Reality Check India

Ram placed in context

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 9, 2007


The communist leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee  recently made a highly secular comment about Ram. This comment was made in a highly secular meeting to mark the  15th anniversary of Babri Masjid.

.. Kobi tabo monobhoomi Ramer janmasthan Ayodhyayr cheye satya jeno (the poet’s mind is the birthplace of Ram which is more real than Ayodhya).

Source: Telegraph

After the meeting was through, he quickly backtracked

“I quoted the following lines of Rabindranath Tagore…. A section of the media has taken it out of context,” Bhattacharjee said.

I agree completely with the communist leader. He was indeed quoted out of context. Reality Check will try to put it in the right context.

Context : It appears that for the past 40 years, the communists have neglected the Muslims completely.  This fact was conveniently hidden until the Sachar report came out.  The Sachar report, far from being a rigorous exercise, is still a step towards the truth.  It is a sliver of light.

Like a deer caught in the headlights, the communists are immobilized by a flash of data. Nandigram, Taslima, Rizwan-ur, are all side shows.

Given this context, imagine being forced to address a meeting of a thousand Muslims on the occassion of the Babri Masjid demolition. Does that sound like a picnic to you ?  Survival instincts take over. You then throw some mud on Hindu gods in front of thousands of Muslims. The idea is to get out unscathed.

Karunanidhi’s attacks on Ram / Aryans/ theories based on the Java man/ Peking man/ are no different. Do you want to guess what social justice based on rational data will do to the Dravidian movement ?

Is everything in the right context now ?

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  1. Barbarindian said, on December 9, 2007 at 7:31 am

    KOLKATA: The Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government has allocated Rs 4.38 crore to enhance the stipend of students belonging to minority communities. The move comes within weeks of the row over Taslima Nasreen and due to the fear of losing minority votes.

    The order was passed earlier this week and the government is all set to spend the money on students appearing for higher secondary, graduation and post graduation examinations.

    They are not taking chances now.

  2. Abi said, on December 9, 2007 at 7:45 am

    While I do enjoy other folks — such as Richard Dawkins — who mock people’s blind faith in faith, I am not particularly enamoured by politicians who throw around gratuitous insults at people (and their gods), because the latter’s real goals are *always* questionable.

    But you also said, “Do you want to guess what social justice based on rational data will do to the Dravidian movement ?” I am curious. What will the data do?

  3. Revathi said, on December 9, 2007 at 8:31 am

    I for one am persuaded to think that the tamils came from Africa. After seeing a lot of africans especially from Ethiopia, their body language and their very old custom of painting red and white stripes on the walls of their houses and certain dishes very similar to dosa and sambar I am amazed how similar we tamils are to the africans. Apparently, some sort of evidence is coming up in this respect .

  4. Rohit Menon said, on December 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Yes, you put it in context very well. Another context could also be deflection of the Nandigram issue. Kill two birds with one stone kind of situation.

  5. realitycheck said, on December 10, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    >> What will the data do ? >>

    Clearly something bad, because if were to do something good – it would have been already done.

    WIth data in place, the dravidian movement no longer offers concrete private benefits to people for merely rallying around its ideology (atheism, mistrust, exclusion of certain groups, etc). Now, you have to rally around the movement *and* have favourable data to qualify for benefits.

    Those groups who have favourable data, no longer need a strong movement because it would be hard to deny their due in the face of data.

    Those groups who have unfavourable data, are effectively out of the dravidian fold. They then become free agent voters. There will be some who will still put in effort in the movement even though their personal returns from it are nil. This hardcore group will be small.

    All this does not mean that the dreaded brahmin will suddenly emerge from the woodwork and reclaim political space. It just means that power will be wrested by newer players like Sharat Kumar or Vijaykanth who will instantly appeal more to the free-agent voters.

  6. Abi said, on December 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for elaborating on the kind of things “the data” will do. It still leaves the question of what “the data” might be that will do all those things. I’m still curious.

  7. realitycheck said, on December 11, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Ok my previous comment was pretentious, as are all my comments on the role of data. I am just guessing based on my own understanding of how humans will organize.

    If you listen to some of the old speeches of MGR and others, the Dravidian movement, specifically the DMK/DK was supposed to have run their course even in the 80’s. Their so called “Varalattru Thevai” (historical necessity) was over. Even for their supporters the biggest benefit of the Dravidian movement was state intervention that ended brahmin monopoly in certain areas. You still do not see Ravana temples or any major atheism / rationalism events, nor any contribution to further scientific study of the Aryan/ Dravidian divide.

    Their hold on various groups still remains due to the costs of not lining up in their favour.

    What kind of data ? Even easy to collect data will suffice. Let us just assume that “representation” and not “backwardness” is the TN understanding of quotas. The data to support that would be underrepresentation details of castes in education, police, politics, administration, or whatnot.

    Specifically, from an education perspective. If a caste is able to corner sufficient seats in the open competition, the case for further preference for them at the expense of other castes who do not show the same ability is very weak. Even the beneficiary castes will not drive their demands too far given this data.

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