The whole “Ambedkar Cartoon Controversy” got me thinking about whether we are really moving forward as a country or not. Just in case you have not seen the “dangerous” cartoon, here it is for your reference.
Frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with this cartoon to deserve such attention. Images are a great teaching tool because visuals get etched in memory faster and also use the right part of the brain which normally remains grossly underutilized in all teaching methods. I must have read in the school that it took our constitution 3 years to be written, but I did not remember that number – I am sure students who were taught with this visual will never forget it again. And so goes with everyone who has seen this cartoon during this controversy.
Dr. Ambedkar himself was a liberal and the fact that he was the one driving our constitution goes a long way to show the respect he commanded and the fact that a dalit or anyone from a lower caste, could get a very high post even in those days, provided they had the skills required for it. That is a very high standard for any country to start their independent life with.
However, it seems like we have regressed in our moral values since then and any opportunity to divide the country based on castes, religion or region for that matter is lapped up by the politicians. The reason dalits as a community have not risen very high is not because every other caste is pushing them down, it is primarily because of lack of education and the right skill set. Its sad to see this being used as a political tool every now and then by the opposition parties, rather than trying to look at the big picture and solving a real problem.
And finally, we have the old media competing with our new social media. The moment someone initiates any baseless point like this, media lights it up into a big fire with all the coverage, panel discussion and what not, turning it into a ball of fire that fuels their TRPs for the next couple of days.
Wish we had visionary leaders, who would be able to rise above these petty things and focus on taking the country forward, not backward!