Incomplete Hindutva without Dalits: BJP leader Paswan

BJP spokesperson Guru Prakash Paswan stressed that the atrocities committed against Dalits in India and the history of oppression cannot be denied or minimized.

BJP spokesperson Guru Prakash Paswan stressed that the atrocities committed against Dalits in India and the history of oppression cannot be denied or minimized.

Empowering Dalits is at the heart of Hindutva thought and the Indian Constitution, a senior BJP leader has said, noting that significant progress has been made towards their empowerment during India’s 75 years of independence.

Although there is more talk of discrimination against Dalits, it is important to know how the empowerment of Dalits is at the heart of Hindutva thought and the Indian constitution, said the spokesman of the BJP, Guru Prakash Paswan, during the first edition of “Indic Dialogue”. in New Jersey on Thursday.

Mr. Paswan, who is currently touring the United States, addressed audiences in Silicon Valley as well as Los Angeles on a “Dalit Bahujan Solidarity Network”.

His interactions with the Indian Diaspora at the “Dalit, Bahujan and Hindutva” event in Los Angeles and San Jose on “Indian Government’s Inclusivity and Diversity Policies” was covered at the Foundation for India and Indian Diasporic Studies (FIIDS) in Fremont, California.

Assistant Professor of Law Education at the University of Patna, Mr. Paswan told the New Jersey public that “the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Constitution of India are the three documents that define Hindus and India. “.

“All three are written by Dalits (Ramayana by sage Valmiki, Mahabharata by Ved Vyaas, and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee of India). So where is the Dalit issue? not part of India?” He asked.

Mr. Paswan stressed that the atrocities committed against Dalits in India and the history of oppression could not be denied or minimized.

“It is however important to know what India has been doing since 1950 (January 26, 1950, when the Republic of India gave itself the written Constitution) in enshrining the empowerment of Dalits, and also to examine the results,” he said.

In his speech, the BJP leader talked about reserves (affirmative state action), the Dalit Chamber of Commerce, the impact of iconic Dalit leaders like Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram, (who according to the former US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger was “the most ‘hawkish’ Minister of Defense, former President Ramnath Kovind, as well as current President Draupadi Murmu (first tribal woman to serve as Indian President) , according to a press release.

Mr. Paswan also explained how various initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration such as “PM Mudra” (Finances for the Underfunded), Swachh Bharat Mission (Mission for a Clean India), Governor’s Appointments, Recognition of Dalits for National Civil Awards continued to strengthen the Dalit Empowerment Program.

During his speech, he drew parallels with the struggles of African Americans in the United States and how some of India’s lessons could be applied to American politics and governance.

Indic Dialogue brought together Woodbridge Human Rights Commission (HRC) Chair Glenn Morgan, Woodbridge HRC Commissioner Rayshma Ali, Woodbridge Township School District Board of Education (WTSD BoE) member Akshar Sidana and Monica Eppinger , director of the Woodbridge Public Library (WPL). .

Commissioners Morgan and Ali said they had learned about India, Hindutva and Dalit issues when more engagement was needed.