How should Dalits, Tribals and OBCs use their mythology constructively?
Today, political and social battles being fought over mythology have taken many forms. On the one hand, the RSS is strengthening the dominance of Dwijs using Hindu mythology; on the other hand, the Bahujans are becoming increasingly conscious of their own mythology. The moot question is how the Bahujans can use their mythology constructively, says Premkumar Mani
कैसे करें दलित, आदिवासी और ओबीसी अपने मिथकों का रचनात्मक इस्तेमाल?
वर्तमान में मिथकों को लेकर राजनीतिक और सामाजिक संघर्ष कई दृश्य प्रस्तुत कर रहा है। एक तरफ आरएसएस हिन्दू मिथकों के सहारे द्विजों के वर्चस्व में वृद्धि करने का प्रयास कर रहा है। वहीं बहुजनों में भी अपने मिथकों के प्रति चेतना बढ़ी है। मूल सवाल यह है कि वर्तमान में मिथकों का रचनात्मक इस्तेमाल बहुजनों द्वारा कैसे किया जा सकता है? बता रहे हैं प्रेमकुमार मणि :
Mythology, with its rich symbolism and fantasies, not only introduces us to untold facts but also, if we go to its roots, it can help us re-render and understand human history. He says Brahmins have very deftly used mythology to serve their interests. Read Mohammed Arif Khan’s review of ‘Mahishasur: Ek Jannayak’
Holi: Celebrating the immolation of an Asur woman
All the Asur-Aryan battles have been linked to this or that Hindu festival and are projected as metaphors for victory of good over evil. The fact is that these are tales of the deceit of dwijs and their real import can be understood through the deconstruction of the myths underlying them. Kanwal Bharti deconstructs the story of Holika, linked to the festival of Holi
Why this celebration of death?
There is no intention to hurt anyone behind the idea to celebrate the martyrdom day of Mahishasura. In fact, we’ve set aside this day to reflect on why we lost. We are told our hero was killed through deceit, and/but we are still being deceived