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BLISSED OUT

 Blissed Out is a fascinating novel about the search of a woman for her true identity. Taking the reader through the UK, US, Aotearoa, which is now New Zealand and India it highlights the struggles of the Maori people for their self- determination. Helen is caught unawares in this struggle but becomes a leader of sorts after the death of her Maori husband. In her search for her true self she encounters Hinduism, Buddhism and finally merges with a married professor in India. A young man comes on her way and from then a whole lot of mystery begins to unfold and it is bound to drench the reader in a plethora of inundating literary style. Its radical end will be a true challenge to the traditional taboos of sex and human relationships. This novel is bound to break some traditional barriers.

 Story Line

Helen is born in the UK. Her father serves in Biritish Army. He is highly depressed at the way killing takes place in war without the other side having nothing to do with enmity. He comes back home for holidays and commits suicide. Helen’s mother dies as soon as she is born. Helen grows up in the house of the brother of her father as a rebellious child. Seeking much attention she is very free with her sexuality. She has a few bad experiences and becomes serious in her life and frequents library in order to read books. She meets an Indian lady and becomes close to her. In her search for Buddhism and spirituality she is referred to a Hindu Ashram in the US by her friend. She encounters the Hindu Swamiji in the US who has a past in the Indian jail. He practices Hindu Tantra and introduces Tantric Sex to Helen. But she has to leave the US as she is blackmailed in the Ashram. She goes back home to the UK but is made use of by her uncle as a trump card in the British occupation of Aotearoa, the Maori land. The Waitangi Treaty is forced on the Maori people by the British rulers. Her uncle who is the architect of the Waitangi Treaty and a Major in the British Army plots that Helen should entice Ngai Tahu who is a rebellious Chieftain of the Maoris. But they fall in love and marry. Ngai Tahu is killed my the Major and Helen leave New Zealand to spend time with an aboriginal Guru. Later she resurfaces to lead the Maori people in their land struggle and regains land from the British.

Iniyan is student from India who specializes in Maori Art Forms and becomes popular in the TV. She and Nyree, the daughter of Helen become friends and plan to marry. Helen likes Iniyan unusually and parts with her dairy to Iniyan in order to produce his next TV serial for the NZ TV.  Iniyan produces the serial first in his computer before going in for actual shooting. He leaves for India to meet his parents who are professors and plays for them the entire serial from his computer. A whole new plot unveils itself in the story of Helen. It becomes evident that Helen visits India after having a first meeting with Kumar, the father of Iniyan in NZ. Iniyan knew it already in NZ but keeps the secret to himself till his father and mother watch the entire serial. The serial also brings a very serious encounter of Helen’s with Buddhism, especially Vajrayana Buddhism which is not much know to common people. Iniyan has an open encounter with his Dad and is very supportive of him about multiple relationships. He convinces his father that he should bring back Helen to India and live with her. Anu reacts sharply. But finally when the future of Nyree is placed before her she agrees to bring Helen to India and decides that Kumar, her husband can have two wives in the eyes of the world. The complex realities of human sexuality and relationships run through the entire novel through a mix of philosophy and spirituality.

Iniyan goes back to New Zealand and convinces Helen that she should spend the rest of her life in company of her lover Kumar. Nyree and Iniyan remain as brother and sister and go back to New Zealand to develop a new art form synergizing Maori and Dalit Arts Forms. The younger generation of modern times shows a new path in human sexuality and relationships without taking any inspiration from either Scriptures or from their followers.

YOIKANA

YOIKANA. The Romantic Revolution brings two distant cultures together through a romantic love story. It revolves around a Sami girl in Norway and a Dalit boy in India. Ramona makes arrangemenrs for Veeran to do research in Norway. During this research they also become familiar with each other’s cultures and history of their struggles for liberation. Alta struggle and River Alta become the cynosure. They return to India as partners. Ramona becomes the darling of the Dalits as she takes up many struggles on their behalf but has to return to Norway because of the machinations of Veeran’s rival who joins hands with a caste landlord. Madderakka is born. Ramona becomes the President of the Sami Parliament and also very famous. However, she dies in an electric shock.

Veeran and Madderakka return to India. As the Norwegian Telecasting Corporation completes its film shooting in India, Veeran retires to the wood and meets Ramona in the form of cosmic waves and merges with her. The death of Veeran is celebrated.

Confluence of cultures is brought out powerfully in this novel through the beautiful blend of Yoik of Sami culture and Sobana of Dalit culture. This fiction will take the reader through many realistic situations and sets a possible future course for many indigenous cultures.

RAACHI

The Dalit who Changed the Genes of a Crow’s Shit

RAACHI is a fascinating account of the rise of a historically unseeable Dalit from burning ashes through sheer grit and determination. It makes a capital out of the latent strength of the oppressed instead of trying to sell pains and sorrows. It splashes before the readers a swell of win-win situations from almost impossibilities. Geniuses are made and are not born. RAACHI proves that they are self-made. The hero overcomes many roadblocks in life through a solid interiority. Born of total illiterate parents in an unseeable community the hero rises like the phoenix to become a veritable symbol of liberation for the Dalits, the untouchable people of India. This highly informative novel will make the readers realize that they too can win and make others win. This novel provides ample evidence that RAACHI, the shit of a crow, can indeed change its genes and also the world.

Story Line

This novel is based on the true story of a Dalit but written in realistic fiction style. It is about a Dalit belonging to the Unseeable people in India. The hero of the novel, RAACHI is the son of totally illiterate parents and their family lives below poverty line. Through sheer hard work RAACHI self-actualizes himself. He discovers his latent strength and transforms himself into an excellent human being. Life is not easy for a Dalit in India and it starts for him already from the first year in school where the caste students nickname him “Kakapee”. It means the shit of a crow. This novel is a saga of how RAACHI with his Kakapee identity slowly transforms himself into a human being. In this process of self-actualization he also transforms many situations in the lives of Dalit people. The story ends with the hero going to the US on one of his many international lecture trips and on his return the plane in which he travels nosedives into the earth. Down under the earth he encounters the spirits of the ancestors of indigenous communities and merges with them. His energy waves cannot remain in the womb of Mother Earth and he comes out as waves and fills all those who are in a resurgence to establish dignity and peace on earth.

The first chapter starts with a bang. It is a success story of RAACHI and his indomitable wife Deepa who together declare this Millennium as the Ambedkar Era. It is achieved through heavy odds including threats to their life from caste forces. But the Dalit people stand solidly with the duo and make the event a grand success. This leads to a flashback on the origins of the hero. His unseeable ancestry is traced also scientifically to give a picture of what it means to the international readers. His family is helped by European missionaries in a leprosy hospital and the family converts itself to Christianity. He also develops compulsive anger and many other compulsions that operate subconsciously in him. The sisters in the hospital motivate and help him to join the seminary. He faces caste discrimination in the school as well as in the seminary. He puts up a stiff challenge through his enormous potential and energy level. He excels in studies, sports, music and drama.

He is promoted to distant places for his studies and joins an Ashram. With contemplation and reading he becomes a philosopher of sorts and gains international recognition already at a young age. He is sent to Kerala for his theology studies where he become familiar with Marxism. His worldview becomes radical and his interpretation of the Bible becomes controversial. He becomes a priest but within six months obtains permission from Rome to live in a slum, works and earns his living and does his secular studies. He becomes very popular among the slum people but is haunted by Church authorities as they see his new existence as a judgment on them. The Church bans him.

Against formidable odds RAACHI marries Deepa, a woman with radical views. Together they start a Dalit Movement and establish a saga of success. But local politicians and some international forces are up against them. He takes on the mighty international groups and both of them march ahead with their achievements for the removal of untouchability practices in their area of operation. They create new models of rights and dignity. In this whole process RAACHI becomes a prolific writer and philosopher. His many sexual encounters that are narrated in the novel will provide a juicy stuff to the readers.

After a course in Thailand he begins to develop his personality in a very positive way and works on himself consistently to remove all his compulsive anger and subconscious operations in him. He becomes very positive and creative. RAACHI and Deepa become very popular among Dalit people and create the first ever Dalit Ashram in India. He is also invited to the Netherlands to address a large public gathering with the Prime Minister. He is featured in the Newsweek magazine. The way he turns all his difficulties into great opportunities for his people is a real treat for those who are struggling in their lives.

It is in his attempt to establish solidarity for dignity and peace that he merges with the cosmos and assumes a new form of life.

World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples

Mrs. Jyothiraj and M C Raj

Democracy and governance are two major dimensions that cannot be delineated from Indigenous Peoples, argues the book. In terms of nation state governance and world governance the whole world already knows what dominant governance has done to itself as well as to indigenous peoples. There are two locales that we have identified till now as arenas of substantial contribution by indigenous peoples across the world. The World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples will be the structure through which we shall be transferring our values and capacities to world governance. The two areas of our contribution to world governance are: a) Distribution of values (material and spiritual), rights and entitlements, b) Democratization of nation states and international bodies. Greater democratization will urge nation states to redesign and reform their electoral systems in order to integrate the values of inclusion, participation and representation to all individuals and communities within the boundaries of nation state governance. Such an effort will inevitably bring women of indigenous peoples to the forefront of governance at all levels. Power as participation, the third pole in political theory will be a specific and substantial contribution of the World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples to world governance.

The Authors

M C Raj and Jyothiraj are a Dalit couple working for the liberation of the Untouchable people in India. Living in a village among their peoples they are also international opinion leaders on Dalit issues and international campaigners for the promotion of human rights of indigenous peoples. Together they have written many books. They are also the prime movers of the World Parliament of Indigenous Peoples.