Mr. Meghnad Desai in his article ‘who’s afraid of Hindutva?’ (Indian Express, June 15, 2014) says, “What is Hindutva and why is it so dangerous as its critics want to make it out to be? At one level it just means Hinduness rather like Panjabiyat. Gandhiji thought Ambedkar lacked Hindutva, which was not far from truth.”
Mr. Desai has shown his ‘biological’ inability to understand both Gandhi and Ambedkar. Let me ask some questions to this so-called ‘Hindu’ intellectual. Is it not true that for an average Hindu, ‘Hindutva’ means defending his or her caste identity, marrying his or her kids in the same caste they born and brought up? And if ‘Hindutva’ means just protecting one’s caste as per archaic laws of Manu-smruti, can’t we say that ‘Hindutva’ is anti-thesis of ‘equality’? We, Dalits, are really afraid of this ‘Hindutva’, that rules ‘medieval’ villages of India, where raping a Dalit woman is not matter of shame and where whole citizenry, including police machinery, judiciary and local leadership, whatsoever their political differences, gang up against Dalits.
Mr. Desai does not know the shocking stats, thanks to upper caste prostituted media, that even under the rule of his ‘Hindu Messiah’, in Gujarat, 357 Dalit women were raped within span of ten years. Mr. Desai, we are really afraid of this ‘Hindutva’ that forces us to fight against Muslims without any reason, which compels us to buy the ‘hate’ spread by Sangh Parivar which is again an organization completely dominated by Brahmins. The 2002 genocide of Gujarat was not an ‘aberration’ as called by Atal Bihari Bajpeyi. Gujarat 2002 genocide was culmination of systematic hate propaganda unleashed by Sangh Parivar with the help of media and so-called civil society, which has been mute spectator to crimes committed against Dalits, Christians and Muslims.
Mr. Desai, Dalits cannot be fooled by your shallow, stupid rattle of ‘Hindutva’. I suggest you to read at least two volumes of ‘the Great’: one, what congress and Gandhi have done to the untouchables? And two, Annihilation of caste. You are in London. Just ask your NRI (non-reliable Indian) folks, can they love Dalits? Do they consider Dalits as ‘Hindu’? India will not sink without your remittances. India will definitely find itself at the bottom of the ‘unholy’ pit of civilization, if it is not able to define what the real meaning of ‘Hindutva’ is.