8/03/2012

Pune Blasts are Result of Caste War

By Feroze Mithiborwala & Kishore Jagtap

01 August, 2012

Low intensity crude bombs have exploded in 4 locations in Pune, though no causalities have been reported. But again, why have these blasts occurred at this very moment & what is the underlying political context of this terror attack, is the moot point & hence this analysis after conferring with our Dalit-OBC activists friends in Mumbai & in Pune.

In our analysis this is a Chitpawan Brahmanical-Manuwadi reaction to the restoration of the true Samadhi-Burial Shrine of Saibai, the first wife of Shivaji Maharaj.
It also marks a welcome, though a little too warm, for Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, the first Dalit (so-called untouchables) Home Minister of independent India.
Thus in our assessment, this series of terror attacks, is part of the ongoing caste war that has once again erupted all across Maharashtra, especially ever since the struggle over the true paternal lineage of Shivaji Maharaj, the widely loved, iconic & revered king.

But today marked a major historic turning point in the battle. The Samabhaji Brigade, led by the Maratha community (which in the last 2 decades, is rediscovering its non-Brahmin religio-cultural identity with the emergence of Shiv Dharma), but also includes activists from the Shudra-Ati-Shudra or the Dalit-OBC sections, destroyed the so-called Samadhi or burial site of Waghya, Shivaji's non-existent pet dog. This fact has been proved in a remarkable work of research by Shri Ananth Darvatkar – “Advaiti Chatrapti Shri Sambhaji Maharaj”.

The claim of the Bahujan movement is that this site actually marks the burial place of Saibai, the first wife of Shivaji Maharaj & the mother of his philosopher son, Sambhaji Maharaj , who again has been the target of Brahmanical calumny. The point to be noted is that neither did Waghya the pet dog exist & nor was Ramdas the Guru of Shivaji . In fact recent research shows that Ramadas never even met Shivaji Maharaj, but the attempt has always been to impose a Brahmin as the true brain & power behind the throne.

For the last few years, the Bahujan movement led by journalist Sudhakar Lad & by Vilas Kharat, a writer has petitioned the government of Maharashtra to put an end to this vile calumny. But the government failed to respond.

Thus at 3pm today, the activists of the Sambhaji Brigade destroyed the false site in Raigadh & restored it to the memory of Saibai.

Soon sms's were sent all across Maharashtra & the rest of the country to celebrate this victory after a long struggle. In the evening activists had decided to distribute sweets, burst fire-crackers & organize victory rallies. But now after the blasts, all plans have been cancelled & obviously so.

As one would recall, this is part of the ongoing struggle over the true legacy of Shivaji Maharaj, who until now has been misused & appropriated by the Hindutva-Brahmaical right wing, but now has been reclaimed by the Bahujan & progressive secular movements.

Also it is a historical fact that it was Krantiveer Jotiba Phule who discovered the Samadhi of Shivaji Maharaj, which was in ruins & unkown to the masses. He also founded the Satya Shodak Movement (The Movement to Seek Truth) on the 24 th of September, the day that marks the true Rajya Abhishek or the enthroning ceremony by the Shakya culture , which again was non-Brahmin. Later Balgangadhar Tilak a conservative casytest Brahmin appropriated the symbolism of Shivaji Maharaj. Whilst the liberal upper castes refer to him as Lok Manya Tilak, the Bahujan masses call him Bhatt Manya Tilak.

Due to the fact that Shivaji Maharaj was committed to the anti-caste struggle, his paternal lineage was a matter of extremely vicious whispering campaign by the Brahmanical sections for the past four centuries. The true father of Shivaji Maharaj was Shahaji, but the Brahmins made lewd jokes about Dadaji Kondev, a Brahmin as the real father & thus insulting the memory of Jijau Mata, who was both the mother & guru of Shivaji Maharaj.

This too erupted into a controversy due to the book written by James Laine & he was helped along in his research by the conservative Brahmin scholars of Bhandarkar Institute in Poona, a centre of extremism, with 3 of its “researchers” under investigation for the Malegaon terror attacks by the ATS then led by Shri Hemant Karkare , who as we were aware was martyred during the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks.

The Sambhaji Brigade removed the statue of Dadaji Kondev from the rest of the family & this has truly angered the Brahmins, especially the most casteist & racist of them all - the Chitpawan Brahmins, who interestingly are also Israel's most important supporters in India.

An unholy alliance of casteists, supremacists, racists, Zionists & imperialists!!
Today after the destruction of the false burial site & its dedication to the memory of Saibai, the Bahujan activists had decided to organize a victory rally in Pune - & thus the terror attacks across Pune!!

Also the blast has occurred when Sushilkumar Shinde has been appointed as the Home Minister & it marks the first time that a Dalit has occupied this post in the history of independent India.

To go back into a similar context in history, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the first PM of Independent India wanted to appoint Dr. Babasaheb Ambedar as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court , as he rightly felt that he would be the best person to uphold the legal & constitutional principles. But he was opposed by Vallabh bhai Patel on the grounds that “how can the lawyers from the upper caste Brahmins, Kayasthas & Banias, bow before an untouchable & say - My Lord”. This fact has been recorded in a book “25 Years of my Association with Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar” (pg 74), written by Sohanlal Shastri a very close companion of Dr. Ambedkar, one of the greatest revolutionary figures in the history of the world.

This also again symptomatic of the unfolding political crisis that grips the ruling caste-class elite, as we head for the crucial general elections of 2014. The ongoing ethno-communal clashes that have erupted in Assam, to more than the 40 riots in various towns of Uttar Pradesh, the relentless targeting of the Muslim community on false terror charges, even as the investigations into Brahmanical terror are covered up, basic charge sheets not framed & thus suspects released on bail. This even as the socio-economic & political crisis worsens on all fronts.

Thus the politics of terror & riots are a strategy of mass control.

We are indeed in for a long & dangerous haul.


Feroze Mithiborwala is a peace activist in Mumbai. He led the Asia to Gaza peace flotilla.
Kishore Jagtap is a Mumbai-based human rights and social activists
Courtesy: Countercurrents.org

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