Dashrath Manjhi, you moved the mountain but couldn’t move the consciousness of caste ridden and rigid society
Humble tribute to Dashrath Manjhi on their death anniversary today. Dashrath was born in a village named Gehlour near Gaya in Bihar in a scheduled caste Musahar community. His region, like every SC settlement, was extremely backward in terms of development.
The villagers had to travel 70 kilometers for all the essential needs to the town due to the giant mountain hill of Gehlour. In 1959, Manjhi’s wife Falguni Devi died because of this very same mountain. Manjhi was devastated. He then took an oath to cut down the mountain all on his own so that no one else faces the same fate of her wife.
Manjhi worked day and night for 22 years straight and broke down the hill from a distance of 70 kilometers to just one kilometer.
He worked from 1960 to 1982.
No doubt whatever Manjhi did was courageous. But his struggle is of no romanticism. No human should ever go through this. It was sheer failure of the governments of that time and result of caste brutalization.
August 14: On this day
91 years ago on August 14, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar told Mr. Gandhi, “I have no homeland. How can I call this land my own homeland and this religion my own, wherein we are treated worse than cats and dogs, wherein we cannot get water to drink?”
Independence: A Wrong Approach
Independence: A Wrong Approach As to independence, Labour fully recognises its importance. But Labour thinks that there is a wrong approach to the question of independence and a misunderstanding about its importance. The independence of a nation ex hypothesi does not tie it up to any particular form of government or organisation of society. External independence is quite compatible with internal slavery.
Independence means nothing more than that a nation has liberty to determine its form of government and its social order without dictation from outside. The worth of independence depends upon the kind of government and the kind of society that is built up. There is not much value in independence if the form of government and the order of society are to be those against which the world is fighting today. Labour thinks that more emphasis ought to have been placed on New India—and less on ‘Quit India’. The appeal of a New India with a New Order is bound to be greater than the appeal of independence. Indeed the vision of a New Order in a New India would very greatly strengthen determination to win freedom. Such an approach would certainly have stopped the many embarrassing questions which are being asked, namely, freedom for what and freedom for whom.
Secondly, immediate realisation of independence as a condition for support to the war effort, Labour finds it difficult to understand. This condition marks a sudden development in the attitude of some people to the war effort, and could be justified only if there was any sudden conspiracy to rob India of her right to freedom. But there is no evidence of any such conspiracy. Nor can such conspiracy, if there were any, succeed no matter who the conspirators are. In the view of Labour no one can deprive India of her right to freedom if she demands it with the combined strength of united people. If India’s independence is in the balance, it is because of disunity among Indians. The enemies of India’s independence are Indians and no others.
-Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
Not a Hindu deity, but Lord Buddha: Madras High Court finds from Archeology Dept
A Hindu deity named Thalaivetti Muniappan was worshiped at a temple in Periyeri Village of Tamil Nadu. In 2011 a Buddhist trust filed a petition objecting that it’s an idol of Lord Buddha.
“The Archeology and Tamil Development department shall take control of the property and it shall maintain the same. A board can be erected inside to depict the sculpture inside the property as Buddha. The general public can also be permitted to visit this place and it shall be ensured that no poojas or other ceremonies are allowed to be performed for the sculpture of Buddha,” Justice N Anand Venkatesh said.
Many consider this a historic victory. Mission Ambedkar tweets, “The statue of Lord Buddha was being worshiped as Hindu deity Muniappan in TN’s Salem. A Buddhist trust challenged this in the Madras HC in 2011. The HC accepted the fact and ordered to restore the temple and stop the Hindu rituals there. This is a historic victory.”