However, last week, some of his posts led to an FIR at Parksite police station in Mumbai’s eastern suburbs. Nishad was arrested and he spent a night in the police lock-up before being released on bail on Thursday by a local court.
DR SUNIL Kumar Nishad is a compulsive ‘Facebooker’, especially when on leave. On the surface, his barbs are aimed at anything — from EVMs to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. However, for Nishad, belonging to the Nishad community, which falls under the Other Backward Classes (OBC), ‘Brahmanvaad’ is the avowed enemy that has to be countered and called out. And he sees himself as a crusader on this issue on social media.
However, last week, some of his posts led to an FIR at the Parksite police station, in Mumbai’s eastern suburbs, following which Nishad was arrested, spent a night at the police lock-up before being released on bail on Thursday by a local court.
“The biggest problem is that people are equating Brahmanvaad with the Hindu religion. Brahmanvaad, like Manuvaad or Ambedkarvaad, are philosophies. I am against Brahmanvaad, which is a discriminatory philosophy encouraging practices like untouchability and considers one group of people superior to others on the basis of their caste. I am a Hindu myself but Brahmanvaad has nothing to do with any religion,” Nishad told The Indian Express.
“I am just following the principles of Jyotiba Phule, Shahu Maharaj and Dr B R Ambedkar, which talk about equality, fraternity and justice. Any philosophy that is against these principles, like Manuvaad, where a woman has to die because her husband has died, needs to be called out. What I post does not come from a place of hatred but for creating awareness. If anything, you are only improving your religion by doing this,” Nishad said. “I am, however, not a bhakt.”