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Re: comment on the common man

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are likely to be summarily rejected. Thanks for your understanding. IPI
 Dear Sanjeev:

Your comment on "common man of India"-- I believe there is no common man  is
very relevant. Common man is a another myth which is politically
exploited.Yesterday I visited a rural villabe about 90 kilometers on the
NH45 from Chennai: Velliambakkam . I stopped at one part of the village and
enquired where is the house of Mr Rajenran, vice-president of village
council  -panchaya. The man, a farming labourer like stared at me an asked
which Rajendran? Does he belong to caste village or colony (Dalit part of a
village is called "Cheri" or "colony" in Tamil Nadu). Then I realised the
man who invited me must be a Dalit living in the Dalit colony. So I answered
the vice-president of the village, I donot iknow where he lives. He answered
with a contempt, yes the vice-president , he lives in the colony and it is
away from here go on the eastern side and enquire! The reality is is every
Indian village, as it is seen in Tamil Nadu is separated into a caste
village  and dalit village which is usually half a kilometer away from caste
village, which is segregated housing in India. A martin Luther King fought
to end discrimination and segregation in the US. How is that in India after
Gandhi, enlightened Budhism and Hinduism, we still have segregated living. I
went to the segregated part of this village and met Mr Rajendran who invited
me and he was sharing his woes of oppression by caste village. This made me
depressed on a Pongal holiday which was a day of celebration. This farmers
festival as they decorate their cows and bullock carts, where the houses
look alike among agrcultural wokers how come such a strong discrimination of
untouchability exists. Ambedkar described this tha Hinduism has an ascending
reverence and descending order of contempt as the caste system brought
gradations of people. -- So who is the Common Man - the man in the DALIT
caste village who perpetuates it or the urban educated who are divided on
the basis of religion, caste, occupation, language, etc Are we all common
men? Please give some answers as I often get perplexed, as if there is no
answers to the age long social malaise!

> ON UMESH TIWARI's, I have two suggestions :
> 1. Why not promote empowerment of the people, not suggest them how to
>run their affairs, but > let them take charge and learn to create their own
system the way they>want.

	----How will you do this in India, please explain.

> I know, politicians have their own idea of how our system should work.
> Bureaucrats have their own idea as to how our system should work.
> The so called literate english speaking superiority complex ridden city
>dewelers have their> own unique idea as to how the system should run.
> A vibrant democracy requires informed and responsible citizenery, and
>what it needs the least is elite class telling the masses what to

----This is what happened in 50 years of planning - the learned pundits of
planning told the masses what to do! What is the result now? 

> 2. One of the major handicaps of our system is its lack of financial
>base. The main reason> for the problem seems to be the socialistic
attitude, which is>responsible for corruption> as well as lack of
accountability on the part of rulers/bureaucrats.

----- Because capitalism failed in the name of socialism planners brought
state capitalim which is not socialism. State capitalism, as capitalism,
promotes corruption, class system, etc. This only points out that we have
to think deeper and come out with an anbalysis of our spocial situation
which may bring an answer!  ----

Henry Thiagaraj

Henry Thiagaraj
Managing Trustee, Dalit Liberation Education Trust
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