Sunday, October 3, 2010

[ZESTCaste] A PIL: Mahabali vs. Indian (Brahmin-Bania) State

A PIL: Mahabali vs. Indian (Brahmin-Bania) State

By Karthick RM

03 October, 2010

Honorable your Honour

I recently read the judgment of your colleagues on the Babri Masjid…
ooops… the Ramjanmabhoomi issue. I should say that I was thrilled.
Since legal bodies of our great modern country have extended their
jurisdiction to the unknown past to settle real or imagined religious
disputes, I make an appeal for my client with great confidence in your
rational-legal authority.

Since in the RJB judgment, 'Lord' Rama is accepted as a historical
character, I would like you to the consider the case of my client,
King Mahabali. Since you have managed to map out Ram lalla's birth to
a specific geographic region, we hope you would pay due regard to our
argument of the Kerala origins of Mahabali. Sir, we want to bring to
light the historical and religious injustice done to Mahabali and his

Mahabali was a righteous king who hailed from that section whom you
call in legal terms as 'backward castes'. He was to the oppressed
sections what 'Lord' Rama was to the upper castes. In case you need
more information on his historical significance, I would suggest that
you read Mahatma Phule's works, in case thy most knowledgeable self
has not already. His rule was considered to be one where there was a
just treatment of all sections of the population. However, jealous
with the virtuous rule of this backward caste king, Vishnu, in the
guise of a brahmin dwarf (Vamana), duped Mahabali and pushed him into
the underworld. (I think a case of impersonation can also be filed
against Vishnu).

Anyway, what happened over the years was that my client was denied his
place in history by the brahminical ruling classes and they also
crafted stories to justify his predicament, thereby legitimizing their
own rule. Result was disastrous for his people, the backward castes,
who comprise the majority of the population. Not only did they lose a
politico-spiritual symbol, it also meant material losses. Thanks to
Mr. Vishnu, they lost their wealth, their lands and above all, their
self-worth, being stigmatized and dehumanized for well over a
millennium. I am sure your honour understands the social and
historical significance of all this.

Thus, keeping the Allahabad verdict on RJB in mind, we would like you
to consider the following

1. That Kerala was the kingdom of Mahabali (if you go by Mahatma
Phule, it was much larger. But we are content with Kerala as of now)
which was unjustly usurped by the brahmins with the help of Mr.
Vamana, an alias of Mr. Vishnu.

2. That since Kerala is the birthplace of Mahabali lalla, we want
2/3rd of the land to go to his descendants, that is, the backward
castes - yes, even after Namboodripad's much talked of land reforms,
the brahmins still have enormous land-holdings in the state.

3. That an Archaeological Survey of India research team must
constituted to do a study of all brahminical temples in Kerala. If
evidence showing that they have been built over backward caste temples
is arrived at, steps for their demolition and the rebuilding of the
original temples should begin in earnest.


To be filed in any high court in Indian Territory

Karthick RM is a student-activist based in JNU, pursuing his Masters
in History.He is associated with the Delhi Tamil Students Union, a
Periyarite-Marxist group


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