V. T. Rajshekar

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V. T. Rajshekar

V. T. Rajshekar, in full Vontibettu Thimmappa Rajshekar Shetty, (born 1932) is an Indian journalist[1][2] who is the founder and editor of the Dalit Voice,[3] which has been described by Human Rights Watch as "India’s most widely circulated Dalit journal".[4]

He was formerly a journalist on the Indian Express,[4] where he worked for 25 years. He is the founder of the 'Dalit Voice' organisation[5] a radical[6] wing of the broader movement for Dalit interests.[7]

Positions and Dalit Voice[edit]

Started in 1981, Dalit Voice is a periodical launched by Rajshekhar. Under Rajshekhar's the Dalit Voice organisation formulated an Indian variant of afrocentrism similar to that of the Nation of Islam in the USA but it is different from other magazines in many aspects. It is notable for promoting radical antisemitism borrowed from Western sources and also its link to Afrocentrist ideologies.[8][9] The book declares the Indian castes as nations within the nation of India. It argues for the strengthening of each caste.[10]

Controversy and criticism[edit]

Dalit Voice harshly criticizes Israel and Zionism, which at times crosses the line into antisemitism.[11] It has published articles about 'Zionist conspiracies' regarding Hitler and the Third Reich.[12][13] They have also supported the Iranian government and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust.[14]

Passport confiscation[edit]

In 1986 Rajshekar’s passport was confiscated because of "anti-Hinduism writings outside of India". The same year, he was arrested in Bangalore under India’s Terrorism and Anti-Disruptive Activities Act. Rajshekar told Human Rights Watch that this arrest was for an editorial he had written in Dalit Voice, that another writer who republished the editorial was also arrested, and that he was eventually released with an apology.[4] Rajshekar has also been arrested under the Sedition Act and under the Indian Penal Code for creating disaffection between communities.

Books and pamphlets[edit]

  • Dalit Movement in Karnataka
  • How Marx Died In Hindu India
  • Why Godse Killed Gandhi
  • Hindu Serpent And Muslim Mongoose
  • Dialogue Of The Bhoodevatas
  • Bhoodevtavon Ki Batchit in Urdu
  • Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar: Clash of Two Values: The Verdict of History. Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akademy, 1989
  • Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India (foreword by Y.N. Kly). Atlanta; Ottawa: Clarity Press, c1987 (Originally published under title: Apartheid in India. Bangalore: Dalit Action Committee, 1979)
  • Apartheid in India: An International Problem, 2nd rev. ed. Publisher: Bangalore: Dalit Sahitya Akademy, 1983
  • Ambedkar and His Conversion: a critique. Bangalore: Dalit Action Committee, Karnataka, 1980
  • Judicial Terrorism
  • India As A Failed State
  • Aggression On Indian Culture
  • Development Redefined
  • Caste – A Nation within the Nation
  • India's Intellectual Desert
  • The Zionist Arthashastra (Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion)
  • Brahminism In India And Zionism In West
  • India's Muslim Problem
  • India On The Path To Islamisation
  • Dalit Voice – A New Experiment in Journalism
  • Brahminism
  • Weopons To Fight Counter Revolution
  • Riddles In Hinduism by Babasaheb Ambedkar
  • Know The Hindu Mind

Awards[edit]

  • In 2005 Rajshekar received the London Institute of South Asia (LISA) Book of the Year Award.[15]
  • In 2018 Rajshekar received the Mukundan C Menon Award instituted by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organization’s (NCHRO).[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "V. T. Rajshekhar Shetty".
  2. ^ Rawat, V. B. (2006). "Reservation Debate: A Great Opportunity To Restrengthen Dalit Bahujan Alliance". CounterCurrents.org. Archived from the original on 15 May 2006.
  3. ^ Dalit Voice About Us. Dalitvoice.org. Retrieved on 2011-07-07.
  4. ^ a b c Human Rights Watch Article. Hrw.org. Retrieved on 2011-07-07.
  5. ^ Dalit Voice Website listing Rajshekhar as the founder
  6. ^ Sikand, Yoginder (2004). Islam, Caste and Dalit-Muslim Relations in India. Global Media Publications, New Delhi Pg. 98.
  7. ^ Poliakov, Léon (1994). Histoire de l'antisémitisme 1945–93. Paris. p. 395.
  8. ^ Prashad, Vijay (2000). "Afro-Dalits of the Earth, Unite!". African Studies Review. 43 (1): 189–201. doi:10.2307/524727. JSTOR 524727. S2CID 147407312.
  9. ^ Eder, Jacob S.; Gassert, Philipp; Steinweis, Alan E. (27 February 2017). Holocaust Memory in a Globalizing World. Wallstein Verlag. p. 223. ISBN 978-3-8353-4011-4.
  10. ^ Interview by Yoginder Singh Sikand
  11. ^ Egorova, Yulia (22 February 2008). Jews and India: Perceptions and Image. Routledge. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-1-134-14655-0.
  12. ^ dalitvoice.org Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. dalitvoice.org. Retrieved on 2011-07-07.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) See "Abuse of History" Hitler not worst villain of 20th century as painted by "Zionists"
  14. ^ Defeat in Iraq & fall of Bush: India warned to quickly adjust to big changes in West Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine Dalit Voice Article
  15. ^ "Award for book on Dalits". The Hindu. 8 October 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013.
  16. ^ Hussain, Shaik Zakeer (5 March 2019). "Revolutionary Dalit Journalist And Advocate Of Dalit-Muslim Unity, V.T. Rajshekar Gets The 2018 Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award". The Cognate. Retrieved 26 January 2021.