‘The Caravan India’ researched the caste and creed of each of our Brave Martyrs from Pulwama Attack and then tabulated the data to poison the love and fervour of Mother India towards its Army and its countrymen.
New Delhi, February 23, 2019–
Shame on you ‘The Caravan India’!
In an utterly shameful and uncalled for the incident, The Caravan India’s Ajaz Ashraf left no stone unturned to paint the martyrdom of Pulwama Attack in communal colours.
The article is titled – ‘Urban upper-castes driving Hindutva nationalism have little representation among Pulwama’s slain jawans’
Dear Caravan India, we request you to stop being the worst enemies of the nation. We cannot even imagine such politics being done with the departed souls of the martyrs. It should be made clear that when it comes to the Forces, each of the armed personnel is only an Indian and not a Brahmin, upper caste, lower class, Dalit, Pandit, Rajput, etc. Please don’t sell your soul to the TRPs. Don’t stoop so low.
Underlying the feverish display of nationalism by the urban middle-class, comprised predominantly of upper-caste Indians, is an irony that few have paid attention to—the lower-caste poor account for most of the deaths.
— The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) February 22, 2019
THE ARTICLE READS AS BELOW AND WE QUOTE-
“Underlying the feverish display of nationalism by the urban middle-class, comprised predominantly of upper-caste Indians, is an irony that few have paid attention to—the lower-caste poor account for most of the deaths. I tracked the caste background of the 40 CRPF jawans whose deaths were confirmed immediately after the attack. While the names of a few jawans revealed their respective caste identities, for those bearing caste-neutral last names, I spoke with their family members on telephone numbers registered with the CRPF. I also determined the caste identities through conversations with journalists who covered the jawans’ cremation; local politicians; social activists; sociologists; and by scanning media reports.
The 40 jawans were primarily from lower-caste communities. In all, they comprised 19 jawans from Other Backward Classes (or backward castes), seven from Scheduled Castes, five from Scheduled Tribes, four from upper-caste backgrounds, one high-caste Bengali, three Jat Sikhs, and one Muslim. So, only five out of the 40 jawans, or 12.5 per cent, came from Hindu upper-caste backgrounds. This figure bears out a truism starkly visible in India at present—the Hindutva nationalism of the urban middle-class, largely spearheaded by right-wing groups, conveniently exploits the sacrifices of the downtrodden.
Two among the slain jawans, Sanjay Rajput and Nitin Shivaji Rathod, both of whom resided in Maharashtra, were from the Vimukta Jatis community, which is identified as a socially and educationally backward caste and included in the central OBC list for Maharashtra. Rajput, however, was unable to secure a caste certificate and qualified for the CRPF through the general category. Excluding Rajput and the Muslim jawan, only eight, or 20 per cent, joined the CRPF through the general-category quota.”
The article states further –
“Dalits lacking in resources and social security opt for risky jobs such as security forces and sewer cleaning,” Dutt, a human-rights activist based in Dinanagar in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, told me. “Isn’t it strange that those who are raising the slogan of nationalism live in comfort and their children do not have to make sacrifices for the nation?”
According to Paramjit Singh Judge, a professor of sociology at the Guru Nanak Dev University, in Amritsar, such Hindutva nationalism subsumes the story of caste and class because of the role it plays in politics. “Nationalism has a functional role in electoral politics,” he said. “For instance, the Bharatiya Janata Party knows that Dalits are not inclined to it. A deliberately crafted hyper nationalism helps combine people across class, caste and religion.”
The BJP has not spoken of the caste and class dimensions of those jawans who died in Pulwama. It is unlikely to do so—the party prefers to orchestrate the song of nationalism in the election year.“
REQUEST TO CARAVAN INDIA FROM TEAM DIGPU-
To this, we say Dear Caravan India, if you cut open any Indian’s heart, you will only find India there. These states, districts, towns and villages exist only on maps. In hearts, we are one – INDIA.
It gives us chills how brutally the oneness of the Army and India has been murdered in the article.
WE HATE TO SAY THIS BUT WE CONDEMN SUCH FALSE JOURNALISM. CARAVAN INDIA, WE ASK YOU TODAY, WHAT MOTIVATES TO THINK SUCH FILTH IN THE MARTYRDOM OF BRAVE SON OF THE NATION?