[Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (by Rajiv Malhotra, Aravindan Neelakandan) boloji.com 7 Apr 2011 – Book Review by Dr. Prema Nandakumar
The Partition of 1947 was only the despicable act of a handful of political careerists. Even as it was being implemented, the Tiruchirapalli Radio broadcast Sri Aurobindo’s message on 15th August, 1947. He did not find it to be a solution at all. Rather, it was an opening for a dangerous future when civil strife would always remain possible…
, the Western style of
democracy with its universal suffrage has proved a bane to its unity.
Where illiteracy is still widely prevalent and symbols are a must for electoral
candidates, the ruthless politicians have divided the people in terms of vote
banks. Caste that seemed to be waning, has now become stronger than ever
with hundreds of caste-based associations and political parties proliferating
all over India as the Yadava vote, the Dalit vote or the Minority vote.
With a visionless Parliament still adhering to the Reservation Policy even
after sixty years of overprotection, the self-serving politicians have tasted
Mulayam's socialist agitation anchored by Ram Manohar Lohia was a single-track narrow gauge line. While Ambedkar told Dalits that English was the milk of a lioness and encouraged them to go for it, Lohia told Yadavs that English was a linguistic evil and launched an agitation against it. As violence threatens to bring disgrace to the young Akhilesh who seems so promising, Mulayam needs to unlearn what he has learnt during his political life. He needs to reinvent himself and turn into a social reformer.]