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 :
Kanwal Bharti sings to shake up Bahujans
Recently, Kanwal Bharti posted a few Raginis on Facebook. He has written and sung them himself. What kind of restlessness and need forced an established author to turn to singing? Siddharth tries to answer the question.
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
No end to Dalit hostel horror stories
If I object to the severing of the thumb, they discover new thumbs – as if they cannot live without severing thumbs. I have seen political and social platforms decorated with garlands of severed thumbs. I have seen violence overwhelming democracy
‘Mahavir Singh, you are Shambuk, not Dronacharya’
If you refuse to accept this award, it is bound to trigger a debate. Can a teacher who discriminated against his students be considered an ideal? Such a teacher kills many a talent, ruins the life of many a woman, severs the thumbs of many an Eklavya
महावीर सिंह, आप द्रोणाचार्य नहीं शंबूक हो!
अगर आप ऐसे असमानता के नाम के प्रतीक आवार्ड को लेने से मना करते हो तो एक बहस छिड़ना लाजमी है कि क्या ऐसे गुरुओं को आदर्श गुरु माना जा सकता है, जो अपने शिष्यों से भेदभाव करते थे और अब भी करते है, जिन्होंने कितनी असाधारण प्रतिभाओ का कत्ल किया है, जिनके कारण कितनी लड़कियों की जिंदगियां ख़राब हुई है। जिन्होंने कितने ही एकलव्यों के अंगूठे काट लिए हैं, क्या ऐसे गुरु को आदर्श माना जा सकता है!
I am a Dalit, not your cow
I am a Dalit. I am not your cow that you can milk and then leave to die. I pity your cow too. I will fight against this system and against you till the end and get my fair share. And I will also fight against you for the rights of your cow
Narsingh Yadav: Eklavya or Abhimanyu?
Most importantly, is Vijay Goel, the union minister for sports, soft-pedalling the issue as he needs the support of the Satpal-Sushil duo in his Delhi politics? Whose prestige is at stake in this controversy?
Video camera does not lie
They forget that Dronacharya was also a teacher, yet he demanded Eklavya’s thumb as ‘guru dakshina’. Eklavya performed his duty as a disciple. But was Dronacharya being fair? Was he behaving as a teacher should