Last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was on a tour of India. During this, she had an informal meeting with some women activists and journalists in Delhi along with her colleague in India and Twitter’s Legal-Public Policy, Trust and Safety head Vijaya Gadde. The women with whom he met were journalists Barkha Dutt, Ana Vettikad, besides activists Neelanjana Roy, Rituparna Chatterjee and Sanghpali Aruna. The purpose of this meeting was to be two-fours from the experience of these women, which takes place when they use a platform like Twitter and speak there, protest against others. This, of course, included trolling, bashing and harassment on Twitter.
Since abusive and manipulative online digital platforms have not yet been accepted into the category of sexual harassment, and are believed to be virtual, the women involved in this meeting have engaged in abusive behavior, Jack Dorsey and Vijaya Gudd experienced virtual sexual violence with them and repeated racist comments on them, abusive, rape-like experiences Shared with
Rise Of The Anger
During this meeting, a Dalit worker told Dorsey how he had to face caste-based insults day and night. Due to this, so many people have left this platform and left. That Dalit woman activist further said that “One of the major reasons for this is that there is no provision for reporting caste-based abuses (ie caste-based slur) or violence in the Twitter reporting list.” Jack Dorsey and his team acknowledged the problem and noted it.
At the end of the program, a group photo was taken, where the Dalit women activist gave a poster with a big letter in it that read ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’, that is, destroy the Brahminical patriarchy. Went to be photographed in his hand and it was his own choice and did not stop anyone from sharing this picture on social media Gaya, in fact, all the participants were mailed by a Twitter staff and encouraged to share it, because the meeting was definitely informal but the picture was not private at all.
However, immediately after this picture came on Twitter, some groups attacked Twitter in an organized manner. He was accused on this social media site of being prejudicial to the Brahmin community, defaming him and adopting a biased attitude towards him. And as it happens, Twitter and its CEO, who were all around the target, immediately gave their Indian Brahmin users sitting in India and all over the world, one after the other, without delay.
According to Twitter, ‘It was a private photo, the poster was gifted, the views on the poster are not of Jack or Twitter, we wanted to know the opinion of the users of every category, we made a mistake, we should have been careful, we While apologizing to all our users living in India, they give them the assurance of better service.
But despite all this, this dispute is not taking the name of stopping and now other sections of the society have also jumped into it. In such a situation, it is important to know that the two words written in that poster were ‘Brahminical Patriarchy’ which is such ammo used in the Brahminical patriarchy, in which a poster exploded. Is it a pent-up anger or hatred of people towards a particular caste, or an indicator of any socio-religious mindset. Is what was written on that poster an attempt to intrigue the current political-social scenario?
It is also necessary to mention here that the poster that created this ruckus was created two years ago by Artist Tenmouli Sundararajan, and she says, “This poster has been present on social media for two years, but the controversy occurred when Jack Dorsey Took this photo in his hands, because people are afraid that this reality of Indian society will not be exposed to the world. ”
So, the truth which has exposed a large section of the country due to its unfolding or which is being exposed by Tenmouli, is that what?
A research article published in the Economic and Political Weekly, a prestigious research journal on economic, social and political topics, in the year 1993, ‘Women Conceptualizing Brahminical Patriarchy in Early India – Gender, Cast, Class and State’, author and author of women’s subjects, writes Uma Chakraborty , “When it comes to the subordination or domination of women in India, the weapon called Dharma to implement it Security is used, which is getting further social acceptance.
In the same way, in Indian society, the upper, backward and lower caste people are divided into the category of powerful and weak through social stratification i.e. social isolation or division. So mainly the rules of Indian society, which are mainly practiced by the Brahmin thinkers, maintain their dominance with the help of two sticks. The first is caste-based classification and the second gender, ie gender classification and sometimes they are very closely interwoven. ”
In simple terms, Petriarchy advocates the physical, economic, sexual, sexual and mental domination of men over women. In this, at every turn of life, a man is dominated by a woman. Father and brother from childhood until marriage and later husband and son. But, Uma Chakraborty takes this discussion further, saying, “The practice of controlling the sexuality of women in the upper castes with the intention of maintaining the purity of race or caste is called Brahminical Patriarchy.” This was an important step taken to advance the dominance of Brahmins in the fabric of the society from generation to generation. Our religious books and history bear witness that whether Manusmriti or post-Vedic Indian religious literature, the person writing it was often a vigorous man who came from the Brahmin community, and who laid the foundation of the Brahminical patriarchy, under which There was talk of controlling women in the same way as Dalits and weaker sections. ”
However, patriarchy is an idea which exists in different forms in every society of the world and due to its existence it can also be different. In European countries it is found in the form of race and racial thinking. It stretched from ancient Mesopotamia to Ceylon and Malabar. In such a situation, to say that opposing Brahminical patriarchy is to oppose a whole community or community, it is a bit too much and a little ignorance.
Direct Attack On The Values
Therefore, the way Twitter has handled this entire issue in a hurry is not only unnecessary but also funny. This not only reduces the seriousness of the dialogues on platforms like Twitter but also raises deep questions. Because, in the time and society in which we live, Petriarchy and Brahminical Petriarchy is a term associated with mainstream debate. Other social media platforms, including Twitter, have played an important role in making this common. The dominance of upper castes can be easily identified in the dialogues on these forums. In such a situation, when someone says, ‘Smash Brahminical Petriarchy’, then he attacks not on Brahmins but an idea generated and nurtured by Brahmins. On the idea that has contributed significantly in normalizing a non-equal system in Indian society.
For example, being educated, I cannot reduce the struggles of any illiterate or Dalit woman or less educated than my mother or grandmother. In the same way, the struggle of a woman born in a Brahmin clan can be very large, but she cannot prove or despise the struggles of a Dalit woman, because she suffers the double whammy of the name of caste and female hatred.
Since Jack Dorsey is a foreigner, he is probably not aware of these deep internal faultlines of our country and it is probably with a very superficial understanding. So we can give him a benefit of duty, but Vijaya Gade is an Indian and it is very difficult to believe that he is not aware of these things. So, this whole incident from Twitter, taking this issue very lightly, wrongly handles