Pune Violence – is it an isolated incident?


I am far away from the happenings at Pune and Mumbai in last few days.

Per available news, the Dalit organisation’s event to mark the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was disturbed by Hindu-extreme-right wings.

Stone-pelting and violence followed; someone died.

In protest, the Dalit organisations declared Maharasthra-wide bandh, which again was marred by violence.

I do not agree with any violence – whether it is done against people or properties, anywhere in India.


At first look, the bandh day protests and violence appears to be a retaliation to the latest violence against Dalits.

But, in my opinion, it goes deeper than that.

To me, it is a retaliation by India’s oppressed, against the continuous happenings for past several years, instigated by extreme elements in wider Sangh parivar.


The demolition of Babari Masjid by Sangh parivar alienated and scared the Muslim minorities in India.

Modi’s ban on cattle slaughter has virtually stopped the leather industry, traditionally operated by Dalits and other minority castes.  Illiteracy, poverty and ban on raw materials have pushed them to a corner.

On top, numerous mob killings similar to those at Bisara, Alwar and violence similar to Una flogging worsened the crisis.

It went even further; the Una accused projected the Dalits as Muslims.

Another example why the minority Dalits and Muslims might feel they’re jointly targeted.

These organised attacks by Sangh Parivar were not limited only to Dalits and Muslims.

They even went against students who were protesting in campuses.

The courts could not prove any evidence against JNU students; in fact, police have not even filed a chargesheet against the students.

On the contrary, forensic tests proved that JNU videos were tampered to add anti-national voice over to portray a complete different picture of JNU students.

The talented, mostly scholarship-winning higher-studies students re-elected the left leaders in 2017 with even more majority at JNU – in BJP ruling Delhi.


In all of above cases, the Sangh Parivar and its media slaves tried to portray the victims as anti-nationals and terrorists.

Where were these cries on India’s integrity when Babari Masjid was demolished?

Was it not a terrorist act, similar to the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhist statues by Taliban?

Why there is no outcry on India’s image when people are routinely murdered in different parts of India accused of eating beef?

Is it any less barbaric than ISIS be-headings?

Why are the JNU students still accused as traitors?

All of these events reveal the horrific, bullying, violent nature of Sangh Parivar.


The threatening message is: join us, or be silent – if not, be ready to be silenced.


Let’s come back to Pune and Mumbai.

As I said, I do not agree with any violence, anywhere – whether it was committed in Mumbai by Dalits in last 2 days; or against Dalits, “Madrasis” or UP/Bihar migrants by Shiv Sena, MNC and other right wing extremists in last several decades.

It is a fact that BJP and Sangh parivar used the religion/caste card to come to political prominence in India.

They are still using the same card to instigate hatred between Dalits, Muslims and upper castes – to bounce back from their vote-loss in recent Gujrat elections.

Hence the stone-pelting and violence against the Bhima-Koregaon celebrations.


The day we stop mixing politics with religion, the better for us.

The quote from 1884 is more valid for present day India:

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people”.


Meerut ka Mandir

Achche din aane wale hai
Bhumi pujan has already started.
Just wait a little while, my dear friend.

Rubbles from Ayodhya,
Fire from Manoharpur’s burnt station wagon.
Once reached, kar-sevaks will build the temple in a single day.

Armed with gun and stick,
I’ve heard the deity of peace looks handsome in khakhi and white.
Soon, modern God will be coronated in Meerut.

First aarti is by Kingpin Kodnani,
Followed by Oriya bhajan of “Santh” Dara Singh.
Night ends with light entertainment: “How to demolish a Masjid?”

Hail him, who killed a “Ravan” at point-blank range!
But why, the roar of an innocent smile from Raj Ghat still haunts me?
Is it the burning flesh of Graham Staines that nauseates the air?

Let’s close our senses and brainpower,
Just repeat the mantra of modern Führer.
Achche din aane wale hai….

Roadside Temple in Khandwa, and few thoughts…

I have noticed that temple during my last visit in 2010 as well. At first look, it could easily be misunderstood for an ordinary shop, sandwiched between two other shops. But on second look, you could see the saffron flag flying and a temple bell hanging near the main door. People – mostly women and children – go in and out of the temple doors occasionally.

This temple is not old; it just appeared there sometime in last 8-10 years. I don’t remember noticing it when I first visited Khandwa. But for last few visits, the temple became more and more visible and prominent. During this visit, I found that the temple owners have become so controlling, that the public road in front of the temple has been blocked by 2 long, thick concrete barricades on Thursdays. Reason? a special puja in the evening!

If there is an alternate road, I would not be against this crime against public. But there is no proper road in the first place! The so-called road, which is used by at least 3 colonies (approx.100 houses) is just a collection of stones, loosely bounded by dry mud. It is that road the temple-enthusiasts block on each Thursday.  Whenever blocked, vehicles come out of the road, in to the open space next to road and continue.

Powerless people live their lives around the temple, without any apparent complaints.. Or have they lost their power to question? Have they lost their voices? I don’t know.

It is hard to believe that a public road could be easily blocked by a few people, on a regular basis. What a shame! This place too has a councillor, an MLA and an MP. Don’t they see this unruly behaviour?

How could this happen?

I am being naïve; anything could happen in name of religion in India. Another example is the early morning music that comes out of temple loudspeakers, all across India. It is now March, when students go through their annual final exams, which decide their results for whole year, future career and rest of life. During these critical times too, the loudspeakers do not respect the flow of life. They scream over the population.

Be sure, I am not against religion, though I do not follow any of the various available flavours. I am not against God, though I do not believe in a super human power living “above” us, looking through the clouds, on all of us at all the time. But I am definitely against disturbing normal life of a street – and a town – in name of religion and God. I am sure none of the religions – or any of the Gods, if they exist – approve this blockage.

Is God that deaf that the loudspeakers have to scream so loud? Or for that matter, does God sleep, from which He needs a wake-up call?! At least for those kids who are preparing for their final exams, can these loudspeakers be kept quiet during exam seasons?

Prayer should come silently from heart; then it is sincere and pure. If it screams out of loudspeakers each morning, it is just that – a scream and not a prayer.

What should be done?
1. City / town authorities should immediately put an end to screaming loudspeakers. At same time, temple authorities should ensure that provisions are made for those devotees who need to pray at early hours to visit the temple and pray silently.

2. Put an end to the weekly outrageous act of road blocking, period. Roads are made to travel, not to pray. If it is done once a year, or even twice a year, it could be tolerated; but not on a weekly basis.

What do you think? Are any of above blasphemous, unreasonable demands? Am I asking for too much?

Can God be abused?

I am mesmerized by the way God and his supporters work these days!  Russian Orthodox Church, and mighty Putin’s government think that God needs support, lawyers and protection from three “dangerous” young mothers!   “Abuse of God” is the phrase Russian Federal prosecutor used to describe the act of Pussy Riot band members.   The church and Putin’s Government argues that the young women should be put behind bars so that God can live peacefully.

I am an atheist, but have only one thing to say – may God show mercy upon these poor souls, who think that the Almighty need protection!


For those who are Economically Enslaved….

In 1920s, Bukharin and Preobrazhensky said:

The proletariat is chiefly economically enslaved.

That is a very accurate statement.  What we, the common labourer/public and private employee/worker do on our day-to-day life is chiefly due to this dependency on money.  And do we get an honest return to what we offer to our employer?  Very surely we can say “No”.  Why?  Just beacuse of the fact that if a business is making a profit, that profit is nothing but the money saved from the worker’s salary.  Everything else has a fixed cost – the raw materials, the machines, the land, the software, the utilities….  These items could not be brought cheaper.  But the worker, they can!  If a business does not do well, who faces the maximum impact?  Is it the raw materials supplier?  Or is it the electric/gas supplier?  No – they will still be charged at the same rate when the business was doing good.  But the immediate impact will be on the worker – if there is no work, it is the employee who first gets the sack. .. [document in progress…..]