This is in continuation of our blog posts Click to go to 704 , Click to go to 706-- , Click to go to 707, (Click to go to 713) We have done four parts of a ten part series, of a review on the speech given by Shri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, 2016 Addl. D.G.P., Maharashtra, and former Jt. Director, CBI, Hyderabad. For those who wish to download an mp3 file of more than one hour long speech here is a link: Click to go to Archive.org for downloading mp3 of speech of Shri Lakshmi Narayana. . A video is also available on the net. We shall now take up the fifth part.
Additional trigger for this blog post: An article by Shri Akar Patel in Deccan Chronicle.com, about the introduction of prohibition in Bihar by Mr. Nitish Kumar. Title of the article is: PROHIBITION IS A FAILED IDEA. For those who wish to read this article, here is the link: (Click to go to the article of Mr. Akar Patel in Deccan Chronicle.Com.)
Trigger 2: Speeches of Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU Student Leader, blaming "Brahminism" as the root cause for the sufferings of Dalits and Sudras in India, and his repeated claims that he does not want Brahminism.
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
In any Capitalist Economy, Governance and Society, Prohibition is bound to fail. Mr. Akar Patel has presented several arguments to support the idea of failure of Prohibition in the World, in other States of India, and in Bihar. These things, I shall discuss elaborately and exhaustively in a separate blog post.
On the other hand in a truly COMPLETE SOCIALIST ECONOMY, GOVERNANCE, AND SOCIETY, there will be no need of prohibition.
It has become a fashion for numerous writers to blame Brahminism for the evils of Indian Society. Mr. Akar Patel's article too has a reference to Brahminism.
"...The famous sociologist M.N. Srinivas said prohibition of alcohol was actually a Sanskritic act, like cow slaughter. What he meant was that whatever justification was given, the Indian instinct to ban and prohibit came from a brahminical, upper-caste sensibility. It should therefore not surprise us that the makers of India’s Constitution debated these two issues — beef ban and alcohol prohibition — on the same day, November 24, 1948. I am writing this because another state in India, Bihar, has implemented a ban on all alcohol. Kerala is already going that route, joining Gujarat and a couple of states in the Northeast. ..."
An erroneous exaggerated impression has been created by several journalists, writers, politicians, bureaucrats, everybody, that Brahmins have ruled the roust in India.
Swami Vivekananda too seems to have had this impression. We shall take up his quote also simultaneously. Source for this quote: (Click if you wish to read more.)
"...One cannot but be amazed at the Swami's prophetic intuition as expressed through the following remarks made to Christine in 1896: 'The next upheaval will come from Russia or China. I cannot see clearly which, but it will be either the one or the other.' He further said: 'The world is in the third epoch, under the domination of the vaisya. The fourth epoch will be under that of the sudra.' ".
An explanation was provided as a footnote at the bottom of this quoted page:
Explanation: "...The vaisya, or the merchant, and the sudra, or the worker, represent the third and fourth castes in Hindu society. Swami Vivekananda said that the four castes, by turn, governed human society. The brahmin dominated the thought-current of the world during the glorious days of the ancient Hindu civilization. Then came the rule of the kshattriya, the military as manifested through the supremacy of Europe from the time of the Roman Empire to the middle of the seventeenth century. Next followed the rule of the vaisya, marked by the rise of America. The Swami prophesied the coming supremacy of the sudra class. After the completion of the cycle, he said, the spiritual culture would again assert itself and influence human civilization through the power of the brahmin. Swami Vivekananda often spoke of the future greatness of India as surpassing all her glories of the past. ..."
There is nothing really prophetic in what Swami Vivekananda said. He, in fact, failed to recognise that Upper Sudras have been ruling this country, at grass-root and middle levels, for the last 2000 years.
In the entire history of India, we find only two or three occasions where Brahmins have ruled kingdoms: 1. Brihad ratha, who defeated the last king of the Maurya dynasty. 2. Pishvas of Maharashtra in 17th Century.
Though Indian Epics Mahabharata, Ramayana, puranas (mythological narrations) such as Mahabhagavata, smritis like Manu Smriti contained numerous verses which indicated Brahmin domination, they were rarely implemented except during Mahabharata and Ramayana periods, if at all they contain any elements of valid history (So far no proof of Ramayana and Mahabharata being histories). While Brahmins succeeded in inserting numerous verses which preached favourable treatment and gifts to Brahmins, they were only receiving their livelihood for services such as funerals, weddings, naming ceremonies, housewarming ceremonies, etc. performed by them. This type of services were rendered by Pastors, Bishops, Mullahs, Clerics, in alien religions also.
If we can visualise a society which can dispense with the services of priests / pastors/ mullahs etc., it should all the more be welcome. But that is possible only in a Truly Socialist Society, where 1) the institutions religious priest-pastor-mulah-hood , and their associate ceremonies such as weddings, funeral prayers etc. can be totally abolished. 2) OR, Secular Govt. Officials will perform those functions without introducing the elements of Gods and Prayers.
Vivekananda was under an erroneous impression that Sudras were not ruling the country till now. Ever since the Aryan Kshatriyas died in numerous battles and wars, caused by internecine animosities, invasions by Greeks, Kushanus, Sakas, Huns etc., most of the Kingdoms in India were ruled by Sudras. Maurya dynasty itself was a Sudra dynasty. When Sudras became kings of hundreds of kingdoms of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Afghanistan to Burma, some of them declared themselves to be Kshatriyas (warrior caste). They took help of Brahmins for the purpose. Example: Declaration of Sudra Kings as Agni Kula Kshatriyas, by performance of sacrifices (yagnas) on Aravali Hills of Ajmer.
Brahmins had no alternative left, except to implement the dictates of the New Kings. Brahmins were just servants of the New Sudra Kings. Whatever oppression of the further lower Sudras, and dalits had taken in Indian History, they were at the command of the Sudra Rulers whom we can call "Upper Sudras", while the washermen, barbers, potters, etc. were condemned to be "Lower Sudras". Of course, we can blame the Brahmins for surrendering to the dictates of Sudra Rulers. Then that was a survival need. For that matter, the Army Chieftains and the soldiers of the Sudra Rulers were also Sudras. Under orders of the Upper Sudra Rulers, didn't the Sudra Army Chieftains, Lower Sudra soldiers, exploit and oppress the ruled "Lower Sudras" and Dalits? In other words, whether Sudra or Brahmin or Vysya in the court of the Sudra Kings had their shares of the spoils, from the exploitation of the village Sudras and the exterminated Dalits.
The same structure and system continued in the 20th C. India, and is continuing even in the 21st Century India, in almost all the States.
21st Century Proof. Example from Andhra Pradesh. Without any malice to Upper Sudras, or Lower Sudras of Andhra Pradesh
Without malice to Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu, and his Cabinet Members we shall see the 2016 position: At least 80% of his Cabinet are Sudras. (Notes: Kammas, Reddys, and Kapus are also Sudras. The Chief Minister and the Sudra Ministers will get some ideas in their minds. They call the astrologers and pandits, most of whom are Brahmins. Brahmins are not ministers in the Cabinet. They are not rulers. They know pretty well that unless they become "HMV" (His Master's Voice), they will not get a second call to the Chandra Babu's Court. Recently, one Pravachana Chakravarti (Title: Emperor of Discourses), Upanyasa Chakravarti (Emperor of Discourses), Sarada Gnana Putra (Son of Knowledge of the Goddess of Learning), has been appointed as Adviser to the A.P. Government. This does not mean that the Adviser-Consultant will play a key role in the governance of the State.
The same is the case in Telangana State. Without any malice to the Upper Sudras and Lower Sudras of Telangana:
Mr. K. Chandra Sekhara Rao & his family are Velamas. In Telangana, both the dominant landed castes i.e. Velamas and Sudras are Sudras. Most of his Ministers are Sudras. Mr. KCR also consults Brahmin Gurus and astrologers. But the Brahmin Gurus and the astrologers do not govern Telangana. Their role is just "HMV" and to collect some rewards for becoming "yes-men".
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are ruled by Sudras, mainly Yadavs who may be classified as Upper Sudras. Most of the UP and Bihar Cabinet Members are Sudras.
At All India level also, similar position exists in Union Cabinet.
About Vivekananda's conception of Vysya (Trader, Business Person caste) Epoch. As per the explanation given in the above website, U.S.A. is taken was a representative of Vysya (Trading Community), by Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda seems to have forgotten the basic fact that though in Europe, and United States, though Nobility of Birth was partly important, Caste was not important. For example, Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain depended for her Treasures on colonial slave traders, pirates, for her income.
As a self-declared Advaita Vedanta monk, Swami Vivekananda ought to have stopped thinking on caste lines. When Adi Shankara was going to bathe in Ganga River, one cobbler encountered him. Adi Shankara asked him to give way, by moving aside. The cobbler asked him "Should the body move aside, or the Soul move aside?". Thus Vedantic monks are not expected to think on caste lines, just as Communists-Marxists-True Socialists-atheists are not expected to think on caste lines.
Seeking introduction of prohibition cannot be taken as a Brahminic idea, though in some Regions of India, Brahmins do not consume alcohol and meat. Anyway, when Sudras are ruling India and its 29 States, how can Brahmins dictate terms?
If Mr. Akar Patel really wants to know the exact place where the demand for PROHIBITION is coming, he should do some "para griha pravEsh" (Enter homes of others. This word has been coined by ybrao-a-donkey, on lines similar to "para kAya pravEsh (entering into another's body)".). Every alternate Home in India he can visit, to find out how mothers are harassed by sons demanding money to buy liquor, and to look at housewives and children being beaten by alcoholic husbands, demanding money for liquor. It is the women at home, who are the worst sufferers at the hands of the Liquor Trading Governments and Contractors.
Back to Vivekananda: Though "Financial Invasions" by "Financial Powers" have partly replaced the "Military Invasions" by "Military Powers", there is a synergic mutual interdependence between them. Thus, to use Vivekananda's language, though "Sudras" have become rulers, they depend for their survival on "Vysyas (Meaning:Corporates)" for election funds. The Sudra rulers after getting elected as Presidents and Prime Ministers with "Vysya support" , when they visit abroad, the Sudra Rulers take large representation Groups of "Vysyas" for Business Promotion i.e. to sell aircraft, guns, radars, drones, what not! This is what is called "Crony Capitalism". The "third epoch" has not ended. The third and fourth epoch-es are jointly ruling the World.
To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.