Indian Newspaper calls for Expulsion of Brahmins from Bihar!

[Note: Bhumihars are a sub-caste of Brahmins in Bihar. They are considered superior to all other Bihari Brahmins and represent the highest sub-caste of Brahmins in Bihar. Brahmins are the richest and single most powerful caste in Bihar as in so many other states.]

RSS Journalist for Hindi Newspaper demands :

Deport the Brahmins !

Mainstream Asian Age states:

"Either Bhumihars [Brahmins] are at fault or the rest of the castes living in rural central Bihar are wrong"

"During the last five years ganglords and private armies hailing from this caste [Brahmin] have slaughtered around 1,000 innocent persons belonging to almost all the backward and schedule castes in rural central Bihar."

"Bhumihar [Brahmin] lumpen elements and goons figure prominently in almost all the violent clashes which have occurred in central Bihar since 1995."

Asian Age
The Asian Age, 24 June 2000

Bihar's Bhumihar Stain

By Soroor Ahmed

At the site of the
Miyanpur massacre, where Brahmin terrorists butchered dozens of Dalits
and OBCs

`Bihar ka bahut sara problems solve ho jaye me' ga agar Bhumiharon ko utha kar Kashmir bhej diya jae' (Most of Bihar's problems would be solved if Bhumihars are expelled from the state and sent to Kashmir). This was a comment made by a Hindi journalist from Bihar, Pravin Bagi, after the Senari killing last year. And he still stands by it.

Calling for expulsion of any caste is both thoroughly unjustified and impracticable yet an important question which remains unattended is as to why only Bhumihars are one way or the other in the centre of almost all the bloody confrontations which have rocked central Bihar since 1995. Other upper castes ... Kayasthas, Rajputs — and even the backward caste Kurmis have no love lost for Laloo Yadav yet they have not indulged in such dans macabre for no rhyme and reason and that too for so long.

In fact the above statement of Bagi is a double entendre. What he implied was that rural Bihar would be free from violence once it get rids of them. At the same time the land dispute with Pakistan in Kashmir would be solved forever as the Bhumihars know the art of grabbing land.

Bagi is not a scribe with a leftist background but has a long association with the RSS yet he does not shy away from making this statement. BJP general secretary, Govindacharya, once in charge of Bihar affairs, stirred the hornets' nest by dubbing Bhumihars `undependable' on the eve of the 1996 parliamentary elections. Even the party bulletin in 1998 made some uncharitable comments about this caste, raising a storm in state politics.

A couple of BJP leaders may have indulged in plain-speaking yet the fact is that almost all the NDA constituents have been courting Bhumihars throughout the Nineties, especially after the 1995 Assembly elections, just to get their votes. Who is not aware that the Samata MLA, Sunil Pandey, is a leading light of the Ranvir Sena'

He surrendered a month after becoming an MLA last March. After his surrender he confessed before mediapersons that even as an absconder he was present at the swearing in ceremony of Samata leader Nitish Kumar as the chief minister in Patna Raj Bhawan.

Media criticism of Laloo Yadav for his failure in checking massacres is understandable, but what is not is the way the same press stops short of calling a spade a spade.

Throughout the past five years the media totally ignored the question as to why after all no other anti-Laloo caste has ever indulged in such mayhem especially of women and children. Which anti-Laloo caste of the state has shot pregnant Dalit women in the wombs and later issued a press release saying that a snake will give birth to a snake' ?

Which anti-Laloo caste has enacted a massacre on January 25 night (at Shankarbigha in 1999) and later released a press release saying it was done deliberately to spoil the Republic Day function' Not only that, the press release secretly sent to the newspaper offices said that they would continue to enact such blood-bath till the Dalit President (Mr K.R. Narayanan) agrees to dismiss the Rabri government.

In fact they enacted the killing on the evening of January 25 when the President was addressing the nation. They proved true to their words and killed a dozen more Dalits at Narayanpur a fortnight later and thus succeeded in imposing President’s Rule.

The tragedy is that both last year and this time the media and urban elite remained totally indifferent to such senseless butchery. Not a single worshipper of non-violence in Bihar has come out openly condemning the Ranvir Sena for the recent beastly act at Miyanpur. They all ended up only criticising the state government for its ineffectiveness.

If these urban-centric upper caste opinion makers keep their eyes shut in the hope that these massacres would weaken Laloo Yadav, then they are mistaken. The state government, no doubt, has failed but may one ask as to why not a single newsman who recognised Sunil Pandey and was present at the swearing in ceremony of Nitish Kumar exposed the fact that an absconder wanted in so many Dalit massacres was present at the Raj Bhawan and that too not very far off from the governor ? Was it not their social responsibility?

If Bihar is poor it is not only for the Bhumihar criminal gangs. If the condition of roads and power is bad it is not only for them. If Laloo Yadav is corrupt it is not only for them. Other upper castes have already been affected by his rise, but is keeping quiet a solution ?

A handful of leftist politicians and intellectuals would unearth land dispute and minimum wages as the cause of all the troubles. But was there any land or wage dispute which provoked Bhumihar goons to kill three Kurmis and six Yadavs in two different incidents in Nawada ? And when the Kurmis retaliated by killing 13 Bhumihars then again there was no such dispute. Once again there was no such dispute worth so ever in Miyanpur village.

Bhumihar lumpen elements and goons figure prominently in almost all the violent clashes which have occurred in central Bihar since 1995. Barring Senari in Jehanabad district and Afsar in Nawada district, in which 34 and 13 of their men were killed, in almost all the big carnage Bhumihar were on the offensive. Another massacre of the Bhumihars took place way back in February 1992.

Incidentally while all the Bhumihar victims are male, the community has indulged in selective killing of women and children. Barring two children killed in Afsar, where 13 people died, all those Bhumihars killed in past so many years were young. During the last five years ganglords and private armies hailing from this caste have slaughtered around 1,000 innocent persons belonging to almost all the backward and schedule castes in rural central Bihar.

Ironically, 70 per cent of those killed were children and women, many of them in family way. Since 1995 they have indulged in innumerable cases of Harijan-hunting; they have massacred members belonging to the extreme backward castes (EBCs) time without number; they have butchered the innocent and poor Yadavs, simply because they are the ruling class; they have taken on Kurmis only to pay the price as the latter retaliated by killing 13 of their men on June 11; they slaughtered Koeris — in short they have spared none.

In fact their relationship with the ... other upper castes ... Rajputs and Kayasthas — is far from cordial. The above issue deserves a dispassionate study. Either Bhumihars are at fault or the rest of the castes living in rural central Bihar are wrong. And if the former are wrong it is the social responsibility of every individual to tell them to mend their ways.

In fact the saner elements among them will have to stand up and speak out. How long will they continue to rejoice over the difficulty of Laloo Yadav ? There is no denying the fact that as the name suggests Bhumihars cannot go away from bhumi (land). While other upper castes like Kayasthas, [etc] ... underwent occupational shift from agriculture to urban jobs, Bhumihars still want to retain their old profession even if they are in service.

To remain in the villages they try to control and monopolise all the rural business in the form of the taking contracts of local bus stands, transport or sand mining. Even the other landed upper caste, Rajputs, do not have such a strong association with land as they had two or three decades ago. Herein lies the crux of the matter. Against the general perception the truth is that the number of landlords in Bihar can be counted on finger-tips and land holding per person is the smallest in the country, save Kerala.

It is 0.87 hectare against the national average which is just the double, that is 1.68 hectare. What is existing in the mind of Bhumihar goons is the feudal mentality which turns them virtually blind.

The rise of Laloo Yadav and the Mandal phenomenon, along with the ultra-left movements have certainly emboldened the backwards and the Dalits which the Bhumihars with their old mindset are not at all going to tolerate. Unlike the other upper castes they failed to read the writing on the walls of rural Bihar, especially in the central part which has always been the nucleus of political struggles.

"Our system of [ British ] Government in India ... is an extension of the demoralizing Brahmin-ridden policy, which, perhaps, has more retarded the progress of civilization and improvement in India generally than anything else."

Col. G.J. Haly of the British Army, `On Fisheries in India' cited in Mahatma Phule's Slavery, Preface.

" The British ... validated Brahmin authority by employing, almost exclusively, Brahmins as their clerks and assistants. "

Arthur Bonner, 'Democracy in India: a hollow shell', The American University Press, Washington, 1994, p.40.

"[T]he most glaring tendency of the British Government system of high class education has been the virtual monopoly of all higher offices under them by the Brahmins."

`Slavery' by Mahatma Jotirao Phule, ed. Dr. K.Jamanadas, Preface, Education Department, Government of Maharashtra,

" If he [ a Sudra ] arrogantly teaches Brahmins their duty, the king shall cause hot oil to be poured into his mouth and into his ears."

Manu Smrti VIII.272

-- Milind Paswan,
Dalitstan Journal
Volume 2, Issue 4 (Aug. 2000)

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