30 July, 2021

Dalit Atrocities

What if we trust Anshu Prakash’s version? Every chief secretary of every state ought to be brought to the CM’s house, made to sit between two MLAs and thrashed till he delivers.

Dalit Atrocities

Had the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, been brought in a century earlier, during British rule, there would not have been any caste discrimination in this country. No Indian lout would have dared use caste slurs against fellow citizens, fearing the British jails. After all, caste supremacists are not freedom fighters or idealists; they are the worst kind of feudal bullies who wouldn’t look authority in the eye. And we would have been a much better society. And Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash would never have spat those (imaginary or otherwise) words of casteist abuse at the Dalit MLAs. Now, that he is accused of doing exactly that, we need to look carefully at the allegations against Prakash and his version of the story.

These allegations actually give us an opportunity to do a caste audit of the incident. Sure, it is a coincidence that the Aam Aadmi Party and its government are led larg­ely by people from one community: the vyshyas or banias. The party chief, the chief minister (both are the same person),...

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