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BJP, TDP Back Arya Vysya Community’s Battle Against Kancha Ilaiah’s Book

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    By Sriram Karri on 22/09/2017Leave a Comment
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    TDP MP T.G. Venkatesh addressed a press conference against the author and said that he should be hanged publicly.
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    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd (left), Post-Hindu India by Shepherd. Credit: Facebook, Sage publications

    Hyderabad: A recent Telugu translation of a chapter from Post-Hindu India, a book in English written by prominent Dalit and backward caste voice Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, first published in 2009, has created a huge controversy. There have been protests, police and court cases, anonymous death threats and a split among the free speech support groups. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has officially condemned the author and the book, while a parliamentarian of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the Vysya community has sought a change in the laws of the country so the author can be hanged publicly.

    Shepherd, who is director at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, writes in Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu (‘Vysyas as Social Smugglers’) that the Vysya community, though numerically small in population, has appropriated a huge share of economic resources and that their businesses, ranging from money lending to private enterprises, are exploitative of the lower castes.

    The community is up in arms, arguing that it was a non-violent, law-abiding and productive group, contributing to the development and growth of the country by creating jobs and investing, helping social prosperity. The book’s contents, they say, are “derogatory and demeaning”.

    Since the release of the book, the community has been protesting and picketing, and has filed cases against the author. The Arya Vysya Association (AVA) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court saying the “book hurt feelings of the Arya Vysya community” and “was written without any evidence and historical facts”.

    Seeking a ban on the book and legal action against Shepherd, the community has staged protests in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, even burning the author’s effigies.

    TDP MP’s threat

    Tension heightened over the matter when TDP MP T.G. Venkatesh addressed a press conference against the author and sought that he be “hanged publicly”.

    While the author wondered how the community’s leaders could claim they were “peaceful” when one of the richest and most powerful individuals among them, a parliamentarian, openly threatened to have an author hanged publicly, the MP said that he was merely asking for legal punishment.

    “We remain a peaceful community. We are very hurt by the unintellectual writings of this man. I hope the community will be protected against such hateful rants posturing as intellectual work. There are no facts here, only naked hatred. I hope the laws can be changed to punish this man,” said Venkatesh.

    “Can an MP who issues a fatwa against a citizen – that too a globally known writer and thinker – continue in parliament? One of richest MPs in India, he has declared a fatwa on me that he would kill or hang me in the streets. The myth that Arya Vysyas are a peace loving and non-violent community has been proved to be wrong,” said Shepherd.

    Also read: Explaining the ‘Social Smuggling’ That Has Angered Arya Vysyas in Two States
    BJP condemns author

    Calling the author a “mentally deranged hate-monger” who did not deserve the “self-proclaimed title of intellectual,” BJP spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao told The Wire, “…he has constantly tried to divide Hindu society and foster hatred between communities and castes. He needs medical help and psychiatric counselling. He lives for creating fake controversies and seeks attention because he has failed to achieve any accolades.”

    The BJP has officially condemned the author and his book, but has distanced itself from its ally TDP and its call for a ban and strong action against Shepherd. Rao said, “We try to create communal harmony. Any attempt by anyone to divide people with hatred has to be fought. However, we are not of the view that this work deserves to be treated seriously. It has no merit. No one can read a few pages without feeling revulsion. It deserves neither a ban nor do we support any call for violence against the author. No one can be hanged for writing a book, however disgusting it might be.”

    Threats, police cases and missing security

    Calling the book an attack against the community, the AVA filed a complaint against Shepherd but the police did not register any case, saying, they are “verifying the plaint”.

    Shepherd has also registered a case against Venkatesh, saying, he felt “terribly threatened”.

    “I have been getting threating calls from unidentified persons for days,” Shepherd said. “They are burning my effigy. They are asking for me to be hanged on the street. I have stopped going out for my walks in the morning and evening for the first time in 35 years. But the state government in Telangana, which allows an MP from Andhra to come and threaten me in Hyderabad, does not provide me security. I feel afraid sitting at home…. Like the next Gauri Lankesh, a target to be hit.”

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    Arya Vysya community protests against Ilaiah’s Samajika Smugglers-Komatollu. Credit: Youtube

    Mysterious silence

    While the battles rage on, surprisingly, several bodies, intellectuals and social leaders who are at the forefront of supporting free speech are silent on this issue.

    “It is an eerie silence. But I am not surprised. I know the community has declared financial support to everyone who speaks against me in the media. If they can buy condemnation for a price… can they not buy tacit support through silence?” asks Shepherd.

    From the Telangana-Mass, of which he is a member, to his academic colleagues and political parties that support such causes – everyone has largely ignored the issue.

    Ironically, Rao also condemned the silence. “Why are intellectuals like Professor Kodandaram or Hargopal or Vara Vara Rao silent? They should condemn this hate rant, else they will be seen as being in support.”

    Possible settlement

    There are some efforts underway to settle the issue. Leaders of the communist parties in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana tried to meet former Tamil Nadu governor and Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah, who is also one of the most prominent Vysya community leaders, to settle the matter. However, the meeting never took place because of a dispute over where it should be held.

    Meanwhile, Shepherd has offered to withdraw the book or change its title, but for a price. “If Arya Vysya community businessmen agree to earmark at least 5% jobs and contribute a part of their profits for farmer’s relief, I will withdraw my book. I will even change its title to ‘Vysyas – Social Contributors’,” he said.

    Sriram Karri is a Hyderabad-based commentator and novelist.
    https://thewire.in/180084/bjp-tdp-back-arya-vysya-communitys-battle-kancha-ilaiahs-book/
     
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    Video: Telangana constable thrashes bus conductor who asked her to pay bus fare
    The constable said that since she was on duty she was entitled to travel for free.

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    A video of a fight involving a police constable and a bus conductor over a ticket fare of Rs 15 in Mahabubnagar has gone viral. The police constable is seen shoving and lashing out at the conductor when she approaches her for ticket money.

    Rajitha Kumari, a police constable, was on her way to the Nawabpet police station, where she works. Since she was on duty and wearing her uniform, she refused to pay the bus fare. However, the conductor insisted that she pay her fare, reported NDTV.



    Following this, there was a verbal duel, in which the constable said that a government servant on duty is entitled to travel on government bus for free.

    Their argument then quickly escalated to a fist fight and the constable shoved and punched the conductor repeatedly.

    This whole episode was filmed by an onlooker, which was later shared widely on social media.

    The person who shot the video is heard trying to intervene and says that the conductor is just doing her job.

    The conductor later filed a complaint in Nawabpet police station, where Rajitha works.

    Mahabubnagar Superintendent of police has ordered for an informal inquiry into the matter.

    An inquiry has been initiated by the Telangana police department.
     
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    Hyderabad: Chappals thrown at writer Kancha Ilaiah, under fire from Vysya community for his book
    The Vysya associations are livid with Dr Kancha Ilaiah for his book titled `Samajika smugglurlu komatollu’ (Vysyas are social smugglers). Vysya associations are complaining that the title and some contents of the book are derogatory and offensive to the community.

    By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: September 27, 2017 1:24 pm

    The Vysya associations are livid with Dr Ilaiah for his book titled `Samajika smugglurlu komatollu’ (Vysyas are social smugglers). Writer and intellectual Dr Kancha Ilaiah ran into a police station after protesting Vysya community members allegedly threw footwear at him in Warangal district of Telangana, police said. Ilaiah, 64, has been under fire from the Vysyas for the allegedly offensive contents of his book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu (Vysyas are Social Smugglers).

    The alleged incident took place near the Dr B R Ambedkar statue in Parkal town. “Ilaiah was in Parkal to attend a function when Vysya community members stopped him. Some people allegedly threw chappals at him and he ran into the police station for protection. The protesters were dispersed and he has returned to Hyderabad,’’ Parkal police station inspector J Narsimhalu said.

    ALSO READ: Kancha Ilaiah lodges police complaint after threat calls, says fears for his safety

    Vysya associations have been protesting against Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, alleging that the book’s title and contents were derogatory and offensive to the community. They want the book to be withdrawn.
    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...re-from-vysya-community-for-his-book-4857851/
     
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    This guy Kancha Illiah was too much , he called Brahmins as Monsters and Vysya/Banyias as Smuggler cartel.
    He says he supports OBC,BC,SC/ST and i dont see any Obc,bc supporting his cause or ideas except some leftwing Nutjobs.
    If anyone saw the debate on TV9 against Swami Paripoornananda Saraswati, founder of Sripeetham, center for Vedic learning. This guy insulted the seer so much to the extent of asking him 'who he was born to' and suggested he might be a Bastard and insulted his mother.TV9 Moderator and Anchor who is a know atheist left leaning fellow with a penchant for insulting Hindu religious figures let the insults continue as Bharat Today TV channel owned by the seer is the top channel watched in Telugu speakers. That channel is doing a massive unification of Hindus irrespective of caste using its programmes and that is not liked by these so called Atheists,Marxists and Evangelists.

    This Kancha Illaih fellow is a Missionary using Hindu name,went to USA and told Christian Monitor.com that he invites Evangelists to come and destroy Hinduism in India and convert the whole country to Christian country using Bible and Money to convert.
     
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    China wants a multi-polar World, but China does not want a multi-polar Asia. Instead of fighting against people like Ilaiah who are just a symptom of the problem, First task of Hindutva should be to address the root cause of the problem. If a certain sections of Hindus feel they got raw deal, we should address it. What I am saying is reasonable justice not appeasement for unity. SP, BSP, RJD, Congress, CPM etc all exist because of this problem. Hinduism needs a renaissance else outsiders will take advantage.

    I remember a debate between a missionary and BC Hindu:
    Missionary: Why do you follow Hinduism which enslaved your ancestors under caste system for 6000 years?
    Low Caste Hindu: It is not the fault of Hinduism but it is the fault of some of those extremists Brahmans who made things like manusmriti(or atleast modified it), who twisted Hinduism to satisfy their own greed.

    Respect and equality are very small price to pay for unity among Hindus. Religious Conversions are a symptom which happen because of narrow minded thinking.

    Like Kancha Ilaiah OBC,SC/ST are getting educated, They will research into Vaishavismn Shaivism Brahmanism etc. Injustice of Caste system will motivate them to suspect and question things. I think first step should be to accept that there is a problem. For example Lord Venkatesh at Thirupati is claimed by Brahmins as incarnation of Vishnu, If Lord Vishnu has only 10 avatars where would you fit Lord Venkatesh. If a proper research is conducted by a professor all will be unraveled. All these small village gods are actually separate, they are only connected to Hinduism by some concocted legends and myths. The population percentage of OBC, SC,ST is around 70% of population. Equality is lifeline, future of Hinduism depends on this.
     
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    people are investigating and researching, there is no way to stop this.


     
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    You are right about Christian missionaries trying to spread Christianity tooth and nail. But When I took at it from a neutral perspective I find Christian missionaries are no different from Brahmans who spread Vedified Hinduism.

    Christians missionaries all over the world were speaking about Anti-conversion bill in Nepal. They try everything to stop this bill from passing.
    Christians under threat in Nepal as anti-conversion law passed
    https://www.christiantoday.com/arti...nepal.as.anti.conversion.law.passed/65366.htm

    These western countries don't care even Rat's ass about India, But when a anti-conversion law is on table suddenly suddenly they take notice.
    https://www.loc.gov/law/help/anti-conversion-laws/india.php

    After watching this video, no Hindu will be proud of their religion. Now I'm having suspicions on moral right of Hindutwa.
     

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