Social counter-revolution

Print edition : June 13, 2014

The "corruption" discourse started by Anna Hazare legitimised the squeeze on the poor by making it possible to include within its corpus almost anything one did not like. Right-wing commentators used the opportunity to deride all transfers to the poor as "corruption". Here, Hazare's supporters at the site of his fast in Mumbai in December 2011. Photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP

The failure of the UPA government's neolibeal policies was attributed to pro-poor schemes such as the rural employment guarantee scheme. All such schemes have been assimilated under the rubric of "corruption" involving a waste of funds. Here, MGNREGS beneficiaries at work in Muthunaickenpatti village in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district in March. Photo: V. GANESAN

B.R Ambedkar. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Jyotirao Phule. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The change that the 2014 elections presage entails an attempt to roll back the long social revolution that has been effected in this country over the last one hundred years, under the dialectically interlinked impact of the anti-colonial struggle and of the social emancipation movements of Phule, Periyar and Ambedkar.
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