Skip to main content

Hell would have descended had Constitution been drafted by Hegde or his ilk. Mother India survived as Ambedkar drafted it


Award-winning Kannada novelist and Dalit public intellectual Devanur Mahadeva writes to Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde Minister Hegde, saying India survived because "Ambedkar and not you wrote the Constitution". Text of the letter:
Union minister Mr Anantkumar Hegde ji, it is frightening to have to listen to the words you have spoken at Kuknoor in Yelburga taluk. “Those who are unaware of their parentage are the ones who call themselves secularists,” you say deridingly. Now we have to make you aware of your own parentage. It is hatred that is your father, intolerance your mother, illusion your ancestry, falsehood (mithya) the source of your knowledge. I think this should be enough.
What hurts me even now, whenever I remember it, is Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP’s leader, being in an insensate state. Similarly, George Fernandes, a part of the NDA and who comes from a socialist background, is also in an insensate state. It then seems that precisely because leaders like these are not active in your party that the present BJP and the NDA end up making such senseless and irresponsible statements.nd then another statement of yours, “Every human being is an animal when he is born but it is what he does that makes him a human being.” In your case, I somehow feel it is quite the opposite. Even amidst the din you make, I would request you to pay attention to Kuvempu’s concept of “Being the universal human at birth itself”.
Furthermore, your knowledge of history is highly polluted. You say that the deformity called caste has grown in recent times. I have noted that you said “…in recent times”. In that case, which era’s caste would you want? That of the Peshwas? At the time of the sepoy uprising, if the British were to lose their war against the Peshwas, then Peshwa rule would end up creating hell for marginalised communities. This is what the highly enlightened members from these marginalised communities felt, including Jyotiba Phule. What was the reason? Why did they feel so? If you understand this, you will understand India.
Then, like a battle cry on the warfront, you said, “We will change the constitution…that is why we are here!” If the task of drafting the constitution had fallen into the hands of the likes of you and your ancestors, the illusionists, then you would have created hell and called it heaven. Mother India survived precisely because Dr Ambedkar drafted the constitution. Care should be taken to ensure that constitutional amendments move follow the principles of the constitution’s preamble. It would bode well for you to remember this, especially as a member of parliament.
Recently, there are some rumours that have been circulating widely. If the BJP comes to power in Karnataka, then the vibhuti-across-his-forehead-Yeddyurappa will start sporting the Vaishnavite tilak (urdhva pundra), together with a shell and gong placed in his hands. The rumours also say Anantkumar Hedge himself will become the chief minister. Going by BJP’s Delhi-Nagpur lagaami politics, the rumours seem to hold some truth. And if this were to happen, there is widespread dread that you will turn Karnataka into a graveyard. In that scenario, even Yeddyurappa might seem like a better option. Instead, the wise voter may decide that since such a bleak scenario faces Karnataka, with either of them at the helm, they should make sure that the BJP loses the election. I believe that will happen, because our mythology and history have consistently shown that we do not tolerate certain limits being crossed.
Now, a few words for you. The religious fundamentalists who were rattled by Kuvempu’s rationality kept responding abhorrently to him. Kuvempu, unperturbed by all this, said, “Those who enter the wrestling ring ought to wear a loincloth. I will not battle with those who don’t even wear one.” I would ask you to keep these words in your mind. Maybe then you, and the likes of you, who make the streets your battlefield, could save yourselves some humiliation.
Once, Yogendra Yadav (Swaraj India’s president) and I were discussing the word secularism. “There is no proper translation in India’s vernacular languages for the word secularism. Instead of translating, we need to search for a word from amongst us that is its equivalent. In India, dharma is usually understood to mean ‘duty’, and words such as vrittidharma (duties towards one’s profession), rajadharma (duties of the king), putradharma (duties of the son) are born from that very meaning. Can you find a word for secularism?” he had asked. Just like the way plants absorb muck, producing fruits and flowers, the muck of your speech has transformed itself, birthing a new word for secularism. That word is sahanadharma (religion of tolerance). This sahanadharma ought to exist within religion, as well as between different religions. Since I came upon this word because of you, Mr Hegde sahib, I thank you.
---
Translated from Kannada by Rashmi Munikempanna. Source: Indian Cultural Forum

Comments

TRENDING

Modi, Shah 'forget': Gandhi’s first Satyagraha was against citizenship law of South Africa

By Nachiketa Desai*
Hindu fanatic Nathuram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi once on January 30, 1948 but his followers raising the war cry of ‘Jai Sriram’ are killing the Mahatma every day. In his home state of Gujarat, Gandhiji was killed a thousand times in 2002 when over 2,000 Muslims were butchered, their women raped, homes and shops plundered and set on fire and even unborn babies ripped out of the wombs of their mothers.

Union Budget 'moves away' from Right to Education, 1.3 lakh schools closed down

By Dr Aparajita Sharma*
It was a shocking reply by the Union human resource development minister to a question raised in Parliament on closure of schools in a country where lakhs of children are still out of school. On December 2, the minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, told Lok Sabha that the NITI Aayog’s education project, Sath-E, has led to 35,996 schools of different levels being merged in Madhya Pradesh, 4,312 in Jharkhand and 1,803 in Odisha. NITI Aayog is the Central Government’s policy think-tank.

CAA-NPR-NRC will 'target' 99% homeless, who are without birth certificates: NCU

Counterview Desk
Claiming to base on a survey in five states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu), which finds that over 99% of the homeless people do not have birth certificates, a civil rights organization which networks activists, researchers, urban practioners, lawyers, informal sector workers, has claimed that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), as also the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), are likely to adversely impact this section the most.

Modi 'warned': Will not remain silent when women are labelled terrorists and traitors

Counterview Desk
As many as 13 women's rights organizations and 162 individuals have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that in the light of hate speeches during Delhi elections, especially directed against women, it is his "Constitutional duty to protect all citizens" and tell his partymen "to fight the elections in a manner that upholds the Constitution, not one that increases the fear and insecurity among women."

Law 'governing' world's tallest Statue of Unity refers to local tribals as occupiers

By Rohit Prajapati, Krishnakant*
The recently enacted Statue of Unity (SoU) Area Development and Tourism Governance Act, 2019 in Gujarat comes amidst a terrifying atmosphere of intimidation, house arrests, detentions and FIRs, not to mention the overarching implementation of Section 144 across the state.

Anti-CAA: Mallika Sarabhai joins students, faculty to protest dy CM's 'divisive' talk

By Our Representative
Taking strong exception to deputy chief minister Nitin Patel’s statement against those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), well-known danseuse Mallika Sarabhai has joined tens of activists and students and faculty of Gujarat University, CEPT University, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, Gujarat Vidyapeeth and Nirma University to say that they are seeking “azadi” from the fascist and communal forces of the country.

Mystery around Gujarat PSU 'transfer' of Rs 250 crore to Canadian firm Karnalyte

By AK Luke, IAS (Retd)*
While returning from a Board meeting of the Oil India Limited (OIL) in Ahmedabad some time in 2012, two officers of the Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GSFC), Nanavaty and Patel,  saw me off at the airport. They said they were proceeding to Canada in connection with a project GSFC had entered into with a company there. As we were running late, I hastily wished them the best.

Ramchandra Guha on how Gandhi outgrew his Gujarati bania 'parochialism'

By Rajiv Shah
More than a fortnight ago, prominent historian Ramchandra Guha, who calls himself Gandhi scholar and not a Gandhian, came to Ahmedabad. While I was part of a small group of persons who met him at lunch, his lecture on Gandhi in the evening, where he sought to interpret what swaraj meant to Gandhi, surely, interested the selected audience that had been called to listen to him.

Savarkar 'criminally betrayed' Netaji and his INA by siding with the British rulers

By Shamsul Islam*
RSS-BJP rulers of India have been trying to show off as great fans of Netaji. But Indians must know what role ideological parents of today's RSS/BJP played against Netaji and Indian National Army (INA). The Hindu Mahasabha and RSS which always had prominent lawyers on their rolls made no attempt to defend the INA accused at Red Fort trials.