POLITICS OF 1. ANTI BRAHMANISM, 2. ANTI HINDI, 3.NORTH GROWING - SOUTH DECAYING, 4. SRI LANKAN TAMILS = Dravidian Politics = A DISASTER!- 3.
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
In Tamil Nadu, this failure is due to dishonesty, corruption, one-man show, family/dynastic rule and many more .... no difference than other parties, DK, DMK, AIADMK all like others, nothing special to mention ..
In Maharashtra, by the 1930s, the non- Brahman movement as a whole was absorbed into the Congress, with only Ambedkar leading an independent Dalit movement which saw itself as carrying on the heritage of Phule but was limited organisationally to the Dalits (and, among them, to the Mahars).
In Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, Periyar's movement took on full force in the 1930s and 1940s, gathered people of all castes around it, made the commitment to women's liberation more of a mass force than Phule could, organised powerful mass campaigns against religious superstition and rather than vanishing into the ``mainstream,'' went on to found its own parties.
Why did the ideals fail in spite of an apparently powerful movement? Some will say the non-Brahman and Dravidian movements could not succeed because they were, in the end, "bourgeois democratic.''
Some will point to the lack of a full economic and political vision - the movements focussed on "identity'' issues but had no economic programme different from the Nehru Congress.
Some will say the whole idea of a "non-Brahman movement'' is an illusion since non-Brahmans are out of Scene.
None of these explanations is sufficient.
Let us begin with three assertions :-
1. that a strong movement would have achieved and developed its own political-economic vision,
2. that traditional Marxism is insufficient because it has never confronted caste, never understood that ``Brahmanism'' (or the Brahmanic Social Order, as some put it) was a fundamental social structure and not simply an ideological effervescence, and that the Dalit and other non-Brahman unity is difficult but necessary and possible because the non-Brahmans also are oppressed by caste.
3. On this basis some comparisons of the contributions and inadequacies of the non- Brahman movements in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where they were historically the strongest, might help make a critical examination.
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