Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 09.06.15
Two dalit families face boycott – The Hindu
Cop Among 3 Booked for Attacking Dalit Youth – The New Indian Express
HC refuses to vacate stay on quota for promotion to SC employees – The Times Of India
Dalit woman hospitalized after being thrashed on mango stealing charge – The Times Of India
Policeman accused of assaulting youth – The Hindu
Dalit scholars slam RSS for giving ‘red’ tag to APSC – The Hindu
No media coverage for a massive Ambedkar event, allege Dalits
Two dalit families face boycott
Sathish G. T
Two Dalit families of Vaddarahalli in Chikkamagaluru taluk have allegedly been socially boycotted by the people of Kuruba and other community people for refusing to continue with duties performed by their ancestors. The decision was allegedly taken in a meeting convened by upper caste people on May 30 and it has been in effect since then.
As per the decision, villagers are not to interact with Siddaiah and Rangaiah, brothers, and their family members in the village. Grocery shops and milk booth have allegedly been told to not sell anything to these families.
All this, according to Siddaiah, was because he and his brother refused their traditional “duty” as town criers. “During Ugadi celebrations, they (upper caste people) ask us to spread the message of village festival by going around the village beating drums. My brother refused. Since then they have been angry with us,” he said.
A week ago, one of the villagers, Ninge Gowda, picked up an argument with a woman of the Dalit community on the same issue. “I supported the woman. He convened a meeting of village people on May 30 and imposed penalty of Rs. 2,001 each on me and my brother alleging that we insulted him. We refused to pay penalty and later social boycott was imposed,” he told The Hindu over phone on Monday.
Mr. Siddaiah has filed a complaint with Chikkamagaluru Rural police. He has named seven people in his complaint, which has not yet been registered. “We thought the police delayed to register the complaint due to Gram Panchayat elections. When they did not register the complaint even after the counting of votes was over, we approached the police and sought security,” he said.
The Dalits are worried as they are only two families in the village. “We need security first. Anything can happen. The police should register the complaint and arrest the accused,” he added.
The New Indian Express
Cop Among 3 Booked for Attacking Dalit Youth
By Express News Service
Last Updated: 09th June 2015 05:19 AM
MADURAI: A constable attached to Thirunagar police was booked by the Nagamalai Pudukottai police under the SC/ST Act for allegedly attacking a Dalit youth.
A Muthu Kannan (24) of Nagamalai Pudukottai, a car mechanic, in his complaint stated that B Karikalan, a police constable, was reportedly consuming alcohol in a motor room in Nagamalai Pudukottai Kottai along with two of his friends on Sunday. When Muthu Kannan was passing through the area, Karikalan asked to buy liquor for him and his friends. When Muthu Kannan refused, the trio beat him up.
Muthu Kannan also told the Nagamalai Pudukottai police that he was pushed into canal that was carrying human excreta. Acting on his complaint, the Nagamalai Pudukottai police registered a case against Karikalan and two of his friends.
The Times Of India
HC refuses to vacate stay on quota for promotion to SC employees
TNN | Jun 9, 2015, 04.18 AM IST
CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday refused to vacate stay on its orders of restraining Haryana government from keeping 20% seats for Class III and IV employees belonging to scheduled caste (SC) category in departmental promotions. The court, however, allowed the petitioner employees to implead as party in the main case and issued a notice to general category employees and the state government.
The court has passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by the SC category employees of the Haryana government seeking stay on the May 27 orders. It also refused to prepone the hearing of the case and fixed their appeal with the main petition on October 16.
Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana had issued the notification on May 15 providing benefit of quota in promotions of employees of SC category with effect from April 1, 2013. The notification was challenged before the high court by Dinesh Kumar Sharma and others, who are working as assistants in the Haryana Civil Secretariat. Hearing their plea, a bench headed by Justice Amita Rawal had ordered a stay on the notification on May 27.
According to the petitioners from general category, the representation of SC in the cadre of assistants was more than 20%. They stated a further benefit of 20% reservation through the notification would amount to reverse discrimination causing immense injustice to the general category staff.
They had also pleaded that in the M Nagraj case and several other judgments, the Supreme Court had ruled that provision as contained in Article 16 (4) of the Constitution enabled the government to provide for reservation only during initial recruitment and not for the subsequent stage of promotion.
It was also argued that reservation in promotion was held to be violative of Article 14 of the Constitution by the apex court on several occasions. Aggrieved from the petition and stay orders, the SC category candidates have now move the high court.
The Times Of India
Dalit woman hospitalized after being thrashed on mango stealing charge
Abdul Qadir,TNN | Jun 8, 2015, 07.00 PM IST
GAYA: As mangoes hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in the state, another report of mango controversy ending in Dalit oppression/violence has been received from the Paraiya police station area of the district. Bilasmati, a 40 years old Dalit woman is alleged to have been thrashed by power/muscle yielding village strongmen on the charge of mango stealing by her minor son.
Before being thrashed the woman was allegedly made immobile as her limbs were tied with a rope. The badly injured woman has been admitted to the ANMMCH for treatment. According to hospital sources, the woman was stable and out of danger.
The thrashing incident comes in the back drop of growing incidents of violence and ill treatment of women in general and Dalit women in particular. Incidents of killing and other forms of violence against Dalit women on the charge of being witch have taken place in other parts of the district.
Angered by the incident, the local unit of All India Progressive Women Association organized a protest dharna in Paraiya demanding arrest of the culprits and stoppage of ill treatment of the Dalit women. The women organization has threatened to intensify agitation if the culprits were not brought to book. The protest demonstration was held outside the Paraiya police station.
According to SSP Manu Maharaj, Additional SP Balram Chaudhary was sent to the village to inquire into the incident. As per the ASP’s report, Bilasmati, the victim complained against co villager Murari accusing Murari of assaulting her son as well as herself.
As per the ASP’s report submitted to the SSP, the village woman’s son complained to her that he has been beaten on the charge of mango stealing and when she protested against her son being beaten, she too was given the same treatment.
A case has been registered in this connection and orders for the arrest of the accused have been issued, said the SSP.
Policeman accused of assaulting youth
A police constable, B. Karikalan, has been accused of assaulting a youth for refusing to buy liquor for him on Sunday. The constable attached to the Tirunagar police station has been booked for assault and under the provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The police said that A. Muthukannan (24) of Ambedkar Nagar in Nagamalai Pudukottai had gone for taking bath at an agricultural motorpump. The constable, who was on leave, along with his two friends, was under the influence of liquor.
On seeing Muthukannan, he asked him to buy liquor for him claiming that he was a policeman. When the youth refused, they beat him up and pushed him into a canal.
The accused are absconding, the police said.
Dalit scholars slam RSS for giving ‘red’ tag to APSC
Dalit scholars have lambasted the RSS for justifying the ban — now revoked — on a Dalit students’ body in IIT-Madras through claims that educational campuses are inflicted with wide range of ‘red’ ideology.
In its latest editorial, the RSS mouthpiece Organiser claims that Dr. Ambedkar would not have approved of forums such as the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle and that he had declared himself an “enemy of the communists.”
“Educational campuses are inflicted with “red ideology that has used forums such as APSC to propagate anti-Hindu and anti-Bharat divisive ideology, which Dr. Ambedkar would have never approved,” the Organiser said. Whether Dr. Ambedkar adhered to all tenets of Hindutva was a matter of discussion and debate, it added, what “needs to be paid attention to was that he declared he was a confirmed enemy of the communists.”
Lashing out at the RSS for “creating confusion” over Dr. Ambedkar, political analyst and writer Anand Teltumbde said the APSC was in no way “red” and it would be “beyond ridiculous” and it was “idiotic” to say Dr. Ambedkar was an enemy of the communists. Though Dr. Ambedkar had “serious reservations regarding the theoretical framework” of Marxism, he was “attracted” to the empirical goals of Marx, Dr. Teltumbde said. Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr. Ambedkar, said the leader had “never declared” that he was an enemy of the communists and pointed out his academic initiative in holding parliamentary forums in colleges.
Scholars pointed out that in one of his major final speeches, ‘Buddha or Karl Marx,’ in Kathmandu, Dr. Ambedkar had spoken at length about and compared Buddha and Marx. Dr. Ambedkar agreed with Marx on various fronts and supported Marxian ideas except that of class wars, said noted Dalit scholar Kancha Ilaiah. “Dr. Ambedkar was for socialism and equality…he favoured state-socialism. He was not owned by anyone, not even the Left. Ambedkar and Periyar were autonomous,” Mr. Ilaiah said.
“Would Ambedkar have banned or allowed the banning of dissenting ideas? Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of development, but where will the ideas for it come from? Universities are places where ideas need to be developed and experimented,” Mr. Ilaiah said.
The editorial titled “Unmasking Pseudo Ambedkarities,” which remarkably begins with Dr. Ambedkar’s disapproval of Brahmanism, takes pot shots at the Congress for misusing national icons and terms its vice-president Rahul Gandhi turning to Babasaheb’s birthplace “a farce.” The Organiser claimed that the APSC case and Mr. Gandhi turning to Dr. Ambedkar’s birth memorial were “attempts to mask great nationalist reformers like Babasaheb with communist garb of class divisions or Congress’ way of vote bank politics.”
News monitored by Girish Pant & AJEET