Election Commission of India’s (ECI) decision to drape all statutes, installed centrally in Lucknow and Noida, of Mayawati and Elephant in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election in February 2012 has generated a slew of remarks. The cost of draping is estimated as one crore. It has also generated a polarized opinion. Now the opinion is zeroed on ‘drape’ and ‘undrape’ conundrum.
In our time all what the ‘emblem’ of Dalit politics strives is to simply hold on to power. Thereby, losing its ‘real’ political edge in the world of Indian politics - of the clientele- patronage system, which in turn has resulted in directing the whole movement towards a path which can be anything but the path towards a larger societal change where one wishes to see the absolute dismantling of the caste hierarchies.Moggallan Bharti, student of political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, writes.