//Ban on book by Rajasthan an anti-Dalit act: CPI(M)

Ban on book by Rajasthan an anti-Dalit act: CPI(M)

`Ban fascist move to suppress the voices of the depressed’

JAIPUR: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has described the Rajasthan Government’s decision to proscribe the book, "Ve Sharam Se Hindu Kahate Hai Kyon?" (Why are they ashamed of being called Hindus?) as an "anti-Dalit" act.

Coming in the wake of a similar action against another book, "Haqeeqat", the ban on the book, which expressed Dalit anguish against oppression of caste Hindus, was a fascist move to suppress the voices of the depressed and the downtrodden, the party said.

The State Secretariat of CPI (M) Rajasthan in a statement here said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government had been taking an adversarial stand against the Dalits and minorities ever since it came to power two-and-a-half years ago.

The ban on "Haqeeqat", authored by M.G. Mathew, was followed by a planned attack by the workers of the BJP, Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christian institutions with tacit support of the State Government, it said.

The attacks followed a State crackdown on the Kota-based Emmanuel Mission institutions and arrests of functionaries of the Mission.

"Some of them, arrested in February last, are still in jail," the party pointed out.

The whole anti-Christian campaign culminated in an oppressive legislation, the Rajasthan Freedom of Religion Bill, passed by the State Assembly early this month, it said.

"Now the Government machinery has turned against the Dalits by applying Sections 153-A and 295-A against Sohanlal Singaria, the author of the book, `Ve Sharam Se Hindu Kahate Hai Kyon?’ This is reflective of the feudal attitude of the Government," the party said.

"If the same parameters are applied, Satyarth Prakash, authored by Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Kabir Vani, which too had spoken against the superstitions and outdated practices of Hindu religion, also would face the same fate in Rajasthan," it said.

The State Secretariat alleged attempts at saffronisation of school textbooks at the Higher Secondary level in Rajasthan.

The educational institutions throughout the State were being subjected to outdated practices in the name of yoga education.