Skip to main content

“Revolt” of Bengal’s lumpen bhadrolok against Muslims, Bahujanised lower castes

By Kuriakose Mathew
From famines to partition violence to political killings to colonial witch-hunt to confessional riots, millions of Bengalis have died unnaturally. The famines of 1770 and 1942 killed around 1.3 crore people. Preventable diseases and poverty too have killed millions of Bengalis. One does not even know how many have died in the partition of Bengal. One also does not know how many have been killed in Mughal, Maratha, and British wars! Natural death has been a luxury in lower Gangetic plains.
Is there any other people in the world that has been subjected to periodic waves of this many unnatural deaths? The spectre of unnatural deaths haunts the brains of the living in Bengal.
However, the tiniest ruling class of the world, the Bengali Brahmins and their Kayasta and Baidya associates, composed perhaps of less than 1,000 extended families of inner Kolkata, has seemingly not learnt any lessons from this torturous history. Maximalising political power and monopolizing resources are their soulless motto.
Uncompromising and unaccommodating, the ruling families of inner Kolkata are utterly exclusive, crassly classist, and cheaply condescending even towards the non-governing sections of the Bhadrolok elites, forget the lower castes and Muslims.
The systematically excluded non-governing bhadrolok elites have been thoroughly lumpenised and all too ready to resort to violence at the slightest provocation. Since the fruits of the famed Kolkata education is reserved for the members these inner Kolkata governing elites, the lumpen Bhadrolok has escaped quality education, trapping them in ideological impoverishment and economic immobility.
Unemployed, unemployable or underemployed, the lumpen bhadrolok are in an inescapable contradictory caste location, their Brahmin supremacism gets daily punctured by the bitterness of (peri)-urban lower middle class life. But they share the caste capital of the governing bhadrolok elites but without getting a proportional share of educational, economic and political resources; this perpetual secondary position as non-governing elites, with no scope of an effective bargain with their governing caste brethren, all they have to blame for are the Muslims and the lower castes.
Lumpen bhadrolok are major supporters of merit (all they want is good jobs with no work) but they know they won’t even get a clerical job in Kolkata without being part of the ruling bhadrolok network. But, rather than challenging the caste network of fellow bhadrolok, they blame the unimplemented Bahujan reservation and imagined Muslim appeasement for all their misfortune.
Every attempt of the lumpen bhadrolok to make the governing elites to share power and resources until now has miserably failed. The lumpen bhadrolok have tried Brahmo Samaj, Indian freedom struggle- all varieties of it ranging from terrorism to Azad Hind Fauj, humanism, Marxism, Naxalism and Maoism to mend the monopolistic ways of their caste brethren. In other words, every form of political mobilization except of caste!
Mamata Banerjee
This is what puts the lumpen bhadrolok in a contradictory caste location; they’re so close to the ruling elites caste-wise, but, as a class, so far from the corridors of economic and political power. With the rise of Mamata, they hoped for political and economic ascendancy.
And Mamata’s rule did encourage the inclusion of lumpen bhadrolk into the ruling class, though with too little, but she also did the unthinkable. She shared power and resources with the lower castes and Muslims, too, to the great horror of both sections of the bhadrolok.
The lumpen bhadrolok wants to do fratricide without hurting Brahmin supremacism and without letting the Bengali Bahujans rise. They want regime change without social and economic change in favour of Bahujans.
After decades of failed political experiments, the lumpen bhadrolok has finally found their rightful political platform, i.e. Hindu Nazism. With BJP, they hope to unseat the governing elites based on a Hindu unity ideology, that would untouchablise Muslims and hegemonies the lower castes. They have mobilized sizable sections of Hinduised ‘chotolok’ invoking Muslim-hatred.
But the hegemony of the ruling bhadrolk elites is such that they will not give up an inch. They consider themselves as the divine priests of universities, media, judiciary, politburos, legislature, puja pandals and so on. In other words, it is a complete socio-politico-economic dictatorship of bhadrolok elites. They are trying their best to keep the lumpen bhadrolok as foot soldiers against lower castes and Muslims.
Nevertheless, the revolt of the lumpen bhadrolok is triple-edged; it is simultaneously against Muslims, Bahujanised lower castes and the dictatorship of their caste brethren. The lumpen bhadrolok hardly care about Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay or Tagore -- the icons of the ruling bhadrolok, their busts will be broken. Many more to follow!
This caste dictatorship too shall fall, but unfortunately not without a civil war. It is inevitable. Let the bhadroloks kill each other, but who will save Muslims and lower castes from their fratricidal intra-caste war?
---
Source: Author’s Facebook timeline

Comments

TRENDING

Buddhist shrines were 'massively destroyed' by Brahmanical rulers: Historian DN Jha

Nalanda mahavihara By Our Representative Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book , "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

Gyanvapi case: Use of 'illegal' lawfare to keep the communal pot simmering

By Venkatesh Narayanan, Bobby Ramakant, Manoj Sarang* With a steady drumbeat of bad news for the lives of ordinary citizens --  inflation at a multi-year high , rupee at an all-time low , negative job creation and when all forward indicators as seen by industry leaders point to recessionary clouds on the horizon , what’s a serially-incompetent government to do?  Dust out their time-tested-citizen-distraction playbook. The Gyanvapi-Masjid case is all of this -- as a weapon of mass distraction. This zeitgeist of our times is best captured by a recent opinion piece : "The idea is to keep the pot on a perpetual boil, simmering at the top, whirling feverishly beneath. A restless society forever living precariously on the precipice arouses distrst, uneasiness, fear and discomfort, That is a toxic panoply for manufacturing rage, which can then be effortlessly mobilized at short notice. BJP is creating an eco-system of real-time instant delivery of hate-mongers. That is how we are sudde

Upholding labour rights, Nehruvian scientific temper, Rajni Patel opposed Emergency

By Harsh Thakor*  Rajni Patel, who died 40 years ago, whatever his flaws, had one great quality: his human touch to offer selfless service and ability to galvanise or influence human beings from all walks of life. Few people would ever go out of the way to help someone or serve as selflessly without aim of personal gain. Rajni championed Nehruvian secular ideas and scientific temper. As a master in public relations he revealed utmost humility. As a barrister, he never appeared against the trade unions or workers. A Fabien Socialist he opposed liberal capitalism and radical socialism. Unlike most lawyers, he did not succumb to the lure of amassing wealth. Rajni was born in Sirsa, in Gujarat, on the very day Gandhi set foot on Indian soil, on 9th January, 1915. He gained his baptism through one of Gandhi's speeches calling for the boycott of foreign goods, which was the virtual turning point of his life. Rajni toed Gandhi to organise boycott of foreign goods. Rajni was able to cros

Targeting mosques, churches: 'Roadmap' for 2025, RSS' centenary year?

416 years old Our Lady of Health Church, Sancoale, Goa  By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ*  Fascists use manipulative strategies aimed at whipping up sympathy and support from the majority community, to which they normally ‘belong’. They do so in a variety of insidious and subtle ways. In the past few months, they have gone overboard in their efforts to denigrate and demonize minorities in India, particularly Muslims and Christians. They have spewed hate and divisiveness through their venomous speeches; incited people to violence and have effectively used officialdom to further their vested interests. The results are there for all to see: greater polarisation of the majority community in a country which prided itself for its pluralism and diversity. Their meticulously planned agenda is in order to gain absolute power of the country in the 2024 national elections. More so it is also a roadmap towards 2025 when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will complete one hundred years of its existence.

Examples of support to Hindu temples, scriptures, saints by 'Muslim' rulers galore

Siya Ram coin issued by Akbar By Bharat Dogra* At a time when the country as well as the world are passing through very difficult times leading to more urgent need for strengthening national unity for meeting several big challenges ahead, unfortunately disputes relating to religious places have been allowed to raise their ugly head once again. It is well-realized by now by many people that it is not historical facts but narrow considerations of political gain and spreading of fanatic ideas of intolerance which are behind such mischief, but due to the increasing threat of mob violence and patronage available at higher levels to groups spreading intolerance many people are reluctant to openly and fearlessly express their views. Hence there is urgent need for broad-based peace committees with wider social support to spread the message of communal harmony and to appeal against the dangers of spreading false messages regarding places of worship which can ultimate

Vadodara violence: Fine Arts Faculty alumni raise fingers at Varsity's political appointee

Hasmukh Vaghela with PM Counterview Desk  In a statement, alumni of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FoFA), Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda, Gujarat, referring to the “violence” by right-wing groups for displaying “objectionable” paintings that “hurt religious sentiments” at the one of India’s top fine arts institute May 5, have taken strong exception to “the assault and rustication” of one of the students, and lack of action taken against those who “violated” the institution and committed the act. Floated as an online petition seeking wider support, the FoFA alumni, in their statement, addressed to the vice chancellor, MSU, said, there should be “thorough” investigation in the whole incident and “immediate action” should be taken against syndicate member Hasmukh Vaghela, MSU, who sparked the assault, and “other co-conspirators” for breaching “university code of conduct and unlawful activities committed in broad daylight”. While the alumni statement doesn't say so, Vaghela

This varsity succumbed to extra-academic mobocracy, 'ignored' Hindutva archives

By Shamsul Islam* Open letter to Sharda University vice-chancellor Sub: Discarding a Question on Linkages of Hindutva with Nazism/Fascism is blatant Academic Dishonesty! Dear Professor Sibaram Khara Saheb, Namaskaar! According to your esteemed University’s portal: “The name of University, 'Sharda' is synonymous to 'Goddess of knowledge and learning-Saraswati'. She is identified with 'veena', an Indian musical instrument and the ‘lotus’, where she resides. The lotus in our logo symbolizes the seat of learning that the University is created for.  "Variety of colours signify the variety of disciplines the university offers and the overlap between petals creating new colours demonstrate the ethos of collaboration between students and teachers of different programme, nationality, creed and colour working towards creating new knowledge…the University's cherished mission to provide education beyond boundaries and to facilitate the students and faculty to achie

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Whither climate goal? Increasing reliance on coal 'likely to worsen' India's power crisis

By Shankar Sharma*  Recent news articles, How to shock-proof India’s power sector and Power minister points finger at states for worsening electricity crisis , have highlighted a few current problems for the ongoing power sector issues as in April 2022. However, there is a lot more to it than a few temporary solutions as indicated in the articles. It should also be emphasised that it is techno-economically impossible to completely shock-proof a highly complex and geographically wide-spread vast power network, such as the one in India, which is only getting more and more complex with the passage of each year due to some irrational policies/ practices in the sector. A business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, wherein more and more of conventional technology power plants, including coal power plants, will be added in the near future, will also necessitate the increased complexity in the integrated national grid, and as a result the instances of power shortage/ disruptions can only escalate for

A former Modi ally, Prashant Kishor wanted to enter Congress 'on contract, as trader'

By Anand Sahay*  The Congress Party and the election campaigns specialist Prashant Kishor, whose company has done strategic communications for a host of political parties across ideology, should both count themselves lucky that they could not reach an agreement for Kishor to join the party. News reports suggest that the Congress rejected Kishor’s terms. This is not wholly unexpected. People join a party because they are attracted to it, and wish to serve it in any capacity that the party may see fit. But that isn’t Kishor at all. He gave the impression of entering into a contract, as a trader might. If news reports are to be believed, he sought freedom to report directly to party chief Sonia Gandhi, and sought untrammeled control over party communications. When such ideas did not find favour, the consultant withdrew. It is clear he has no particular love for the Congress, and its ideas, ideology and politics. In contrast, look at the key personae in G-23. They