Dalits keen to learn Manusmriti
HT Correspondent/Rajesh, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, April 17, 2010
First Published: 16:59 IST(17/4/2010)
Last Updated: 17:01 IST(17/4/2010)
Call it an impact of the social engineering effected by Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP) or just plain coincidence, dalits are showing an eagerness
to learn - as much from the Manusmriti as they do from the Sacchi
On Wednesday, on the occasion of the Ambedkar Jayanti, both the books
sold like hot cakes at the temporary book stalls put up at the
Ambedkar Memorial premises.
The owner of the bookstall Ravi Kumar Mehta said within few hours the
copies of Manusmriti and Sacchi Ramayan vanished from the stall. Mehta
is in the business of dalit literature for over a decade says "since
years Sacchi Ramayan was among the top dalit literature on the
popularity chart. The demand for Manusrimiti started only two years
back", he said.
"Orders of Manusmriti have been placed by dalit as well as upper caste
readers he said and added the high rate of the book ( Rs 150) was no
bar on its popularity", he said.
Shiv Kumar, a resident of Ranipur village near Bakshi-ka-Talab said
the dalits hated Manusmriti since it was considered the text of
oppressors. The political empowerment has led to spread of the
education among dalits, these days there was eagerness among the
community especially the youths to read the book.
Not only Sacchi Ramayan and Manusmiriti but also Chamcha Yug penned by
Kanshi Ram, Bhagwan Buddha aur Dhamma written by Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar,
Buddha Charitra Chandroday by Vineet Vikar Baudh, Main Bhangi Hun by
Bhagwan Das, 1857- role of dalits by Satnam Singh, Dalit Dastaweg by
MR Vidrohi were in demand at the fair.
Another bookseller Moti Lal (60) said "I joined BSP on the call of
Kanshi Ram in 1985. A resident of Shiyadih village located in
Allahabad district, Lal started dalit literature business in 1992.
Along with the books the CD of Chief Minister Mayawati carrying her
message and public meetings is in high demand".
The road located adjacent to the Ambedkar Memorial had virtually
converted into a dalit mela. Unmindful of the sweltering heat (42
degree Celsius ) hundred of BSP workers along with the family members
converged on the road and enjoyed the edible, ice cream and nimu
Large crowd was seen at the stalls selling the posters and stickers
of Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Gautam Buddha. Its celebration time for
us said Akshya Lal a BSP worker the nation was observing the 119 birth
anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar who had shaken the consciousness
of the dalits and paved way for their empowerment
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