Dalit student of EFLU faces discrimination – The siasat daily
Dalit youth beaten up, denied milk by caste Hindus in Tirupur – The news minut
How a Dalit Journalist Was Boycotted in an Ex-PM’s Village – The quint
Dalits Cry Foul Over Violence by Caste Hindu Youth – The new Indian express
After son’s death, family may not take part in Sidi in future – The hindu
What The News Doesn’t Tell You About Rural India, P Sainath Does – The huffington post
Azaadi from caste system – Greater Kashmir
Nallampatti Dalits want case registered against upper caste community – The hindu
The siasat daily
Dalit student of EFLU faces discrimination
Hyderabad: The incidences of discrimination against Dalit students are on the increase day by day. A dalit student of EFLU was allegedly subjected to discrimination by professor K. Prakash. Osmania University Police registered a case under SC/ST act against Prof. Prakash. EFLU management has also registered a case against the student Mr. Duggal.
It may be noted that in 2013, a research scholar from Kashmir, Mudassir hanged himself in his hostel room vexed up with the harassment of the management of EFLU. In 2011, a Ph.D. scholar D. Koteshwar was also subjected to discriminatory behavior.
The news minut
Dalit youth beaten up, denied milk by caste Hindus in Tirupur
Dalits from Kaarapalayam village in Tirupur on Sunday filed a petition with the Uthiyur police station on Sunday morning for beating up a youth and bing denied milk by the co-operative milk society which is run by caste Hindus.
The Dalits also alleged that the women who did have toilets in their houses were not allowed to use the fields and moreover, the Dalits have been denied working on the fields owned by the caste Hindus, according to The New Indian Express.
This began when a Dalit youth Sasikumar (20) was beaten up by two caste Hindu youths in the village. One of the accused, Makesh is a member of the caste outfit Kongu Ilaingar Peravai and a schoolmate of Sasikumar.
In the petition, it is written that Sasikumar was stopped by two caste-Hindu youths by blocking the road. When he asked them to move their bikes, they asked him to return. Later, he was beaten and abused by the two men, according to The New Indian Express.
There are about 30 Dalit families and 50 caste Hindus living in the village.
On Sunday evening, the caste Hindu community elders told the police that they will give access to Dalits to enter the village. A police official told TNIE that it was a personal problem and it had been sorted. However, Sasikumar said that he did not have any personal problem with the two caste Hindu youth. He also said that he will register a case under SC/ST Act.
How a Dalit Journalist Was Boycotted in an Ex-PM’s Village
Vijay Kumar, a journalist and a Dalit, was in Class 10 when a man from a neighbouring village became India’s Prime Minister of India. Like everyone else, he was happy. After all, Sigaranahalli was just two kilometres away from the village in which the first and only Prime Minister from Karnataka was born.
Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, who hails from Haradanahalli village in Hassan district, was India’s Prime Minister for less than a year between June 1996 and April 1997. But that short stint was enough to give him a certain kind of clout, Vijay feels.
Vijay’s sense of dejection comes from the events of the last few months. As a reporter for Kannada daily Vijayavani, Vijay’s reportage including covering instances of caste discrimination. But covering an incident that occurred in his native village Sigaranahalli, turned his world upside down.
Entry of the Dalits
In September 2015, he was the first to learn that Vokkaligas of his village had fined four Dalit women because they had entered the Basaveshwara temple, whose presiding deity is the Nandi. He and a journalist with a national daily reported on it.
Of around 300 houses in the village, around 30 houses of the Holeya caste are located in the Holageri (the Holeya-keri. Keri refers to the lane on which Dalit houses are located). The rest of the houses belong to the Vokkaliga caste, which is a socially and politically dominant land-owning group. One house, is of the Vishwakarma caste.
After these reports appeared, other journalists in the district followed suit. Eventually, the district administration intervened and conducted a temple entry programme. However, angered by this, the Vokkaligas closed down the temple for months.
Clash Between Dalits and Administration
Towards the end of March, the temple had been “purified” for the Durga Parameshwari Jatre, an annual temple fair. Deciding that the worst had already happened, the Dalits of the village submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging that the district administration enable them to offer pooja during the jatre.
Things took an ugly turn on 1 April. The district administration had arranged a meeting near the temple between representatives of the Vokkaligas and the Dalits, to enable the latter to offer puja during the jatre. However, a group of villagers, many of them women, assaulted two photo journalists, locked up the Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Superintendent of Police and another official in the room of a government school near the temple, and even pelted stones at the police. The ASP and AC have since said that they locked themselves up in the school for their own safety.
They chased us, hit us with their hands, with clubs, pelted stones at us. Krishnaiah (the other photojournalist) was wearing a helmet. They hit him on the head and it broke. The police came to our rescue, and they too were hit. We thought we would die that day. When we reached there to cover it, there were other journalists too, but they left some time before the violence. The attackers said that they had sent a message to some journalists.
Vasanthaiah, Stringer with Vijayavani
Vijay Kumar happened to be in Sigaranahalli on the day of the violence. Although he moved to Hassan 10 years ago owing to his work, his family still lives in the village. “If I had gone to the temple to cover the meeting, I would not have returned,” he said.
Police have arrested 29 persons, mostly women, for the assault and violence. Protests and counter-protests followed.
Vasanthaiah is saddened by the attitude of his fellow journalists. “They protest when something happens to journalists in Delhi, but they didn’t say a word for us.”
Neither Vijay nor his fellow Dalit villagers anticipated the backlash from the stories he did on Sigaranahalli. Besides the denial of entry into the temple, Vijay also reported on a Samudaya Bhavana built by MPLAD funds sanctioned by HD Deve Gowda, but allegedly renamed Vokkaliga Bhavana and taken over by the Vokkaligas.
The “Father-Sons Party” of JD(S)
Practically everybody in the keri blames Holenarsipura MLA HD Revanna, Deve Gowda’s son, for the hostility over the temple entry. In the immediate aftermath of the fine in September, they allege Revanna allegedly scuttled a peace meeting, and did not allow it to be officially documented. During a meeting of JD (S) workers in Hassan city in November 2015, Deve Gowda had blamed “a print reporter” for all the tension, misrepresented the demand for temple entry by the Dalits, and called the whole episode a pack of “lies”.
In past several years, the JD(S) has been accused of discarding its socialist legacy in favour of casteist and nepotistic politics. It’s often been called the “father-sons party”. Raju, of the Dalits of the keri, adds another nickname: “The JD(S) should be called Jaati Dala, not Janata Dal.”
All Dalit villagers allege that Revanna has consistently carried out a vilification campaign against Vijay. Revanna has publicly blamed Vijay and the journalist from a national daily for “creating trouble”.
Vijay also alleges that Revanna and Deve Gowda brought pressure on his newspaper Vijayavani, because of which, he was transferred out of the district. He was first posted at Gangavathi (Koppal district) and when he requested a posting closer to home, they moved him to Mysuru.
I tried it for two months in Mysuru, but I was away from my family and it was very difficult to meet the expenses of two houses.
Vijay’s Life Now
Vijay has two daughters – one is six and the other is one-and-a-half-years old.
Now, he works two jobs – as a stringer for a local television news channel and as a journalist with Jana Mitra, a local daily. As a permanent employee – Vijay was the only one from his village with a salaried job; the rest are daily wage workers – Vijay earned around Rs 18,000 per month. Now, his earnings from both jobs put together are around Rs 10,000 or less.
Nothing like that happened. There were other reasons for his transfer. Those are internal matters which I cannot discuss with you.
Hariprakash Konemane, Editor-in-chief, Vijayavani
HD Revanna responded all questions posed to him about the situation in Sigaranahalli, including those on the district administration confirming social boycott in a village in his constituency, his role in conflict resolution as an MLA, allegations that he was targeting Vijay Kumar, and Deve Gowda’s remarks during the JD(S) meeting in November.
Whatever I’ve told you so far is off the record. If you write any of this, I will refute it.
A Dalit resident of Sigaranahalli, pointing to Dewe Gowda’s native village, said,
You know where the Dalit keri of Haradanahalli is? It’s outside, two kilometres away from the village. That’s a former Prime Minister of this country for you.
The new Indian express
Dalits Cry Foul Over Violence by Caste Hindu Youth
TIRUPUR: A group of Dalits from Kaarapalayam village, near Kangayam, filed a petition with the Uthiyur police on Sunday morning about being beaten up and abused along caste lines, and the local co-operative milk society run by caste Hindus refusing to sell them milk.
It was also alleged that Dalit women, who do not have toilets in their houses, were prevented from going to relieve themselves on Saturday night. Besides, the Dalits have been asked not to work in the fields owned by caste Hindus.
There are some 30 Dalit families and 50 caste Hindus families in the village. The incidents began on Friday night with a Dalit, Sasikumar (20), being beaten up two caste Hindu youth in the village. In a complaint to the police, Sasikumar alleged that the two – K Tamilselvan, of the same village, and S Makesh, of Sammanthampalayam – had thrashed him after a verbal altercation.
Makesh is a member of the caste outfit Kongu Ilaingar Peravai and a schoolmate of Sasikumar.
According to the petition, the two caste Hindu youth had parked a two-wheeler blocking the path along which Sasikumar was riding his motorcycle. When Sasikumar asked them to move it, they told him to go back and also took away his vehicle’s key. When he resisted, he was beaten and abused using casteist slurs. Sasikumar’s relatives, who intervened, were also beaten up and abused.
On Sunday evening, during talks facilitated by the police, elders of the caste Hindu community agreed to solve the issue amicably and to provide access to the Dalits in the village. However, the two caste Hindu youth did not turn up at the police station for the peace talks.
Meanwhile, a senior police official told Express that it was a personal issue and that it had been settled.
However, Sasikumar told Express he had never had any personal problems with the two youth. He said he would not give up until case is registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against them.
After son’s death, family may not take part in Sidi in future
Family members of Lakkaiah, at Hebbal village in Belur taluk, are contemplating not taking part in the Sidi ritual held as part of Doddamma-Chikkamma jatre, an annual fair, from next year. Lakkaiah’s 21-year-old son Sunil Kumar died on Saturday evening as the wooden pole used to perform the ritual broke and hit him hard. He collapsed on the spot and was rushed to a hospital in Belur, where he was declared brought dead.
Sidi is one of the risky rituals performed in different parts of the State during festivals of local deities. One person is tied to a wooden pole with the help of hook inserted into his body and a group of people rotate the pole at a height of about 20 ft. Often, Dalits are chosen to perform the ritual.
The ritual began around 5 p.m. on Saturday. Jagadish (23), a Dalit, was tied to the pole, and some youths, including Sunil, were rotating the pole at a height of 10ft above the ground. At one point, the wooden pole snapped and the sharp edge of one piece hit Sunil. Jagadish also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
“He had been doing this for last three years. We never anticipated that the ritual could end his life. We are still not over the shock of losing our son,” said Shivamma, Sunil’s mother.
Sunil, the youngest of the three children, had joined a bakery in Hubli after completing his II PUC. He had visited the village only to take part in the annual fair. “He would never miss the fair. No matter where he was working, he would visit the village during this fair,” said his elder sister Suma. After losing an earning member of the family, they are contemplating avoiding participation in the unsafe ritual from next year.
Sidi is one of the inhuman rituals listed in the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill, 2013. Many intellectuals and activists have demanded the passing of the Bill to put an end to rituals which violate human dignity and pose a risk to people’s body and health.
Ahmed Hagare, district coordinator for Anti-Superstition Awareness Committee in Hassan, said that the inhuman rituals should be stopped immediately. “I wish that the death of the youth, while performing the risky ritual, strengthens public demand for the passing of this Bill, which will go a long way in prohibiting inhuman practices. Dalits are often forced to take up hard and risky jobs in the name of keeping age-old traditions alive. Wherever such practices are held, it is the Dalits who are forced to carry out unsafe tricks to entertain others,” he said.
The huffington post
What The News Doesn’t Tell You About Rural India, P Sainath Does
Sainath wroteEverybody Loves a Good Droughtin 1996. Two decades later, it remains a terrific read for anyone seeking to understand rural India.