Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 26.08.15

Violent clash between Rabari and Patel communities on reservation issue in Ahmedabad – ABP Live




Navajeevan project for SC/ST colonies in Vadakara – The Hindu


Dalit families seek 100 sq yard plots, adequate relief – The Tribune


Rs 125 crore okayed for Ambedkar centenary – The Times Of India


Mumbai: Commerce college suspends staffer in caste row – DNA


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ABP Live

 Violent clash between Rabari and Patel communities on reservation issue in Ahmedabad


PTI Tuesday, 25 August 2015 07:03 PM

Ahmedabad: The agitation of Patel community seeking reservation under OBC quota turned violent on Tuesday with clashes being reported in various parts of the city as police resorted to baton-charging and lobbed teargas shells to control the situation, officials said.

Clashes between Patel community members and local residents were reported in Vadaj, Vastrapur, Nikol and Paldi areas when they tried to enforce a bandh called by their community leader Hardik Patel after their mega rally.

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In Vadaj area, when groups of Patel community members on scooters and bikes tried to enforce the bandh, local residents of Dalit (Rabari) community resisted which resulted in clashes and stone-pelting between the two communities, police said.

“Police lobbed a tear-gas shell and also baton-charged crowd when two groups of Patels and Dalits clashed with each other,” city control room’s police inspector D R Dhamal said.

The protesters of Patel community allegedly vandalized shops and buses in the area near Vadaj Police chowk and later had a scuffle with Dalit community members, Dhamal said.

According to another police official, several clashes were reported in Vastrapur, Paldi and Nikol areas of the city after protesters from Patel community used force to shut down shops.

Large groups of Patel community youths went around on various roads of the city on their two-wheelers wielding sticks to enforce the bandh.

Reports have also come that some miscreants damaged window panes of city buses at various places.

Reacting to the protest’s violent turn, Hardik Patel, the convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti who is spearheading the agitation, said the police wrongfully beat up protesters and threatened that the government would face worst result.

“The police have done wrong by beating protesters of the Patel community in Paldi and Mansi cross road in Vastrapur,” he said.

“They were taking out rally peacefully, when the police resorted to lathi-charge. The government should now be ready to face the worst result,” he warned. 

The Pioneer



 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 | PNS | KENDRAPADA | in Bhubaneswar

A Dalit has lodged an FIR against the Kendrapara block Chairperson and her husband alleging that they passed casteist remarks against him and also assaulted him.

Kendrapada SDPO Purna Chandra Pradhan said one Pagal Mallick of Endor village under Sadar police limits on Monday lodged an FIR against Kendrapara block Chairperson Nibedita Samal and her husband Siba Prasad Roul. He alleged that a year back, he urged Samal and her husband to allot him a pucca house. She and her husband had assured him to enroll his name in IAY but demanded bribe of Rs15,000 for it. Later, Mallick gave Rs10,000 to the couple for the purpose. However, the chairperson did not allot him a pucca house as promised even after eight months. As a result, he met her and her husband on August 20 at their residence in Baulabihar over the matter.

Mallick said he demanded to return Rs10,000 if the house could not be sanctioned. On this the couple got enraged and started passing casteist remarks against him and misbehaved with him. Later, they drove him out of their house by pushing his neck from behind, informed Mallick. The SDPO informed that a case has been registered in this regard. Notably, Nibedita Samal and Siba Prasad Roul belong to ruling BJD party.

The Hindu

 Navajeevan project for SC/ST colonies in Vadakara



A comprehensive package titled Navajeevan Project will be implemented at the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe colonies in Vadakara parliamentary constituency, spread over Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

The special project has been envisaged for the welfare of hundreds of beneficiaries of these colonies, Mullappally Ramachandran, MP, Vadakara, has said.

He said the project would be executed with the cooperation and participation of several State government departments and voluntary agencies in both the districts.

There are 330 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe colonies in both the districts. Of these, 273 are in Kozhikode district and 57 colonies in Kannur district.

Koyilandy taluk has 10.2 per cent of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of the total population. Their share at Thalassery taluk and Vadakara taluk are 3.62 per cent and 2.85 per cent respectively.

Mr. Ramachandran said the Navajeevan project would give focus on solving the deficiency in basic amenities and take steps to get rid of existing caste discrimination at some of the colonies.

The project has been conceived after setting aside 15 per cent of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the Scheduled Caste colonies and 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribe colonies. It will also review the State government’s schemes such as Swayampariyapta Gramam and Vijnanvadi meant for the development of the colonies.

The Tribune

 Dalit families seek 100 sq yard plots, adequate relief


 Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service  Mahendragarh, August 25

People of 30 Dalit families belonging to the Sapera (snake charmer) community, which were expelled from Bawana village four days ago, have demanded 100 yards plot and adequate compensation for their houses demolished by the villagers last Saturday.

Though the district authorities have suggested them a place in Mahendragarh city to stay for the time being, the Dalit families have refused to shift there without getting written assurance from the authorities that they will not be displaced.

“When we can be expelled from Bawana village despite having ration, Aadhaar, voter cards and electricity connection, what is the assurance that we will be allowed to stay at the proposed place for long? We will not go there without getting a written assurance from the authorities,” said Dalip Nath, a member of the Sapera community.

Ramkumar Nath, another member an expelled family, said, “When the state government is providing free plots to poor people, why not us? We are also poor and have no place to reside. Besides a plot, we should be given adequate compensation for house construction.”

The Times Of India

 Rs 125 crore okayed for Ambedkar centenary


TNN | Aug 26, 2015, 04.05 AM IST

Nagpur: The state cabinet, in its meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, approved Rs125 crore for grand celebrations of Babasaheb Ambedkar birth centenary that will spread year-long from April 14 next year.

A number of projects would be undertaken during the centenary celebrations all over the state. The highlight would be the start to construction work for a befitting memorial to the architect of the Constitution proposed to be built at the Indu Mills compound in Mumbai. The centenary year will be celebrated as year of “Equality and Social Justice.”

Besides the new memorial, the state will also set up an ‘Ambedkar Samata Pratishthan’, on the lines of Ambedkar Foundation in Delhi. As part of the centenary year, a new administrative block and residential complex would be built at BARTI, Pune.

The ambitious plan for the year also includes building of special hostels for scheduled caste working women in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Also, 50 hostels for girl students at tehsil-level will be built with a capacity of 50 each.

In order to encourage dalit entrepreneurs, an industrial and business exposition of their products will be organised in Mumbai, the cabinet has decided.

Places associated with Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life and times would attract special tourism promotion efforts and will be developed accordingly. His rare photographs and literature would also be published and put up on dedicated websites to be created for the historic occasion. Seminars, conventions, cultural events and workshops would be organised during the year on the theme. Funds would be earmarked for publicizing the events. The state government has already decided to acquire the house in London where the dalit icon lived while pursuing higher education in law.


 Mumbai: Commerce college suspends staffer in caste row


Wednesday, 26 August 2015 – 8:25am IST | Agency: dna | From the print edition

dna Correspondent

Kamble further alleged that the harassment was so extreme that at the time when he was under his suspension, he was not even given his suspension salary.

The Deonar police on Tuesday, registered an atrocity case against three top officials ofSri Narayan Guru College of Commerce, Chembur, after one of its suspended staffer levelled allegations of discriminating him on the basis of caste. The complainant in the case, Anand Kamble, a resident of Navi Mumbai, belongs to reserved caste, was serving in the college from May 2013 till July 2015. According to his complaint, since he belonged to reserved caste, he was been discriminated at his work place, till the extend of suspending him.

Kamble further alleged that the harassment was so extreme that at the time when he was under his suspension, he was not even given his suspension salary. The complainant also alleged that when he applied for money from his post retirement funds allotted to him by his work place, the authorities, purposely did not fill the requirement form entirely, due to which he was unable to access the designated money. 

He further alleged that the college authorities asked him to not to enter the college, not to attend its temple and also not to take part in the religious as well as the cultural programs held by the college. Thus, tired of the harassment caused to him by the college authorities, he registered a case under atrocity act against the authorities.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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