Frank Huzur | Updated: March 09, 2019 09:27 PM IST
Who is H L Dusadh Dusadh?
H. L. Dusadh is an Indian writer and founder of the Bahujan Diversity Mission. He has written more than 70 books on Bahujan diversity in India. He is acclaimed as the ‘Diversity Man’ across the country. The prolific author and peerless social justice campaigner is ready with yet another highly valuable literature.
Raising the curiosity level to ultimate standard is the cover design of the forthcoming book, scheduled for public release on 17 March in New Delhi, is the presence of my little clown Marcos’ placard holding snapshot alongside a galaxy of socialist movement stalwarts, including socialist patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, Badayun MP Dharmendra Yadav, former Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav and several others with sterling grassroots contribution.
From the bottom of our hearts we are deeply overwhelmed by the magnificent gesture of H L Dusadh Dusadh sahib for his faith in the photograph of a Four-and-half-year old child’s passionate participation in a Lucknow chapter protest of the #BharatBand for the promulgation of Ordinance to restore 200-Point Roster and scrapping of the manuwadi 13-Point Roster.
I am sharing below a brilliant piece on the passion and persona of Dusadh saheb written by renowned commentator Sudheendra Kulkarni for the Indian Express.
H.L. Dusadh is not the typical high-society Delhi intellectual one sees at the India International Centre and other usual places in the seminar circuit. He, like crores of other Indians, is a victim of linguistic discrimination that is as odious, if less subtle, as caste discrimination.
For our intellectual establishment displays an arrogant notice at the entrance of its privileged enclave: ‘Entry only for those who speak English.’ Dusadh doesn’t, and most of his colleagues don’t. They write only in Hindi.
But the work that they have produced on Dalit empowerment, with meagre resources at their disposal and no institutional research support, is voluminous in quantity, substantive in quality and displays a rare kind of transformational passion that only those with deep grassroots social involvement can summon.
Dusadh, bespectacled, bearded, soft-spoken and frail on account of all the hardships he has faced in life, responded to Kanshi Ram’s call of ‘Pay Back to Your Society’ and made research and writing his lifelong activity.
He believes that Kanshi Ram, founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party, was not merely an excellent organiser and a farsighted political leader but also an original thinker. Kanshi Ram’s principal goal was to achieve for Dalits social equality and economic empowerment.
However, he was firm in his belief that this goal can be reached only by achieving “political influence initially, and political power ultimately.” Most of his life was spent in pursuing the first objective of making the BSP politically influential through ceaseless mobilisation of Dalit intellectuals, employees and masses.
Towards the end of his life, the BSP also gained partial political power. His achievement was all the more remarkable since he succeeded where traditional Ambedkarite movements had failed?namely, in transforming mobilisation into legislative strength.