New Delhi: Philosopher and associate professor of IIT Delhi, Divya Dwivedi, has expressed her concerns over the ongoing protest against alleged caste discrimination at KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA) in Kottayam.
"I feel a deep sense of sorrow, concern, trepidation and rage after learning about the casteist officials of KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts and their lower caste victims who are students and staff members. The nature of these casteist acts is dehumanising and paralysing; it includes episodes of forcing scavenging upon the lower caste employees by the upper caste director’s family while telling the victims that Savarna excretions are quite special," she said.
She pointed out that "an atmosphere of impunity has been created" instead of taking action against the Savarna supremacists in the institute.
It may be noted that students of KRNNIVSA have accused institute director Shankar Mohan and his wife of caste discrimination. The institute's chairman Adoor is accused of protecting them. The protest has been going on for months. Dwivedi's remarks come in this context.
Dwivedi condemened the remarks of institute chairman Adoor Gopalakrishnan against the ongoing protest. She also critizied the support given by a high-ranking member of the ruling party to Adoor.
"But all this should not surprise anyone since Kerala is still governed by the ‘vanguard’ of the upper caste ancestral rule, which continues to arrive, as we found with the implementation of EWS quota for the upper castes," she said.
She further said that an institution named after the first Dalit president of India, KR Narayanan, could only find members from the minority upper-caste communities to govern it.