28 November, 2020

Death For Moustache

As for the ‘Mr. Dalit’ Whatsapp campaign, the Dalits have once again shown the world that they will not be cowed down.

Death For Moustache

What does a moustache really mean? Death, if you are a Dalit and if you happen to be in Gujarat. Last year in July at Una or the Unnatnagar town of Gir Somnath district in the Saurashtra region, four of the Sarvaiya family, Ramesh, Vasram, Ashok and Bechar, were almost beaten to death by a mob for skinning a cow, an occupation that was assigned to them at birth by our society. I thought the shockwaves that the Una flogging triggered across the country could have become therapeutic for the ugly, feudal, casteist forces of the state. No, not at all. They haven’t had enough of Dalit blood.

Last week a Dalit was killed for watching the garba festivities and that too in Anand. Can there be a greater contradiction in terms of the geographical context? Anand is synonymous with Verghese Kurien, the Amul brand and the country’s white revolution. There are no reports suggesting Jayesh Solanki, the Dalit youngster, was trying to intrude or getting physical at the garba. Still he was beaten and his head banged against a wall. He died on October 1, a day before Gandhi...



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