Dalit politics in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has been impacted by Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar’s ideology and also influenced by Adi Andhra movement by Bagya reddy Varma. However, as like other states in India, these SC’s politics got sandwiched between TRS, Congress, TDP, YSR CP, and BJP. Numerically, the low number associated with Communist parties.
Dalit’s politics has fallen prey to the inside politics between two major sections in the Dalits. Mala – Madiga. The showdown of pride between these two groups positions isn’t letting the Dalits of the state bring together. The Madiga community since 1994 under the leadership of Manda Krishna Madiga dependably grumbles that the vast majority of the reservation based advantages that are given for the sake of Dalit’s are taken by the Malas. And also he claimed the nonappearance of the other sub-caste groups’ standings is a noteworthy purpose of emergency for Dalit’s political issues in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana.
By and large, the conflict between two or three majority groups in Dalit politics, for the sharing of vote based advantages is debilitating Dalit’s politics. These days numerous levels of leadership have risen in Mala, Madiga community. However, the crash of individual political desire, as well, is constantly debilitating Dalits political struggle.The collision of Dalit leaders’ personal ambitions and nepotism, and rivalry for power weakening Dalit organizations, political parties. We have very good experience with how Republic party of India (RPI) which was a brainchild of Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar, split to its leaders’ collision politics and chemchagiri to non-Dalit parties to get peanuts.
Are Dalits serious about political empowerment?
Millennium generations from Dalit communities woo to their own political party. Inactive politics of BSP party and nonavailable of Ambedkarite parties leaders or people in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh political aspirants from Dalits particularly retired IAS / IPS and Group-1 officers rub in the wrong way with regional parties. Unfortunately Dalit leaders from both the Mala, Madiga groups associated with TRS, TDP, and YSR CP parties. Mala Mahanadu leader Jupudi Prabhakar Rao associated with Congress party and became MLC. Once a staunch supporter of YSR CP, now he is supporting to TDP in Andhra Pradesh and MRPS leader Mr. Manda Krishna Madiga closely associated with the TDP-BJP combine in 2014 elections.
In a dramatic development The Andhra Pradesh Dalit Mahasabha, lead by Dr. Katti. Padma Rao, which lead many struggles, including Karamchedu, Chunduru massacres, to uphold the rights of Dalits announced the formation of a political party ahead of the 2019 general elections, with the aim of achieving political empowerment for the downtrodden people and minorities? The other groups of Dalit organizations like Mala Masabha lead by Mr. Mallela. Venkata Rao and other groups have consulted with Dalit and Kapu, Muslim minority leaders to form a united political party ahead of 2019 general elections.
In Telangana, the situation is much better than Andhra Pradesh Dalit politics. Dalit leaders of Telangana and University professors formed an alliance with Communist parties announced Left Dalit Front (LDF) and conducting public meetings.
Are Dalits capable doing their own politics
Dalits celebrated the two states celebrated Manyasri. Kanshiram’s birthday celebrations in 15th March. And remembering his great works towards Bahujan politics. Manyasri. Kanshiram ji was master of communal politics to assert Dalit rights. He sent a great message to Dalit communities, organizations from Kualalampur in historic 1st International Dalit conference held in October 10&11th,1998 how to make use caste factor in elections. While he delivering his speech, he said
“Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar taught the SC/STs how to make use of the weapon of caste. Therefore he was able to secure many constitutional rights for our people from the Britishers. But after the departure of Britishers, there are just three people who succeeded in using the weapon of caste. The first person was Jawaharlal Nehru, the second was Indira Gandhi and the third person is Kanshiram.”
Caste in this modern age begun to change. The dynamics of caste is in various forms. Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar thought ‘Annihilation of Caste’. Manyasri. Kanshiram thought that caste will use to Annihilate caste. He said in his historic Malaysia speech Indians do not bring anything else with them; the only thing they bring with them is their caste. He tried and succeeded in Uttar Pradesh with his Bahujan politics. BSP party supremo, Behan ji Mayawati has a chance to play a key role in Indian politics. In recent by-elections in UP, she was supported to SP and won the Gorakhpur constituency parliament seat. The ruling BJP and nation shocked to that result. In his statement SP president, Mr. Akilesh Yadav said because of Behan ji support we won in Gorakhpur. The Dalits and BC politics worked there. So there is no doubt that the capabilities of Dalit politicians to run their own party. BSP is the live example of Telugu speaking Dalits.
Dalit politics is inevitable in Andhra and Telangana?
Dalit political empowerment has been a long-standing dream for Dalits. In 1932 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar asked for separate electorate for Dalits and Adivasis. But Gandhi and savarna Hindu caste society oppose communal award and forced to sign on puna pact. However, Dalits are much better position in Economically, socially these days than Babasaheb days. Dalit literature inspiring young Dalits towards achieving Babasaheb political dreams. Separate Telangana statehood raised an opportunity to Dalit political empowerment. In Navyandhra Pradesh, Dalits alone have more than 18% vote bank, if SC, ST and minorities and MBCs have a political alliance they would have political power. Feudal leadership Intruders in Dalits acting as the catalyst to divided Schedule caste, Schedule tribes into subgroups. Dalits are not learning lessons quickly. They have enough experience to organize people but fail to convert to vote bank. MRPS (Madiga reservations porata samiti)has worked with only one agenda. Their counterparts Mala Mahanadu groups supporting regional parties. Both groups fail to convert their majority as Dalit vote bank to get political power.
In 1942 Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar raised a demand for separate settlements because he wanted that the Dalits should not be dependent on the Hindus in any way. They should live their lives with full independence. But what is the real picture today? Nepotism in Dalit leadership and community backstab Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar’s ideology. They didn’t learn a single lesson from “Kanshiram magic”. They surrender to feudal parties. Manyasri Kanshiram said “All these Manuvadi parties are trying to stop this “ Kanshiram magic”. First Rajiv Gandhi tried then V.P. Singh, Narsimharao, etc tried to stop me. Today the similar efforts are being made by the BJP. But all these people are playing their own games and I am playing my own.
In Andhra and Telangana Feudal regional parties are beneficiaries of the caste. And have divided the caste so that they categorize caste so that they can perpetually rule over Dalits and Adivasi’s permanently.
As an Ambedkarite, or victim of caste If you want to annihilate ‘caste’ then you have to prevent the Manuvadis from reaping the benefits from Dalit votes. So use caste to cast out caste
In the light of these circumstances, Dalits in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh should focus on the political power, which is the master of oppressed people.