Jai Bhim Comrade, shot over 14 years, follows the music of protest of Maharashtra’s dalits. India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. It captures the brutal reality of oppression against dalits and people’s struggle. In 1997, a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit Rambai colony in Mumbai was desecrated with a garland of footwear. As residents came onto the street, police fired resulting in the death of 10 residents. Vilas Ghogre a poet and singer, hung himself in protest. Through poems and songs, it covers that moment and goes on to explore events that unfolded in the aftermath. (Synopsis from Wikipedia)
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You wake up each day, turn on the T.V. and you see many astrologers sitting on almost each and every channel. Every channel claims to be the best at telling your future. Just notice the astrologers; they wear Reebok clothes, Rolex watches, and Ray-Ban spectacles. They have Laptops, Blackberry phones or iPhones with them and they teach you to live simple life! Early in the morning, each and every astrologer with diamond necklace and gold earrings is ready with your plans for today, what you should eat, drink, wear, or do etc. Seems to me as these astrologers want to control your lives or do they already do that?
No matter, you turn to English or Hindi channel these astrologers can be found everywhere. One will find business of astrologers going on all the channels.
Personal consultation – only Rs. 10,000/hour; pooja – only Rs 1 Lakh; solve problem in marriage or love – only Rs 50,000; pass any examination – only Rs. 75,000; go higher in career – only Rs 2 Lakh; talk over phone – only Rs 3,000/hour; etc. Love, marriage, life, property, business, career predictions just a click or call away! All credit cards accepted! Visit with appointment only!
Do all these sound familiar to you?
Apart from all these T.V. channels there are many such websites those claims to tell your future simply and correctly. Try to check some and you will find what is written for you today at different websites is different and completely opposite to each other! Try to listen to some of the astrologers on T.V. and you will find one saying you’re gonna be millionaire today and other saying you’ll lose everything today! One astrologer saying, it’s the best day of your life and other astrologer saying its bad day of your life. Bullshit and complete idiotic stuff they publish and propagate! They don’t even know what is gonna happen in they own life in next second and they tell you about your life! Isn’t it crazy?
One wonders how they get such popularity and how come they come on T.V. each and every day, simple as it is – astrologers pay these T.V. channels for getting time slot on T.V. In return T.V. shows display their websites and phone numbers and astrologers earn money this way. Each astrologer claims to be best and his T.V. show has highest TRP, how can it be possible? There is only one place for ‘The Best’! Why there are so many such future telling shows? Simple, as almost everyone has troubles and problems in life so people turn to all these astrologers and half naked Babas. According to the figures of Television Audience Measurement (TAM) all India viewership of these astrology-shows was around 7crore for the first quarter of 2012 and same rose to around 8.2crore in the first quarter of 2013. (Source – Indian Express Eye, May 12-18, 2013). One can see clearly the huge market for the astrologers to earn money and there is definitely billions in this business!
I believe fortune-telling business is one of the simplest businesses. Peer at grubby palms and deal a few cards. It doesn’t matter what you actually say. Tell people that they will meet handsome devils or inherit money and they’ll pay you handsomely in secrets and pearls. Fortune telling is a lucrative business which if the teller is friendly and occasionally ‘accurate’ can allow the person or people involved to open a business (franchising) which they rarely have to be present at to make huge profit.
There is opposition against the future-telling in Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism religions. I believe, Hinduism (or Brahmanism) is the only religion that propagate false propaganda and mislead people. When there are many anti-superstitious laws in India, I wonder how can all these Astrologers and many half naked Babas can be on T.V. each and every day. All these future-telling shows or half naked Babas shows must stop and there should be more coverage on the plight of poor people.
I get this picture in the email today and thought I must share it with everyone.
Isn’t it true? Years after year, Dalits have been denied of their rights, their dignity. They are kept at the lowest rung. Years after year, Governments have betrayed Dalits and Dalits’ trust. Now is the time to wake up and make our community aware of the discrimination Dalits’ facing in all the spheres. Unless we unite and raise voice against injustices, nothing is going to happen, wake up!!
“Lack of education lead to lack of wisdom,
Which leads to lack of morals,
Which leads to lack of progress,
Which leads to lack of money,
Which leads to the oppression of the lower classes,
See what state of the society one lack of education can cause!”
Jyotirao Phule is the Mahatma of modern India. His remarkable influence was apparent during the dark ages when women and shudras were denied their rights. His pioneering work in fields like education,agriculture, caste system, women and widow upliftment and removal of untouchability is remarkable.
Jyotirao Govindrao Phule was born in Satara district of Maharastra state in India in a family belonging to Mali caste [shudra varna of Hindu religion] perceived to be inferior. His father, Govindrao, was a vegetable vendor. His mother died when he was nine months old. He was married at the age of 12 to Savirti Bai. His intelligence was recognised by a Muslim and a Christian neighbor, who persuaded his father to allow Jyotirao to attend the local Scottish Mission’s High School, which he completed in 1847.
In 1848, an incident took place in his life that later sparked off the dalit-revolution in the Indian society. Jyotirao was invited to attend a wedding of one of his Brahmin friends. Knowing that he belonged to inferior caste, the relatives of bridegroom insulted and abused him. Jyotirao left the procession and made up his mind to defy the prevailing caste-system and social restrictions. He then started his campaign of serving the people of lower strata of society who were deprived of all their rights as human beings.
In 1848, he along with his wife started a school for girls in Pune– the first ever formal school for girls in India. The orthodox of the society were furious at the activities of Jyotirao. They blamed him for vitiating the norms and regulations of the society. Many accused him of acting on behalf of Christian Missionaries. But Jyotirao was firm and continued the movement. Interestingly, Jyotirao had some Brahmin friends who extended their support to make the movement successful. However he was made to leave his house with his wife for the “crime” he had performed.
Jyotirao had to suffer a lot many difficulties for the mission he had undertaken. The very first one of it was he did not have any female teacher to teach the girls. There was no question of a female teacher as the girls were not allowed to have education till then. Jyotirao took a bold step and educated his wife Savitribai at home who would be the first female teacher of India. Savitribai had to suffer a lot of miseries during this course. She was ridiculed by the orthodox people, mostly the priest Brahman class, on her way to school. They even did not hesitate to throw mud or cow-dung on her. That great lady took all that humiliation as a part and parcel her mission and would go to school with two sets of clothes—one to wear on roads while going to school and then another to wear at school.