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5 Apr, 10 tweets, 3 min read
The price for standing for yourself is the greatest treasure that one has to pay to bear the cost of toxic parenting, social statism and 'culture'.

Here's the case of a so-called friend, a girl, who was intimidated today morning by her 'Rajput' dad.

Her crime is that she believes that she can make decisions for herself. She is financially independent, but her hindu 'rajput' family is against her personal choice i.e. getting married to a hindu guy of 'vaishya' caste, lower than 'kshatriya' clan.

I was not in touch with her since last few years. But when she suddenly remembered me today morning for assistance and empathy, I concluded that I turned out to be a candle in this dark time. I cancelled my lecs. and headed her home.

Her dad is not in good books with me b'coz he volunteers for the ABVP, a hindu fringe group, although not directly associated with it. He grimaced on seeing me at the door. I called a local NGO & police station, although my friend was discouraging me for it.

She had her own reasons; basically, she did not wanted to create 'tamasha' (drama) because of "izzat" factor. But how does 'it' matter when our life, liberty and self-respect are @ stake? I know many ladies succumb to domestic violence because of 'culture', shame, etc.

Gone are the days when ladies or the victims would be taken for granted. Tolerating oppression is equivalent to advancement of oppression. It is inhumane to succumb to such a culture, when it deteriorates our autonomy and individual sovereignty.

She called her partner as well. He turned up with his family, after some time, & facilitated the local NGO & police station to take cognizance of the matter. I'm glad that they didn't hesitate to help her @ this hour, after seeing how families often give-up than fighting.


I have not understood:
a) what difference does it really make, when individuals decide to marry out of their 'caste' line?
b) why should parents treat their offspring as their personal property?
c) where does this shame or culture come from, when we choose to live freely?
Under the carpet of shame, izzat or caste, why should one compulsorily pay the price for such a fascistic social contract? Remember, there's no obligation to your caste, society, etc. Destroy them, when they're intended and designed to annihilate your individuality.

It really seems idiotic to sustain such a tradition that continues to lynch, shame & ostracize people on the basis of caste in 21st century. On a funny note, one thing, I'd to make this clearer to her is that I'm an anti-caste activist, not a love marriage counsellor lol


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6 Apr
Amid a population of 135 crore, only 1.2L beneficiaries received incentives under 'Inter-Caste Marriage scheme' in 7 years. Although it's said that government's motivation to drive social exogamy is noble but is monetary incentivization enough to make the point?

Data here.
This measure i.e. promoting inter-caste marriages by providing financial assistance to couples marrying to Scheduled Castes (SCs) has been rolled out by governments at central & state levels to eradicate caste-based discrimination & increase intermingling of castes.

Inter-caste marriages are sanctioned by Special Marriage Act, 1954 and the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Financial assistance of Rs. 2.5 Lakhs is provided to inter-caste couples where one of the spouses belongs to SCs.

As if money alone will undo casteism!

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Bhakts, today, are celebrating the birth anniversary of Subhashchandra Bose. Bose was a freedom fighter who culminated INA to fight the British imperialism.

Whereas Bhakts' antecedents favored British imperialism over INA.

Thread (1/9) on Hindu Mahasabha's hypocrisy:
When Bose, during World War II (1939-1945), was trying to secure foreign support for liberation of India and trying to organise a military attack towards the northeast of the country, it was 'Veer' Savarkar who offered full military cooperation to the Britishers.


While addressing the 23rd session of Hindu Mahasabha at Bhagalpur in 1941, 'Veer' Savarkar said:
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8 Jan
Some thoughts/excerpts on "I could not be #Hindu" by a former #RSS sevak/worker Bhanwar Meghwanshi, a #Dalit.

The book is really worth reading, just like #Ambedkar's "Annihilation of #Caste".

It is a unique 'testimony' to the RSS's #casteism.

Bhanwar has realised, in the end, that establishment of #RSS was also a partly reaction to the rise of #Dalit politics under the aegis of #Ambedkar whose first anti-caste mobilisations (including the Mahad satyagraha and temple entry movements).

In fact, Deendayal Upadhyaya defended '#casteism' even more explicitly, in Integral Humanism, a text that is still considered as its ideological charter by the RSS and BJP and other RW fringe groups.

Bhanwar experienced this as well.

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24 Dec 20

It's not 'good governance day'. It's #ManusmritiDahanDivas'.

I bet, a lot many Indians are not aware about the same. During the Mahad Satyagraha, Dr Ambedkar bravely showed #Manusmriti its place.
Mahad Satyagraha was a fight to assert the Dalits’ right to access "public water", and to embrace humanity and dignity.

For Dr Ambedkar—a staunch advocate of women’s rights and emancipation—it was a political action to burn #Manusmriti publicly.

On December 25, 1927, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar burned #Manusmriti as a symbol of rejection of the religious basis of #untouchability.

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14 Nov 20

After Uttar Pradesh, Haryana is embracing the 'bandwagon effect' of laws against love jihad. Other states will follow the chain too.

The law is not in sync with Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, in the first place, & it's tuned to Modi's political philosophy.

Secondly, the ramification of this abhorrent and misogynical law will disdain (and discourage) women to make inform and free choices for herself. No doubt the philosophy of this law is stemmed from Manusmriti's thoughts over women's rights.

1st of all, it's not government's business to tell us whom we shld marry or not. If there's coercion involved in such special marriages, then let the courts or law take up the matter. What gives govt. the right to state "Your Ram Naam Satya journey will begin" so blatantly?

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Ram 'lynched' shudra sage Shambukha.

[Reference: Valmiki Ramayana, Book 7, the 'Uttarakanda' (Final Chapter), sargas 73-76]

The 'casteist' story is not popularly known in the circles, for all the political reasons that you and me subconsciously know.
(73) When Rama is reigning as a virtuous king, a humble aged Brahmin comes to him, weeping, with his dead son in his arms.

He says that Rama must have committed some sin, or else his son would not have died.

(74) The sage Narada explains to Rama that a Shudra is practicing penances, and this is the cause of the child's death.

(75) Rama goes on a tour of inspection in his flying chariot, and finds an ascetic doing austerities, and asks who he is.

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