By Frank Huzur
Very happy birthday to the quintessential JNU boy, Dileep Yadav, who deployed his capital combat skill to challenge the Adityanath led BJP government within the 100 days of its formation on 31 May 2017 over brutal targeting of Scheduled Caste people in Saharanpur at the hands of formidable Thakurs of the area.
Dileep in no time had set out for Lucknow to mobilise a group of resolute socialist workers under the umbrella of JAC(Joint Action Committee). Until then, even the principal opposition Samajwadi Party having lost power barely a couple of months ago in a very controversial election was trying to pick up pieces while its youth wings was in a state of stupor
Nevertheless, Dileep received a great response from Akhilesh Yadav, national President, after the successful gherao of Vidhan Sabha rattled the Yogi Adityanath’s BJP regime, which was still in its formative stage of honeymoon.
Being a close observer of that groundbreaking protest so ingeniously executed I could only marvel over the spirit and solidaritaire of the JNU PhD scholar and a combative social justice champion who introduced the star spangled poster exhibition of True Idols, Ambedkar, Phule, Phoolan and Lohia in a great splash of Blue and Red in the Vidhan Sabha March.
It is no exaggeration to say that Dileep’s activism on the soil of Uttar Pradesh sent a wave in the youthscape of Samajwadi Party. Everyone with arrow of ambition and anxious and eager to catch the imagination of Pàrty supremo Akhilesh began to emulate the feat of Dileep.
Since then over the last four years, the young socialist warrior has come up to achieve quite a few more milestones, notable amongst many, is his wedlock of choice against convention with a Marathi Dalit bride, Pallavi Nandeshwar. Former CM Akhilesh understood the importance of a Wedding pickled in Lohiaite ideal of “Jaati Todo” and traveled 500 kms by road to bless the Rebel Lovers in a very decrepit hamlet of Bundelkhand.
Hoping you can win more wars, Dileep. The Socialist movement needs a firebrand socialist like you to shine on national horizon.