Approaching caste discrimination though Hip-Hop by Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos -a JNU student!

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There are many music albums on caste discrimination in India.  But rap music is the first time we have seen in caste discrimination. We know that Hip-hop music in America or African – Americans have an alternate culture against racist discrimination in the USA.  The American black people articulate this genre of Hip-Hop music. Like blacks, Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos choose Hip-Hop is a medium to fight against caste discrimination. 

In 1984 there is an album called In The Studio by ‘The specials AKA’ expressed his anguish by racism. 

Lyrics
If you have a racist friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Be it your sister
Be it your brother
Be it your cousin or your, uncle or your lover
If you have a racist friend
now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Be it your best friend
Or any other
Is it your husband or your father or your mother?
Tell them to change their views
Or change their friends
Now is the time, now is the time, for your friendship to end
So if you know a racist who thinks he is your friend
Now is the time, now is the time for your friendship to end
Call yourself my friend?
Now is the time to make up your mind, don’t try to pretend
Be it your sister
Be it your brother
Be it your cousin or your uncle or your lover
So if you are a racist
Our friendship has got to end
And if your friends are racists don’t pretend to be my friend
So if you have a racist friend
Now is the time, now is the time for our friendship to end
Goodbye.
 
Dalits or Schedule Caste and Tribes have oppressed people by the Caste system,  Dalits facing untouchability and outcaste from caste Hindu society. Even the constitution of India abolished caste practices in the society or by any manner the Dalits are facing discrimination in their everyday life. 
 
The music form has been considered as the voice of the voiceless around the globe. In spite of several folks songs available against the caste system. India has several rappers, only a few musicians addressed social issues.
Dalit Rapper Sumeeth Samos, a JNU Delhi student who hails from Tentulipadar, Odisha. The Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos recently released his first Hip-Hop album single called ‘Learn to resist’ – Ladayi Seekh Le on the caste discrimination. He made that video begins with his own experiences and addresses the various discrimination faced by the Dalits in India. In his video, the lyrics ( in Hindi )poses several questions to higher castes and his fellow Dalit brotherhood “learn resistance”
Sumeet Samos
Image extract from Youtube: Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos – a JNU student
 
The video music begins with Samos’ own experiences and addresses the various discriminations faced by the Dalits. The lyrics (in Hindi) poses several questions to higher castes and demands fellow Dalits to ‘learn to resistance’.

Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos anti-caste activist:

He is a postgraduate in Spanish and Latin  American literature, Samos calls himself an anti-caste student activist. In JNU he has been active in campus social movement or Ambedkarite movements. Reading Dalit literature and interactions with various Dalit groups that made him think about presenting his views on caste discrimination. He has a passion for Hip-Hop music, led him to choose this music to convey his feelings on caste discrimination.  

He felt that there is an instinct in me which pushed me to opt for Hip-Hop, given the reach of the medium and since no one in Dalit community had done it before.  
His inspiration is undoubtedly by black singers like Joyner Lucas, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Tupac Shakur. Thes Afro American pop singers questioning white supremacy, make him use music as a major tool to fight injustice done by the so-called upper caste society in India. 
 

Caste discrimination in JNU:

Dalit Rapper Sumeet Samos faced caste discrimination in the University campus. 

JNU is just hyped to be one of the progressive institutes in India, but it has a history of opposing affirmative actions for marginalised sections for both students and faculties.”
 
Samos’ touched all the major incidents had faced Dalits in India like Karamchedu, Chunduru, Una, Rohit Vemula etc all.
watch the video ” Ladai Seekh Ley”
 

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