August 4, 2016 at 6:00 am 4 comments

Atrocities against the Schedule Caste

The atrocities, discrimination and oppression of the SC’s is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for ages. So it is unfair and unjust to lay the blame at the door of the BJP. This is not to mean that everything can be just past off pointing to the past. But statistics and an objective scrutiny of the social scenario will reveal that there has been a slide down. What is unsettling is that the political parties want to fish in troubled waters. Their actions and their utterances clearly show that they are not interesting in alleviating the suffering but in augmenting it and opening the wounds-they are itching to pour oil in the burning fires so that they would garner votes of this most vulnerable section of the Indian populace.

My own experience with the SCs issue starts from 1957.When I went to my husband’s village in Kanykumari district I found a grave-a mound of mud with a cross by the river side. On enquiry I was told that a woman used to come from a far off place for the annual church feast. She would remain there for a few days and leave. Once when she made her annual visit she died and the people of the village did not know her caste and hence buried her outside the village cemetery-which was only for the upper castes.

Catholic churches in some places have separate cemeteries for the SCs and other lower castes. So even in death they are discriminated. I was in charge of a village project in the 80s.The village consisted of three groups-the upper caste which owned all the lands-these are Nacikers-the costal people-the fisher folk and the SCs. The only tea shop in the village had separate tumblers of aluminum for the SCs-glasses for the others. They were not allowed to sit in the benches in the tea shop. Once when the cattle of the SCs strayed into the lands of the upper caste the caste people cut off their tails. When an SC dies his/her body was not allowed to be carried through the caste area. They were not allowed to wear chappals or hold an umbrella. This later from my own experience in three districts of TN I discovered was the general pattern. Wells again were separate. No SCs were allowed into the houses of the others. They were segregated. In almost all the villages their houses were at the end of the village where all the drain and slush of the village was directed and channeled. I had been to Trichy in the 80s when the floods occurred-the same story. The huts of SCs were left stinking in the water-nobody helped them out. Not one of them had a pucca house. Later when I was a Consultant for a few NGOs I had the opportunity to visit some of the villages where they worked-Found that the SCs were deceived. In their name foreign funds flowed but not even a hand pump was made available. They had to drink water from the nearby pond or rivulet in which the buffaloes, cows are bathed and the pigs also drink from the same source.

In this context I must mention that the SCs themselves practice a caste system among their own caste. For example not a single Pallar would inter marry drink of eat from a pariah’s house. It is relevant to mention that in Tamilnadu there are two political outfits-One headed by Dr Krishnaswamy-this is for the Pallars.The other headed by Thol Thirmavallvan-represents  the other sub sects (the Pariyars,the Chakkiyars and others.) One must note that the PMK headed by Ramdas had even issued a diktat forbidding the Vanniyars from marrying in the SC community. There has rioting-burning of the villages and murders if such happened. This is recently (And Ramdas’ son-Ambumani was a Union minister.)As far as I know not a single Congress member condemned this-neither did it visit these villages and affected families. I am narrating all this because I want to show that the discrimination and atrocities against the SCs has been abetted and fomented by politicians chiefly by the Congress. No Central government intervention worth the name was directed to punish those who practiced such discrimination during its regime. The SC commissions are not only show pieces but rehabilitation centers for providing taxpayers money and other perks to the Congress aged sycophants.

So what is the Congress and the AAP and other parties’ now so agitated-making it look as though for the first time in Indian history these things are happening. The NGOs are no better. They too add to the unrest and ignite the  SCs .It seems to me that their one and only  motive is to destroy the peace of the country-not to bring solace to the SCs-and of course in the process they do thumb their chests to exhibit their distress-pose as champions of the downtrodden  and get the votes of the SCs.? They want to blame the BJP because they want votes. These parties themselves discriminate. They do not condemn any atrocity-case of discrimination against the SCs if it happens in a non BJP ruled State. How honest then are they in their distress at the plight of the SCs? This kind of picking and choosing to foment unrest and instigate tension and violence against the ruling party is no solution. It only goes to prove that these parties are not honest and really are not keen to find a permanent solution and bring solace to the victims. They indulge in political tourism shows. It is another kind of exploitation of the SCs and their sufferings.  Then where is the remedy? Unless and until all stand united to wipe away this social sin can we find any solution. Why had the Congress simply closed its eyes and looked the other way when parties were abetting this discrimination. For that matter the Congress is the chief culprit in the social sin against the SCs. Too long they have remained indifferent and allowed the SCs to be kept suppressed and oppressed because then it was easy to keep them as a vote bank .

It is obvious that the Congress and other parties only offered lip service. This is substantiated by the Union Minister Venkaiah  Naidu in his article, ‘The culprits of Una’(IE 2nd Aug) gives data which clearly is a proof of the hypocrisy of other political parties when he states   “The irony of this opportunism becomes all the more glaring when one finds that Uttar Pradesh(8,066 cases)and Bihar(7,874),are among the top states as far as crimes against SCs were recorded. It is also pertinent to note that 113 Dalits were killed in Bathe,Miyanpur and Bathanitola when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the chief minister. All the accused were later acquitted”. This is not to justify the atrocities that are unabated against the SCs-neither is it a justification of the flogging of the SCs in Una. It is only to show that the blame game resorted by the Congress and other political parties against the Modi government must stop. It is crystal clear the Congress, the AAP are more keen on converting these atrocities to incite the SCs and to garner votes. This is again another kind of atrocity committed against them. It is not enough if one visits Kalavati’s hut and shares a meal-it is not enough to drink tea with those affected families in Una and make a show. This is not only hypocrisy but also making the SCs a tool and a vested interest which reveals a base callousness towards their centuries old discrimination. Instead they all must be one united voice and resolve not only to condemn the discrimination and atrocities but must request the government to bring in stringent laws against the perpetuators. It is the obligation of all political parties to be united in this and not indulge in blaming the Modi government. This becomes an obligation on all political parties to show solidarity and erase this blot in the social milieu. It is not something impossible. But it calls for genuine concern, steel like resolve to arrest the atrocities, to remove the social stigma and discrimination against the SCs. Will the netas abandon their vested interest? Will they put the nation and its honor on top of their list of priorities ?Will they unite in this national task to clean up the social fabric of the polity and usher in a humanism where there is no place for discriminating  any human being? Where the ghettos are removed and the uniqueness of every individual is upheld. This is the national task  in which each and every one –be they the religious leaders, the political leaders, the caste leaders and every common citizen need to all work towards. I am reminded of poet Tagore and his immortal poem which sums by beautifully what is needed and what we must aspire for and hence let me quote him hoping and praying that it will find an echo and resound in the hearts of my people .

‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where the words come out from the depth of truth; where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; where the clean stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habits; where the mind is led forward by thee into ever widening thought and action-Into that heaven of freedom ,my Father ,let my country awake.’(Rabindranathan Tagore)

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara


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The new brand of Netas in the Indian political scenario. ‘PM, BJP can get me killed, says Kejriwal’(IE- July 28)It is ridiculous for a CM of a State to make such an atrocious accusation and instigate the people. Kejriwal must remember that Modi ji has better things to do. The fact is that Kejriwal is an attention seeker and media crazy. He cannot get these two with his own performance and hence has to fall back on Modi ji and draw attention. He is an upstart-and as many have stated an anarchist. He cannot get away with the fact that so many of his ministers/MLAs have been arrested. Ruling Delhi is not an easy job and Kejriwal thinks that he has the mandate of the people of Delhi and hence wants to think that he is equal to Modi ji. For every failure of his and his MLAs and Ministers he tries to bring in Modiji and accuses him there by hiding his own failures and diverting attention from the main issue-namely his inability to hold together and get on with governance. He has no good word for the governance of Modiji and considers himself as the sole savior of this country. If he has some sense he will not instigate hatred, foment passions and create unrest and chaos by making such false accusations against the PM and the BJP. What is his goal – create anarchy. Is that what a CM of a State should stoop to? The Indian Express its editorial ( July 30th )has rightly pointed out that the AAP must realize that it is party of the government. But then Kejriwal has not been able to realize that he is a CM and is a party to the government. First and foremost he must know to behave like a decent man-must learn the art of probity and good manners. That is what makes one a human being. On earlier occasions he called the PM a coward and a psychopath. In his latest accusation that the PM-BJP wants to kill him he reveals the characteristics of both the terms he has used against the PM.He seems to suffer from psychological problem. Let him first learn what decency is and then assume his role as a CM. Now no decent person will use such terms would be expected by those who elected Kejriwal to attend to governance and make Delhi a better place to live than run around accusing the PM and the BJP. It is also his duty to rein in his ministers and MLAs. What kind of politicians are we now seeing in the political horizon? In the name of serving the people and the country they are self-seekers-wanting to be netas. Towards this end they indulge in fomenting dissatisfaction, create unrest and on these they try to launch their ambition to power. But then Kejriwal is not alone he has a few others like Rahul Gandhi,Kanayha Kurmar(a new face and another upstart) now Hardick has also joined these ranks. What do they want? A careful assessment of their activities and utterances will reveal that they are just itching to grab power .They have become tools in the hands of political parties who are out to create chaos and destroy peace. In this category one must focus on Rahul Gandhi because he seems to think and act as though India is the fiefdom of the Nehru-Gandhi family. But he fails to realize that he is a zero and has no moral authority to question the PM. because he knows that his party had been in power for 56 years and what is its accountability? Yet Rahul Gandhi struts around questioning the PM.He tries to champion the cause of those who have grievances-those who are attacked. Not because his heart bleeds for them but because he finds these vulnerable and tries to play on their sentiments of dis-satisfaction. If he really cared for the oppressed and the suppressed then he should have a positive approach. Faulting the PM and the BJP is not the right strategy to bring solace. If the farmers commit suicides –he is there to tell them that it is because of Modiji and his government’s policies. He even tries to instigate them by pointing out that the PM is not with them but he Rahul Gandhi stands by them. He forgets that the wrong policies and the indifference of the Congress all these past years are the root cause for the suffering of the farmers-and the SCs. A scrutiny of the policies adapted by his grandmother-Indira Gandhi with her famous slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’ had only abetted the rural-urban flow-propelled the rural masses to flee to the urban centers to take up some employment. Under employment and unemployment increased and the pauperization of the rural masses was a steady unfortunate growing phenomenon. What had the policies of the Congress done to restrain this? Why had it not provided the farmers with facilities and better support prices? Why had they to turn to the money lenders in dire need? Why was the agriculture sector abandoned and desolate? The result of this long period of abandonment of the rural people has naturally become so gigantic a problem. Farmers’ suicides are not a recent phenomenon and it is not isolated to the BJP period. During the Congress regime more farmers committed suicides-neither the then PM nor his mother Sonia Gandhi rushed to their rescue and provided them with some solace during the crisis. Today every time there is a suicide RG is there –not to provide solace but to question the PM and tell the people why the PM is not with them and has not visited them? ’See, he tells them..’I am standing with you but where is the PM-he is travelling to other countries?’ In his recent bugle call for the coming elections in UP RG has again reiterated the same .He rushes when atrocities are committed against dalits, farmers tribals and weaker sections of the society.But the PM only gives lip service he accuses.Well RG gives what service? Lip service combined with leg service by rushing to them and shedding crocodile tears. Next what does he do-takes his holiday and enjoys the comforts provided by these weaker sections of Society .He does not shed a drop of sweat and does not know what suffering is but makes a show of empathy and sensitivity. Someone should stop him and demand what he and his mother –has done for the past ten years. Would they be in such miserable state at the receiving end had they been empowered by the Nehru-Gandhi family which enjoyed the fruits of their sweat and blood. Now this big ‘tamasha’ and show embarked upon by RG reveals his utter lack of a conscience. It has been blunted and dulled by the luxury and the kind of life he lives. This hypocrisy is proof-continue fooling the vulnerable masses. This is nothing but cheap publicity and no mature person will stoop to this kind of childishness. This is not just any isolated behavior of his. Throughout he has exposed an imbecilic sense and attitude. Sonia Gandhi in Parliament on the 20th July slammed the government-stating that it’s polarizing society and destabilizing institutions. Mother and son are simply exhibiting their pettiness and seem unable to tolerate to sit in the Opposition benches. Communalism and destabilizing institutions was the brand of politics which the Congress followed right from the time of Nehru. It started with the Re-organization of States and continued unabated during Indira Gandhi’s time with her infamous call to the judiciary for ‘committed judges’ and then the imposition of the Emergency. For that one single dictatorial act of hers the Congress should have been banned and the other political parties should treat it at pole’s length. Communalism was vigorously injected into the polity when Rajiv Gandhi broke the Babri Masjid locks and proclaimed that he wants to usher in Ram Rajya. Even the proliferation of political parties was because of the Congress High command which made and unmade Chief ministers. The Kashmir problem must be laid at the door of the Gandhis because it was Nehru’s ill-conceived policies that have made it what it is today. A State of unrest, bloodshed and bitterness Now the Congress –especially Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi sheepishly talk of the BJP communalizing society. They become the great champions of the SCs and the Muslims. It is they who resorted to communalism and casteism .It is they who have ghettoed the people-divided them and paved the way for polarization of society. Sonia Gandhi must remember that the Hindus of this country is the most tolerant people in the world. But then with her fascist’s background she will not be able to comprehend this kind of openness and tolerance. The Hindus embraced every religion and made India the cradle of all religions. Will Islam and Christianity be able to do this? Who ravaged and rampaged and looted this country? Who destroyed thousands of temples? Who started proselytization and even today continues this with great crusading spirit? Why neither she nor her son nor the world bodies condemn this and are unable to arrest such a trend. This does not come under the right of Freedom of religion. Freedom does not mean converting and force conversion is anathema to real faith. When one mentions force it can be any sort of allurement-from a plate of rice to admissions to institutions-employment et al. Look at what has happened to the North East States? The Hindus for centuries have been at the receiving end and no one bothered to put a stop to this. This silence and indifference has only encouraged Islamization of India-nay the world-Christianization of India-even the Pope had said that he wants to plant the Cross in India. Is Sonia Gandhi an abettor to all this? Today when the Hindus can take no more and are driven to a corner they –especially the fringe groups are trying to hit back. This becomes global news and the media rushes in with its screaming headlines when a tin roof or a bamboo pole of a makeshift church is pulled down ’Church vandalized, Christians (read minorities) have no security and slogans are raised against the intolerance that has gained momentum under the BJP. What about other countries. When Syria drove millions out of its country and let them loose to l\migrate into Europe and other countries why had the Islamic countries not opened its doors to these unfortunate migrants? When Hindus are brutalized and killed in our neighboring Islamic countries why no NGOs and of course why no condemnation from Sonia Gandhi and her slogan shouting son? Are Hindus then cheap and can be mauled and murdered-their homeland occupied my others-Which country would allow a foreign born person to lead and direct its national policies. This is the tolerance of the Hindus..So to keep on blaming the BJP will only aggravate the whole issue and will not bring in peace. Sonia Gandhi and her son have others countries to rush for solace but for the Hindus this is their one and one birthplace and this Bharat Mata will not be allowed to be trampled by others-on the basis of caste-creed or region It will be relevant to at present scrutinize the Schedule caste atrocities. True that they are being discriminated-oppressed and are still slaves to their traditional menial jobs. Who has to answer why it is so? Should the BJP and Modi with a two year period in power be held answerable or should the UPA and the Congress be held responsible? It is a delicate issue if one is to analyze the policies which were directed for the SCs upliftment. Did these policies really uplifted them or were these policies not used to keep them where they were-continuing their menial jobs and being oppressed? The discrimination of the SCs is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for ages. But in their name Commissions have been set up and who benefitted. A few leaders like Mayavati Buta Singh Paswan et al. have benefitted. This brings me to the question of Reservation.The cake is one but if more and more castes demand a piece –naturally it will become smaller and smaller. Manmohan Singh when he was the PM did say that money does not grow on trees-quite true. Hence development will also be curtailed accordingly. Take the Reservation Policy which the Founding Fathers meant for a limited period-50 years. It seems that we need it permanently now. Who has benefitted by this reservation policy. What do we have today-demand for more and more sections to come within the ambit of the Reservation? The numbers of categories have increased. Hence one should say that the backwardness of the masses has increased after 67 years of Independence. Will any politician have the guts to call for a review of the policy and look into why it has failed to be game changer? Those who have got more get more but those who were in the last rung of the social ladders remain there. The rich of the SCs have grabbed the benefits and they have become a powerful lobby .We have Mayavathi –look at her clout – one is tempted to ask what she had done to erase the fences that keep these SCs in the social fabric oppressed. The creamy layers of the SCs have a vested interest and hence will not allow a scientific analysis of the policy. We have today the SCs,the MBCs, OBCs the BCs the EBCs categories –the list is never ending. Oppression and discrimination of the SCs were there from time immemorial. Religion was no escape. Every religion continued this discrimination-be it the Christians,Muslims Jains et al. So suddenly for Rahul Gandhi to reach out and make it look as though the BJP and the PM is responsible for this oppression and discrimination only betrays his hollowness. The question is what had the Congress being doing all these years to erase or at least alleviate this? Why should he and his mother –Mrs Sonia Gandhi blame the PM’? The other day the papers gave the headlines “Sonia slams government says it’s polarizing society, destabilizing institutions”(IE July 21st) One must ignore her because as an Italian born woman and with hardly any in-depth understanding of the ethos and the social history of this country she simply makes statements without substance. But then one must turn round and ask her and her son why has this come to pass? Why are they demanding Modi’s government to clean the dirt/muck which they have accumulated all these years? Instead of being a constructive Opposition Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi are destructive and block the government’s forward movement. Having injected communalism, regionalism into the country-it is they who are polarizing the society and using tit to destabilize the government. What is hurting is the fact that Rahul Gandhi is not just critical of the PM but stoops to a low level of criticism which is unbecoming of a mature person. But then he is not mature and will never grow-or learn. Hence he resorts to cheap catchy slogans like ‘Suit boot ka Sarkar’ He forgets that Nehru his great grandfather was immaculately dressed with a rose in his button hole. Why should our PM not be well groomed? So an aspect of the criticism only reveals envy and a discriminative mentality. This shows his childishness. Now it is ‘Arhar Modi,Arhar Modi’,Rahul Gandhi must learn to present statistics and made valid interventions and not resort to slogans.He behaves as a street urchin running around shouting and screaming just for the kick of it. One wishes that he uses his runaway days to undisclosed places to do some serious reading and study. It is disastrous to project him as a leader-it is shame that when he talked so much of democratic processes he was simply given the VP seat of the party. Does he deserve it? Imagine him being projected as the next PM.He has become the laughing stock of sensible and mature people. Every time he utters something he puts his foot in his mouth. Of course his backroom boys script for him. But then they would know what he likes and what he is capable of-just utter catchy slogans and hence that is what they give him. Feel sorry for him. SoniaGandhi in the Opposition is no better-she only prods her sycophants to be aggressive. Can one live in a glass house and throw stones on others? But then she cannot give what she does not have –that deep knowledge of this country and love for this country. She has got more than what she deserved from this country and its people. She must look back and recall the days when she was an au pair-with what knowledge did she come to India-what is her credentials? She has no substantive substance as the President of the Congress. She is unable to give a positive input to the Opposition. Just block governance. It seems to me that since under her and Manmohan Singh there was governance paralysis she does not want Modi to govern. But that development is not for Modi but for the nation. She forgets that crucial truth. When she makes the Congress to block and to place hurdles it is the people who suffer. But then what does she care for the suffering of the poor. Under her poverty has only increased and she with her patronizing attitude and mode sees it beneficial-to throw crumbs to the outstretched hands. Hence wants the people to remain so-with begging bowls and with outstretched hands. No doubt there has been some delay in implementing the promises which Modiji made-because of the previous paralysis of the UPA government. It takes time to remedy this paralysis and to make the government function robustly. But certainly it is not becoming of a ten year period UPA to demand a report card from a two year regime. For the first time in Indian history we have a Prime Minister who works and works hard .It is Modiji the PM who for the first time has made India globally recognized as a powerful and strong country. It is Modiji who in a two year period has become an astute global Statesman. Should we not be proud of this .May be the Congress its President and VP are suffering from envy and cannot tolerate that someone is greater than the Nehru-Gandhi family. They have exposed this low level mentality .But this country will push forward and gain greater momentum under the stewardship of the PM who is a rare diamond. That is what one gets if the alphabets in his name are jumbled it reads ‘rare diamond’. He is an example of what democracy is all about -that one from the ordinary levels can rise to the highest position by sheer hard work, conviction, determination and of course patriotism that is what democracy is all about. Continue- Mr PM -to be the Suit Boot ka Sarkar…..You make us proud. Dr Hilda Raja-Vadodara. Bharat Mata ki jai. How secular are we?

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. srisri4  |  August 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Hope your husband Mr Raja is better now. With namaskarams to both of you, t g ranganathan

    Jaya Sri RAMANA! Landline at USA 678 778 6447


    • 2. hildaraja  |  August 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

      thank you for your response-always you have been encouraging.God bless you.Yes my husband is okay now.For his age he is doing well I should say.Regards.HR

  • 3. Sita  |  August 7, 2016 at 11:33 am

    This Dalit attacks are very much like the church ‘attacks’ of 2 years back, done in view of the upcoming UP elections by people who are anti Modi & Anti Hindus ,needless to say anti-India. It will all subside if UP elections go in their favour or escalate if it goes against! The same is the case with the goondagiri associated with cows also; the very important issues of cattle theft/ rustling & cattle running for slaughter houses ,depleting the local livestock genepool is being marginalised & ignored in the ‘liberal’ outrage over the ‘beef’ attacks. Hope the powers that be will see through this game of the ‘Liberals’ and ‘Seculars’.

  • 4. hildaraja  |  August 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Yes Sita I agree with you.The Congress and the AAP along with other parties will instigate and incite all sorts of destablishing forces and blame Modi for is.In Gujarat the other day attack on the dalit procession according to Kirjiwal was the BJP govt’s goon set loose.As though this is the first time the dalits were attacked.May be the goons he had set out.Thank you for always responding. Very touching when a student of mine responses.I am proud that you were my student.Maam


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