Thursday, 13 March 2014

Why is the study of History unavoidable to Dalits? - G Sidharthan


Dalits are most oppressed group of people among the oppressed Indians. Majority of Dlits still are not bothered about the importance of reading history. They do not see the dark clouds of upper class dominance slowly falling again on them or upon their coming generations. They are amazingly lazy to safeguard their constitutional rights too. They are terribly less conscious of their history mission. ie, to rule our country as early as possible as demanded and dreamt by Ambedkar, the great. After severe war with congress and caste Hinus, the door of the constituent Assembly was opened to Ambedkar, with the help of the British Empire. The spirit of war that is away from Dalits will effect seriously their harmony and development; the are compelled to merge as one caste. Nobody can create history without the knowledge of history., Ambedkar said. To understand this no other example is needed than the help of his vast knowledge of history. Ambedkar reminded us to "educate, agitate and organize". Education - knowledge of history - is the prime and primary thing needed to agitation and organisation. Absence of organised struggle will not brings expected fruit to Dalits.

Those who do not want the participation of Dalits in politics will keep them away from their history; they will come in front of Dalits with the mask of their Kshatrya tradition. They want to Say Dalits that the latter were never rules in history. The kshatriya spirit of Ayyankali, the great was distorted in Kerala history in this way. No doubt, India was ruled by Dalits, before Aryan invasion. You may be excited to read the archaeological note by M J Wallhouse in the Indian Antiquary Vol.3, 1874, P.191- "It is well known that the servile casts in Southern India once held far higher positions, and were masters of the land on the arrival of the Brahmanical caste......... The present haughty high caste races were suppliants before the ancestors of degraded classes" Let it provoke us to learn the history as it is.