The hidden issues that deny educating the oppressed.
There are no two opinions about the importance of giving proper education to everyone across the country. This is one the prime need for taking the country forward. The issue of improving educational status of the Dalits and poor mass was always in the focus of attention of current and bygone governments. However, not enough change happened due various factors and conflict of interests within the system.
First of all we need to look at the obstructions from the section of certain upper class society due to the fear of attendant problems and its effects on their current systems in educating the socially exploited communities. Education enlightens the down trodden and oppressed mass and the awareness gained with it makes them wake up and revolt against their oppressors. The oppressors in turn react violently to suppress such uprisings and on the way unscrupulous self serving political activists take advantage of the situation to reap political mileage out of both sides; the oppressors and the oppressed.
Kerala is a typical example. The fact is that there was no Kerala but few erstwhile small kingdoms and princely states, the people friendly rulers helped and encouraged various religions run educational institutions to grow and cause higher literacy level across all social sectors during past two centuries. The other side is that education made the commoners and the working class become aware of their rights and revolted against the establishment, the farm owners and industrialists. The situation had helped Communism to make its entry in this province to take political advantage that helped them form the first communist party government outside the two communist nations. It had positive and negative effects in the region.
The misguided philosophy of baiting the labor class in the farming regions with the slogans that “All farm fields they sow, upkeep and harvest shall be theirs” stretched a little too far making the farm owners to collapse. Unbridled trade union activism lead by the party members killed the Industries, exploited general community by the political party controlled labor unions with ‘Nokku Cooli’ like draconian ideologies.
Disenchanted and disappointed with Communism, a small section of its cadres slowly but turned to Naxalism that openly promulgated class fights even against the middle class communities, and attacked law enforcement bodies etc., and such negative aspects that dragged the region backwards.
Many think LEFT is right and rightly so. But LEFT also should know to ensure LEFT remain right; lest the un-enamored in them turn Naxals and Maoists that can do far greater harm to country. Indian Communists of date lack political sheen due to the latent inertia in its leadership in amending their anti progressive outlook and inconsistency on many of the national and international policies. Nowadays, lip service is the only service they do to the poor. How can the country bring up the poor without generating enough resources needed for it?
“Revolution”, the essence of Communism, is now required here in the Indian Communists itself. Instead of striving to bring in ways and means to remove poverty, they try to reap benefit by exploiting the poverty situation of the mass inciting class conflicts, with the unethical philosophy that profess; “The class of ‘Have-nots’ have the right to live easy by snatching the ‘hard earned’ lively hood of the class of the ‘Have-one’s”. No party can be dependent on the ‘poor class’ as its base. This philosophy had stopped working where it originated and is no more workable here as “Poor” and “Rich” are merely transient states and no political party can sustain on a base which is something transient, where any positive change in the state of its base constituents act negatively for the party and such unworkable ideology is destined to die in its infancy.
Nevertheless, the righteous and socialists always like leftist thinking as far as “LEFT” mean to stand for the oppressed and downtrodden. It is time they shed their obsolete and antiquated ideology inciting class conflicts and learn from what is happening elsewhere in the world, amend such obscure philosophies for their own good, and join hands with other secularist parties to get back in the mainstream of Indian Politics and profess to those remain in their fold to work for a change for themselves and for the good of this secular nation. As of now the communist parties are going through the phase of leadership bankruptcy. Marx and Lenin would be tearing their hair off watching the modalities of the new era communism as being practiced in Kerala and at the Federal level.
The same phenomena and its effects are visible in political and religiously active community groups in many other regions of the Country. Combination of Religious and Political maneuvering due to conflicting interests of the groups for creation of vote banks can be attributed as reasons for this. It erupts in the form of clashes about religious conversions, insurgency against democratic institutions etc. Therefore, the point in question is while “Education’ is must for everyone, will the governments come up with enough safeguards to get over these systemic problems faced by the oppressed and means and ways to quell the oppressors across the nation so as to allow every poor and Dalit communities enjoy the fruits of education? This a big question to ponder as of now as ever been before.
Abraham Paul. P