Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 28.11.15

 Dalit mason stabbed to death for refusing work – The Times Of India


40 lakh Dalits to convert if 117th amendment is not passed during Parliament’s winter session – The Times Of India


Collector warns stern action against students wearing Caste bands – Web123


DSS seeks police cooperation in Dalit cases – The Hindu


Dalits, tribals meet CM Chouhan in Bhopal over land rights issue – The Hindustan Times


Dr B R Ambedkar’s journey – The Indian Express


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The Times Of India

 Dalit mason stabbed to death for refusing work


Uday Rana,TNN | Nov 27, 2015, 05.09 PM IST

MEERUT: Rambir, a 30-year-old Dalit mason in Muzaffarnagar, had to pay a very heavy price on late Thursday night after he was stabbed to death for refusing to work in the house of one Rajinder, who also only goes by his first name. 

Inspector PP Singh, station officer at Bhopa police station, told TOI, “Rambir, the mason, had a prior engagement elsewhere. Rajinder had asked the mason to work at his house first but Rambir told him that he would only do so after he finished work at the other house he was supposed to go to. This did not sit well with Rajinder, who started to get very impatient. They had an argument over where the mason would work first and things turned ugly. Eventually, Rajinder stabbed Rambir in a fit of rage and he died on the spot.” 

He added saying, “He was declared dead on Thursday evening and the next morning, we sent the body for post-mortem. While prima facie evidence clearly suggests that he was stabbed, we will wait for the post-mortem report to confirm anything before we move forward with the investigation. Meanwhile, we have registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused Rajinder is currently absconding but we will catch him soon and bring him in for questioning.”

The Times Of India

 40 lakh Dalits to convert if 117th amendment

is not passed

during Parliament’s winter session


Sandeep Rai,TNN | Nov 27, 2015, 09.21 PM IST

MEERUT: Lakhs of dalits, SCs and STs will convert if 117th amendment bill of constitution is not passed in the current winter session, said members of Aarkashan bachao sangharsh samiti (ABSS) that met in Baraut on Friday to announce a Maharally in Ramlila Grounds of Delhi on December 10 in support of their demands.

Around 250 representatives of samiti from all over the country assembled in Baraut for the issue. According to RK Singh, National President of ABSS, “The right to representation of SCs and STs is being violated repeatedly by our politicians because of which we are not being given reservation in promotions. 117th amendment bill will guarantee us that right but since the last 3 years the bill is pending in the lower house of the parliament. If it is not passed this time we will launch a nation wide agitation.”

If one goes into the history of the amendment, in 1995, the central government had amended the constitution and inserted article 16(4a) in the constitution. This provided for reservation in promotions for SCs and STs in accordance with their representation in the population.

However, in 2006, the Supreme Court added some riders in that. It said that before framing any law on this issue, the state will have to ensure that particular ST or SC group is really backward and that there is inadequate representation and there is efficiency in the administration of the said group. The Supreme Court held that those states which are not fulfilling the requirement of the riders, they will not be allowed to give reservations in promotions.

In the light of that judgment, the central government introduced 117th amendment bill which has the power to override the riders which means that all SCs and STs notified in the constitution shall be deemed to be backward. The Bill was passed in 2012 in Rajya Sabha but is pending in Lok Sabha ever since.

According to Singh, “Politics is being played to unnecessarily delay our rights. BJP is in full majority in the lower house which is in session right now. If it really cares for the backward classes it must pass the bill without delay or we will launch massive agitations.”

Currently, half of the states do not provide reservation in promotion to the backward class because they have not fulfilled the requirements of the SC order. As per ABSS, Haryana, UP, UK, Bihar, Gujarat, HP, Maharashtra, etc. do not provide the benefit to the backward classes.”


 Collector warns stern action against students wearing Caste bands


Tirunelveli | Friday, Nov 27 2015 IST

The district administration today warned that stern action would be initiated against students fomenting caste sentiments on school premises by wearing the Caste bands, after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Tamilnadu government on media reports that a section of students of few aided and government schools wear colour bands on the wrist to assert their caste affiliation in this Southern district of the state.

District Collector M.Karunakaran said he had instructed the heads of all educational institutions to be firm in taking action against students, who create trouble on the premises in the name of caste. The trouble-making students could even be removed from the schools or colleges, if situation demands and the heads of educational institutions have been given this instruction in clear terms, he added.

The NHRC issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Government of Tamilnadu and Tirunelveli district collector yesterday calling for a factual report within two weeks, taking suo motu cognizance of media report that school students wearing caste bands.

While a section of the Dalit students wear green and red bands on the wrist, students of Upper caste Hindus like Thevar and Nadar communities wear red, yellow, green and blue bands to assert their caste affiliation. Some students reportedly keep photographs of their community leaders behind the free bus passes. The practice reportedly triggered clashes among students on the school premises and the enmity even spreads to the public places.

In one such incident, the Kadayanallur police have registered a case against eleven students of the government higher secondary school in June after students of a particular caste thrashed a student from another caste, as he was wearing a particular colour band.

The Hindu

 DSS seeks police cooperation in Dalit cases



The Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) has demanded that the State government initiate action against errant police officials who failed to register complaints of atrocities against the Dalits in Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts and those who failed to take preventive measures to prevent increasing incidents of atrocities against the Dalits.

Condemning the increasing incidents of atrocities against Dalits in Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts in the recent past, the samiti members took out a protest from Jagat Circle to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel chowk in the city on Friday.

State convener of the samiti Arjun Bhadre, in a memorandum addressed to Home Minister G. Parameshwara, said the incidents of violence against Dalits were increasing. He said the failure of the police to initiate effective action was one of the main reasons for this.

In a number of incidents, the police refused to file FIRs based on the complaints of Dalit victims. The cases are sometimes booked under the sections that do not attract tough punishment for the accused, he said.

Mr. Bhadre demanded that the police treat Dalits with cordiality when they come to the police station, give them a patient hearing and address their grievances at the earliest.

He demanded that the State government hand over the murder case of two Dalits — Mareppa Chalwadi of Surpur taluk in Yadgir and Shantappa Malkappa of Aland taluk — to the Crime Investigation Department.

He also sought Rs. 5 lakh as compensation for the bereaved families. The government should introduce programmes for Dalits working in rural areas, he added.

The Hindustan Times

 Dalits, tribals meet CM Chouhan in

Bhopal over land rights issue


 HT Correspondent, Bhopal  Updated: Nov 27, 2015 22:20 IST

A meeting between the representatives of the Rashtriya Dalit Mahasabha (RDM) and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over tribal and Dalit land rights issue concluded on an inconclusive note on Friday.

Hundreds of tribals and Dalits, mostly from the eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh, had converged on the state capital on Thursday to protest against the government’s apathy towards the communities.

The agitators laid siege on Board Office square, one of the main thoroughfares of the city that left traffic haywire for over five hours.

On Friday too, members of the two communities, including women and senior citizens, demonstrated at the Ambedkar Park second number stop seeking a meeting with the chief minister.

After the meeting, RDM national general secretary, Sanjay Bharti, told reporters that landless Dalits and tribals were demanding either five acres of land each or Rs 5,000 as monthly compensation.

“During all election rallies the CM has been promising us that we would get land rights, but we have got nothing yet. If our demands are not met soon, we would be back on the streets of Bhopal,” he warned.

According to a communiqué issued by the state government, the chief minister has told the delegation that the government was making all efforts for the development of the weaker sections of the society.

Chouhan also assured that the previous land possession arrangement would not be disturbed. He has listed out the steps taken by the government for the benefit of tribal and dalits, the press release said.

The huge demonstration by hundreds of tribals and Dalits had caught the district administration completely unaware on Thursday. Talking to HT on Friday, additional collector BS Jamod said: “Things remained peaceful today (Friday). They (the agitators) met the chief minister before leaving the city.”

The Indian Express

 Dr B R Ambedkar’s journey


His politics, conditioned by his reflexive anger at what he experienced as the only “untouchable” in the course of his schooling, and life in his village, put upliftment of his community at the centre of his concerns.

Written by Seema Chishti  New DelhiUpdated: Nov 28, 2015, 2:53

Dr B R Ambedkar was among the first in his community (born to Hindu Mahar parents, treated as untouc-hables) to go to Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

His politics, conditioned by his reflexive anger at what he experienced as the only “untouchable” in the course of his schooling, and life in his village, put upliftment of his community at the centre of his concerns.


He was completely opposed to the Brahmin orthodoxy and though born in Mhow, in Madhya Pradesh, his early politics was centred in Maharash-tra. What he stood for was diametrically opposed to the ideals espoused by the RSS in the same state.

Not that Ambedkar’s relationship with the Congress or Mahatma Gandhi was very smooth. There was a longstanding debate, where he saw most mainstream nationalist parties falling short of calling for the complete emancipation of the depressed classes (Dalits).

He believed in separate electorates for Dalits as he saw their liberation in being able to secure that from the British. This was something Mahatma Gandhi opposed. Ambedkar was invited for the Second Round Table Conference in 1931 in London, where he argued with Gandhi who was opposed to separate electorates on caste or sectarian lines. However, Ambedkar strongly made a case for them and prompted the British to give separate electorates to the Dalits.

In 1932 at the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune (Poona then), Mahatma Gandhi began a fast unto death against this. Orthodox Hindu Congress leaders like Madan Mohan Malviya and others held extensive discussions with Ambedkar, pressurising him to agree to Gandhi’s demands of giving up separate electorates and agree to reservation of seats. Ambedkar gave up his demands, apprehensive of what might happen in the event of Gandhi’s death and acts of reprisal against Dalits all over India. This Poona Pact, signed between Ambedkar and the Congress, is also credited with being a principal force and reason for pushing reservation for Dalits and tribals in the Constituent Assembly.

By 1935, his views against the Hindu orthodoxy hardened and on October 13, at the Yeola Conversion Conference near Nasik he announced his decision to leave Hinduism.

On August 15, 1947, he was inducted as Independent India’s first Law Minister and on August 29 as Chairman of the Constitution’s Drafting Committee. Ambedkar’s wish that the idea of ‘one man one vote’ translating one day to ‘one man one value’ remains an important lodestar for India.

Ambedkar worked closely with Nehru on the Hindu Code bill, but resigned in 1951, when his draft version of the bill was rejected. Nehru and many others, in the Congress and in Parliament, supported him but his draft could not get accepted.

In the 1950s he travelled to many countries where Buddhism flourished and on October 14, 1956, converted to Buddhism in Nagpur.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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