Reviewing Anand Teltumbde’s book Khairlanji: A Strange and Bitter Crop, Rajesh Ramachandran concludes:
The book however has a serious ideological flaw. It inadvertently falls into the Brahminical trap of theorising class conflicts in terms of positing Dalits against the new Shudra oppressors. Kilvenmani, Karamchedu, Chunduru and other examples are repeated at least seven times in the text to argue that new oppressors are Shudras. If that be, how does Teltumbde explain desperately poor tribals killing and raping Dalits in Kandhamal? The real oppressor is the caste hegemony perpetuated by the core Sangh Parivar constituency of the Brahmin-Bania-Thakur trinity. Is it any surprise that it was Parivar’s Brahminical commentators who first introduced the Dalit-Shudra contradiction to theorise the “failure” of Kanshi Ram’s Bahujan experiment and the split of the unbeatable BSP-Samajwadi Party alliance in UP. Hope the Dalit ‘holocaste’ series doesn’t serve this Hindutva agenda. [Mail Today, 26 October 2008]
Or, indeed, how does one explain atrocities against Dalits by Brahmins?
One thought on “Kilvenmani, Karamchedu, Chunduru… Orissa, Pratapgarh?”
this is a typical politics of graded inequality of india.Brahmanical social order has given a deep rooted ideological structure for this oppression.Most of the time,dalits will have to face direct atrocities from middle castes(we may call shudras).the diversity of indian social structure gives much flexibility to cover up the ideological hegemony of brahmanism.the exclusive dalit-bahujan identity (against brahmin-upper caste dominance) is being sabotaged by the cleaver manipulation of brahmin-bania-takur politics.A broad based cultural-social-economic and political emancipation project is necessary for dalits to counter the over all hegemony of indian brhamin(savarna )social order.
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