INTELLECTUAL INTROSPECTION

- Dharmanand Meshram

The Irish statesman Edmand Burk has said that it is very easy to mean the wisdom? Personal or public wisdom? Self centered or society oriented? How should one  recognized as wise or intellectual? What are the indicators of wisdom and intellect? Do these concepts carry same or equal meaning? Or are these concepts same or parallel?

It doesn’t matter whether these words carry equal or parallel meaning. But in this regard Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has given whether you accept the theory of the great man as the maker of history or whether you do not, this much you will have to concede that in every country the intellectual class is the most influential class, if not the governing class.

The intellectual class is the class which can foresee; it is the class which can advise and give lead. In no country does the mass of the people live the life of intelligent thought and action. It is largely imitative and following the intellectual class. There is no exaggeration in saying that the entire destiny of country depends upon its intellectual class.

If the intellectual class is honest, independent and not self interested it can be trusted to take the initiative and give a proper lead when a crises arises. It is true that intellect by itself is no virtue. It is only means and the use of means depends upon the ends which an intellectual person pursues. An intellectual man can be a good man but he can easily be a rouge. Similarly an intellectual class may be a band of high souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a gang of crooks or a body of advocates of a narrow clique from which it draws its support.

You may think it a pity that the intellectual class in India is simply another name for the Brahmin caste. You may regret that the tow is one; that the existence of the intellectual class should be bound with one single caste, that this intellectual class should share the interest and the aspirations of that Brahmin caste, which has regarded itself the custodian of the interest of that caste, rather than of the interest of the country.

All this may be very regrettable. But the fact remains, that the class  which is held in great reverence by the rest of the Hindus. The Hindus thought that the Brahmins are the Bhudevas (gods on earth). The Hindus  are taught that Brahmins alone can be their teachers.

Manu says, “If it be asked how it should be with respect to points of the Dharma which have not been specially mentioned, the answer is that which Brahmins who are Shisthas propound shall doubtlessly have legal force”. (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar writings and Speeches Vol.1, pp71, Maha. Govt. publication, Second Edition 2010)

What lesson we took and what expectations we have fulfilled which Babasaheb has clarified above? What ultimate results Bahujan Samaj intellectual class has given to the society? Is there any satisfactory situation in the society? Literally we may have large number of intellectual persons in our society.

There may be a groups of intellectual persons also. But are we fit to say ourselves as intellectual class? Is Bahujan Samaj intellectual class existed there? Perhaps answer may be, No. why? In this context should not we introspect ourselves as a Bahujan Samaj intellectual class?  

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