The name Anaarkali in the present context has many meanings - Anaar symbolises the anarchism of the Bhils and kali which means flower bud in Hindi stands for their traditional environmentalism. Anaar in Hindi can also mean the fruit pomegranate which is said to be a panacea for many ills as in the Hindi idiom - "Ek anar sou bimar - One pomegranate for a hundred ill people"! - which describes a situation in which there is only one remedy available for giving to a hundred ill people and so the problem is who to give it to. Thus this name indicates that anarcho-environmentalism is the only cure for the many diseases of modern development! Similarly kali can also imply a budding anarcho-environmentalist movement. Finally according to a legend that is considered to be apocryphal by historians Anarkali was the lover of Prince Salim who was later to become the Mughal emperor Jehangir. Emperor Akbar did not approve of this romance of his son and ordered Anarkali to be bricked in alive into a wall in Lahore in Pakistan but she escaped. Allegorically this means that anarcho-environmentalists can succeed in bringing about the escape of humankind from the self-destructive love of modern development that it is enamoured of at the moment and they will do this by simultaneously supporting women's struggles for their rights.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
However, it is not enough to just build toilets. The public toilets that are there in this country are mostly in a very bad shape. Primarily because they are not taken care of. The entrenched caste system, over thousands of years, has drilled it into our heads that it is the business of the Dalits to clean toilets whether private or public. Since the Dalits have revolted against this and only a few now remain who are prepared to take up this vocation because they have no other alternative, there is a serious shortage of people to clean public toilets. Therefore, most public toilets in this country stink to high heaven and are also often packed with faeces. So even if all the schools in this country have toilets, the problem of cleaning those toilets will remain a serious one. Considering that Gandhi had first tried to solve this problem by shifting the burden of cleaning toilets away from the Dalits and making it the responsibility of all, more than a century ago and yet it still remains a problem, it is clear that the main obstacle is social rather than technical or financial. Our country now has enough resources and the technical ability to mechanise toilet or sewer cleaning but since there is this mentality that one particular caste should do the work and their labour is available cheaply, so they are still forced to do the work as shown in the picture below and since the number of people from among their community who are prepare to do this degrading work is dwindling, the net result is that toilets, sewers, rivers and ponds have all become full of faeces and urine. Only in some crowded places where it is viable to run public toilets by charging people are these in a relatively better shape but this is not going to be the case in schools where the children do not have money to buy copies and pencils let alone pay for using toilets.
A public toilet to run properly needs a considerable amount of water and also a system to dispose the waste water. The best solution therefore is to have a decentralised treatment and recycling system wherein after an initial supply of water, the waste water is treated and recycled continuously for flushing and some of it is treated to the level where it can be used for washing also.The teachers in the school have to take the lead in running this system once it is installed with the help of all the students, regardless of their caste, instead of looking for a Dalit to clean the toilets and failing to find one, letting them stink to high heaven and eventually become unusable or keeping them locked up unused as shown in the picture below of a toilet in a primary school in a village in Alirajpur district which incidentally does not have a roof!!
I doubt whether Prime Minister Modi, who also spoke of himself being a Prime Servant, has thought all this out before announcing grandiosely from the ramparts of the Red Fort that as a Prime Servant he was proud to talk of toilets on Independence day for the first time in the nation's glorious history. Many greater men have found their programmes for a sanitised India biting the dust before him and Modi's too will meet the same fate, unless he can ensure that toilet cleaning becomes the primary aim of each and every one of us in this country and does not remain as an albatross around the necks of the Dalits only.
Friday, August 15, 2014
There was a news day before yesterday that there are seventy dollar billionaires in India with a combined wealth of about 180 billion dollars and among them the top five control about 85 billion dollars. At the same time an analysis of the large sample consumer expenditure survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation in 2010 reveals that the proportion of households unable to purchase enough food and other necessities like clothing, shelter and education for healthy living is as high as 75 per cent. That means that not only are there high levels inequality between the super rich and the poor but that even within the super rich there is a high concentration of wealth. This huge rise in inequality coincides with the high growth rates of the economy achieved since the mid 1980s. Thus, it is evident that the growth that has taken place over the past three decades has been highly unequal.
The Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangath began organising the Bhils from the early 1980s and the process picked up strength from about the mid 1980s and so the work of the KMCS has paralleled the high growth phase of the Indian economy. The rights mobilisation by the KMCS has enabled the Bhils to cash in on some of the growth by demanding and getting some of the resources being spent by the State and also being able to get better prices for their agricultural produce and their labour. However, since overall the policies of the State are skewed towards the super rich and the riches flowing to them are also further enhanced by high level corruption, even after doing better than they had earlier, the majority of Bhils remain firmly placed at the bottom of Indian society labouring their guts out as migrant workers in construction sites.
But what is of the highest concern is that the development process over the past three decades or so has deeply stratified a society that was fairly egalitarian before. There are now dollar millionaires among the Bhils who have acquired their wealth through cornering political power and monopolising activities like mining, bootlegging, land sharking, gun running and the like. In the same way as the Dollar billionaires, and especially the top ones among them, are respected and adulated by the mainstream society for having amassed their wealth, regardless of the means they have used to do so, so also the Dollar millionaires among the Bhils are respected by the common Bhils and the aspirations of the youth have now become to acquire wealth by hook or by crook and the traditional communitarian cooperation is being increasingly jettisoned.
The worst sufferers of these changes are the women. Anyway, Bhil society is patriarchal and has a custom of bride price in which the groom's family has to pay the bride's family a certain amount when marriages are solemnised and women are generally treated as objects rather than as persons and subjected to patriarchal oppression. Now with consumerism and monetarism the bride prices have shot through the roof further objectifying and commodifying Bhil women and increasing their oppression. Gender based violence has increased and rapes which were few and far between earlier are increasing. Witch hunting, is also on the increase. This is a retrograde practice wherein women are arbitrarily accused of using black magic to cause harm to the health or economy of a household. Earlier, such practices and disputes would be kept under control by the tradtional Panchayat system but with the monetisation of the society and large inflow of funds, the traditional Panchayat system has been sidelined and now the elected Panchayat system has become more powerful. The aggressive marketing of the idea that concentration of wealth in the hands of those who create wealth, that is the entrepreneurs, is good for the economy and society has gripped the imagination of the poorest of the poor among the Bhils also. Consequently along with wealth creation most of it is getting concentrated in the hands of the crooks who have manipulated governments and society at large to their benefit and the majority are living wretched lives and the environment is degrading at an alarming rate. We need to become independent from this myth of wealth creation which is actually producing illth of all kinds!!!
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The problem is that in today's private property and profit oriented market economy the conservative ethic behind festivals like Diwasa is slowly being forgotten and they have become rituals. The Bhils have been forced to become extractors and accumulators like the rest of society in order to be able to survive in the rat race and in the process the traditional conservationist ethic has got sidelined.
Every year during the Diwasa season the Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangath organises a discussion meeting on the importance of the Diwasa festival and its message for humanity so that its core ethic of conservation comes to the fore rather than its remaining only a ritual celebration. This meeting is held at the Climate Change Mitigation Centre that has been set up on a piece of poor quality farm land belonging to the organisation to promote soil, water and forest conservation and indigenous agriculture. Even if Bhil society as a whole is being forced to become acquisitive and destructive at least there are some new organic intellectuals and activists among them who see the value of the core message of conservation that is there in their myths and take the trouble to analyse them and build up a new theory and practice of conservation from them. That is why despite the heavy inroads made by Hindu Gods and Goddesses in recent times the celebration of Diwasa still continues with gusto in Alirajpur as does the conservation of nature.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was formed in 1964 as a counterpoint to Zionism and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State free of the Zionists. This led to an escalation in the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews in Israel and there was a full fledged war in 1967 between Israel on the one hand and Egypt, Syria and Jordan on the other. The Israelis won a comprehensive victory within six days and annexed the Sinai peninsula and the Gaza strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from the Syrians and the West Bank including East Jerusalem from Jordan and completely occupying Palestine. Subsequently through peace accords the Israelis have given back the occupied territories and the Palestinian State has been established in the Gaza strip and the West Bank with the PLO having given up violence and accepted the existence of Israel and vice versa.
However, a section of the Palestinian Arabs continue to fight against the Israelis, especially the militant organisation Hamas which has vowed to drive the Jews out of Israel. Basically they are against the continuous building of settlements by Israel in the West Bank where the Palestinian State is theoretically sovereign. Overall Israel continues to violate the human and civil rights of Arabs within its territory and in the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas has held sway over the Gaza strip since 2006 or so and continually engages in hostilities with Israel. There have been many skirmishes and battles leading to regular loss of life in the Gaza strip which escalates when there are conflicts like the one that is one going on now. Both the Egyptian and the Israeli Governments are not happy with Hamas and so they have imposed a complete blockade of Gaza not allowing any thing whatsoever, including food to be supplied to the area. Thus, we have two rigid opposing positions - that of Hamas, that they will not stop short of destroying the Israeli State and that of the Israelis, that Hamas has to be finished. Therefore, the war continues and there seems to be no end in sight and neither is there justice for the Palestinian Arabs as a whole as they are globally considerably less powerful than the Zionists.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
The matter would have ended there but for Kanika Sharma, a social activist who hails from Chhindwara and is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur. Initially she was not in Chhindwara but elsewhere on work, nevertheless she took up the matter by contacting activists in Bhopal and the rest of the country over phone and email and also liaised with the State and National Women's Commissions. However, since the local police in Chhindwara, from the Superintendent of Police downwards, were hell bent on hushing up the case nothing much happened for the abused girl.
Kanika, was not to be fobbed off, and so once she became free from her work elsewhere, she came down to Chhindwara and began campaigning for justice for the girl. As a first step formal complaints were filed with the State and National Women's Commissions resulting in notices being sent to the Superintendent of Police, Chhindwara. Next she got women's rights activists to form a team and carry out a fact finding of the whole incident. As a result of this fact finding mission and its report the sordid details of the case were revealed - the flimsy and false investigation by the police to shield the real culprits, one of whom was the son of a local police officer and the crude use by the doctors of the banned two finger insertion test to check whether the raped girl was a virgin or not and a despicable attempt on the basis of that by the police to characterise the girl as a sexually loose person. Giving the lie to the claim by the police that the girl could not identify the accused because of her disability, the girl revealed to the fact finding team the sequence of events and the locations where she was taken after abduction and raped and the persons who did so.
Thereafter, Kanika mobilised the women's groups and the press in Bhopal and a team went and met the Director General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh and submitted the fact finding report to him demanding prompt action to give justice to the girl. The press in Bhopal too highlighted the main issues of the poor investigation by the police and the use of the banned two finger test by the medical personnel. The DGP took immediate action and initiated a high level probe by the Inspector General of Police in charge of the women's cell who is mandatorily a lady officer. This resulted in a fresh First Information Report being filed naming all the accused and with the correct details of the case and the arrest of the accused. The procedure for financial compensation to the abused girl as per the law and rules has also been initiated.
This is an exceptional campaign and shows what perseverance can achieve given the tremendous spotlight against gender based violence that is there at present. While other NGOs and the press had tried to do something the active connivance of the police had stymied these earlier efforts. However, Kanika was not to be deterred and she pursued the matter with consummate activist skill, using legal acumen and media advocacy and forced the Police to act according to the law and provide justice and relief to the raped girl. This is a huge achievement that comes from Kanika skilfully leveraging the laws and the general mood against gender based violence, especially rape. The major problem in this country is that the laws are never implemented in favour of the poor and downtrodden. And especially if it is the police themselves who are in the legal dragnet, as they often are, then they invariably manage to wriggle out. On innumerable occasions we here in Alirajpur have had to haul the police up for their misdeeds but it is a tough ask requiring legal recourse in courts because the police and administrative set up is loathe to act against their own. Under the circumstances when the campaign began I had thought that in this case too, eventually Kanika would have to go to the courts which is both an expensive and time consuming proposition. However, the perseverance of Kanika and the general focus on acting strictly against gender based violence and possibly the fear of the police that if the matter went to court then strictures would be passed against them for inaction led to a successful conclusion to this campaign.
Kanika Sharma, who is pictured below, could have landed a plum job in a funding agency or a big NGO but she did not take part in the campus placement process organised by TISS after passing out from there recently with a post graduate degree in social work. Instead she has joined the National Alliance of People's Movements as a full time activist.
This is the kind of spirit and commitment that is required of the youth of today if the injustice that is there in society is to be done away with. Given the consumerist culture that engulfs society it is difficult for youth these days to shun money making jobs but to her credit Kanika has decided to take the road less travelled and if she continues with the same sagacity and courage that she has shown in her campaign for the Adivasi girl in Chhindwara then both she and the human race have a lot to look forward to. May her tribe increase.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
However, their inherent adventurism could not be satisfied through such mundane slogging. So the more enterprising among the Bhils drifted into illegal occupations. The biggest money spinner of all is smuggling of liquor into Gujarat. Gujarat is officially a dry state and liquor can't be produced or sold legally. So it is sold in large quantities illegally and has to be supplied from outside the State. Alirajpur being on the border with Gujarat is obviously well placed to supply this liquor and so many of the Adivasis have become the liquor supplying mafia. Then there is the smuggling of cattle for conversion into beef. There is a huge export market for beef in the middle east that is supplied from India which has a surfeit of cattle. However, since the killing of cattle is regulated and prohibited in some cases here too illegal supply routes have developed which have to traverse remote areas. Once again the hilly fastnesses of Alirajpur bordering on the River Narmada provide an ideal route for cattle smuggling. Cattle is brought from all over Central India and transported across the Narmada into Maharashtra and thence to the Mumbai coastline where they are slaughtered in abattoirs before being exported to the Gulf. Finally there is sand smuggling. Sand has become a very scarce resource with the construction industry booming all over and Alirajpur happens to be a major source for this material. Since sand mining kills rivers it is prohibited beyond certain limits by environmental laws but once again illegalities dominate. Apart from this there are other illegal professions like selling of fake notes and fake silver or gold. The younger generation of educated Bhils of an adventurous bent have taken to these professions and become big time mafiosi.
If there is a mafia then there will also be the need for guns. Since guns too are a controlled item in this country it is very difficult to get them legally. Naturally an illegal gun trade has also sprung up. This has been fuelled by the fact that there are some people called Sikligars living in remote parts of western Madhya Pradesh who are traditional arms manufacturers. They were originally part of the army of the Sikh Guru Govind Singh and have stuck to the profession of making fire arms of all shapes and sizes. They are so adept at this art that they just have to take apart any gun and that is enough for them to be able to produce a replica by working on iron and steel with their tools. Thus automatic pistols which cost lakhs of rupees are available from the Sikligars for just twenty to thirty thousand rupees and the simpler one shot pistols for as cheap as a few thousand rupees. Bullets are available for all calibres as they are smuggled out of the ordnance factories and even from the police armouries.
Thus, with all these hugely paying illegal businesses there is a lot of competition among the Bhils and frequently there are murderous battles between the different gangs and now the murder graph is rising again. But what is more of a concern is that the battle for justice being fought by the Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangath has got slightly side tracked as a result of all this. First, many of the leading grassroots activists of the KMCS have now become part of the mafia given that it is much more profitable. Even though they normally do not dare to attack the members of the KMCS nevertheless the loss of good cadre to such illegal activity automatically puts a brake on the pace with which the KMCS can expand its activities. Second, the gang rivalry between the Bhils prevents the building up of a larger movement for the establishment of a just and sustainable socio-economic order. People now come to the KMCS to get problems solved and not to build up a strong movement to fight the larger structural injustices as was the case a decade ago. Over the past decade a huge change has come over the whole of Alirajpur and now vast amounts of illegal money rule the area as never before. Capitalism, today, has conquered completely one of the last bastions of subsistence adivasi living on the fringes of the modern economy where we had once dreamt of overthrowing it!!!!
The use of illegal firearms has become so rampant that they are brandished even in the traditional dispute resolution Panchayats. Recently one youth did so in such a Panchayat sitting to decide on a dispute over a girl who had been betrothed to one boy but was abducted by another. The youth was reported to the Police. The Police arrested him and some of his friends and then proceeded to beat them black and blue. The youth was beaten with batons on his body and one baton hit him in the back and ruptured his liver leading to his death. The ostensible reason for this beating was to get information from him about the gun that he had brandished but which could not be found. However, the Police are not really interested in stopping the gun trade but only in getting bribes out of it. So in this case the beating was being done to get the source of the gun so that more bribes could be got. The KMCS immediately organised a rally in protest and submitted a memorandum for strict action threatening to complain to the National Human Rights Commission. This resulted in all the policemen involved being charged with murder and being arrested and also suspended from their jobs.
Nothing is more evocative of this than the story of Kalusingh. He was a young illiterate lad who joined the KMCS with a desire to fight for justice for the Bhils in the early 1990s when KMCS mobilisation was at its peak. He learnt the ropes of grassroots mobilisation and taught himself to read and write and became one of the most able leaders of the movement. Then on one of his trips to Gujarat he met Chhotubhai Vasava who is the Member of Legislature from Jhagadia constituency in Bharuch district of Gujarat. Chhotubhai has built up a fief among this Adivasi populated area and rules it as if he is the monarch of all he surveys there. He has a finger in every pie. Kalusingh was greatly impressed and resolved that he too would set up a similar fief in Alirajpur and came back and began to work for that. He resigned from the KMCS and set up a gang of looters to rob people in Gujarat and garner funds. He then started a false campaign to give land rights to forest land and took a lot of money from people for that. Finally he became a professional killer taking contracts for abducting, looting and killing rich Adivasis in Gujarat. He became a big mafia don in and around his village and won the elections for Sarpanch and this gave him access to the huge funds coming through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. However, other gangs of Adivasis had also built up and one of these laid a trap for him and murdered him two years ago using illegal arms.
Given this kind of wild lawlessness, it is not surprising that the KMCS is hard put to just hold on to its bases let alone expand them. More than three decades of militancy and an ability to move the courts against both criminals and corrupt administrators and politicians, and a core cadre of brave full timers who are committed to fighting for justice come what may, provide some clout to the organisation that enables it to just about keep alive in the face of the ongoing capitalist onslaught. That too is possible because it sources external funds through the NGO Dhas Gramin Vikas Kendra to fund its programmes and full timers.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Anyway this involuntary viewing of a third rate Hindi film did answer one question that had been bothering me for quite some time ever since the unexpectedly good performance of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections in December 2013. Having seen many people's movements bite the dust as far as performance in elections is concerned I had not put much store by the AAP. But surprise of surprises the party did very well and came close to forming the government on its own and did so later with the help of the few legislators of the Indian National Congress which it had decimated. What I couldn't fathom was how the voters believed that the AAP would be able to fulfil all the promises it was making about ridding the government of corruption and providing free or cheap public services of a good quality and voted for it in such large numbers. Clearly, they believed in the capabilities of its leader Arvind Kejriwal who was leading from the front. Even though small and frail looking he obviously conformed to the metaphorical fifty six inch syndrome.
After this came the parliamentary elections in May 2014 and the high pitched campaign of Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate. I did what I thought was a pretty nifty analysis of the voting possibilities in various states across the country and came to the conclusion that the BJP and its allies would have to perform something like a miracle by winning more than 80 percent of the seats in the states in which they were strong and also in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where they had been languishing for some time. Surprise again as they went even one better by making clean sweeps in some of these states and getting more than 90 percent of seats overall from the states that I had considered for my analysis. Once again it was the charisma of Modi and the belief of the voters that he would be able to fulfil all the tall promises he was making that carried the day. Modi repeatedly used macho metaphors, not the least the one that he had a fifty six inch chest!!!
I am a person who is totally against the phenomenon of individual leadership which is an imperative in centralised and hierarchical systems. This scepticism regarding the liberating possibilities of individual leadership has been reinforced by the failure of individual leaders of great charisma, across the religious, social, economic and political spectrum in bringing about the establishment of a just socio-economic order (business leaders are by definition crooks who are interested only in furthering their economic interests!!!). That is why I find it a little difficult to understand why people fall for the rhetoric of leaders, especially ones who boast that they are super human and have fifty six inch chests. The commercial success of the film Dabangg solved this problem of understanding for me. People like simple linear solutions to difficult and complex structural problems even if that is illogical. Even though all that the hero of the film Dabangg did is impractical and cannot be replicated in real life, nevertheless a large number of viewers spent their hard earned money to go along with this fiction and liked it. Similarly, in elections also, voters seem to prefer the comfort of believing that individual heroes in the social, religious or political spheres can solve their problems which are primarily structural in nature and created by the greed and oppression of the leaders of business. Commercial films, television and sport, all controlled by big business, have always played a major role in promoting this fiction that entices people into vicariously succeeding through their heroes but the extent to which this has now come to mesmerise voters in elections is very disturbing indeed. The rise of the AAP and Arvind Kejriwal also was orchestrated by the media initially, only to be jettisoned by them later on when Arvind began to get too big for his boots and began attacking the very business barons who control the media!!! Anarchists like us get listened to only by a very small minority who have no other choice but to listen to us having been badly disillusioned by their heroes!!!
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thus, once India became independent the RSS set up a political party in 1951 to contest elections and gain State power named the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. This party later became in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which came to power in India as the head of a coalition government in 1998 and has now come to power with a simple majority of its own in the recently held parliamentary elections. Throughout the period from 1951 to the present there has been a continuous inflow of RSS members into the Jana Sangh and the BJP and most of its top political leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and the present Prime Minister Narendra Modi were all full timer workers of the RSS early in their careers. They are all active participants in the programmes of the RSS as is clear from the picture below which shows Advani taking part in a parade of the organisation.
The RSS wants to establish the Hindu Rashtra. However, in the modern context of nation states controlled by capitalist oligarchies it is not possible to establish a nation state without going along with the capitalists. That is why the RSS took a conscious decision to keep its ideology of Hindu ascetism and voluntarism only within its organisation while within the BJP, its political outfil, through which it was to get control of the Indian nation state, it adopted the ideology of neo-liberal capitalism and sought the support of the capitalists to win the elections and then indulge in corrupt governance. In the process within the BJP it has been able to assimilate many intellectuals from the centre and the left who may not be so enamoured of its Hindu ascetism and its Hindu nationalism but feel that it can operate as a liberal democratic party. Within social movements like ours, however, we are not prepared to make compromises and would like to stick to our ideals even in our day to day political practice and that is why we are marginal both in terms of mass following and in terms of resource mobilisation.
The RSS has built up not only the BJP but also many other civil society organisations involving ethnicities, castes, gender, labour, youth, farmers, children and even indigenous science. There are today lakhs of Pracharaks and millions of sympathisers of the organisation and they all put in hard work at various levels to further the goal of the establishment of a Hindu society controlled by a Hindu State. The RSS continually contacts people working for the society in various other organisations to become its members.We have seen in Alirajpur in particular and western Madhya Pradesh in general how over the past thirty years the RSS has built up its membership among the Bhil Adivasis with a plethora of civil society organisations staffed by dedicated full timers living and working very simply and sometimes poached from organisations like ours. We have lost many of our cadres to the RSS. So while mass organisations like ours have only a limited footprint extending to about thirty to forty villages the RSS has covered the whole region with members in each village. The main reason for this spread of the RSS as opposed to our marginalisation is the resources that it has at its command. These resources come from its capitalist supporters and from the BJP which has come to power since the early 1990s in various states and at the centre and so has access to state funds. In all elections from the Panchayats to the Parliament the full timers and the sympathisers of the RSS work over time to campaign for the candidates and also provide them with funds.
There came a time at the turn of the century when the RSS in Alirajpur decided that the KMCS was a hindrance to its spread in the thirty to forty villages in which our organisation was working because try as they might they could not buy out a majority of our cadre and so began threatening our workers. This was the time when the KMCS was severely strapped for funds because there was no external funding and also the contributions from the members was dwindling. So to withstand the RSS onslaught the KMCS had to access funding from outside in various ways and that is how it has still maintained itself against the RSS in its small area of work. But if it wants to the RSS can wipe us out very easily by using State power.
The RSS is consequently a well organised set up with extensive capitalist funding which has systematically sought State power so that it can establish a capitalist Hindu Rashtra. Even if on the face of it the new government in India is led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the influence and the background planning and implementation of the RSS has to be taken into account. We, in the social movements for the establishment of a socially and economically just and environmentally sustainable society will have to chalk out strategies to counter this capitalist and sectarianist juggernaut with our limited resources. A daunting task!!!