Democracy in India - i

Book: Democracy in India - A Hollow Shell
Authors: Arthur Bonner, Kancha Ilaiah, Suranjot Kumar Saha, Asghar Ali Engineer & Gerard Heuze
Year: 1994
Pages: 282
Publisher: The American University Press
Kavneet Singh

These battle-hardened academics, men with guts and honesty in their hearts, have written about the bare and brutal reality of the India.

Chapter 1: The Culture of Caste
With rare exceptions, caste decides whom a person marries, whom he invites to his home, whom he consults for help in finding a job, to whom he rents an apartment or house, whom he hires for an important job, which school he goes to and the ease of his advancement to a higher grade, who most of his teachers are-even what books and magazines he reads and who his enemies are. The virus infects every religious, ethnic and social institution… (p. 10)

Race has become caste in India; but planned in the most diabolical and elaborate manner to maintain all the levels of behaviourwhich were customary for each caste. The most sophisticated social engineering ever designed by man [Brahmins] is the ‘Manu Simriti’, a form of economic servitude on the rest [over 96.5%] of the population in perpetuity and covered with layers of contradictory religious mumbo jumbo to create a façade of a real religion.

While he [Gandhi] condemned untouchability as a curse and declared, “If untouchability is not rooted out of Hinduism, Hinduism must perish,” he defended the fourfold varna system, saying that once untouchables were “restored” to the position of Shudras, varnas would merely represent a natural division of labor…(p. 21)

A die hard Hindu, Gandhi was simply manipulating the masses and he knew exactly how, since he was ‘baniya’ [trader] and practiced as a lawyer for 20 years.

Ambedkar called for replacing varna and caste divisions with a common citizenship… he described the Aryans who brought Brahminic concepts to India as a race of flesh-eating drunkards and gamblers who offered their brothers and wives as stakes; an utterly immoral society where brother cohabitated with sister……Bestiality was prevalent among the Aryans…the most hideous instance is that of a woman having sexual intercourse with a horse in the Ashvamedha Yadhna…(p. 26)

Only a sick mind can even contemplate such trash, but unfortunately this is part of the Hindu Brahminical Vedas and Puranas. No wonder, the Brahmins are unique. The issue was not merit or even fair play; it was about power and dominance. Cashman adds, “It is significant that the Brahmin was…both consolidating his position in the services and institutions of the province and at the same time effectively warding off those who wished to curtail the Brahmin hegemony. It was the very strength of the Brahmin position which made him eager to defend his position, sensitive to any change and willing to contest any effort to diminish his authority”…(p. 36).

Herein lies the crux of the problem which cannot be solved unless and until the entire edifice of the Brahminic superstructure is completely dismantled and destroyed.

Chapter 2: Revisionist History
John Breuilly adds: From the very beginning, British administration was based on large-scale collaboration. It began with finding people to operate the system of rural taxation, the financial prop of government… These collaborators were drawn from Brahmin and other twice-born castes. Jointly with the British colonisers, they produced what now passes as the public transcript, “reflected in the preservation through codification and legal authorization and those indigenous cultural, legal, and religious beliefs systems which safeguarded the privileged status of the Indian ruling class”…(p. 40)

If it wasn’t for the selfish British none of the Brahmin texts would have been translated or used for various purposes till the 20th century, thereby giving very little credence to creating a new religion “Santana Dharma” commonly called “Hinduism” outside of that part of the world. Further, the entire landscape would be different and probably better than what it is today.

The same fabrication of India as a unitary “Hindu” society has -through repetition - obscured the reality of a segmented society… Fabricated Hinduism is found everywhere… (p. 41)

Modern day Indian [Hindu] literature, history, art, etc., always ironically subsumes Jainism, Buddhism and even the Sikh faith as part of it. The difference between an Untouchable woman and a Brahmin woman is only in your mind… (p.48)

Thousands of years of repeations ingrained into the masses are difficult to eradicate. The first option is to change Faiths, which is at least a good beginning. The other is to dump it completely.

Chapter 3: India’s Caste/Culture: An Andhra Pradesh Perspective
Peasants [Shudras] know how to patch the broken bones of humans…our village artisans learned to cure some diseases by cauterizing…the priestly castes of India have always been against these medicinal practices…If shudras are now to accept that the priesthood is fully reserved to Brahmins on the basis of caste, medicine should be fully reserved to Shudras on the basis of caste… (p. 54)

Brahminical socio-philosophy goes against all logic, common sense, fairplay, equality, and all other norms of ethical and moral human conduct. But while their bodies are untouchable, a woman’s sex is not… (p. 58)

The Brahminical religious practice is pretty sick. No Brahmin or upper caste person can be physically touched or no food/water can be taken in case one is polluted. But to rape an untouchable woman is absolutely fine with no compunctions. People of India expected a lot to change after 1947. But the Congress Party kept the brahminic ideological structure intact. Laws enacted by the British against the interests of the people continued to operate with slight modifications… Incidents of police torture, rape and murder have increased every year, irrespective of the parties in power. (p. 63)

During the rule of the British, “fake encounters”, “torture”, “court behind closed doors”, etc, were completely unheard of, but in Hindu-ruled India it is common place and the norm.

Chapter 4: The Brahminic Social Order and Tribal Society
Brahminic Social Order-through selective incorporation of indigenous elements, often with the aid of made-to-order Kshatriya genealogies and mythological tales-has become an hereditary elite… (p. 65). Brahmins spent an enormous amount of time to come up with such a devious scheme to create the most elaborate social order in the guise of a religion to completely usurp all economic, social and religious powers away from everyone except to the chosen few, again for their own benefit and constantly updating their scheme with rehashing their older texts under the guise of adding newer ‘gods’.

Shudras, who today comprise 80 percent of those Indians who are classified in popular terminology as Hindus…were created to be the slave of the Brahmins…are prohibited from accumulating property because it will cause pain to the Brahmin…Elite men may keep Shudra concubines, but their offspring may not inherit their father’s property… While elite varnas face fines for adultery, Shudras face amputation, castration or death if the woman belongs to a higher caste… (p. 69)

The hypocrisy of the Brahmins is limitless and defies all logic. The rapacity of the middlemen alien…who spare no species of force or fraud to obtain tribal land, our courts do not afford any facile remedy…the tribals have much to endure… (p. 74)
The British levied the land revenue tax to such a high amount that the poor peasants were literally starved out of their lands slowly and surely. Hindus have one upped the British and come up with even more ingenious ways to milk the poor downtrodden castes.

To speak of integrating tribal people into the “mainstream” is to do violence to their immediate and long term interests. The mainstream is the Brahminic Social Order…(p. 78)

Mainstreaming of all tribals, non-Brahminical groups and even other Faith groups is the ongoing central theme of the ruling class and they continue to browbeat everyone to be mainstreamed like a steam roller.

Continued in the next issue