[WSMDiscuss] Remebering Jotiba Phule (1827-1890)
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Sat Apr 11 16:03:00 CEST 2020
Greetings! JyotiraoPhule (Jyotiba/Jotiba Phule) was an icon who stood against irrationality ofBrahmanism and fought to build a new society on rational principles.
Today being his birthanniversary, it is time once again to revisit the ideas and works which madehim and his wife Savitribai Phule the frontline torch bearer of socialrevolution in India.
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JyotibaPhule: The Method of Rational Insult
Soumyabrata Choudhury,Indian Cultural Forum, November 28, 2017
Itis not enough to say that Jyotiba Phule was a great rationalist. We mustspecify the characterisation further by saying that he pioneered the method ofthe rational insult. It is not enough to locate contemporary figuressuch as Dhabolkar, Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh, among others, in the tradition ofcritical rationalism to which Phule already belonged in the middle of the 19th century. We must say further that thesefigures from our times, who have paid with their lives for their acts ofrational courage, still acted within a limited compass compared to Phule’sintellectual destruction of the oppressive privilege granted to the very notionof “tradition” by the society we today call brahminical – and which is oftenexchangeable, for good reasons, with the “Hindu society”.
The Open Well
Sunil Khilnani, Outlook Magazine, February 29, 2016
I’veoften fancied that behind every revolution lurks a gardener. Sixty years afterflower-sellers took part in the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a youngIndian man from a gardening caste—Jyotirao Phule, whose surname means‘flower’—began his own lifelong assault on a social order far older and evenmore rank-conscious than the French ancien regime. His intent was to uproot theBrahminical order, and with it the caste system, which blocked access toeducation, jobs and a sense of self-worth for people of his background.
JotibaPhule: The Universal Religion of Truth
An excerpt from thebook, “Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste”
My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality.
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