When there was no Bahujan thought in India, or to state it differently, when there was no enlightenment among Dalit-backward classes, Brahmin thought was synonymous with Indian thought. For instance, there used to be a column titled “Rashtra Chintan ” ( national thought ) published in “Dainik Jagran” and “Amar Ujala” written by a brahmin author. This was published every Monday, until his death. The column was unbearably casteist, communal and poisonous. In those days, I was the lone Dalit writer who attacked this national thought in my writings. Neither the progressive writers nor the readers exerted any pressure to stop publishing the column of national thought. While such was the state of affairs in journalism, far worse was the situation with literature. The entire Hindi literature had become synonymous with Hindu literature.
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