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04/26/09
LESSON 50-Mayawati says a ‘Aboriginal Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste)’s daughter’ should be made next PM-The Significance of Uttar Pradesh-EC issues notice to Congress leader Digvijay Singh for violating Model Code- Read this article and the comments, I have been having a good discussion with the author of the article from Wall street Journal.
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LESSON 50

It was the UPA government, which had rejected
her demand for a 80,000-crore development package which forced her
party to withdraw support to the alliance,” Mayawati

Mayawati says a ‘Aboriginal Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the
Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste)’s daughter’ should be made next PM

RAMAIPUR - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati on Saturday said a ‘Mayawati says a ‘Aboriginal
Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha (Scheduled
Caste)’s daughter’ should be made the Prime Minister of the country.

Mayawati further said an Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that
is, the Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste) Prime Minister would ensure
the upliftment of the backward and minority communities in the country.

“If you make an Aboriginal Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the
Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste)’s daughter the Prime Minister, then
UP will be famous in the entire world. If the BSP comes to power at the
Centre, UP will occupy a special place,” Mayawati said at an election
rally here.

The UP Chief Minister also asked people to vote for her party to ensure state’s development.

“Unless the BSP government is in power both at the Centre and the
state, the country and Uttar Pradesh will not progress,” she added.

Mayawati also criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for criticizing her government’s track-record on development.

“The Prime Minister is not at fault. He will speak what the Congress leaders will tell him to say,” she added.

The BSP supremo further said the Congress party was nervous about the growing support base of her party.

“The Congress is very nervous about the growing support base of the
Bahujan Samaj Party and therefore its leaders are resorting to giving
misleading statements. It was the UPA government, which had rejected
her demand for a 80,000-crore development package which forced her
party to withdraw support to the alliance,” Mayawati added.

The Significance of Uttar Pradesh

For many elections after independence, Uttar Pradesh (UP) remained
central to the formation of any government at the Centre. It was, and
remains, the largest contributor of parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.
UP’s centrality to Indian politics also derived from the fact that it
played the role of a political bellwether in the first nine elections.
The party which won UP formed the government at the Centre. But it was
not merely an electoral bellwether but also was the arena where the
strategy of social coalitions forming a majority under the Congress
umbrella was built and worked out. The ability of the Congress in
welding and managing an electorally successful social alliance of
Brahmins, Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the,Great
Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) and Muslims has been much commented upon as
has been the gradual withering away of this bloc with the emergence of
caste and religion based politics.

With the decline of the Congress’ social alliance, also declined
UP’s role as political bellwether of national electoral contests. On
the debris of the Congress’ social alliance emerged two different forms
of political forces. On the one hand were the caste-community based
political parties – the Samajwadi Party (SP) and its earlier version,
the Janata Dal, and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) based on welfare for
the entire people, and on the other was the religion defined BJP.

The BSP consolidated the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that
is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) vote under its banner. Even
though there was one attempt by the SP and BSP (representing broadly
the shudra and Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the,Great
Prabuddha Bharath castes respectively) in the mid 1990s, to come
together in a political alliance, it was a disaster. While the social
groups represented by these parties were all struggling for similar
demands, the distinctions between their class and social backgrounds
proved insurmountable. The rich peasant base of the SP, while ritually
below the upper castes and struggling for a foothold in the urban
networks of power and privilege, were – crucially – outside the stigma
of untouchability. The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is
the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) , on the other hand, were largely
left out of landed property and remained severely discriminated and
marginalised. But, unlike the OBC caste-communities, some Aboriginal
Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs)
had managed to use reservations to breach the barricades to Government
service, and thus power. Given the impossibility of further radical
land reforms, it proved impossible for these two socially discriminated
groups to ally politically with each other as they were fighting for a
share of the same pie.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in contrast, tried to weld a
dominant political constituency around a radical-right Hindutva agenda.
Their core support came from the two upper castes of brahmins and
rajputs. The upper castes seemed to find refuge and defence against the
assertive lower castes in the BJP, but could never attract a
sufficiently large OBC or dal Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa,
that is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) bloc to augment their
position and thus found themselves inadequate without political allies.
They did try to revive the old Congress alliance, sans muslims, by
propping the BSP up and making Mayawati the chief minister twice. This
too proved unworkable since the dalits, unlike in the earlier decades,
were not anymore willing to be passive recipients of patronage.

The BSP and its leader Mayawati learnt the, seemingly, correct
lessons from the fragmentation of the 1990s. She had already
consolidated the Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is
the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) vote into a formidable bloc as the
BSP and had learnt to leverage it for political positions. She now
worked to build bridges with the brahmin voters and also bring the
muslims closer to the BSP. It was a mirror of the old Congress social
alliance, but now under the leadership of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of
Jambudvipa, that is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs). This strategy
was a winner in the UP legislative assembly elections in the summer of
2007, when the BSP rode on a Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that
is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) brahmin, muslim consolidation
to become the first party in many years to get a simple majority.

But social prejudice and contempt for the supposedly untouchable
Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is the,Great Prabuddha
Bharath (SC/STs) remains strong, specially among the upper castes. The
immediate reason for the brahmins coming to the Aboriginal Inhabitants
of Jambudvipa, that is the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) dominated
BSP in 2007 – the need to defeat the SP and the political challenge of
the OBCS. Mayawati could enjoys some incipient pro-incumbency feelings
because of her efficient rule of distributing wealth among all sections
of the society, distribution of healthy seeds along with land to the
farmers, encouraging all those who wanted to do petty bussiness
offering 15sy meters of land, and non corrupt efficicent administration
. This parliamentary election is therefore not going to be any
different from the last Assembly election for Mayawati’s new political
alliance. Since, the upper castes remain largely with the BSP under her
able and straight forward administration leadership, it will definitely
be a signal the birth of a new dominant power group in UP politics. It
would also have wider implications for politics and social life in
India as the willingness of the upper castes to continue in a political
alliance dominated by Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is
the,Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) could indicate a weakening of the
caste prejudice among the former. In that sense, the results from UP
could again be a bellwether in this election and, will therefore, be
eagerly awaited.

The voters have already demonstrated that they too are like US
voters who brought the change well against their traditional mind set
.

EC issues notice to Congress leader Digvijay Singh for violating Model Code

New Delhi, Apr.25 (ANI): The Election Commission of India on Saturday issued a notice to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

The commission’s notice said that Singh would need to explain his adverse comments against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Mayawati is said to have lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister for seeking to invoke the use of the Central Bureau Investigation to warn her ruling Bahujan Samaj Party against harassing Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh.

Singh’s threat was issued at an election rally in
Hardoi, Central UP, and invited an immediate reaction from Mayawati and
the BJP, which has been accusing
Congress of devaluing crucial institutions such as the Election Commission, CBI and the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The Opposition saw Singh’s remarks as a vindication of its stand
that CBI had become a mere tool in the hands of the principal ruling
party to harass its political opponents.

Singh warned the BSP leadership against harassing state Congress leaders.

“I am challenging and warning the BSP leadership against victimising
our party workers. Mayawati should not harass our party members as she
has a CBI case pending against her and when we form the next government
she will be in trouble,” he told the rally.

Singh’s remarks had his party colleagues scurrying for cover, but BSP and BJP pounced on them to corner Congress.

Mayawati, while addressing newspersons in Lucknow, spoke about how
CBI was being used to threaten h



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Dear Appa,



Read this article and the comments,
I have been having a good discussion with the author of the article from
Wall street Journal.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124036928462442243.html#articleTabs_comments%26articleTabs%3Darticle

MayawatiReuters

A supporter of Bahujan Samaj Party holds a poster of Mayawati during a campaign rally in Kolkata Tuesday.

Mayawati
Mayawati

Ms.
Mayawati runs a very well organized cadre based party. She is the CM of
UP not because she has the money power or the muscle power, she is the
CM because she understands what her people need and she meets their
needs. Is that not what all Politicians should be striving for.
Coming to the role when (not if) she become the PM, she will be
great because for the first time the majority of the people will be
represented. And I am confident if the liberalization helps the
majority Ms. Mayawati will be the first person to liberalize. Don’t
forget she is the follower of Dr. Ambedkar who was promoting
privatization when it was not popular in our political establishment.

BSP is a very young party, and Ms. Mayawati is no hurry to become
a PM. She is making all the noise to make people aware and educate of
what is coming ahead.

Editor, www.ambedkar.org


Thanks for the comments Sashikanth — very interesting. I agree; I
think a lot of what is driving her now is a longer term goal for power
at the Center. It doesn’t appear that the BSP has done a great job so
far of broadening its base beyond UP, which surely it would need to
have real clout in parliament. But its testament to Mayawati’s
political skills that she is considered such a national figure
nonetheless. best, Paul Beckett


Paul,



My father and I are very active workers of BSP, we attend their
cadre camps.I do not totally agree that BSP is not expanding the base
outside UP. You must understand that BSP is a very young party, it takes
time and money to spread across the country. BSP has to fight a lot of
odds to spread the parties message, it is still considered a SC/ST
party and with that comes a lot of stigma.



You will have to see it to believe the dedication the workers have
in promoting BSP. I think media in Indian has blocked all the good news
about BSP and Mayawati, and I think it is due the caste mindset of our
media.



I know BSP is here to stay

Paul Beckett wrote:



Sashikanth: Fair enough; not going to argue with the permanency aspect.
I think the media point is a fascinating one — do you see a big
difference between the English-language media and the Hindi-langiuage
media? Paul

I don’t know about Hindi language media, I am not a Hindi speaking person. But
certainly I know the English media is biased. A simple test is to
search for BSP/Mayawati news in Google News and see the number of hits
you get. Most of them will be negative news or even if it is positive
news the tone will be negative. There are a very few journalists in
India who cover BSP without any bias.

As you know these days there is a trend of Journalists throwing
shoes at the politicians, other day my father was so frustrated with
the media, he was saying one day he will throw shoes at the journalists
? (no offense to you)

I think you should write an article on the Media and election
coverage. What I see these days each media house has its own favorite
party. This is evident in the exit polls these media houses publish. As
an example, no single media got last time UP election right, they had
no clue BSP will win absolute majority.


Andrew Torchia wrote:

Paul, Sashikanth,
From what I can understand the whole process of
voting in India works on bias. Brahmins vote brahmins to power, Muslims
vote for muslims, dalits vote dalits, and so on. Where politics is not
elitist, its caste based.


Mayawati’s rise to power has been on a
giant tidal wave of dalit awakening. She rode the wave her mentor
Kanshi Ram built over many years. Granted other local media has biases
and is sometimes unfairly harsh on Mayawati, but her term as chief
minister of UP has supplied enough to fuel the media machine. Are those
mega parks and statues across Lucknow meant to reducing poverty? or are
they aimed at fixing the countless wrongs done to dalits over
centuries?.


And that 20-page
appeal-for-votes-in-lieu-of-a-manifesto BSP has. Sashikanth, how
exactly does an average, educated middle-class man like me read this:
“Our party wants growth of capital, not development of capitalists in
the country”. And what does that mean anyway?


Not only does the
party lack a clear sense of direction about which way they want to
steer the economy, they aren’t even thinking about it. Not to mention
the non existence of credible second- and third-rung leadership in the
party, which has had sufficient exposure (in any form) to the corridors
of power in New Delhi.


Beyond all this the only thing that I
can think that makes Mayawati eligible to become PM now is raw
ambition. And she is not alone there. Lalu Yadav (who did an admirable
job as railway minister), another son of the soil Mulayam Singh Yadav,
and the wily Sharad Pawar, not only match her ambition but also have
far greater experience in dealing with coalitions.


Quite
likely BSP may be polling more votes and winning more seats this
election. Mayawati may well have the ambition of being PM and her party
may well corner most of the 80 seats in U.P. But prime minister in
2009? Tough - for a variety of reasons.


- Satish Sarangarajan, Staff Reporter, Dow Jones Newswires

SASHIKANTH CHANDRASEKHARAN replied:

Dear Andrew,

How many political parties in India who have manifesto actually
implement it? Zero. BSP does not believe in manifestos, now coming to
the statement “Our party wants growth of capital, not development of
capitalists in the country”. How hard is to understand this? BSP wants
all the people to become productive and increase the overall capital of
the nation not just a few capitalist in the country. We are talking
growing the entire nation bottom up.

One of the single most problem our country has is castesim and
the only party which is striving to remove casteism is BSP. This may
sound funny but think for one moment, in the last 62 years we have had
small sect of the society which ruled every branch of government and
media and rest were just a silent bystanders. Now BSP comes and says
you will have representation based on your population, that means
everyone feels equal in this system. One may argue, what about merit. I
say compare the country before mandal commission(reservation on OBC)
and after it, you will notice the country is fairing much better after.
Merit in India is a misnomer, the so called upper castes had their own
unwritten reservation, now that cease to exist, thanks to BSP, Mayawati
and all the other SC/ST leaders.

I agree may not become PM in 2009, but she will become PM in her lifetime.

Andrew/Satish/Sashikanth: on casteism and its grip on the Indian
electorate, where do you see space for politicians to ditch that and run
on a ticket of economic development (for all) and a clean chit when it
comes to corruption? we’ve tried to reflect in our election coverage so
far a couple of themes: 1. in a story by peter wonacott recently that
showed how economic development in Bihar was resonating with voters and
was bringing some genuine increased prosperity (admittedly not much) to
the lowest of the low, at the expense of the likes of lalu and 2. that
the “reform” candidates in this election are actually having a very
hard time getting heard because they don’t have the political machines
and (lets face it) often rather corrupt approach to attracting voters
that better-established parties do. I’m wondering if these two are just
counter-forces working against each other in this election and that in
another five years development will be more prominent as an issue AND
reform candidates will be more popular or whether this is another
oxymoron we live with in India?

SASHIKANTH CHANDRASEKHARAN replied:

Paul, you must understand that money without self respect is of no use.
In India every aspect of human interaction is based on caste. You may
not observe (key word is observe that does not mean it does not exist)
this in metros and small towns, but in majority of India commerce is
based on caste. So for any politician to ignore caste is like to ignore
big elephant in the room.



I live in the US and I am a knee observer of politics here. Even
though people may compare Blacks and SC/STs from US and India, I think
they are not the same. Even now after being in the states for over 10
years with a master’s degree, I feel Indian will judge me based on my
caste than my merit if they come to know which I caste I belong too.

Many of my friends do not know my caste because I am a
vegetarian. The discussions they have about SC/STs is a pure racists
slur. If people who are educated can have such opinions, what would you
expect from people who are not educated?

Most of these so called corruption charges as political
fabrication. Let us take Ms.Mayawati’s Taj corridor scam. This whole
project was started by the BJP govt. in the central and she is help
responsible for it. Ms. Mayawati needs money to run the party. She
gives tickets to people who have the money to run for the office,
people call it selling the ticket. People collect money and send it to
Ms. Mayawati and she pays tax for it, but she has been charged with
“unknown source of income”.

I think Ms. Mayawati is the reform candidate you are talking
about. She has found the root cause of the problem and is trying to
eliminate it. She talks about caste system in politics, where as all
the major parties have been practicing for last 62 years. Now that she
is opened the can of worms, I am sure we will have a day when people
will be voting for a party that talks about development not based on
the which caste you were born in to.

If you look at the most of the “reform” candidates they are trying
to import a solution from a different country to solve the problem they
do not address. That is the main reason they will not get the backing.

NANDEESH MADAPADI replied:

Sashikanth,
Obviously, you are a BSP partisan hack. Please stop
smoking whatever you are smoking and get back to your senses. Casteism
in India is pretty much the same as being catholic, Lutherian, Baptist
and so on in US. People are curious and prefer to marry their children
to the same caste and that is pretty much it and there is nothing wrong
with it, even though I wish it was not (and it is the case in large
cities anyway). India has progressed over the last 60 years..please
keep up with it. It is people like Mayavati who choose to express their
caste because she has no other talent to get elected and it sad to see
an educated person like yourself not see such obvious things. Nothing
good will come out by having her be the PM except that she will
continue to become richer and UP will continue to be one of the poorest
state in India.

There
are religions which believe that only human beings have souls and other
beings like the animals do not have any soul. So you can do whatever
you want to do to them. Now in India you have 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
rate souls and human beings without any soul. They are the untouchables
or the SC/STs. And you can do whatever you want to do to them. The
father of the Constitution Dr.Ambedkar did not believe in any soul, but
felt all are equal. Therefore, untouchabilty is punishable under law.
But the most dreaded practice of untouchability is still there. the
very fact, saying that Ms. Mayawati does not have any talent or that she
does not have merit, is nothing but the dominating attitude of the so
called first rate souls. In order to justify their soul rating system, they
compare with the non-souls with the blacks. Or even differences amongst
the non-souls themselves. In order to bring real equality among all
human beings Ms. mayawati will become the Prime Minister. Ms. Mayawati
will distribute the wealth of the country equally among all sections of
the society. Her government will distribute the government lands to the
tillers and supply healthy seeds to the farmers. Her Government will
provide loans to all those who want to start business for their
lively-hood. Her government employees will do efficient work without
indulging in corruption. Only then there will be happiness and peace in
the country.

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