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Dalits In News, Dec.28 ,2007

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Kanpur school follows Bibipur lead SC, ST panel chief says relief to victims tardy....

Express India
Kanpur school follows Bibipur lead
Rao Jaswant Singh
Kanpur, December 27 The recent incident at Bibipur school — in which students refused to eat mid-day meals cooked by a Dalit woman — seems to have struck a chord in Kanpur.

Since December 24, around 60 students of the primary school in Jaitiya village in Etawah have been refusing to accept their mid-day meal cooked by Surajmukhi Jatav, a Dalit. Their parents have demand her removal.

Village pradhan Megh Nath told The Indian Express that the person doing the cooking earlier had left. So he appointed Surajmookhi on December 14.

"All was going well, then since December 24, students have been refusing to eat the food she cooked," he added. He said some villagers had given the idea to the parents to cause trouble deliberately.

Surajmukhi said the students have refused to eat the food she cooked. "Only around 14 children belonging to the Dalit community, eat."

Lal Bihari, Chief Development Officer, Etawah, said he had visited the school today "and the issue has been resolved".

"We have convinced the students and their parents," he said. Those who were promoting such issues will be identified and punished, he said.

But Nath is doubtful about how much effect the administration's intervention will have. "The students and their parents, who have been demanding her removal, did not seem convinced," he added.

The Hindu


SC, ST panel chief says relief to victims tardy


Staff Reporter

ELURU: State SC and ST Commission Chairman M. Nagarjuna on Wednesday observed that the administration was failing to ensure prompt relief to victims in SC and ST atrocity cases. He was addressing a media conference in connection with a three-day visit by the Commission in the district. The SCs and STs were losing faith in the SC and ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act due to the inordinate delay in payment of compensation to the victims, he commented.


Stating that misuse of the Act by vested interests was one of the main reasons for the poor rate of convictions in atrocity cases, Mr. Nagarjuna urged the Dalit outfits not to encourage registration of false cases by the police. He said nine out 10 atrocity cases were getting quashed in court due to various reasons, leading to dilution of the Act.

He said the Commission had been receiving complaints during its visits in several areas that the police were dilly-dallying over registering cases under the SC and ST Atrocity (Prevention) Act, giving ample time for the accused to compromise with the victims. In a bid to drive his point home, Mr. Nagarjuna recalled that he had to personally involve himself in getting a case, relating to the suspicious death of a dental student of Lambada community in a city-based Dental College, registered by the police recently.

The Hindu


Dalit forum to hold meet in New York



Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Dalit and Minority International Forum will organise a three-day global conference in New York from July 8 next to discuss the problems of Dalits and minorities in India as well as in other countries, Forum's chairman and Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Steel Ram Vilas Paswan said here on Thursday.

The focus of the international conference will also be on promoting interaction and cooperation among various dalit and minority groups, which constitute more than 40 per cent population of India, and to strengthen their cause of justice and equality, he said at a press conference.

"We will also invite representatives from Dalit and minority forums spread in other countries, besides urging underprivileged sections from other nations to participate in the international conference," he added.


Stating that at least six State conferences will be organised in different parts of the country to garner support for the conference and discuss issues confronting them, he said: "The Forum is of the firm view that only forces of secularism and social justice can fight communalism, and all Dalits, minorities and weaker sections should unite against the menace as they are the most vulnerable groups."



Language: the challenge is in ensuring quality delivery



Bageshree S.

The decision on English in schools saw much debate


A long-standing demand of Dalits has been fulfilled

The way in which it was rushed through has drawn flak

Bangalore: The year 2007 marked the introduction of English as a subject in all Government and aided Kannada-medium schools from standard 1, a landmark decision that saw much debate both on its efficacy and the methodology to be adopted.

It was a bold move indeed, considering that language remains a sensitive issue.

Seven months into the implementation of the decision, the opposition, primarily from the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, has virtually disappeared.

The move has been largely welcomed as an effort at empowering the deprived sections who cannot afford to go to English-medium schools — a long-standing demand of many Dalit organisations.

However, the way the implementation was rushed through has seen much criticism.

The then Government had received flak for derecognising over 2,000 schools for flouting the language policy and teaching in English medium earlier in the year.

Though the Government was on a firm legal ground as the erring schools had gone against a written undertaking, it was seen largely as an anti-English stance and also against the interests of lower middle-class children whose only access to English education is through these schools.

CBSE and ICSE schools are, by and large, beyond the reach of those who fall below the upper middle-class bracket. The recognition row is, in fact, still to be completely resolved, with a crucial case on the language policy of the State pending before the High Court of Karnataka.

A.R. Vasavi, professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, says that an ambitious initiative such as introduction of English should have been done over a period of at least two years with extensive training for teachers. Prof. Vasavi, who coordinated a project on elementary education in Chamarajnagar district, observes: "Most teachers face difficulties in contextualising the language and introducing it in conversations."

As the year draws to a close, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's deadline of ensuring that "all six to 14-year-olds are in classes 1 to 8 by 2007" and "all required infrastructure and human resources for providing eight years of free, compulsory, relevant and quality education are in place by 2007" are yet to be fulfilled in totality, as a sizable section of children continue to stay out of school, especially in the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

As Commissioner of Public Instruction Kumar Naik puts it, the challenge is not really in introducing grand schemes and projects, but ensuring quality delivery.

Whether introduction of English language proves empowering for lakhs of poor children across the State hinges on this.



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