World Farm Animals Day Must Fall

A late post after the event.

“The Ghanaian protesters against Gandhi understand this at some fundamental level. Indeed the equation of Gandhi with power is the subtext of their protest: the petition calling for the removal of the statue insists that it is ‘better to stand up for our dignity than to kowtow to the wishes of a burgeoning Eurasian superpower’. Whatever India once meant as a leading postcolonial state speaking truth to geopolitical power, it weighs increasingly heavily on the African continent through its investment, infrastructure-building and hunger for resources, notably land. And in a striking parallel with the grouse against Gandhi, India increasingly features in African public consciousness via alarmingly frequent reports of racist hate crimes against Africans, especially students, in India. Prompted by the murder of a Congolese man in New Delhi, African Heads of Mission threatened to boycott the Africa Day celebrations organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in June 2016, the very month in which the Indian President unveiled the Gandhi statue in Accra. At least one of the Ghanaian protesters has noted that the best way to deepen relations between Africa and India might be to protect African students who are repeatedly under attack in India.”

A Gandhi statue ruining what would be a beautiful built landscape in Ghana. A pied crow flies by under a cloudy sky judging those who placed it there. Photo and quotes from http://tinyurl.com/jdv5lt5
A Gandhi statue ruining what would be a beautiful built landscape in Ghana. A pied crow flies by under a cloudy sky judging those who placed it there. Photo and quotes from http://tinyurl.com/jdv5lt5

 

The misconception that satyagraha is Gandhian when it is, in fact, Buddhist and Ambedkar held a Mahad satyagraha 3 years before Gandhi did. Both sources I linked are problematic and misinformed, in ways but very valuable.

Statute books describe the Indians as belonging to the “aboriginal or semi-barbarous race of Asia” while as a matter of fact there is hardly one Indian in South Africa belonging to the aboriginal stock. Santhals of Assam will be as useless in South Africa as the natives of that country…” Racist and Anti-Adivasi Statements by Gandhi. Mumbai Sept 26, 1896.

World Farm Animals Day is a Gandhi memorial, it needs to be abolished (as do animal exploitation farms). Why, white people, why are there so many more things to abolish in the world, only thanks to you? Why are you hating on human animals and worshipping a dead immoral guy, just to hide the fact that you hate oppressed Indians, Indigenous and Black folks (sexually assaulted or exploited survivors and women)? It’s not fine just because other Gandhians hate them too, along with some known leaders. In this day and age, there is no misconception possible, like there was before, at least for some deceased movement leaders outside India. Dumping Gandhi does not mean appreciating Godse. White vegans probably don’t even know who Godse is.

Readers, if you’ve seen it yesterday or elsewhere, you may have already signed this petition. Otherwise, please consider signing and sharing!


Footnotes if you don’t want to click certain links:

The facebook photo linked has the text and context in comment, it is as follows: 

I believe that caste has saved Hinduism from disintegration. But
like every other institution it has suffered from excrescences. I consider
the four divisions alone to be fundamental, natural and essential.
The innumerable subcastesare sometimes a convenience, often a
hindrance. The sooner there is fusion, the better….

One of my correspondents suggests that we should
abolish the caste [system] but adopt the class system of Europe –
meaning thereby, I suppose, that the idea of heredity in caste
should be rejected. I am inclined to think that the law of heredity
is an eternal law and any attempt to alter that law must lead us, as
it has before led [others], to utter confusion….

If Hindus believe, as they must believe, in reincarnation [and]
transmigration, they must know that Nature will, without any
possibility of mistake, adjust the balance by degrading a Brahmin, if
he misbehaves himself, by reincarnating him in a lower division,and
translating one who lives the life of a Brahmin in his present incarnation
to Brahminhood in his next.

-Young India, Vol. III, by M. K. Gandhi

Another quote h/t Thenmozhi Soundararajan

“The ideal bhangi of my conception would be a Brahmin par-excellence, possibly even excel him. It is possible to envisage-the existence of a bhangi without a
Brahmin. But without the former the latter could not be, It is the bhangi who enables society to live. A bhangi does for society what a mother does for her baby. A mother washes her baby of the dirt and insures his health. Even so the bhangi protects and safeguards the health of that entire community by maintaining sanitation for it. The Brahmin’s duty is to look after the sanitation of the soul, the bhangi’s that of the body of society. But there is a difference in practice ; the Brahmin generally does not live up to his duty, the bhangi does willy-nilly no doubt.

But that is not all. My ideal bhangi would know the quality of night-soil and urine. He would keep a close watch on these and give a timely warning to the individual concerned. Thus, he will give a timely notice of the results of his examination of the excreta. That presuppposes a
scientific knowledge of the requirements of his profession. He would likewise be an authority on the subject of disposal of night-soil in small villages as well as big cities and his advice and guidance in the matter would be sought for and freely given to society. It goes without saying that he would have the usual learning necessary for reaching the
standard here laid down for his profession. Such an ideal bhangi while deriving his livelihood from his occupation, would approach it only as a sacred duty. In other words he would not dream of amassing wealth out of it. He would consider himself responsible for the proper removal and
disposal of all the dirt and night-soil within the area which he serves and regard the maintenance of healthy and sanitary condition within the same as the summum bonum of his existence.”
Harijan : Nov. 28, 1936.

On the celibate sexual predator and other misogyny, excluding the fat-shaming of his wife (no sources at hand):

“During his years in South Africa, he once responded to a young man’s sexual harassment of two of Gandhi’s female followers by forcibly cutting the girls’ hair short to make sure they didn’t invite any sexual attention. He operated under the assumption that men couldn’t control their basic predatory impulses while simultaneously asserting that women were responsible for—and completely at the mercy of—these impulses. His views on female sexuality were similarly deplorable; according to Rita Banerji, writing in Sex and Power, Gandhi viewed menstruation as the “manifestation of the distortion of a woman’s soul by her sexuality.” He also believed the use of contraceptives was the sign of whoredom.

He confronted this inability to control male libido head-on when he vowed celibacy (without discussing it with his wife) back in India, and using women—including some underage girls, like his grand-niece—to test his sexual patience. He’d sleep naked next to them [naked] in bed without touching them, making sure he didn’t get aroused; these women were props to coax him into celibacy.”

Oppression against women

So it’s International Women’s Day; as many surely realise apathy towards sexism and sexism itself are still winning, everywhere and here. A petition to Google. Relatedly I’d be keen to know how many women of colour feature in these 17% women total we see in films, currently I only have TV and sporadic internet here (multiracial country with a POC majority) and even in adverts I see few women of colour (counting South African ads, otherwise I recall 2 local ads with WOC and can’t help but notice 1 hair type). I was mostly sharing the petition, I’m not writing more about this today.

I’ll write about yesterday’s obvious oppressiveness towards women by national TV director on the occasion of Women’s Day, and the oppression by a vegan group to celebrate Women’s History Month 2012 for the sake of ‘sexist white imperialist gurus’ PeTA or who knows what. Among the consequences of which are this blog but also the fact that there are among local followers, only 2 veg*n women perhaps. This article about sexism and its reinforcement in the Indian context is worth a read if you’re not familiar enough with Gandhi.

[…]the issue goes way beyond Gandhi. What really matters now, and it matters deeply, is how we respond to what Gandhi did!
Today we like to believe that we are far more progressive in terms of recognizing and condemning the abuse of power by men for sexual exploitation and abuse. And yet, I repeatedly find every time I bring this up [for eg. in this article Gandhi to Asharam: Who Empowers the Sex-Crimes of Gurus?] most people’s responses are defensive and regressive!

Why did MBC director Dhanjay Callikan have to speak at the launch of the Art Exhibition of women artists, for Women’s Day hosted by their corporation, when the vice director of the national TV channels is a woman? On the news, I saw one woman, the organiser of the exhibition, speaking after several men. Then Callikan was quoting Gandhi at the end of his speech.

The second case is about this advert (description included) which promotes sexism and glorification of domestic violence as well as misrepresentation of a part of Indian culture by PeTA. Merely saying the first part of this about the advert got me insulted, then character-bashed and banned from the Vegan Society-Mauritius (VSM) whose image I had boosted as an administrator. I got unfairly banned from the group by sexists who support violence against women. My posts and comments in response got repeatedly deleted (my guess by Harry Pillay) and all this seemed widely tolerated. Last year my fake facebook profile that almost no one knew of and who only participated once, with a different tone and absolutely not knowledgeably, long before, got banned too.

The VSM are not endorsed by Vegan Society UK, if they were, do they have the liberty of giving false and dangerous information on B12 (alleging aloe has B12) in a country where a blood test needs to warrant the need for a B12 injection. If you’ve been vegan a while, you would know about B12 analogues in spirulina etc. and know that a blood test may be misleading. A non-vegan friend of mine just died from some sort anemia, pernicious anemia (from b12 deficiency) can be serious and give rise to irreversible and grave physical effects. Everyone on a bad or sanitized diet is at risk of B12 deficiency, modern agriculture (manure needs to be washed off veggies to avoid E-Coli etc.) and medicine makes us all conducive to it. Another post.

CN for photos linked: Ableist/disablist slurs, I’m lame and yet I didn’t know better than to use the term to mean ‘pathetic’ 2 years back.

Snapshot 1 where I’m being defended by someone I later came to know is a Men’s Rights Advocate or a variant, but she was allegedly defending my right to free speech.

Snapshot 2 of my post about the unfairness of getting my comments deleted repetedly by an admin who didn’t even come forward to admit to doing this. Nor did other admins try to figure it out.

Can non-facebook users see these? Usually one has to click cancel on the sign-up request and can read public pages.