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Rape the Two Dalit Sisters: A Hindu Taliban Style Kangaroo Court Orders

Yet in another shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh, a Kangaroo court, known as Khap Panchayat, which are very common in North India, ordered rape of two sisters aged 23 and 15 years and parading them naked in the village. Their crime is that they are sisters of a dalit man, who eloped with a married woman of higher caste.

The two girls, following the order, have fled the village. Their home has been ransacked by the so-called upper caste men of the village. Shockingly no arrest has been made even though one of the sisters already approached the Supreme Court. The Apex court strangely gave two weeks time to state government to submit a report and has not directed for any action to be taken in this regard.

The issue once again shows the callousness of Indian State (including judiciary) and society to take the dalit question seriously. As always they are in denial mode.

The media though brought the issue to attention; majority of newspaper covertly blamed the sisters’ brother, who is a dalit. The dalit man did not abduct the woman of upper caste. It has been reported that the man had been love with the so-called upper caste woman. But her family got her married to another man against her wish. The woman and the dalit man thus decided to elope.

The blame lies on the society and social institutions that force girls against their own wishes. The caste system prohibits caste exogamy and it is still prevalent various pockets of India. The media is biased and fail to look the issue from correct angel. In the present caste they blamed the dalit man but spared the so-called upper caste woman as though the dalit man kidnapped the woman.

Khap Panchyats have been banned by the Apex court but still they continue to function. The state machinery don’t take any action to stop the activities of these Kangaroo courts because either they are part of the system or fear of repercussions. In the instant case, the Khap leaders should have been arrested for giving such illegal and very harmful order.

One of the two sisters already approached the Apex Court to take cognizance of the issue and ensure their protection. The Supreme Court except ordering a report from the State Government has done nothing. It is not surprising if you know its history of ruling in the dalit related cases.

The saddest part is that an external organization called Amnesty International is taking initiative to ensure justice for the two sisters. The issue has reached United Kingdom parliament but Indian politicians don’t seem to bother.

What you can expect an apologetic state like India! Shame!! Shameful indeed!!!

Dashrath Manjhi, Indus Valley Civilization and Dalit Heritage

Dashrath Manjhi, a dalit, who built a road single handedly through a rocky mountain with just a chisel and hammer by toiling 22 years, showed what dalits are made of and mental toughness they inherit. The peace loving and hardworking dalits had built Indus Valley Civilization some 5000 BC ago, which started experiencing decline with the arrival of barbaric and wicked Aryans nomad, who looted and gutted wherever they went.

Of course, the decline of Indus Valley Civilization was certainly not due to invasion by the heathen Aryans. But their arrival triggered a collapse of balance in the peaceful social life of the original inhabitants. The warring Aryans indulged in small scale invasions and looting of cattle and property when they started pushing into the territory of original inhabitants and even after settling down near modern day Punjab.

The Aryans have killed the talents of Dalits for centuries by subjecting them to their most brutal invention in world history – Caste system – which still goes unabated on various pockets of the country. The result of subjugation is devastating. Because of continuous subjugation, the genes of dalits not only have gone modification over centuries but they have also developed an inferiority complex, which restricts their thinking and emancipation from the chain of bondage. They are despised by the so-called upper castes (the mixed breeds possessing Aryan genes).

Time has come for Dalits to look back at their history and derive inspiration. They have a heritage unparalleled in the world. They must take inspiration from it and achieve unbelievable feet like Dasaratha Manjhi.

Ancient Dalit History and Heritage

Dalits and tribal before arrival of barbaric Aryans formed a homogenous stock of people and the South Asian subcontinent was their natural abode. Remarkable cave painting from Mesolithic sites dating from 3000 BC have been discovered in Bhimbetak, near present-day Bhopal, give glimpse of their life. These paintings depict animals like deer, boars, elephants, leopards, tigers, panthers, rhinoceroses, antelope, fish, frogs, lizards, squirrels and birds, which are home to South Asian region. One of the paintings even depicts a man walking a dog on a leash.

The Dalit civilization reached the nadir of zenith when our dalit forefathers founded Indus Valley Civilization. The civilization of Indus Valley extended over more than thousand sites, stretching over 750, 000 square miles. The population estimated to be around 50000 in these cities. Two biggest cities were Harappa and Mohenjodaro, situated 400 miles apart.

The IVC people even had a port city called Lothal and had trading relations with places like Crete, Sumer, Egypt and Central Asia. The Indus people used bricks for construction of houses. William Brunton, a British Engineer, who was tasked to build rail lines between Multan and Lahore, founds bricks belong IVC era.

Sir J. H. Marshall, who was director of Archeological Survey of India from 1902 to 1931 found many cubical terra-cotta dice with one to six dots at Mohenjodaro. A number of other dices have been discovered from various sites of IVC. This suggests that gambling was form of entrainment for our forefathers.

Our IVC forefathers were such visionary and such knowledgeable that they had huge wheat and barley storage system to meet unforeseen contingencies. The household and public drainage system had been superiors to other parts of the world. Most of the buildings were constructed from bricks. These bricks are either sun burned or kiln fired. They had even private bathrooms. The roads are carefully laid out in the same proportion and arranged as grid (north-south and east-west). The uniformities and styles of settlement across hundreds of miles clearly implies considerable and planning.

Our Indus Valley forefathers have domesticated various animals including dogs and it is very clear from the seals that have been discovered. They used Dravidian language.

They grew rice and other summer and monsoon crops. Barely and wheat were the major Indus crops. They were the first to use wheeled transport in the world. They spun, wove and dyed cotton; probably the first in the world. They ate meat and fish. They domesticated many tamed animals (camels, dogs, sheep, pigs, chickens, and goats; main paintings and scripts bear testimony to the fact.

They had special fondness for cleanliness and hygienic and it is evidenced from discovery of swimming pools, bathing tanks and great sewerage system. The very large swimming pool that was discovered in the citadel at Mohejno-Daro is approximately 40 feet by 23 feet and 8 feet deep. There were wide steps leading down to it. Cleanliness for them is next to godliness. The way they paid attention to sewage system suggests their hard-headed approach to hygiene.

IVC people were secular and had no state enforced religion. Worship of nature and evidence of cults have been found but they were strictly in the realm of personal sphere. No great temple of place of worship has been discovered in the IVC sites.

Finally, the great civilization ran its course because of host of reasons. The civilization may have gone but still it has left enough evidence for us to get a portrayal of the kind of life our proud forefathers lived.

Dalits Represent the Indigenous Tradition of India

Even we go by the modern day situations in India; it is not difficult to see a lifestyle that is different from the so-called lives of upper castes. Indian tradition can be divided into two parts: Vedic and non-Vedic. The Vedic tradition started only after arrival and settlement of Aryans in the subcontinents. The so-called minority upper castes are the part of this tradition. The non-Vedic is the real indigenous tradition of India, which has a hoary and great past. Dalits, tribal, OBCs (only the so-called shudra) religious minorities (converted from the first two) are the part of this great tradition. The distinction is not clear cut as in between India witnessed a great stream of migration from Europe and some parts of East Asia later on.

The word “Hindu” has been hijacked and made synonymous with Vedic tradition. The inclusion of people belonging to Non-Vedic tradition into Hindu mold has obliterated the identity of non-Vedic people. Non-Vedic people over centuries have been Hinduized covertly and overtly. Take the example of a tribal kid living in inaccessible area. He is worshipper of nature and doesn’t know anything about any Vedic Gods. When he is enrolled in school, he is given the tag of Hindu. The celebration of pujas(worship) of vedic Gods like Ganesh and Saraswati in school act as a process of Hindunization. This is what precisely happened to me.

We are in great need to  coin a new word and get new classification that truly represents our non-Vedic identity. Here is my schema of classification:

  1. Indigenous tradition: Dalits and Tribals
  2. Exogenous tradition: Vedic Hindus (includes Buddhists, Sikh and Jains), Muslims, Christians

This is a broad classification and certainly overlaps a lot in many aspects. For example, many dalits and tribal have been converted to Islam and Christianity though they belong to former tradition. The classification proposed above must be viewed in the context of Vedic Hindus’ attempt to subsume dalits and tribal and take over the indigenous tradition as their own. I will put a refined version of my theory in another blog post in future.

Anyway, it is right time that we realize our great past and asserts our own identity. This is very difficult no doubt but certainly not impossible. Each of us need to a person like Dasarath Manjhi who truly embodies a typical IVC person. How can we become like him? Of course by achieving something more than excellence in our chosen profession.

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Dalit Massacres by Ranveer Sena and the BJP Connection

 In a painfully long investigation, named Operation Black Rain, Cobrapost captured on-camera six operatives of the notorious outfit Ranveer Sena confessing their involvement in six major massacres of Dalits in Central Bihar: Bathani Tola, Laxmanpur Bathe, Shankar Bigha, Miyanpur and Ikwari.

It is to be recalled that over 150 Dalits were killed in these massacres including many women and children.

The six men are Chandkeshwar alias Chandreshwar, Pramod Singh, Bhola Singh, Arvind Kumar Singh, Siddhnath Singh and Ravindra Chaudhry.

According to the Cobrapost, these mass murderers not only revealed how they planned and executed indiscriminate killings on such large scale with precision and ruthlessness of a war machine but also admitted who trained them, who provided them arms who financed them and who lent them political support, naming some big politicians, mainly from BJP.

Prominent among them are senior Bihar BJP leaders CP Thakur, Susheel Kumar Modi, former union minister Yashwant Sinha and BJP  MP Murli Manohar Joshi.

Posing as a film-maker, supposedly working on a film on Ranveer Sena, Cobrapsot journalist K. Ashish interviewed Chandkeshwar alias Chandreshwar, Pramod Singh, Bhola Singh, Arvind Kumar Singh, SiddhnathSingh and Ravindra Chaudhry.  All except Ravindra Chaudhry were accused in the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre. Ravindra Chaudhry was however mainly involved in the Sarthua (Bhojpur), massacre which had taken place in 1995.

Here are some excerpts of interviews that the Cobrapost reporter had with the Sena men.

Chandkeshwar Singh: Put on life imprisonment by the lower courts for his involvement in Laxmanmur Bathe massacre but released later on by the Patna High Court on October 13, 2013. Chandkeshwar confesses not only to his involvement in the Bathani Tola massacre in 1996 killing 22 Dalits but also to have beheaded five fishermen.

The details of how the massacre was carried out are as chilling as the pathologic nonchalance with which Chandkeshwar speaks out,”As the clock struck 3, the Sena began firing … it was 3:00 at daytime … there was a police chowki. The massacre was carried out.”

Chandkeshwar gives the headcount of the victims,” Some bodies of those who were part of the assault had been cleared from there, but still there were 22 bodies on the spot … yes there were 22 dead bodies lying about.”

He went on to confess how he beheaded five poor fishermen, supposedly CPI-ML supporters, that night at the Sone River: “ I was very angry at them. Why I should waste a bullet on them that is worth Rs 100 or so, I thought. Better use the knife I have. So I cut them down with it.”

Siddhanath Singh: The self-assured aide of the Sena chief Barmeshwar Singh Mukhiya does not bat an eyelid when he owns up to his involvement in six major massacres of Dalits. Churning out details with cold-blooded apathy that only hardened criminals are known to possess, he not only recounts the night of bloodbath that Sena had in Laxmanpur Bathe and who were behind it and who executed it but also names a former Prime Minister who had helped his outfit to procure arms as military reject. This is what he told the police when he was in custody: “ … I told them we got them from Indian military as rejected lot … we got the arms with help from our Prime Minister …I said Chandra Shekhar ….”

And the conduit who got the so-called rejected lot of military weapons, according to Siddhnath, was Surya Dev, a powerful politician from Dhanbad and a close friend of Chandra Shekhar.

Pramod Singh: Incarcerated in Arrah jail for some other crime, Pramod Singh confesses to his involvement in the Miyanpur massacre in which 32 were killed: “That (Miyanpur) village was the supporter of the Naxals and was thus on the target of the Ranveer Sena. We executed that massacre.”

He alleges a prominent BJP leader lent the dreaded outfit with both political and financial support: “ it was when there was the BJP government [at the centre] … there was Atal Behari Vajpai [prime minister] …there was Yashwant Sinha [finance minister]… he would visit regularly … meet the Mukhiya [Barmeshwar Singh] regularly … he was there in my village when the police were hot on our heels and raiding our places. ” Yashwant Sinha allegedly lent both monetary and political support to the Sena as Pramod Singh claims:“Paise se … sarhe paanch lakh ([He] gave us money … Five and half lakh).” He adds, “Aur kya support karega … jo bhi rajnaitik support jo hota hai (What else support he could lend … other than political support).”

Pramod Singh recounts how Jahanabad MP Arun Kumar would help: “ When on the run … suppose the police had closed in about us … five–six people were be evacuated … then Arun Kumar, the Jehanbad MP, would reach the spot and would escort away all of them in his car … ).”

Ravindra Chaudhry: The Cobrapost reporter met Chaudhry at Belaur village in Bhojpur. He divulges about the Sena’s most diabolical and heinous plan: “We had in fact worked out a strategy to execute massacres across 50 villages to wake up the government from its torpor. Otherwise, the government will always think that no castes other than the minorities, most backward and backward livein this country.”

Bhola Rai: Living incognito with his family in Tata Nagar,Bhola Singh confesses to have taken part in the killing of 58 Dalits at Laxmanpur Bathe: “We killed about 50–60 people then and there in Laxmanpur Bathe.”

According to him there were 100 members of the Sena who launched the assault that was led by one of his nephews: “The attack was led byone of my nephews, Santu, from Ikwari village.” He adds with a sense of pride:“Haan hum bhi thay (Yes I too was there).”

The fact that Ranveer Sena had ample political support is borne out not only by the on-camera confessions of these functionaries of the notorious outfit but also by the interview that Cobrapost had with Justice(Retd.) Amir Das, as the judge names those who lent support to the Sena:

“I can tell some names, for instance, Shivanand Tewary, C.P.Thakur, Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushil Kumar Modi. Then there was a head of a village in the neighbourhood of Laxmanpur Bathe about whom we had drawn the conclusion that he too supported [the Ranveer Sena].”

However, almost all Sena killers have been set free either by the lower courts or by the Patna High Court for lack of evidence.

Though Dy SP CID (Retd.) Mirza Maqsood Alam Beg would disagree,” You see, there is direct evidence against them … eyewitness … people saw them and identified them …apart from that before the occurrence [of a massacre] these people would hold meetings at their places … all these things are recorded in case diary.” Beg’s words carry weight as he was the IO of the major massacre Laxmanpur Bathe and was responsible for filing the charge sheet.

These acquittals have been challenged in the Supreme Court and thus are still pending.

Conclusion

This is how India treat Dalits, a peace loving and submissive community. The upper caste people unleash terror on them for silly reasons. The state machinery, the judiciary etc, managed by casteist forces don’t take any action but they collude to favor the so-called upper caste criminals.