Friday, May 6, 2011

Re: [ZESTCaste] One more party for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh


Poisonous mushrooms grow during election rainy season  in favor of
anti-SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and happy Sarvajan. After making some
cheap popularity they are weeded out.


KARNATAKA STATE BSP  Welcomes Behanji Ms Mayawati on 5th June 2011. All the State/Dist./Assembly and Sector and Office Bearers will attend the Camp which is first of its kind in the Country.
Karnataka BSP Co-ordinator Dr. Ashok Siddharth MLC explained the importance of the camp that will be addressed by Behanji Ms Mayawati to both B1 and B2 which is first of its kind in the entire Country. He explained that Manyawar Kanshiramji fulfilled the dream of Baba Saheb Dr. BR Ambedkar in cementing the society for the welfare and happiness of the entire society. Mr. Marasandra Muniyappa President Kar. BSP, Mr. N. Mahesh Convenor, KAR.BSP, Mr. Gopinath, Vice-President Kar. BSP and Koramangala Muniyappa explained the elaborate arrangement made for the success of the event.

BSP has pulled the plug
Upper caste and Muslim voters have already decided to be with BSP  to vote for in Uttar Pradesh.
To look into the future and predict the outcome of the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh is a simple task for which predicted more than 200 seats. Now its prediction is more than 300 seats which is from the horse's mouth that is the Upper Castes and Muslims.
 But the state's voter has shown to be a cunning being by mocking all post poll predictions in the 2007 polls by delivering a thundering victory to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on the state's 403 seats representative of a 19.95 crore population.
There was no serve all formula in UP's electoral battleground where a whopping 64 per cent of the population comes from the Scheduled and Backward castes who have traditionally been denied political representation by the 20 per cent upper castes. Since the early 1990s when this trend began to change it was accompanied by the BSP  striking roots in the state's fertile political soil.

In UP there the umbrella issue under which the voter stands united is Social Transformation and Economic Emancipation with the slogan "Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay ie., welfare and happiness for the entire3 people.

Mayawati still enjoys a larger than life presence. Even the most rabid of her critics nod in agreement with the observation that she has pulled the plug on criminals and life seems more secure under her rule. UP is a vast state which befuddles the best of political analysts. And a year is a long time in politics.

From: Siddhartha Kumar <>
To: zestcaste <>
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 3:59 PM
Subject: [ZESTCaste] One more party for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

One more party for Dalits in Uttar Pradesh

Former bureaucrat Udit Raj wants to challenge Mayawati's dominance by
giving voice to the margianlised among Dalits

Arpit Parashar
New Delhi

The political development of the last week have thrown a new, surprise
candidate in the power equation of caste politics. Former bureaucrat
Udit Raj, the man at the forefront of the campaign to push for OBC and
SC/ST reservations in the private sector, has formed a new
socio-political front called the Upekshit Dalit Mahapanchayat in Uttar

Though politicians have heard of Raj's efforts, most of them have not
taken notice of the development. A senior BJP politician, speaking to
the media "off the record" after a press conference, laughingly
dismissed the "concept" of upekshit (marginalised) Dalits as

However, one must not forget that the initial reaction of the
mainstream parties to the formation of now-successful Dalit parties,
like the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was one of dismissal. The Congress
often ridiculed the rise of Mayawati's BSP two decades back. It seemed
to tell the BSP, "Align with a mainstream party, or you will lose


D for Dalit, D for defiance
Dalits, like flies to feudal lords
'Mayawati Is Insecure As A Woman And Dalit'

Ironically, in the case of Uttar Pradesh, the BSP has become the
mainstream party and the Congress a marginal player.

The Mayawati brand of politics and the successful assertion movement
led by the Kanshi Ram's Backward and Minority Communities Employees'
Federation (BAMCEF) has translated into successful electoral campaigns
and subsequent victories for the BSP over the years. She is presently
serving her fourth term as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, after
having served three short terms between 1995 and 2003.

And, she won in Uttar Pradesh on her own by engineering a major social
change last time around. She came to power without any support from
the Congress, the BJP, or the Samajwadi Party in 2007.

Why then has Raj formed a front that will only weaken a successful
movement of the country's most underprivileged and oppressed castes?
Observers believe that Raj's movement is an attempt at addressing the
problems that the Dalits face under Mayawati. They point out that
power, as is always the case in Uttar Pradesh, benefitted a particular
caste group.

"The question is not what Mayawati can do to [Dalits], but what we can
do to us," writer and journalist Chittibabu Padavala wrote about the
meaning of Mayawati's victory in 2007 in The Economic and Political

The Dalits have definitely benefited, not just by their own assertion
but with consistent efforts of the state government too. Caste
atrocities have reduced, affirmative action has been taken and they
are much better represented in the administrative and political
structures now. But, looking deeper, one finds it is only the Jatavs,
who are reaping benefits this time.

Raj says, "Only Jatavs!" And, why is it so? "Because Mayawati is a
Jatav too," says Raj.

Politicians and observers say that while power has changed hands and
the traditional ruling castes are no longer the ones in power, the
state has seen the emergence of a new feudal system with Jatavs as the
dominant caste.

Jatavs make up nearly 57 percent of the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, and
eight to nine per cent of its total population, almost same as that of
the Yadavs. The BSP broke the backbone of Samajwadi Party's successful
Yadav-Thakur voter base, using its stronghold among the Jatavs in

Jatavs are now emerging as an assertive caste in the state, especially
with their numbers in the administration growing rapidly in the past
decade. "A simple analysis of the data on recent appointments in the
police and the administration shows a 30 to 35 per cent increase in
the number of appointments of Jatavs," a senior BSP minister told
Tehelka on the condition of anonymity.


Many top postings are recommended from Lucknow. Many other happen
almost by default when the candidate is Jatav. It is considered a safe
bet to have a senior Jatav officer in any district administration.

The Jatavs have been politically conscious and involved since the time
of Babu Jagjivan Ram of the Congress in the 1960s. Then when Kanshi
Ram and Mayawati came together, Jatavs took the BAMCEF's assertion
movement forward. And they still do: they form a large chunk of the
BSP cadre.

"This constant hammering of her caste's identity has made them
politically forward looking," Raj says.

The other castes among the Dalits, on the other hand, are still
underrepresented in the state government jobs, making up barely five
to eight per cent of the force in the administration and the police in
the state, that too only on lower posts. Off the record, senior
officials in Uttar Pradesh say that most of the housing schemes for
Dalits in the state have benefited Jatavs more than any other caste.

"Fruits of governance have gone to just one caste. There is no
difference between this regime and the other regimes in the past.
Rather, the discrimination is much more open under Mayawati's rule,"
Raj alleges.

The socioeconomic rise of the Jatavs has on the one hand made them
confident, and they have stood up to the higher castes in the state,
while on the other hand they have also fallen prey to the feudal
practices alien to the Jatav society.

They are traditionally a more equal caste and not patriarchal. But,
that has changed over the past decade and has often resulted in crimes
against lower Dalit castes.

The number of rape cases involving Jatav men has seen a constant rise
in western Uttar Pradesh, a phenomenon, senior police officials say,
has not been noticed before. Jatavs are often caught in cases of
atrocities against other lower Dalit castes as well as the higher

In the Jewar village in Greater Noida near Delhi, where an
international airport and India's first F1 racing track will come up
soon, a minor girl from the Valmiki community was raped by a Jatav man
in 2008.

Her ordeal did not end there. She was married off to the man who raped
her within a few days. The village panchayat consulted both the
families in the presence of the police and elders made the decisions.
The girl now has two children and is not allowed to even step outside
the house.

This is not the only such case. There have been many similar cases
across western Uttar Pradesh involving Jatavs, information on which is
regularly fudged to keep the official counts down.

While Mayawati represents the political force that has consolidated
the Dalit vote, Raj partly represents the Dalit movement outside of
electoral political framework working towards a caste-less society. He
has led campaigns across the country as head of various Dalit unity
groups to open up the communities to conversion to other religions.
Thousands of Dalits have embraced Buddhism, Islam and Christianity and
snubbed the Hindutva forces, irking the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and
similar groups repeatedly.

Raj has also challenged Mayawati many a time over the past decade to
embrace Buddhism and put an end to the casteist politics altogether.
"The objective is the revival of Buddhism to create a caste-less
society, so that the decadent social structure can be changed," he

But, Mayawati has consistently attacked him and leaders from all other
lower Dalit castes in a derogatory way, he alleges. "Mayawati has been
repeatedly pointing out who belongs to which caste. She called Ram
Vilas Paswan a Dusadh, pointed out that Bangaru Laxman is a Valmiki,
and called me a Khatik," he said.

"And then in 2008 she announced that her successor will only be a
chamar. She has discriminated within the party and openly too. But,
you cannot, in India, in a democracy, say who will be your successor
and treat the voter base like it is your kingdom. Why preach about the
Bahujan samaj when you openly discriminate and say only a chamar will
be the successor? Why not any Ambedkarite, irrespective of the caste?"
he questions.

Raj formed the Indian Justice Party in 2003, after quitting a
government job in 2001. He had ideas very different from that of the
BSP. He wanted to push for an equal education system, job reservations
for Dalits in the private sector and unite the voters on those lines.

But, now he says it is not the way to go forward. A sense of
disillusionment over the four years of Mayawati's present rule has
changed his approach. "I have realised that ideology, development and
even honesty do not play a very important role in Uttar Pradesh. Caste
configurations and equations do," he says.

The main agendas of his party have not attracted the communities or
the voters. Hence, the new front with a different approach, he says.

Dalit leaders from other parties have joined him too. Ram Nihore
Rakesh from the Congress convinced him to form the Upeskshit Dalit
Mahapanchayat to fight the rights of castes lower in hierarchy, like
Pasi, Dhobi, Kori and Khatik.

"These castes are not aware, educated and conscious of participation
in the government and about their rights in governance," Raj says.

He realises that the caste system cannot be rooted out so easily; it
will exist; people in Uttar Pradesh will vote along caste lines.

He now plans to unite leaders representing the marginalised sections
from all parties and bring them together. He also wants to collaborate
with other parties representing marginalised groups, like the Peace
Party, which represents the Muslims in the state.

Jats found the Rashtriya Lok Dal, Yadavs and Gurjjars found Mulayam
Singh Yadav, Thakurs found Amar Singh and Jatavs found Mayawati. Maybe
it is time for another ignored section of Uttar Pradesh to find
representation in the state, where caste loyalties run deep.

Whether Udit Raj succeeds and his ideas translate into votes and
electoral success in the 2012 assembly elections or not, he can still
play a very important role in bringing debate to the Dalit discourse
and push the political system a step closer towards the marginalised
within the Dalits.

Arpit Parashar is a Senior Correspondent with
Posted on 04 May 2011


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