Watch the burning of 50 Dalit Houses in Lathor , Dist. Bolagir in Orissa (Orissa Caste Atrocity). The dreams are burnt so easily, luckily someone recorded the program on his mobile. While the whereabouts of that person are still not known, somebody says he might have been beaten! Readers please find time to send this video to as many as possible. Also you may like to protest here by writing comments..>>
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World Bank on Sunday said India can grow at 6.4 per cent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring “bias” on the basis of caste and other factors can impede prosperity.
The government, however, is well aware of this issue and the World Bank sees India as “a bright spot in an otherwise mediocre global economic outlook,” the multilateral lending agency’s president Jim Yong Kim said here.
“Indian society has an enduring exclusion that is based, among other things, on caste identities. This bias can impede shared prosperity, serving as a basis for discrimination in many spheres, including in employment and other markets, as well as in public services,” he said.
Acknowledging the government’s efforts to address such issues, Jim said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on programmes to promote “broad-sharing of its benefits”, in addition to action that will accelerate growth.
“Its (government’s) special allocation of a fund for entrepreneurs from among the scheduled castes, and its focus on fixing bottlenecks so that money earmarked for the scheduled tribes reaches them, are both ethically just and economically sound responses,” he added.
Speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat summit, inaugurated on Sunday by Modi, the World Bank chief said that there is much reason for optimism among investors, entrepreneurs and CEOs thinking of doing business in Gujarat and the country as a whole.
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Sixty-four years after caste untouchability was abolished by the Constitution, more than a fourth of Indians say they continue to practise it in some form in their homes, the biggest ever survey of its kind has revealed.
Those who admit to practising untouchability belong to virtually every religious and caste group, including Muslims, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Going by respondents’ admissions, untouchability is the most widespread among Brahmins, followed by OBCs. Among religious communities, it is the most widespread among Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, shows the survey, which was conducted in over 42,000 households across India by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland, US.
NCAER, established in 1956, is India’s oldest and largest independent, non-profit economic policy research institute. The results are part of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS-2) — the largest pan-Indian non-government household survey — carried out in 2011-12 for economic and social variables across multiple categories. The full results of the survey will be available in 2015.
Surveyors asked respondents, “Does anyone in your family practise untouchability?” and, in case the answer was “No”, asked a second question: “Would it be okay for a Scheduled Caste person to enter your kitchen or use your utensils?”
Across India, 27 per cent respondents agreed that they did practised untouchability in some form. The practice was most prevalent among Brahmin respondents (52 per cent). 24 per cent of non-Brahmin forward caste respondents admitted to it — lower, interestingly, than OBC respondents, 33 per cent of whom confirmed its prevalence in their homes. 15 per cent of Scheduled Caste and 22 per cent of Scheduled Tribe respondents admitted to the practice.
Broken up by religious groups, data from the survey shows almost every third Hindu (30 per cent) admitted to the practice, followed by Sikhs (23 per cent), Muslims (18 per cent) and Christians (5 per cent).
Jains topped the list, with 35 per cent respondents accepting that they practised untouchability. The survey has, however, warned that the result for Jains is “not conclusive” because of the small size of the sample.
Lead researcher Dr Amit Thorat, an associate fellow at NCAER, said, “These findings indicate that conversion has not led to a change in mindsets. Caste identity is sticky baggage, difficult to dislodge in social settings.” Currently, as per a government order of 1950, the SC quota in government jobs applies only to Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Dalits, not Christian and Muslim Dalit caste groups.
Spatially, untouchability is most widespread in the Hindi heartland, according to the survey. Madhya Pradesh is on top (53 per cent), followed by Himachal Pradesh (50 per cent), Chhattisgarh (48 per cent), Rajasthan and Bihar (47 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (43 per cent), and Uttarakhand (40 per cent).
West Bengal appears to be the most ‘progressive’ — with only 1 per cent of respondents confirming they practised untouchability. Kerala comes next in the survey, with 2 per cent, followed by Maharashtra (4 per cent), the Northeast (7 per cent), and Andhra Pradesh (10 per cent).
Survey results suggest that high incomes do not dent the practice, but education, especially among Brahmins and OBCs, makes a difference.
– See Indianexpress.
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Why escaping caste by conversion is not liked by High Caste in India? Why these High Caste self proclaimed leaders find change in constitution. Do they accuse the fathers of constitution have not felt need for it?
All questions direct towards hidden hand of Modi’s Government. The silent move is to make pluralist Indian democracy into monolithic Hindu state. This is backward facing, precarious and dangerous. Please do write your opinions here…..
Please find this article from Newyork Times:
Religious Intolerance in India
Hope is in danger of crumbling that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would rein in the divisive agenda of his militant Hindu-nationalist supporters and allow India to concentrate on the important work of economic reform, and the blame lies squarely with Mr. Modi.
During the last days of its winter session ending on Tuesday, Parliament was unable to deal with important legislative business because of repeated adjournments and an uproar over attempts by Hindu groups to convert Christians and Muslims. The issue has come to a head following a “homecoming” campaign by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad — groups dedicated to transforming India’s secular democracy into a Hindu state — to “reconvert” Christians and Muslims to Hinduism.
In recent weeks, Hindu militants have engineered conversions of Muslims and Christians in Agra and in the states of Gujarat and Kerala. Police are investigating accusations that people have been induced to participate in mass conversion meetings by a combination of intimidation and bribery, including the promise of food ration cards. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have intensified in recent weeks. One of New Delhi’s biggest churches burned down on Dec. 1 — arson is being blamed — and Christmas carolers were attacked on their way home in the city of Hyderabad on Dec. 12.
More than 80 percent of Indians are Hindus, but Muslims, Christians and Sikhs form important religious minorities with centuries of history in India. Religious pluralism and freedom are protected by India’s Constitution. The issue of religious conversion is contentious in India. Many Dalits, known formerly as untouchables, and other low-caste Hindus and Tribals admit they convert to Islam or Christianity primarily to escape crushing caste prejudice and oppression. The main architect of the Constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, born a Dalit, famously converted to Buddhism to escape caste-oppression under Hinduism.
As opposition political leaders are demanding, Mr. Modi must break his silence and issue a stern warning to emboldened Hindu militants before their actions turn further progress on economic reform into a sideshow, with the politics and divisiveness occupying center stage.
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A caste panchayat in a Barmer village in Rajasthan ordered that the nose of an alleged Dalit rape victim be chopped off, reportedly at the behest of the suspect.
The victim on Monday met the district’s superintendent of police and sought police protection from the villagers and the suspect, who happens to be her father-in-law.
Caste panchayats are groups of village elders that pass dictates on disputes among members of their caste.
According to officials, the woman said her father-in-law had been harassing her since she got married recently before he allegedly raped her in September. She had at the time complained to the police after which the suspect was arrested and imprisoned for trial.
After he was released on bail four days back, the father-in-law organised the caste panchayat that decided to maim her, the complainant claimed.
Members of the panchayat had attempted to attack her on December 19 but she hid in her maternal home and her father covered up for her, the woman said, adding that his family has since been threatened with dire consequences.
Dhorimanna police station in-charge Devichand Dhaka confirmed the they got the direction from the SP office and investigations had begun.
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The young Anti-reservationist always puts reservations at bay and squarely ridicule it, seen in debates and believed across elite. As opposed to United States, therefore, e-India is anything but a Civil Society. Any talk of caste inequity results into historic blame-game where educated Hindu preaches Caste Reality is just a product of English plan to divide and rule Indians. Opps !! So Simple ??
Along with caste atrocities, the caste reservation antithesis is made strong under current upper-caste-friendly RSS regime under the closed eyelids of ( opportunist??) PM who claims to belong to backward OBC clan. Merit believers claim that admissions based on QUOTA system is only the cause for neglect in healthcare sector. Is this true?? Shouri likes also contest that care quality could only improved only after socially backward students are asked to vacate the seats or forced to commit suicide. They also subvert the topic by invoking reservations for economically poor section. However in practice their fallacy has worked against them. Such arguments and imaginations utterly failed, continuously failed in last 60 years of independence. The fruits of merit badly reflects into social fabric of Indian life may it be healthcare or any other sector.
One can study and find it OUT that more deaths have taken place AT THE HANDS OF meritorious doctors THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS. In this light, lets further investigate the sterilization deaths in Chhattisgarh. Does it prove the point?
Dr. Tiwari-who operated is an.. upper caste Brahmin Hindu.
Dr R.K Gupta, a surgoin who supervised the operations is Upper-caste Baniya Hindu.
Dr Amar Singh Thakur, Joint Director, Health, Bilaspur is again Upper caste Thakur HINDU.
iT DOES PROVES THE POINT..
What is the use of merit THEN?
On the contrary, the professionals/officers coming from sociological backward backgrounds are more concerned about their own people . They are seen to take extra pains , excelling in their services even if they are placed in the interiors or in poor slum ghettos.
Do you think that the governance of this country is safe at hands of people who understand pains of people little than preserve their own merit-pride that has no connects with social fabric of India ??
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The Indians across globe talk highly against corruption and caste their aspersions on quality governance in India. Where are they when families are butchered for caste reasons? The midea is supposed to provide aperture to such heinous social crime. It is lacking the courage Why?
There is an estimate that Modi government has spent nearly $15 Billion on media management. Now they are not hungry atleast they should join the progressive civil right movement in India. Why the journalists are not interested in taking caste atrocities to sustained campaign form.
It only means that poor Dalits in India have no friends who constitute 25% of India’s population. Indian people and media on killing side every instance… Please rise humanity, lets bring everybody on streets for this cause otherwise generations will not forgive us!!
Pic 01: People Marching ahead to castigate the caste atrocities
AND YOU DID IT !! THANKS ALL BLUE REVOLUTIONARIES !!
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Ten days after three members of a Dalit family were chopped to death in Ahmednagar, a fact-finding team uncovers the details of the crime and the lapses by the police.
The triple murder of a Dalit family in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district on October 20 was a well-planned, sophisticated crime committed by locals who knew the area well, but the police have not yet arrested – or even detained – the prime suspects named by the victims’ relatives.
This is among the key issues raised in a fact-finding report on the killings published by the Dalit Atyachar Virodhi Kruti Samiti, a non-profit forum that works to stop atrocities against Dalit in Maharashtra. The report was released in Mumbai on Thursday by the nine members of the fact-finding team, which included human-rights activists such as Subodh More, Uttam Jagirdar, Ranganath Pathare and Feroze Mithiborwala, as well journalists such as Jatin Desai and Sudhakar Kashyap.
The team conducted its preliminary investigations in Ahmednagar’s Javkhede village on October 27, a week after farmer Sanjay Jadhav (42), his wife Jayshree Jadhav (38) and their 21-year-old son Sunil Jadhav (pictured above) were found murdered outside their home on their 1.5-acre bajra field.
The killings occurred late at night on October 20. The next morning, relatives found that the Jadhavs’ house was empty and there was blood on the soil just outside. It took two days for the police to find all three bodies, which, according to the report, had been chopped into pieces with an electric saw meant for cutting trees and dumped in a nearby well and bore-well.
While the bodies of Sanjay and Jayshree had been cut in two or three pieces, the highest degree of brutality had been saved for young Sunil. “His body had been chopped into at least 40 pieces, his head had been split in two and the killers tried to stuff all the parts down the bore-well,” said fact-finding team member Uttam Jagirdar.
A well-planned act
Based on the condition and location of the bodies when they were finally found, the fact-finding report alleges that the murders were carried out by a group of ten or more people who must have known their way around the Jadhavs’ property very well even in the dark.
“It does not seem like a spontaneous killing committed in a fit of anger – it was definitely planned well in advance,” said team member Feroze Mithiborwala.
Since Sunil Jadhav had been a student at Mumbai’s Dairy Science Institute, the murderers must have waited for him to visit home for Diwali, he said. In another suspicious sign, the Jadhavs’ dogs were found dead on their farm two days before the family was killed.
The fact-finding team as well as the district-level police officer quoted in its report have compared the Javkhede case to the Sonai triple murder of February 2013, when three young Dalit men had been killed and cut to pieces after one of them allegedly fell in love with an upper caste girl. Additional superintendent of police Sunita Thakre, who is investigating the Jadhav murders, told the fact-finding team that “the modus operandi of both the attacks was the same, the reasons being honour killing”.
The story being peddled by most villagers and news reports is that Sunil Jadhav was having an affair with an older, 38-year-old woman from the neighbouring Wagh family, which belongs to the privileged Maratha caste.
“This story did not make much sense to us and when we looked into Sunil’s Facebook account, we realised that the real issue is probably a bit different,” said Mithiborwala. Sunil’s Facebook profile contains a photo of a young girl – of his own age – sitting in a bajra field. It had been posted in September 2013. She comes from the same Maratha family, and the fact-finding report suggests that the family is now trying to shield her from the glare.
According to the report, Sunil’s mobile phone was missing after the murders, and relatives found photos of Sunil and “a girl” in his bag, which they have handed over to the police. Despite several attempts, Scroll.in could not reach the village or district police.
Shoddy investigation or political pressure?
So far, the local police have detained a number of different suspects for interrogation, but no arrests have been made even ten days after the murders. Instead, the police has registered a case against unknown persons under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
This Act, however, is only applicable when there is a clear case of upper caste people violating the rights of Dalits or Scheduled Tribes. “It simply cannot be registered against unknown persons,” said fact-finding team member Jatin Desai. “This indicates that the police is definitely acting under a lot of pressure.”
Suresh Jadhav, Sunil’s uncle, has also claimed in the report that political pressure was being exerted on the police by “certain powerful political leaders”.
Even though the surviving members of the Jadhav family – Sunil’s grandparents and three uncles – have named the Wagh family as primary suspects, no one from the Maratha family has yet been detained for questioning. “The Wagh family is related to local Shiv Sena leader Anil Karale as well as the current BJP legislator Monica Rajale, so political pressure is very clear,” allegedly Subodh More, another fact-finding team member.
The Jadhav case is the third major case of caste-based killings in Ahmednagar district over the past two years. While the Sonai triple murder took place last February, a 17-year-old Dalit boy was killed in the district’s Kharda village this April.
In fact, just a day after the Jadhav killings, a spate of attacks on Dalits and tribals took place in and around Ahmednagar. On October 21, two members of the Pardhi nomadic tribe were beaten to death in the district’s Parner village; four members of the Matang community were severely injured after being pelted with stones in Ahmednagar’s Patoda taluka; a Dalit youth was found murdered in Parli in the neighbouring Beed district and three others were injured after being beaten up in Beed city.
No arrests have been made in any cases so far. Said More, “We want Ahmednagar to be declared an atrocity-prone district as soon as possible.”
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