Agenda for the 2nd Millenium
With each era, a Mahapurush is born who is relevent for that period. The relevence of the teachings and theories and concepts of one mahapurush undergoes a diminution as time passes. We can continue to hold on to old concepts only at our own peril.
Since Dr Ambedkar didnot foresee this situation of advanced capitalism as it exists in India today, it is necessary for those of this generation of Dalits to come out with theories and apply them to life and evaluate/correct the theories based on results to further apply and revaluate.
With the above in mind, I place the following before you for your evaluvation and criticism.
With increasing number of dalits competing for jobs and services in the Govt sector, it has become necessary for the 'Savarna' class, the ruling class, to find alternative ways to corner a big share of national cake to retain its supremacy in the face of more and more assertive 'Avarna'. Dominating the market forces is one of them.
In the face of the new God, the Market Forces, there is need for struggles to re align policies to benefit those who, earlier, were beneficiaries of reservation in jobs & education.
Unless the dalits and other deprived sections of the society are brought within the ambit of beneficial financial outlays, the social unrest will continue to brew entailing more and more expense on the non productive security forces for internal security.
It is in the context of economic development with accent on mofussil, rural and semi rural areas that the demands for autonomy arise as a panacea to all the ails of backward regions or a state.
With higher education going more and more into the hands of private sector, low IQ upper class rich get into technical institutes and out comes as mediocre technocrats. The aim of education institutions run by corporate sector has not gone beyond the profit motive is the reason why students from weaker sections with real talent can not afford higher education.
This calls for corporatisation with subsidy for atleast 50 per cent of the students through establishment of higher education centers with associated foundations/trusts to finance the economically disabled. Pure corporate centres of higher education is the feature of the worst stage of capitalist economy. I could add, health, Food grains, and habitat in that list along with education as sections which should not be based on crass capitalism.
This would mean that only the big houses would be able to shoulder the responsibility. A business house should and must be made mandatory after a certain level of assets, say... 50 crores to finance educational institutions catering partly to weaker sections.
Ambani eg., is the top man in the country, asset wise, has done almost NIL towards welfare of the less fortunate. In fact there is a policy in Reliance not to take Muslims, who form a significant section of the below poverty line populace. Recently a young idealist chose a moslem for a post after interviewing a few applicants, unaware of the unwritten rule that 'muslims are not to be taken'. That muslim remains the first and only muslim in Reliance!
Such instances could be multiplied a few thousand fold at different levels in both private and government sector. Thus the Bahujan concept becomes attractive since Both dalits and muslims suffer discrimination leading to economic stagnation at the level of poverty.
Tho NIIT, ACL and other computer institutes' shares are doing a bull run in the stock market, these have remained the haven for the haves only. the 'have-less' and 'have-nots' have no way to enter in and make have a go at joining the fast lane except through penurious loans. This is where the govt policy should intervene to support the economically disabled.
The globalisation, privatisation and disinvestment work against the interest of the poor in the country. The funds from disinvestment of manufacturing PSUs being earmarked are not for being plunked back into education, health of other welfare activities.
The money from disinvestment (**), should by right have gone back to the People. the MONEY belongs to the PEOPLE. So The shares should have been sold to panchayats to improve their purchasing power of rural populace, has not been in the govt agenda so far. Short term fattening of the already inflated urban class is given the benefits accrued from funds got from disinvestment.
LIC, UTI and other financial giants being protected is quite stange.In one way it is not strange at all. If these are privatised, the stock market will crash. As hard nosed investors in the market, they will not purchase and sell stocks/ shares to please this or that official/minister/party, but base their investment on productivity of the companies. If the Indian Financial Institutions are disinvested, The companies like the Tata-Timiken, Hindustan Motors, PAL and dozens of others would hit the BIFR or simply close down.
The future programme of the cognoscenti among the dalits should be to establish institutes of education, subsidised by the Upper class and NRI dalits to bring those in the poverty line at par with atleast middle class level, for the present, so as to be adept at utilising the advantages of the market forces for their advancement.
Once the dalits, muslims and other economically weak have advanced, It will be only a matter to time for the country to become a super power. Prejudice and crass exploitation of the majority by the minority have kept India weak.
It was this weakness that allowed any one with even 10,000 soldiers to conquer India(!) like Babur did. It was not lack of 'CHARACTER' (as they tell at the 'shakha' each morning). that made India weak.
Till then a powerful and respected India cannot come out of a few atom bombs in the hands of a populace half of whom are on empty stomachs.