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Excluded From The Excluded

Why can’t we accept that being Dalit is just as difficult when one is not a Hindu?

Excluded From The Excluded
Photo by AFP (From Outlook Issue 18 April 2016)
Excluded From The Excluded
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2016-04-11T09:06:48+05:30
  • Praxis Ambedkar was an economist too. His DSc thesis was ‘The Problems of the Rupee, Its Origin and Solution’.
  • And Effect The Reserve Bank of India was set up in 1935 on the basis of the ideas advocated by Ambedkar

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The public interest litigation demanding constitutional ben­e­fits for Muslim and Christian Dalits has been pending before the Supreme Court for the past decade and a half. But while the UPA government failed to act on the recommendations made by both the Sachar committee and the Ranganath Mishra committee, the Modi regime has made it clear that it is opposed to the proposal: the unspoken rationale is that it would ‘weaken’ Hinduism and pave the way for more conversions to Islam and Christianity.

Union social justice minister Thawar Chand Gehlot declared at a meeting in Kerala, “We won’t accord scheduled caste status to those who have converted. Reservation was provided to Hindu Dalits to uplift them socially and economically from the effects of untouchability. But untouchability does not exist in Christian and Muslim communities. So those who converted to these religions should not be granted SC status.”

The secretary of BJP’s Scheduled Caste cell, Sanjay Paswan, sings the same tune. He told Outlook, “They left the Hindu fold to get out of caste discrimination but now they want to take a part of our share by claiming that they are facing discrimination. They denounced Hindu religion globally for casteism—and now the party stand is that if they want benefit of reservation, let them get converted back to Hinduism and accept ghar wapasi.”

But the crude logic does not stand up to scrutiny. If caste were determined by the work that people did, then reservation could not have...

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