Thu Aug 30, 2001
I would like to share some of my feelings after watching a debate
on Dalits on television. I don't know how many of us had watched that particular show on Star Plus `we the people', hosted
by a renowned journalist Barkha Dutt (also my favourite journalist). The program was on 19th August. Noted personality like
Kiran Bedi, Professor Nandi had come to the show. The room was full of student, men, and women of upper caste. It was painful
to see Kancha Ilaiah, the Dalit writer and scholar sitting all by himself in a room full of hostile upper-caste men and women.
But it was more painful to see and hear Prof. Nandi, a sociologist, giving a sarcastic comment that Dalit is the most previledged
caste and it is easier for a Dalit to become a chief minister than a Brahmin and how the whole room bursted into spontaneous
applause. Nevertheless it is worth appreciating of Kancha Ilaiah who sat through the program, fully calm and composed, giving
his views very clearly.So I have written to `We the people'of NDTV protesting the way the program was conducted and suggesting
them in future they should make it a point that both sides are equally represented as this particular one resembled a `Dalit
we should wish a good luck to the Dalit representatives i.e. N.Paul Divakar, Chandrabhan Prasad, Prakash Ambedkar, Sukhdeo
Thorat and Martin Macwan etc. who are going to the Durban Conference.
Fri Aug 31, 2001
The sentiment expressed by Ms. Jyotsna on the star programme
needs serious thinking. though Ms Barkha Datt is her favourite journalist, i found her day by day becoming more arrogant due to (possibly) overwhelming recognition she got for Kargil and J&K
coverage and the way she conducts the show does not appeal to me. that is the reason why i stopped watching that programme.apart
from that if we analyse the contents of the show, it needs no futher elaboration. In the midst of all urbanites it is futile
to advocate the cause to dalits. if we consider the safeguards and provisions for dalits it will be no doubt sufficient to
protect them but the hostile attitude of the implementing agency debars the persons to enjoy the share earmarked for them.
and sadly the dalit fraternity is also becoming mute spectator to all these happenings and reply to all these is there and
it needs introspection of the dalit elites (educated and employed people). But it remains to be seen the involvement of this
section towards the development of the co-brothers (their own society). The theme of the Durban Conference is different from
the issues related to dalits i.e. casteism and in my view santals do not suffer or are subjugated due to the casteism prevalent
in Hindu society. Any comments?
Fri Aug 31,
There is no reason to look it an isolated case. But it is well
concerted effort to defame reserved category people and it is not a new thing and
most of us may be accustomed
to this to live with .We must understand that the journalists are not above the board, to say other way they can
not go above the broad. So there is no question of expecting impartiality. After all they are upper caste
and these are the people who want the command of society. If we go back to 90s, Mandal commission protest.
You can remember that most of the news were mostly exaggerated. There was the protest, but that was not
in the scale as it had been shown in the TV/ News paper. I found only one paper was mostly impartial that
is Madras based 'The Hindu'.
In news paper less important matter concerning Upper caste gets
more prominent figure in the news .If we read the news paper, you can find many instances.
Now problem is whether we should accept it as it is or try to protest it when things are not in right direction.
That we must sit and think about this. Since it needs more introspections. We should go to the roots and
vignettes of the problem. Then we may have had the glance of solution , not before it.
Naresh Chandra Murmu
Fri Aug 31
the views expressed by our members are worth discussing! thanks to
Jyotsna we really have come to situation where we can chip in our views reharding this matter! If you ask me for
my opinion I agree wholeheartedly with Naresh and Purna.There has been
a great degree of whimsical things going on in the society with the
lives of people of our community! I don't know whether any of you know Bengali or not but there has been a joke of
very bad taste with the term ST and SC. The term ST has been transformed into "Sonar Tukro~ A piece of Gold" which I heard
for the fast time from my class,ates when I was in Class IX.I was shocking experiance for me learn the way people look at
the tribals!As time passed by I came to know the view people carry regarding our people!It was generally very degrading and
that was the time when I determied to become a sort of somebody from a nobody.Even in my college days I heard people saying
not very plesent things about the tribals!
If you speak of tyhe medical fraternity here in Bengal we doctors
have set up an Adibasi Medicos which has been principally formed to view the voices of the tribal doctors.Say for eg. The
Govt over here is saying that there are very few doctors who are willing to go to the remote villages;but on the contrary
there are doctors from our community who are willing to go to those places but are not given chances in spite of repeated
requests! I don't know the what s the condotion of our brotheres who arer in other profession!I would like to know or rather
have more comments on this issue from other members!