Monday, June 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Relevance Of V.P.Singh And His Politics

Relevance Of V.P.Singh And His Politics

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

25 June, 2011

Today, we remember V.P.Singh on his birthday. We know that on his
death anniversary our friends do not have time except to shout loud of
the hotel Taj and how India was attacked that day. The forces of
status quoists always find ways and means to undo everything that
comes in the way of social justice and social change.

I did not intend to write this article today but somewhere I always
felt that we have done great injustice to the man himself. Even when
the forces of hatred continue to speak loudly and in deepest
condemnable term, we keep quiet or just listen to it. We may not be VP
Singh's fan but definitely we must understand why he is being abused
even today by the caste forces, most of them, who would happily go at
Ramdev's fast or Anna's tamasha at the Rajghat.

It brings us to the question that the caste Hindus always suffer from
the disease of 'merit'. This merit which has not brought any laurel to
India, no invention except the caste system and its worst form. It is
a unique country where majority suffer and minority rules. It is a
unique country where the participation of the marginalized is resisted
powerfully. If you understand, please note the point of convergence
between Anna Hazare and Kapil Sibbol-Chidambaram-Pranab Mukherjee
gang. Despite their differences, they share common hatred towards the
Dalits and the OBCs. They want to be the leaders of every Indian but
just get panicky when the issue of reservation is raised. Whenever the
issue of marginalized comes up, our political leadership buckled under
the pressure and became media savvy.

Those of us, who have followed the heady days of anti mandal agitation
in Delhi and other parts of North India, know well how much courage it
needed for a prime minister to face an adverse atmosphere. We know
every suicide that time was glamorized by media, supported by editors
as fight against injustice. The whole story cooked up by the crooked
editors as if the High Caste Hindus are facing the discrimination at
the hands of 'Dalits and OBCs'.

It needed lot of courage to implement such a path breaking decision
whether knowingly or unknowingly, which actually cost him his own
government. Why did the National Front government fell? It fell for
two important causes of India. One for the implementation of Mandal
Commission Recommendation and secondly and more importantly protecting
shrines which the Hindutva forces were ready to destroy and celebrate.
Yes, V.P.Singh did not allow the Babari mosque to be demolished yet
years after when Narsimharao connived with the Sangh Parivar in
destroying the mosque at Ayodhya, nothing happened to him. He still
remains a 'pratasmaraniya'.

Those who say that equity has been achieved will not get shocked when
the Chair person of National Commission for Scheduled Caste is denied
entry in temple in Orissa simply because he happen to be a Dalit. Many
meritorious Dalit students are forced to commit suicide because the
academics have clearly shown their caste character in most of our
academic institutions. But the caste Hindus have kept their eyes shut.

Today, when Anna Hazare is claiming to fight against corruption. None
of his colleagues ever remember V.P.Singh because they fear the caste
Hindus. Why ? Why do the castes Hindus not want to remember his anti
corruption campaign? Is it so because they are afraid of even the
ghost of V P Singh? He was the cleanest among his peers, honest than
any other prime minister India has so far and was involved in direct
interaction with people. There was no ego when any body went to meet
him. He was ready to go to the hunger strike, sitting, dharanas and
even fight with police. We all know how he reached village Bajhera
Khurd one early morning and ploughed the land acquired by Reliance
Power Plant. This was time when Mulayam Singh Yadav had handed over
three thousand hectare land to Anil Ambani for a Gas based power plant
in Dadri, near Noida, much against the wishes of the farmers.

To understand V.P.Singh, one needs to see his campaign and political
strategies. He might have weakness like any other politician but he
had conviction. At this moment, when we suffer from the hyper Hindutva
and an aggressive upper caste lead Congress Party, we really miss this
space of opposition which V.P. had the capacity to unite and organize.
He was an elderly statesman who could have united the forces of social
justice and secularism.

India needed him more at this moment. We miss him because we see the
two upper caste parties sucking India's blood and undoing everything
that has happened since 1989 with massive participation of
Dalit-OBC-Adivasi-Muslims political leadership. That leadership needs
a statesman today who could bring them together and fight against this
Hindutva corporate nexus. The war is put on us. Our land is being
acquired in the name of 'development' and our jobs in the name of
'merit'. Let us be clear, it is not time to pitch one against other.
Reservations provide us opportunity to be in power structure and land
reforms are important point of entry to attain social justice. Well,
the caste Hindus want to grab everything in the name of their own
constructed theories. They are active every where to cry against
everything. Whatever, they may claim and spread, the fire that V P
burnt has ignited all those who aspire to change and fight against
this corrupted system. A small effort of a man in power can change
many things so V P might not be an ideologue but he stood with his
convictions and always remained with people's movement till his death.
The abuse hurled at him shows his strength and relevance to the polity
of social justice.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a human rights activist. He blogs at


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