denied a total of 61%  of the due amount under the SCSP, and 53% has been denied to Adivasis under TSP.

When compared to 2014-15 allocations , SCSP allocation was Rs 43,208 crore and TSP allocation was Rs 26,714 crore, this year’s allocation has declined and is anti-SC and anti-ST.

None can deny the truth that Dalits and Adivasis have been the backbone of economic growth through their sheer contribution to  agriculture and infrastructure development in this country. However, it is for all to see that they are paid far below the minimum wage; their health indicators such as infant and maternal mortality rates and the rate of anaemia is very high when compared to the non-SC/ST population.

It is not only ironic but a cruel stroke that the Government instead of protecting them and promoting their development has grossly reduced spending on their welfare. Where is the money going? The answer is not far to seek  – it is going to the corporates with a reduction in corporate tax from 30% to 25%.

From the gender perspective, the Budget spells doom for SC/ST women, as it earmarks practically nothing for them. Out of the total allocation of Rs 30850 crore under the SCSP, the allocation for women specific schemes is a meager sum of Rs 73.70 crore – which amounts to  0.23% only! Are Dalit and Adivasi women not in the gamut of ‘SabkaVikas’? The scenario is much the same when one looks at the Budget allocation under TSP — a paltry sum of Rs 40 crore ie 0.20% only! The only small streak of hope is the allocation of Rs 50 crore for SC Girls’ Hostel! It is also very shocking to note that despite a wave of atrocities against Dalit and Adivasi women, the government turns a blind eye by not earmarking any allocation to Dalit and Adivasi women in the Nirbhaya fund which has an additional fund of Rs 1,000 crore.

This year the allocations have also declined in the education sector (Ministry of Human Resource Development) to Rs 10194.7  crore under the SCSP and Rs 5486.44 crore under TSP. Allocation in the critical Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC/STs has been reduced from Rs 1904.78 crore to Rs 1599 crore. Retrogressive allocations are also seen in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal Scheme and in Higher education for SCs and STs.

The Modi Govt. has really missed the boat to reach out to the Dalits and Adivasis! Though this Budget could have been used to give real relief to struggling families facing assaults, atrocities, discrimination, poor health, lack of education and unemployment, no concrete measure has been taken to improve their condition.

Source – NCDHR

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Know how much our forefathers suffered because of caste system


Under the rule of the Marathas and the Peshwas the Untouchables might not spit on the ground lest a Hindu should be polluted by touching it with his foot, but had to hang an earthen pot round his neck to hold his spittle. He was made to drag a thorny branch of a tree with him to brush out his footsteps and when a Brahman came by, had to lie at a distance on his face lest his shadow might fall on the Brahman.

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In Maharashtra an Untouchable was required to wear a black thread either in his neck or on his wrist for the purpose of ready identification.

In Gujarat the Untouchables were compelled to wear a horn as their distinguishing mark.

In the Punjab a sweeper was required while walking through streets in towns to carry a broom in his hand or under his armpit as a mark of his being a scavenger.

In Bombay the Untouchables were not permitted to wear clean or untorn clothes. In fact the shopkeepers took the precaution to see that before cloth was sold to the Untouchable it was torn & soiled.

In Malabar the Untouchables were not allowed to build houses above one storey in height and not allowed to cremate their dead.

In Malabar the Untouchables were not permitted to carry umbrellas, to wear shoes or golden ornaments, to milk cows or even to use the ordinary language of the country.

In South India Untouchables were expressly forbidden to cover the upper part of their body above the waist and in the case of women of the Untouchables they were compelled to go with the upper part of their bodies quite bare.

In the Bombay Presidency so high a caste as that of Sonars (gold- smiths) was forbidden to wear their Dhoties with folds and prohibited to use Namaskar as the word of salutation…

From – Manu and the Shudras by Dr. Ambedkar

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Caste Discrimination in India


Even today, in some parts of India, you can see such sign posts in-front of the temples.

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किसकी चाय बेचता है तू – ब्रजरंजन मणि


किसकी चाय बेचता है तू

~ ब्रजरंजन मणि

अपने को चाय वाला क्यूँ कहता है तू

बात-बात पे नाटक क्यूँ करता है तू

चाय वालों को क्यों बदनाम करता है तू

साफ़ साफ़ बता दे किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

खून लगाकर अंगूठे पे शहीद कहलाता है

और कॉर्पोरेट माफिया में मसीहा देखता है

अंबानी-अदानी की दलाली से ‘विकास’ करता है

अरे बदमाश, बता दे, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

खंड-खंड हिन्दू पाखंड करता है

वर्णाश्रम और जाति पर घमंड करता है

फुले-अंबेडकर-पेरियार से दूर भागता है

अरे ओबीसी शिखंडी, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

मस्जिद गिरजा गिराकर देशभक्त बनता है

दंगा-फसाद की तू दाढ़ी-मूछ उगाता है

धर्म के नाम पर बस क़त्ले-आम करता है

अरे हैवान बता तो, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

धर्मपत्नी को छोड़ कुंवारा बनता है

फिर दोस्त की बेटी से छेड़खानी करता है

काली टोपी और चड्डी से लाज बचता है

अरे बेशर्म, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

काली करतूतों से शर्म नहीं करता है

कोशिश इन्सान बनने की ज़रा नहीं करता है

चाय वालों को मुफ्त में बदनाम करता है

अरे मक्कार अब तो कह दे, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

अपने को चाय वाला क्यूँ कहता है तू

बात-बात में नाटक क्यूँ करता है तू

चाय वालों को क्यों बदनाम करता है तू

साफ़ साफ़ बता दे किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

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Here’s the English transliteration (and translation) of the poem:

Kiski Chai Bechata Hai Tu (Whose Tea Do You Sell)

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Dr. Ambedkar on Gandhi


Some parts of the speech –

“As I met Mr. Gandhi in the capacity of an opponent, I’ve a feeling that I know him better than most other people, because he had openly real fangs to me, and I could see the inside of the man….

“I feel quite surprised at the interest of the outside world — Western World, particularly, seems to be taking in Mr. Gandhi. I cannot understand that. So far as India is concerned, he was, in my judgment, an episode in the history of India, never an epoch maker….

“He was all the time double-dealing. He conducted two papers. One in English…. In Gujarati, he conducted another paper…. If you read the two papers, you will see how Mr. Gandhi was deceiving the people. In the English paper, he posed himself as an opponent of the caste system, and of untouchability, and that he was a Democrat. But if you read his Gujarati magazine… he has been supporting the caste system and all the orthodox dogmas which have been keeping us down all through the ages…

“The Western World only reads the English paper, where Mr. Gandhi, in order to keep himself in the esteem of the Western people, who believe in democracy, was advocating democratic ideals. But you have to see what he actually talked to the people in his vernacular paper.”

“We want untouchability to be abolished. But we also want that we must be given equal opportunity so that we may rise to the level of the other parties…. Mr. Gandhi was totally opposed…. He wasn’t like Garrison, in the United States, who fought for the Negroes.”

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Welcome to the real India!


Everyone on Twitter and Facebook is busy welcoming Obama to India. Here is my welcome to Mr. President.

Welcome to India – the land of caste system.

Welcome to India – where we didn’t invent anything but founded caste system that has killed millions of people since invented.

Welcome to India – where we don’t allow fellow human beings to enter the same temples and where we worship animals and plants but mistreat fellow human beings.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids at schools are forced to do toilet cleaning work.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students in schools are purified by sprinkling cow urine on them.

Welcome to India – where Dalit women are seen and treated as only sex objects.

Welcome to India – where Dalit people are killed just because they had same name as some upper caste people had.

Welcome to India – where Dalit homes are separated by walls in the villages.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have to remove their shoes while passing in front of upper caste homes.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students’ scholarships aren’t issued on time.

Welcome to India – where Dalit homes are burnt daily, just because they are Dalit.

Welcome to India – where food cooked by Dalit women isn’t accepted by so called upper caste students.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids are made to sit separately in schools.

Welcome to India – where Dalit women are paraded naked, raped and forced to commit suicide.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are offered menial jobs and exploited at workplaces.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students seats at colleges are filled by upper castes having fake Dalit certificates.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students seats in colleges are left unfilled.

Welcome to India – where there are separate barber shops for Dalits.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have to sip tea from separate tea cups.

Welcome to India – where there appear caste wise columns in matrimonial pages.

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Welcome to India – where Dalits have to wait for years to get justice in courts.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are shown as degraded characters in movies.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have separate office timings.

Welcome to India – where to Dalits’ home there is no postal delivery, just because upper caste Postman don’t want to go there.

Welcome to India – where Dalits and Muslims are denied renting homes, even in metro cities.

Welcome to India – where Dalit and Muslim are kept in jails for years without any crime.

Welcome to India – where shankracharyas are caught for the involvement in rapes, murders and killings.

Welcome to India – where there are still thousands of devidasis (temple prostitutes).

Welcome to India – where Dalits are forced to work as manual scavengers.

Welcome to India – where statues of Dalit leaders are maligned or destroyed.

Welcome to India – where  21 Dalits were slaughtered by the Ranvir Sena in Bathani Tola, Bhojpur in Bihar and no justice was delivered ever.

Welcome to India – where 23 Dalits were massacred in Jehanabad (Bihar) by Ranvir Sena and no justice was delivered.

Welcome to India – where Kherlanji, Badaun etc massacres happened.

Welcome to India – where police can rape innocent girls and still be free.

Welcome to India – where Melavalavn massacre, TN, happened. 6 Dalits were killed by so called upper caste people.

Welcome to India – where 16 Dalits were killed in Muthanya incident, Kerala.

Welcome to India – where 58 innocent Dalits were killed at Laxmanpur Bathe, Bihar and no justice was delivered.

Welcome to India – where Bant Singh case of Punjab happened.

Welcome to India – where 42 innocent Dalits were killed in Kilvenmani massacre, TN, by the gang of upper caste landlords.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are boycotted in villages.

Welcome to India – where Dalits change their names/surnames to escape caste discrimination.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids are forced to play in separate play grounds.

Welcome to India – where job openings come with – ‘Dalits need not to apply’.

Welcome to India – where Dalits, Muslims can’t buy flats in a colony and ads come with – ‘only for Brahmins’.

The list of atrocities and crimes committed against Dalits and minorities is endless… Welcome to the real India!

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25th January in Dalit History – 23 Dalits were massacred in Jehanabad (Bihar)


25 January 1999:  Twenty three dalits were massacred in Jehanadad (Bihar) by Ranvir Sena.

In the Shanker Bigha massacre in Jehanabad (Bihar), 23 Dalits were killed by suspected Ranvir Senas. An FIR was lodged at Mehandia police station. There are 24 accused and 76 witnesses.The massacre took place 16 years ago when around 100 armed Ranvir Sena activists raided a dalit hamlet at Shankar Bigha village in central Bihar’s Jehanabad district on the night of January 25 — on the eve of Republic Day — and gunned down at least 23 villagers in cold blood while they were asleep in their mud-built houses and huts. The marauders had also set afire their houses before fleeing the scene. Of the dead, five were women and seven children — the youngest being six months old.

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On 14th January, 2015 a district court in Bihar’s Jehanabad acquitted all 24 men accused of being involved in the massacred because of the lack of evidence, including the fact that all of the witnesses turned hostile in court. . It is shameful that in 16 years courts, police, and administration couldn’t find WHO KILLED THOSE INNOCENT DALITS! We need proper inquiry into the case and culprits to be punished as soon as possible.

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Teesri Azadi – Full Movie


“There is a no nation of Indians in the real sense of the world; it is yet to be created. How can people divided into thousands of castes be a nation?” — Dr B R Ambedkar

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