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Poisoned Edge

The Sangh exploits Dalit and tribal frustration to recruit soldiers for Hindutva's 'war'

Poisoned Edge
Poisoned Edge
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Significantly, the feedback from the ground on what caused the frenzied participation of tribals and Dalits is at variance from the 'Hindutva backlash' theory conveniently propounded by the VHP and the Sangh parivar. The truth, according to activists working with tribals and Dalits, is that they were lured by money, power, and social and political recognition to act like mercenaries for the Hindutva cause. Dalit leader Udit Raj, who has initiated a campaign of mass mobilisation of Dalits and Muslims together with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind in the state in the aftermath of riots, points out: "Dalits were being lured by money, liquor and political prospects and were used like jehadis by the Hindutva forces."

Social scientists in Gujarat predict that in the days to come the politics of hatred being churned out from the VHP's laboratory in Gujarat could have a severe impact on the state's social fabric. Ganesh Devy, noted tribal rights activist and director of the Tribal Academy in Tejgadh (the first tribal town where violence broke out) carries the argument further: "The truth is that the RSS and the BJP are quite rattled by the response of the tribals. The ferocity of their participation has surprised the torchbearers of Hindutva. A good number of tribals are educated and during the recent riots they successfully overcame the fear of the administration. All that will lead to a volatile political mix in the days to come when tribals will want to be in the driver's seat. In the future, the hate campaign perpetrated by the RSS and the VHP can easily turn against them." Many like Devy see the emergence among Dalits and tribals of a neo-militancy now being tapped by rightwing Hindutva.

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