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The myth of Mayawati's success by Francois Gautier, May 16, 2007

Sacrificer           Francois Gautier
Sacrifice code       wfor0331
Sacrifice date       May 16, 2007

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  • The myth of Mayawati's success
    Francois Gautier
    May 16, 2007

    It has been made out that Mayawati won the Uttar
    Pradesh elections because she fielded a number of
    Brahmin and upper caste candidates. But the Bahujan
    Samaj Party had given 86 tickets to Brahmins and only
    34 won; a mere 39 per cent rate of success.

    The media is also praising Mayawati for having
    reconciled Brahmins and Dalits. But hers is only an
    electoral cold calculation: how to get the votes of
    the Dalits, the Muslims and the upper castes in one

    It worked, and she has now entered her fourth term as
    Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

    But will it be better than her previous three terms?
    Will she work for the welfare of the people who
    elected her? Probably not.

    Already, she has transferred hundreds of bureaucrats
    and police officials and stopped all projects
    implemented by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Can you imagine
    the hundreds of crores wasted by these shelved
    projects and the chaos in the administration which
    will take months to straighten out?

    Is this the way to start a new government and be a
    chief minister for all, including those defeated?

    Will Mayawati again enrich her party or herself at the
    cost of good governance? Then next time Mulayam Singh
    will be re-elected because of the law and order situation in the state and we will be back to square

    Every political columnist wants to make UP a study
    case. But is it a good case?

    Firstly, UP is the worst example of how an Indian
    state can be mismanaged year after year and how the
    most populous state of India is also the poorest, the
    most unlawful -- bar Bihar, maybe.

    Second, UP has shown India and the world how caste and
    religion can be manipulated to the maximum cynical
    extent to get elected -- as Mayawati just did.

    But then, she only borrowed from the Congress book of
    politics and only improved upon it.

    It is true that the Congress in turn only took over
    from the British the art of divisive politics --
    polarise India on castes and religions: 'I am a Muslim
    first and then an Indian'; 'I am a Dalit first and
    then an Indian'; 'I am a Christian first and then and

    Now Mayawati wants Brahmins, who have, whatever their
    faults, shown patriotism throughout Indian history
    (hello, Mangal Pandey), to say: 'I am a Brahmin first
    and then an Indian.'

    Today the Congress wants us to believe all these caste
    reservations and pandering to the Muslims is done to
    elevate minorities; but in truth it is just a cynical
    arithmetic computation: with the votes of the Dalits
    and the Muslims, anybody can be elected.

    It is true that the Congress got bashed up in UP, but
    is equally true that Mayawati upped them with the same
    calculation, adding a peppering of upper castes for
    good effect.

    There is also a perversion of statistics and facts.

    Yes, there are still terrible inequalities in India,
    extremely rich people and the poorest of the poor.
    Yes, there are Dalits who are oppressed. But no
    country in the world has done so much for its
    underprivileged since 1947.

    Today, many government, academic, bureaucratic and
    even medical posts in India are held by Dalits and
    Other Backward Castes. A Harijan made it to the
    highest post of President. Today India has another
    Muslim as President, a Sikh as prime minister and a
    Christian as 'eminence grise'.

    Did the United States ever have a black President? Did
    France ever boast of a Muslim prime minister, or a
    Hindu President? No way -- and it will take a long
    time to happen.

    In fact, today it is the Brahmins who have become the
    Dalits of India.

    Brahmins are in minority in most of UP's villages,
    where Dalits constitute 60 to 65 per cent.
    Most of the intellectual Brahmin Tamil class has
    emigrated outside Tamil Nadu.
    The average income of Brahmins is less than that of
    A high percentage of Brahmin students drop out at the
    intermediate level.
    75 percent of domestic help and cooks in Andhra
    Pradesh are Brahmins.
    And most of Delhi's public toilets are cleaned by
    Yet, contrary to the West, where Christian priests and
    popes constantly meddled in politics and acquired huge
    health and land, which led to the separation of the
    Church and the State under the French Revolution, the
    much maligned Brahmins never interfered in the affairs
    of State throughout Indian history, restraining
    themselves to advising kings and maharajas on
    spiritual matters.

    Dalits should never forget that the caste system,
    which once upon a time was just an arrangement for the
    distribution of functions in society, just as much as
    class in Europe, has been the stick that all invaders
    have used to put down India.

    And it is today still skillfully employed by
    missionaries, Marxists and the millions of parasite
    non-governmental organisations who make money out of
    India's misery, without really uplifting anything but
    their own bank accounts -- one of the greatest scams

    On top of that, nowadays, it is not the Brahmins who
    oppress the Dalits, but the OBC. See any village
    in Tamil Nadu: Dalits are parked in one corner and cannot
    enter the area devoted to Vanniars, who are just one
    rung above them.

    Is the caste-isation of politics in India, as embodied
    in UP, here to stay? We hope not, as it may lead to
    the balkanisation of India.

    What is the key to stem this rot? Education.

    Many Indians do not feel nationalistic enough (except
    for cricket, the lowest and most worthless
    denomination of nationalism) and put their castes and
    religions forward, because they are not groomed in
    school to be proud to be Indians first.

    As a Frenchman, I am taught about the greatness of my
    culture, my religion, my roots. Here in India,
    children know all about Shakespeare and Shelley, or
    the latest Time bestseller, but have never read
    Kalidas, have no idea who Sri Aurobindo was and have
    no idea that pranayam is the science of breath unique
    to India.

    As a result, later, the IIMs and IITs just produce
    brilliant clones, without any root in their culture,
    who export themselves to the West to stay there, the
    greatest brain drain in the world.

    It also produces generation after generation of
    Indians who scorn on their own culture and look up to
    the West and some of the values like materialism and
    Marxism, which have failed there.

    But if right after kindergarten you would teach
    children about the greatness of their culture, a
    little bit of the good of each religion, great poets,
    saints and epics like the Mahabharat, which is a
    universal scripture, one would produce generation
    after generation of true Indians.

    Ultimately, Brahmins are fools if they think they will
    reap benefits by allying themselves with the likes of
    Mayawati. The hate against Brahmins first shown by the
    Muslim invaders, then by the British and today
    espoused by Christian missionaries, Indian Marxists
    and much of the Indian intelligentsia, is too strongly
    imbedded in the collective psyche.

    They should remember Mayawati and her mentor Kanshi
    Ram's early war cry: Tilak, taraju aur talwar, unkomaro jute char (Brahmins, traders and the warrior caste should be kicked).

    Already BSP leaders feel that the Brahmin overdrive
    could alienate them from other upper castes,
    particularly Thakurs. Thus, some backpedaling may
    happen soon.

    Look also at what happened to the 400,000 Brahmins of
    Kashmir who fled though terror their homeland without
    raising a little finger in defence.

    Today no political party gives a damn about them and
    many of them are still languishing in refugee camps --
    in their own country -- a first in the sad history of


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