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It has come to be known by its battle cry: From The Shadows to the Stars. Google it.
Before anything, I must first try and describe what the nation looks like right now—through the lens of the slave—in the times of the present empire. Once again, battle lines are being drawn. Two distinct formations are taking shape, each more self-righteous than the other.
There is a sense of historic urgency on both sides to finish it once and for all. Both of them said they were fighting a holy war.
Both said they were doing it for our upliftment. There are parallels to be found in my profession too—journalism has its fair share of both Modis and Rahul Gandhis. Money, running into millions of dollars of funding for so-called independent journalism, continues to magically pour into the war effort against so-called fascist governments.
Courageous journalism is not pushing editors into smaller houses and cheap alcohol. When liberal, upper-caste editors are accused of being anti-Dalit, they commission a few Dalit writers. Like the hit job where a Dalit intellectual was commissioned by an outlet, which is funded by philanthropy, to mock the annual Bhima Koregaon pilgrimage made by Dalits. The best they can do is make the Hindi version of Sairat and remove the few portions which had references to untouchability.
Sudipto Mondal dreams of a Dalit nation
But it is highly unlikely that he will do a remake of Fandry, a story about a family of Dalit pig-herders, a better film by the same man who made Sairat. On the opposite side, a larger group of directors are spreading out before the emperor. In literature, a consensus is building on the left. Modi-bashing has become a regular feature at literature festivals, as fashionable as Trump-bashing.
Even Chetan Bhagat has started turning a corner. Comedians are getting serious and defending free speech. Some have even become smart enough to make jokes on complicated things like the goods and services tax, demonetization and sexuality, while also giving actor Alia Bhatt a woke makeover.
Dalit conversions: An act of rebellion against caste supremacy
But they are still no match for the slapstick, right-wing empire of Kapil Sharma and Navjot Sidhu. At times their new-age mask falls off to reveal that they too have a Kapil-Sidhu inside. We are desperate to explore life outside these two tracks. Today, when I hang out with my friends in our slum hideout near my old house in east Bengaluru, we talk about the spectacular fights that are breaking out in the country. They used to fly so close that the loose change in our pockets hummed with the vibration of jet engines.
We dreamt of becoming pilots, not knowing it was near impossible. I got that feeling of flightlessness recently in an interaction with a powerful editor, a Rahul Gandhi of Kashmiri origin. The Brahmin empire, he said, is what we are all fighting. Their fight for self- determination and our fight for self-determination was the same. I got really excited. I could also feel the crunch of dollars on my palms, almost. The friendliness of the previous interactions vanished the moment I challenged the verdict.
My reporter instincts eventually proved right.
No less than Tarana Burke, the black feminist founder of the MeToo movement, praised Sarkar for the effort. Her list caught the attention of the Western press. I felt crushed, and, more than anything, stateless once again, a slave in search of a new ruler. I realized that my entry into such spaces could only happen on terms set by somebody else. They would tell their audience that I am a Dalit expert while tutoring me on issues that are important to my people.
Dozens of new and old media outlets have offered me the exact same deal since Rohith Vemula died. They are all looking for a Dalit face to meet their diversity goals. They want to be rescue-rangers. The experience made me pray for at least one big and powerful Dalit editor and one Dalit media magnate. But the Dalit-led Ambedkarite movement has taught me better than to be fatalistic in the face of ancient games designed to exclude us and keep our rulers entertained.
It is the only mass movement I can think of that has remained non-violent in the face of extreme provocation of a sort with no parallels in human history. Also, no Brahmins were injured in our fight for self-determination.