Eyewitness account: Dwij traditions being challenged by Dalitbahujans in Bengal

The ideals and ancestral traditions of the Dalitbahujan have been perpetually insulted in the garb of cultural and religious events. The prime example is the gory display of the slaughter of Asur king Mahishasur on the occasion of Durga Puja, which is now being challenged openly and vehemently, writes Ujjwal Vishwas

Indigenous peoples are expressing their freedom. Adivasis are becoming culturally conscious and thus throwing away the yoke of the brahmanical slavery. All this is happening across the country. The cultural revolution that is taking place in the various parts of the country is engendering a sense of pride in the ancestors, ideals and heroes of the indigenous peoples. Bengal, which has established its distinct cultural identity, is not untouched by it.

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