Christophe Jafferlot, the author of well know work ‘India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of Lower Castes in Northern India’ argued that the subaltern sections in Northern India are creating Silent Revolution in the Democratic space by occupying the representative bodies, especially by the lower caste political parities like Bahujan Samaj Party, etc.
But, when I observe at the University of Hyderabad Campus Student Politics; I’m tempted to coin this phrase in reverse mode. I don’t regard the presence and activism of Subaltern sections at University of Hyderabad, especially which are grouped under categories like Dr B R Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) & Dalit Students’ Union (DSU) as creating any Silent Revolution; they are very vibrant in every aspect. But, I regard the Hindutva Forces at University of Hyderabad, which are primarily grouped under Akhil Baratiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP) as creating ‘Silent Revolution’. The ABVP cadre is never active in full-fledged sense of the term, especially when compared with the other sections like Students’ Federation of India (SFI), North East Students’ Forum (NESF), ASA, DSU, etc. ABVP activities can be observed during certain occasions only, that too in insignificant manner; especially like Vinayaka Chaturdathi, etc types of Hindu festivals. But, the mode of actions with regard to various other activities, especially related to the Student community is insignificant. ABVP is said to be getting the prime support from the North Indians, Upper Caste Students and from the Students of Science courses. The Science students’, whenever they face any problem, like with regard to their fellowships, etc attacks the University Administration and creates ruckus. On the whole ABVP is failing to have a proper leadership and proper systematic activities over the years, when compared to the other vibrant student organizations.
Though ABVP is not vibrant in dealing with the student issues in proper manner; it is successful in getting good vote share in the annual Students’ Union elections!! Thus, I regard this success of capturing good vote share by AVBP as ‘Silent Revolution’!!! But, again, this silent revolution, without proper political activism is a dangerous phenomenon to any democratic set-up.