A new political party, headed by Prof. Abul Qasem, formerly of the Max Muller Bhawan, Calcutta, and one of the founder members of the DV family in Bengal, was inaugurated in the interior village, near Uluberia, Howrah dt. on Feb.22 by V.T. Rajshekar, Editor of Dalit Voice, at a well-attended public meeting of very poor Dalits and Muslims.
Indian Unity Centre, the name of the party, was existing since 1995 (for 15 years) and has already several panchayat members. It also contested Assembly and Parliament elections.
The beauty of the new party (IUC) is it is not like any other election-oriented vote politics outfit. It is born out of a deep socio-cultural struggle. The Editor had long discussions with Prof. Abul Qasem, a German language professor, its many local organisers and took note of its 15 year-long experience. Even Prof. Qasem had contested a parliament election. Though he lost, he did gather a sizeable number of votes.
All these experiments were done in a novel way — not like other traditional parties — but more from the angle of preparing the people for the coming socio-cultural political struggle against their principal enemy, Brahminism.
In his speech V.T. Rajshekar said :
Our young people are fond of quoting Dr. Ambedkar saying: “Political power is the master key that can open any lock”. But repeating this quotation Bahujan Samaj Party was started, Myself and Kanshi Ram were great friends. He also quoted the same passage of Babasaheb Ambedkar. But what happened? Today Brahmins have joined BSP.
I am a supporter of BSP and admirer of Mayawati. Why did BSP compromise because before Babasaheb said, “political power is the master-key” there is an important sentence which is completely omitted. What is this sentence?
This sentence is never mentioned because it is inconvenient to our people who are in a hurry to grab political power.
The sentence is “before forming the political party and contesting election, we should launch a thorough-going socio-cultural revolution”. I am happy to learn that Indian Unity Centre has conducted a fairly good socio-cultural revolution.
Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy was the only person who followed this principle of socio-cultural revolution. He kept himself away from political power.
RSS was started in 1921 or so and it took about 80 years for them to capture power. I learn Indian Unity Centre has launched a powerful socio-cultural revolution. I wish you all success.”
Moinuddin Chisty translated the speech into Bengali.
Earlier, the Editor inaugurated the Dalit-Muslim Friendship Society in this interior W. Bengal village inhabited by the poorest of Bengalis.
The Dainik Statesman journalist, Kazi Masum Aktar, said that Dalits should launch a movement for Muslim reservation.
The educated Muslim women delivered speeches by identifying their enemy “Bengali Bhodrolok”. Prof. Prasanta Mandal, Kartik Chandra Maji, Manoj Kumar from Jharkhand, V.D. Kamble from Nagpur also spoke.
Dalit writer Soleman said DMFS worked to establish the ideology of Prophet Budha, Mahatma Phule, Periyar EVR, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Objective of the DMFS was to work for equality, social justice by annihilating caste system, emancipating oppressed people from Brahminical Social Order.
In his presidential speech, Prof. Sukumar Singha Choudhary asked Muslim women delegates to educate their children to fight Brahminism.
The programme started at 9.45 am, 45 minute late due to unexpected large turnout of delegates coming from different districts: Midnapur, Mursidabad, Calcutta, Hooghly, 24-Parganas etc. In all 1,200 DMFS members including 300 women. Dalits constituted 10% of the delegates including Dalit woman.