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Looking back at Rajendra Yadav’s scathing editorials

Negating the maxim of Satyamev Jayate, Yadav wrote in January 1996, “If truth alone triumphs, the Turks, the Mughals and the British defeated us, so was truth with them? It must have been. Otherwise, how could they have triumphed?” Kanwal Bharti looks back at Rajendra Yadav’s editorials for ‘Hans’

My perspective is that of an alert reader who used to read the editorials of Rajendra Yadav. And this alert reader’s aesthetics is not the aesthetics of Hindi literature but that of Dalit Literature. That is the reason he finds himself in conflict with saffronism, progressivism and Marxism. Rajendra Yadav had a dislike for saffronism and I am no different. Yadav, however, agreed with progressivism and Marxism on many issues but I don’t. To my mind, the ‘Brahmin factor’ is common to all these three isms. Brahmins dominate all of them. The saffron Brahmin, the progressive Brahmin and the socialist (or Marxist) Brahmin oppose each other, as a consequence of which saffronism has been gaining strength by the day. We can witness here what Kabir described as “Jhoothe ke ghar jhootha aaya” (A liar visits a liar’s place). The three Brahmins rebut each other but behind the curtains, they are one. Only two people could catch the Brahmins out on the shrewd games they played – Kabir in the 15th century and Ambedkar in the 20th. Both refused to accept Brahmins as intellectuals and disavowed their intellectual leadership.

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About The Author

Kanwal bharti

Kanwal Bharti (born February 1953) is a progressive Ambedkarite thinker and one of the most talked-about and active contemporary writers. Dalit Sahitya Kee Avdharna and Swami Achootanand Harihar Sanchayita are his key books. He was conferred with Dr Ambedkar Rashtriya Award in 1996 and Bhimratna Puraskar in 2001

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