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Dalits In News,Jan.22 - 2008

by udaya — last modified 2008-01-23 13:33

Dalits finally get their share of water.....

 

Express India
 
Dalits finally get their share of water
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Dalits-finally-get-their-share-of-water/263967/
ARSHAD AFZAL KHAN

Faizabad, January 21 Within a couple of days after The Indian Express, in its January 17 edition, highlighted the plight of the Dalits in Samaisa village of Ambedkarnagar district who were banned by the upper caste members from using water from a government tubewell, the Dalits got water from the same tubewell on Monday.

After the story was published, the state government swung into action and Sub District Magistrate B R Diwedi and Deputy Superintendent of Police Shiv Raj were sent to the village to restore water supply to the Dalits. This eastern district is the stronghold of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). All the five Ambedkarnagar legislators are from the BSP and three of them are Cabinet ministers. It was also Mayawati's constituency when she was the Member of Parliament. Yet, the upper caste could impose a ban on the Dalits, preventing them from drawing water from the government tubewell to irrigate their fields.

Manoj Mishra, a human right activist in Ambedkarnagar, who had highlighted the issue at various levels, said, "Our struggle got strengthened when The Indian Express supported our cause."

DSP Shivraj, who has been camping in the village from the last three days, said, "In future, the upper caste will refrain from acting like dictators." He added that the keys of tubewell, which were in the possession of the upper caste for the last six months, have been handed over to the Dalits. SDM B R Diwedi said, "Along with restoring water supply to the Dalits, we are also restoring them their lands which were encroached by the upper caste people."

Times Of India

 

CPM to rescue violence-hit dalits
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Nagpur/CPM_to_rescue_violence-hit_dalits/articleshow/2719559.cms

 

22 Jan 2008, 0214 hrs IST ,Shishir Arya ,TNN

 


NAGPUR : With anti-caste movement high in its agenda, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) has begun the process of having dalit sub-committees in each state. This is part of the party agenda to involve itself in cases of violence against dalits. CPM politburo member Brinda Karat visited Sattegaon village in Nanded district on Monday, where an incident of two boys' eyes being gouged out took place a few days ago. 

Brinda, who was in the city on her way back from Khairlanji, said that the party will be now proactively take up such cases and she is already following two other cases apart from the Khairlanji incident. These include the Sattegaon boys' case - who were allegedly tortured following a feud over a love affair with the girl of a different caste - and another case in which a dalit was attacked in a dispute over a well in Amravati district. . "In fact, movement against case violence has to be taken at a national level and CPM will be keenly following such cases," she stressed.

Karat said that the decision to form the sub-committee was taken in the previous party meeting. These committees will keep a tab on such cases. 

The Left leader alleged that such incidents have led to insecurity of dalits which has led to displacement of the dalit families from their original residences. As in the case of Sattegaon, the other dalit families are afraid to return homes after the incident.

IBN Live

 
For this boy, English language is 'God's gift'
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/for-this-boy-english-language-is-gods-gift/57128-3.html

Aasim Khan / CNN-IBN     

Saharapur (Uttar Pradesh): It is a regular morning at the Gochar High School in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Since it is a Hindi medium school, few students care to speak in English with even the teachers preferring Hindi.

However, there is someone who speaks in English, and that too with an American accent.

"I know English fluently. Nobody taught me," says Rakesh.

Rakesh is a 14-year-old class 11 student, who belongs to a dalit family.

 

 

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