125th ANNIVERSARY OF DR. BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR: SOME REFLECTIONS
The muzzled voice has started speaking. The oppressor has gone berserk. The rising assertion by Mulnivasis has thrown up formidable challenges before the Brahminical hegemony. Be it Rohith Vemula episode or Bihar election verdict or religious conversion- out of Hindu fold in protest, Mulnivasis are no more in a mood to follow the Brahminical diktat. The Brahminical forces are unleashing violence, co-option, camouflage and coercion to prevent the protests from turning into revolution. They thought that with their dominance in media and other organs of the society they can easily quell the protests and not allow build up of any movement. But the story so far points to the contrary. Despite the fact that media more or less ignored our issues, we could reach out to fellow members through social media. Police brutalities, instead of breaking the morale have further strengthened the resolve. Even some of the judicial verdicts/remarks against the interest of Mulnivasis, rather than dampening the spirit have reawakened the necessity of judicial reforms that can accommodate Mulnivasi Bahujan’s concerns.
Similarly, the Brahminical political forces have been trying to project the demands for social justice as a political turf war. These forces have deployed stooges from Mulnivasi community to articulate their masters' ideology to maintain the Brahminical hegemony. In scholar Rohith's death, these stooges didn't see Caste discrimination and Brahminical over-dominance in academics. One stooge went a step ahead to say how there were more suicides during the previous regimes and the uproar now, is a political conspiracy.
These events and counter events are the indications that the simmering discontent against Brahminism is finding expression. The youth energy is the hallmark of these protests. To convert these protests into peaceful social and political revolution needs competent and committed institutional leadership with pan-Indian organization structure guided by Phule-Ambedkarite ideology. We believe only this ideology can guide our protests into a social movement. Why so? This ideology embodies the spirit of social revolution from Buddha to Babasaheb and is based on science, rationality, liberty equality, fraternity and justice. It not only unravels the many shades of Brahminism but also provides the intellectual tools to uproot Brahminism.
Babasaheb was inspired by teachings of Buddha and revolutionary social work of Rashtrapita Jyotiba Phule. His respect for these social icons was not symbolic; rather the respect galvanised into decisive action. Jyotiba Phule's revelation that the social nexus of Brahmins and Vaishyas(Shettji-Bhattji Vs Shudra-AtiShudra) is responsible for the miserable socio-economic condition of Mulnivasi Bahujans was picked up by Babasaheb and consequently it guided his social movement. He paid the greatest tribute to his teachers by taking their caravan ahead.
The reciprocity between SC/ST and OBC also gets reflected in another legendary relationship, that between Shahuji Maharaj and Babasaheb. Shahuji Maharaj not only provided financial and moral support to Babasaheb for his education and movement but also started affirmative action by giving greater representation to SC, ST and OBCs in education and employment. This helped groom one of the finest intellectual social activist of the World in the form of Babasaheb who went on to architect Indian Constitution, making Shahu Maharaj’s prediction at Mangaon in 1920 true. The Constitution is nothing short of a document that aspires to deliver long-awaited justice to all and especially those who are victims of Brahminical Social Order including the OBCs. The fact that Article 340 for social upliftment of OBCs preceded article 341 and 342 aimed at a welfare of SC/STs show the importance Babasaheb accorded to the cause of OBC. One must remember that it is not the OBC leaders who fought for this provision rather it was Babasaheb. We find here best example of understanding and reciprocity between SC/ST and OBCs.
125th Birth Anniversary of Babasaheb gives us an opportune moment to retrospect many more such works/instances and to introspect our responsibility in taking his caravan ahead. Are we working to uproot Brahminism which was the focal activity of Babasaheb's mission? Or are we just engaged in worshiping him and at the same time allowing or even helping Brahminism flourish in our homes and society? Babasaheb espoused institutional leadership devoid of hero-worshipping. He realised that social democracy is far more important than political. He emphasised education of Mulnivasi Bahujans so as to awaken them to the vicious dynamics of Brahminism. He wanted them to educate, organise and agitate against the evil Brahminism that is responsible for the dehumanisation of Mulnivasi Bahujans. He wanted us to reclaim our human personality.
Realizing his vision is possible only if we put in practice Phule-Ambedkarite ideology and constantly endeavour to unite 6000 castes of Shudras and Ati-shudras. While working we must remain alert to continuous machinations of Brahminical forces to divide us. We must expose their designs in creating religious polarization (Hindu vs Muslims for example) which is aimed to stall the polarization of 85% Mulnivasi Bahujans against 15% Aryans. The Brahminical hand behind concocting Indian history, appropriation of Babasaheb, silence on caste census, Brahminical Capitalism driven developmental model, indifferent media, undermining of Constitution and other such potentially dangerous actions must be exposed and countered. But can any individual by himself/herself take on the might of Brahminism? Without a institutional mechanism, it is impossible. To uproot Brahminism and replace it with Phule-Ambedkarite ideology needs institutional leadership. Foundation of BAMCEF was laid on the rocks of these ideals.
BAMCEF has been spearheading the social movement on the Phule-Ambedkarite ideology. BAMCEF, a cadre-based organisation that puts organisation and ideology ahead of individuals has withstood both internal and external onslaughts over the years and grown both in strength and stature. Mulnivasi Sangh- an offshoot wing of BAMCEF has created committed and competent cadres who are working across 22 states of India. We reiterate today on 125th Anniversary of Babasaheb, we are determined to realise Babasaheb's dream to create a just society, the blueprint of which is articulated in the Constitution of India.
A peaceful social Revolution is coming. Let’s join hands! Jaibheem Jaimulnivasi!!