The author of more than 65 books, Dalit writer Kusum Meghwal from Rajasthan is getting death threats from so-called upper caste goons in BJP ruled Rajasthan. Kusum Meghwal said that she has received calls from individuals claiming to be Thakurs and from Karni Sena for her views on Maharana Pratap.
Kusum Meghwal, in her book – Maharana Pratap Bhil Rajputra The – Kshatriya Ya Rajput Nahi -claims that king Pratap belonged to the Bhil community and later was elevated to Rana of Mewar. It could be true as the appropriation of Dalit-Bahujan ideals is nothing new in India. So-called upper castes continuously try to include anyone famous into their fold so that they can use his/her influence to control masses.
We have seen the appropriation of Dr Ambedkar to Buddha to Guru Ravidas etc. where Manuwadis have distorted history and presented half baked truths to the masses.
According to Census, 2011, Bhils were the largest tribal group in India followed by Gond tribe. Bhils are listed as Adivasi residents of the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The Ambedkarite writer, Kusum Meghwal, says that the word ‘Bhil’ comes from Sanskrit word ‘Bhilla’, which means brave and martial.
Kusum Meghwal was harassed on social media also by fanatic Hindus and she received threats from Karni Sena, the same Hindu terrorist organisation which was involved in the ransacking of the sets of Padmavati and the attack on its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in January 2017.
She filed her complaint at Ambamata police station in Udaipur about receiving threat calls from Karni Sena and so-called Thakurs over her portrayal of the Rajput warrior in her book Maharana Pratap Bhil Rajputra The – Kshatriya Ya Rajput Nahi.
Threatening someone for having his/her views or facts those don’t match so-called upper castes’ notion is not the way society progress.
Everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunities to speak and express their own views. Where is the freedom of expression in the Brahminical system? Attempts to silence all those who disagree with BJP/RSS’s Hindutva ideology will lead India to a dangerous path. All those who believe in justice, equality and liberty should come forward and oppose Hindutva forces who want to implement their own agenda of turning India into a Hindu nation.