NATIONAL CONVENTION OF MULNIVASI MAHILA SANGH
ON OCTOBER 25th & 26th, 2008 IN MUMBAI
- Dr. Manisha Bangar
National President, Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh
take pleasure in announcing that the Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh
is conducting a national level convention in the last week
of October in year 2008 in Mumbai.
Mahila Sangh, the women wing of BAMCEF has been operational
in major states of country (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh,
Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Uttaranchal) for
the past 2 years. So far, the women activists of the Mahila
Sangh having been successful in creating mass awareness about
the need for women to participate and be an integral part
of the Phule Ambedkarite movement .In effect , women are seen
actively participating in the programmes conducted by the
OF THE MAHILA WING
Mahila Sangh is actively engaged in building All India Organisation
of Mulnivasi women (SC, ST, OBC, converted religion groups).
It seeks to provide them a platform where they can collectively
analyse, articulate relevant issues and problems. It is vibrant
forums which allows them to and solve their problems on their
own strength from the perspective of Phule-Ambedkarite Ideology.
Its goal is to harness the energy and the indomitable spirit
the Mulnivasi women towards building Mulniwasi Bharat Rashtra
based on the principles of Equality Liberty and Fraternity
to create a just society for their future generation.
GLOWING PERSONA OF THE MULNIWASI WOMEN
The Mulniwasi women are carrying forward the legacy of the
ideals of our forefathers and the great Mulnivasi culture.
They are the embodiment of resilence, and courage. Their capacity
to face adversities, especially those emanating from the inequitous
educational-socio-cultural milieu of this country stands unparalled
in the entire world. However this image of their persona is
not known to them. There real identity remains hidden and
suppressed behind the distorted image of woman created by
the Brahmanical culture. The Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh strives
to restore her real identity, her real culture, her true rationalist
free thinking spirit (devoid of any dogmas and superstitions)
and her fearlessness. This alone will empower her to shun
away the enslaving life she is leading and create a better
world for herself, her children, her family and the society.
PROBLEMS OF THE MULNIWASI WOMEN
Mulnivasi Women are sufferers of the three tier oppression
of caste system, poverty and patriarchy. But the solidarity
of Mulnivasi women has received a rude shock from the unjust
Brahmanical social order. They now stand divided into many
castes, and as closed groups distanced from their co-sufferers.
But essentially the problems of the ST, SC, and OBC women
are same; the severity (of the problem) depends upon their
position in the caste ladder (hierarchy).
The ST women (at the most bottom rung) are worst
sufferers of inhuman indignities. Hunger, disease, starvation,
is the way of life for them and their children. Mass trafficking,
prostitution, homelessness & depraved existence on streets
is the norm.
status of SC women is no different either. The attachment
of notion of impurity to their being and their emergence as
a group resisting oppressive forces of patriarchy and caste
has exposed them and their children to unimaginable atrocities
and ignominies. The once warrior clan women have been reduced
to the level of animal and no better.
situation of OBC and MBC women is even more pathetic.
Even when SC and ST women are seen sporadically putting a
brave front and releasing themselves from the shackles of
bondage, the OBC women stand totally unaware of the enslavement
in the Brahmanical thought and culture. Not knowing the real
nature and cause of their oppression they cling to and strengthen
the Brahmanical system. Merged in deep slumber they are oblivious
of the dangers of the present time. In absence of a strong
movement in the OBC groups they are directionless and out
of pale of education, employment, a dignified living and future
for their childrens seems bleak.
National statistics (National Sample Survey)
shows that in villages the OBC and MBC women, are devoid of
land and any source of income, they are in huge debt and their
men are being driven away to suicide. In each and every “basti”
of cities, the OBC and MBC women live in abject poverty surrounded
by filth, squalor and are engaged in most low paying jobs
and flesh trade.
stark contrast, all talks regarding the progress of women
in this country, their ever increasing participation in education
field their presence in art, culture and jobs which earlier
were the preserve of men pertains to upper caste women only.
It is only the upper caste women who have greatly
benefited in the last 60 years. The mulnivasi women
are nowhere near them. There is a clear cut demarcation line
between the upper caste women and mulnivasi women. The former
under the garb of women unity and feminism are out to fool
and use mulnivasi women for their own caste interests. They
try to keep the Brahmanical system alive and have never revolted
against the system. Instead they have engaged themselves in
all superfluous, superficial, rehabilitative activities, akin
to striking a stick on placid water which only creates a few
ripples, never going to the root cause of caste system and
patriarchy. The upper caste women have never risen in revolt
against Brahmanism. Hence we do not seek their support or
participation but believe in creating our own strength.
BETRAYAL OF THE CONSTITUTION
is true that the greatness of any nation can be gauged by
the status of the women. If this principle is applied to India,
Indian society cannot qualify as being a civilized progressive
society. The status of women is so pitiable that the Indian
society can aptly be labeled as primitive society. Whereas
in the Constitution of India provision for upliftment of women
are made in article 15(39) it is seen that the spirit of the
Constitution is not reflected in the society.
1950 (after the transfer of power from British to Congress)
60 yrs have lapsed but there is a rapid downfall in the position
percentage of Mulnivasi women reaching up to higher education
is a dismal 5%. The drop out rate from school is as high as
60%. They are grossly under-represented in the job sector.
They form the most unorganized sector. They are nutritionally
malnourished and anaemic. In absence of nourishment they are
inflicted with many diseases. One in every 10 child in their
family dies of want for low cost treatment. The health related
expenditure of their family is second most common cause of
debt and 70% of the families of Mulnivasi women cannot afford
treatment for their children.
state of affairs spells betrayal of the Constitution by the
people whose responsibility it is to see that it is implemented
in letter and spirit. The mulnivasi women are victims of callous
indifferent and hateful attitude of upper castes who are in
power in politics, economic and religious sphere.
CAUSE OF OPPRESSION- CASTE & PATRIARCHY, SPRING FROM BRAHMINISM
system was the way of life in Mulnivasi culture before the
invading Aryans (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas) destroyed
it systematically by adopting methods of coercion, by instilling
fear, by creating legends and by declaring it as word of God.
the instruments of suppression i.e., caste system and patriarchy
(male domination) has its origin in Brahmanical tradition,
festivals, stories, epics, legends and most importantly the
scriptures right from Vedas to the Puranas, which are held,
sacred by the women. Sacredness prevents revaluation
of its value, once sacred - always sacred and this
phenomenon has lead to the perpetuation of the abominable
OF THE MULNIWASI WOMEN HAS TO BE UPROOTED
aware of the real nature and motive of religion and traditional
notions, Mulnivasi women out of there ignorance are seen to
be clinging, strengthening and preserving the very system
which degrades them.
ignorance of Mulnivasi women has to be removed. Our renaissance
leaders like Jyotiba Phule, Savitri bai Phule, Periyar Ramasami,
Narayan Guru and Babasaheb Ambedkar all strived and struggled
their entire lives to remove the ignorance. But a lot more
has to be done. The magnitude of the problem is of such proportions
that the efforts are highly inadequate. To come out of the
despondency and dependence a nationwide movement of the mulnivasi
women along side the existing Phule-Ambedkarite movement run
by BAMCEF is required.
CONVENTION FOR NATIONWIDE AWAKENING & PROTEST
National Convention will prove be a milestone in the history
of struggles of Mulnivasi women. It is for the first time
since 1950 that SC, ST, OBC women will be coming together
as a united force. It will blow the bugle of emancipation
of Mulnivasi women. It will herald a new era.
Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh activists are already working in areas
of education and creating awareness on relevant issues. However
a Nationwide Campaign will be launched to address the following
- Free and compulsory education to Mulnivasi women upto graduation and higher budgetary allocation for education in the Annual Budget. Privatisation of education has affected the Mulniwasi Bahujan Samaj the most. It will not be surprising that if left unfettered the next generation will be largely illiterate. The activists will establish mass public contact to pressurize State and Central Government to implement various schemes and programmes throughout the country.
- Free Health Services: It is the responsibility of any welfare state to make health care affordable and mostly free. On the contrary, it is seen that India’s health care system is the most privatized in the entire world (78%). The state funds only 2% of the health expenditure. Corporation funding is a mere 3% and NGO funds only 0.3%. Rest comes directly from the citizens. Instead of strengthening the Public Health System, Government Hospitals and Medical Colleges, the Govt is allowing a free hand to the corporate sector. For eg: In Andhra Pradesh the Congress Government under the project -Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Shree is giving money from government treasury to all corporate hospitals. We will expose these ruthless and merciless power brokers and create a mass awareness. The doctors and health professionals from Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj will be actively working on this front to strength Health care system & ensure good health in all stages of life from birth till old age.
- Movement against SEZ: Cleverly camouflaged under the term “economic development”, the SEZ’s are virtually proving to be “special elimination zones’ – eliminating the lives of Mulnivasi Bahujan Samaj. Large amount of fertile cultivable land - the only source of livelihood, is forcibly been taken away from Mulnivasi Bahujan Society. The Mulnivasi women and the children are starving and men being led to suicides. The same land is given away at throw away prices to real estate owners and pseudo industrialist as lease for a life time. Employment is provided to handful as daily wage earners adopting the “hire and fire” policy with no food or financial security. Mulnivasi Mahila Sangh will actively participate in staging protests against the SEZ all over the country.
- Women Reservation Bill: The bill is a clearcut conspiracy by the upper castes and their political parties to usurp 33% seats (i.e 81 seats out of total 543 parliament seats) by filling upper castes women in these seats. Surprisingly even the Left Front which proclaims to be working for the masses is against giving any representation to the Mulniwasi women. We will awaken the public in this regard and expose the poisonous fangs of the so called “progressive men and women” from various organizations, and parties.
the above issues will be discussed thread bare. Information
is power and during the two days of the Convention we will
empower our women with information.
all India signature campaign is underway to place our view
as regards the Women Reservation Bill wherein we have made
it clear that since women constitute 50% of the population,
instead of 33%, actually 50% of seats should be reserved for
women and 85% representation should be given to SC ST and
OBC women within the 50%.
campaign will culminate in the Convention. Thereafter we propose
to give a representation to all concerned at the helm of affairs
including the President of India.
request you to attend the convention in large numbers and
strengthen the movement for the liberation of the Mulniwasi
Women in this country.
BHEEM! JAI MULNIWASI!! JAI BHARAT!!!
: Dr Manisha Bangar, Hyderabad National President, Mulniwasi
Office Secretariat, Mulniwasi Mahila Sangh
505, Shakti Sai Apts, Near Udai Clinic
Chapel Road, Abids, Hyderabad .500001, Ph- 040-23231734, 9393013330
Conference Secretary – Preethi Wasnik- 09290591468
Posted on August 21, 2008