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Dalit Voice is a political magazine published in Bangalore, India that claims to express the views of the Dalit movement. The current full title is "Dalit Voice: the voice of the persecuted nationalities denied human rights" and it appears fortnightly in both internet and print formats. It was founded in 1981 by V.T. Rajshekar, a former journalist for the Indian Express, who is still its editor.

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Positions

The magazine is described by the Columbia University library as

"characterized by strong anti-Brahminist, anti-caste and anti-racist stance, advocacy of liberation from Brahminism, and polemical tone. Self-proclaimed as "the sole spokesman for the entire deprived, dehumanised lot of India...", -- Dalits, Backward Castes, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, women -- "all victims of the Aryan Brahminical racism."[1]

The magazine has published articles that attack Hinduism, Jews, Zionism and American neoconservatism.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Its anti-Brahmin rhetoric, frequently follows to further anti-Semitism with claims of Brahmins in India being descended from Jews and deriving their "fanaticism" and "arrogance" from "Jewish Zionist Racism".[9] [10]

Dalit Voice has also made various anti-Semitic accusations and touted "Jewish conspiracy theories"[11][12]. The editor V.T. Rajasekhar has treated the hoax text Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion as legitimate [13] and has accused Indian Jews of a conspiracy to "join hands (with Hindus) to crush Muslims, Blacks and India's Dalits"[14]

Dalit Voice, in addition to publishing articles about "Zionist conspiracies" regarding Hitler and the Third Reich[15][16], have also supported the Iranian regime and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the holocaust[17].

It has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks in USA were a "total falsehood manufactured by the zionists controlling the Bush Administration".[18]

Reception

Yoginder Sikand, who writes on Muslim-Hindu relations, has criticized the publication, referring to it as "radical" and asserting that its rhetoric does not help alleviate the Dalit situation[19]:

"Far from alleviating the prevailing situation the militant rhetoric of the writers of Dalit Voice offers nothing substantial and instead create even more disunity. One writer calls the [Islamic] Ulema as the ‘progeny of iblis’ and appeals to the Muslims to stop reading their literature at once[19]."

A scholar, Vijay Prashad, has written of the links between a group of authors including V.T. Rajshekar, Ivan van Sertima and Runoko Rashidi and writers in the Afrocentric movement. He called this a "submerged network of Afro-Dalit literature". He mentioned Rajshekar's editorship of Dalit Voice, saying that its pages had "welcomed African American scholars for at least a decade". He criticized the views of this group of writers as "epidermal determinism" (seeking solidarity on the basis of skin colour alone rather than on the experience of oppression).[20]

The writer Koenraad Elst has criticised the publication for having anti-Hindu views. [21], counter-claiming that claims of racism in Hinduism are a "crank ideology".

Leon Poliakov writes that the antisemitism exhibited by Dalit Voice is a fairly recent and unrepresentative phenomenon among India's Dalits[22]

Dalit Voice has also been criticized for "buying into anti-Jewish conspiracy theories" by the far-left "Maoist International Movement". While praising the Dalit Voice for having "some good information on caste and other problems in India", they suggest that[23]:

"We hope to see Dalit Voice drop its conspiracy theories about Jews that underestimate the oppressiveness of oppressor nation people in the United States and Western Europe and take up Marxism-Leninism-Maoism[23]."

References

  1. ^ Columbia University Library entry for Dalit Voice
  2. ^ K. Jamanadas, "Is it possible to destroy Hindutva without harming Hinduism?", Dalit Voice, Vol.25, No.1 undated
  3. ^ Iqbal Ahmed Shariff, "Hitler not worst villain of 20th century as painted by zionists", Dalit Voice June 16-30, 2005 [1]
  4. ^ Iqbal Ahmed Shariff, "A Reply to Critics of D.V. Article on Hitler: Jews & the "Jews of India", Dalit Voice, vol.25, No.1 undated
  5. ^ "D.V. and Foreign Affairs", Dalit Voice, vol.25, No.1 undated
  6. ^ Dalit Voice - The Voice of the Persecuted Nationalities Denied Human Rights
  7. ^ Dalit Voice - The Voice of the Persecuted Nationalities Denied Human Rights
  8. ^ Brighter side of Hitler : DV to reveal facts suppressed by history
  9. ^ Heuzé, Gérard (1993). Où va l’Inde moderne? (p 87). L’Harmattan.  
  10. ^ Rajshekhar, V.T.. Brahminism (p 28). Dalit Sahitya Akademy.  
  11. ^ etext.org
  12. ^ Google Cache of etext.org
  13. ^ Dalit Voice, 1-12-1991##
  14. ^ Dalit Voice, 16-1-1993##
  15. ^ dalitvoice.org
  16. ^ Google Cache of Dalitvoice article See "Abuse of History" Hitler not worst villain of 20th century as painted by "Zionists"
  17. ^ Defeat in Iraq & fall of Bush: India warned to quickly adjust to big changes in West Dalit Voice Article
  18. ^ 9/11 was a hoax. Dalit Voice. September 2007.
  19. ^ a b Sikand, Yoginder (2004). Islam, Caste and Dalit-Muslim Relations in India. Global Media Publications, New Delhi Pg. 98.  
  20. ^ Vijay Prashad (April 2000). "Afro-Dalits of the Earth, Unite!" (in English). African 43 (1): 189–201.  
  21. ^ [2] Ayodhya and After, Koenraad Elst (Chpt 14)
  22. ^ Poliakov, Leon (1994). Histoire de l’antisémitisme 1945-93 (P.395). Paris.
  23. ^ a b Dalit Voice, Google Cache of the Maoist International Movement article

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