By Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
One who practices caste is a devil
That devil has to be driven out of India
India must be made a country of equality.
The tiller must sow the letters of English
Our soil must become a global knowledge power
Caste has cultivated mindlessness
The anti-caste pen will have to change India.
Nationalism is not casteism
Caste and race were born twins,
We lost the battles of bows and arrows
We lost the battles of guns.
Now it is time for battles with pens,
Phule Ambedkar were first pen warriors
Walking ahead of us with books that lead us
They learned English to defeat Sanskrit.
They are not dead but alive in letter and spirit,
Let us create an anti-caste pen force in every house
Let us make every village a pen force,
Let us liberate India from casteism and Brahminism.
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd is a political theorist, social activist. His autobiography is From a Shepherd Boy to An Intellectual–My Memoirs and Untouchable God