Hathras Lessons: Old Politics is Dead and Buried
First of all, Dalit victimhood is dead. Yes, Dalits still lag most communities on socio-economic indicators but caste-driven inferiorities are all but jettisoned. With rise of BJP and its aggressive wooing of Dalits in Hindu fold, Dalits are more confident and even-handed in dealing with secular politicians and their pimps. Nothing testifies better than the attitude of victim's brother in Hatharas tragedy. Vultures were descending upon him to feast on family grief. He understood that media moguls and political leaders need him more than he need them as Modi and Yogi also care about him and his family. Local BJP MP was standing firmly with his family.