Bihar govt takes one step?

17Aug07

Times Of India reports that Bihar govt. is goin to set new Maha Dalit Commission in order to look into the Dalit sub-caste issues just only to see if some dalits do not get more privilages over their brothers (even if upper caste continues to derive as much as it wants). Such commissions/efforts are considered as a step ahead as far as social equity is concerned. But if such institutionalisation is not taken with enlightened agenda, it may prove an open-disater.  Most of the times, such tactics become ploy to gain political milage. It  is big a trap that is not suitable always but something needs to be done for soical equity; isnt it? What can be other solution to bring most backward among Dalits at frontfore? 

Its true that any sort of imbalance would create conflicting zones. The solution on castevirus does not lie into checking some caste, restricting their progress and deviding the sub-castes further as seen in Andrapradesh among Malas and Madigas.  Readers this is going to be a perpetual question for young Indian minds. Equlity is never been so natural nor so straight and simple. It is evolved creative  process, quite complex, process of equitable distribtuion; there lies the skill of effective governance.

Apart from this, the necessity of such commision is null if  not accorded strong authority and wise freedom. Such commission would remain titular. We saw it in Khairlanji Massacre…

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PATNA: The Bihar government has decided to constitute a Maha Dalit Commission for the welfare of certain Dalit castes who are socially and educationally backward and treated as untouchables even by Dalits.

CM Nitish Kumar announced the constitution of the commission during his Independence Day speech at Gandhi Maidan here on Wednesday. The suggestion for such a commission had been made by the Akhil Bhartiya Musahar-Bhuiyan Sangh at a conference here a few months back. Nitish had agreed, in principle, to constitute such a commission. He said, still there were many sub-castes among Dalits like Musahar, Mehtar, Dom, Rajwar and others who do not benefit from the reservation system and other schemes.He said among Dalits, there was no such classification as a backward class, adding that the commission will study the status of the neglected castes and suggest ways for their uplift.

It has been noticed that some of Dalit castes could not get any benefit from reservation due to lack of education. In educational institutions, too, the children of these castes are discriminated against and majority of them drop out. As a result, the literacy level among those castes is abysmally low. In the bonded labour system, the men and women mostly belonging to these castes are found to be trapped.
 
 



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