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The eruption of Dalit anger and the undercurrents
Notwithstanding the records of increased atrocities against Dalits in BJP ruled states, especially in Gujarat, I'm doubtful if any concrete correction would ever come under NDA to improve the quality of life of the community that had been trampled underfoot by the higher castes since time immemorial.
It is not the time to revisit 'Manusmriti' and 'Manuwad.' It is the time of solid action as theoretical and fabulous ideas of rectification of centuries has come to naught.

The so-called Gaurakshak Volunteers have become too bold under the BJP rule and they don't hesitate to call names, which can't be repeated in the civilized society, to a senior parliamentarian - a four time chief minister of the biggest State of India.For months, they are regularly beating and killing the human beings in the name of 'Gauraksha.'

The terror unleashed by the Hindutva vigilante is uncontrolled and these hooligans have been taking the law and order as the violent sport. The Gujarat bandh that has been called by Dalit groups on Wednesday as protest against these vigilante horrors is just the tip of the iceberg of feeling of anger, resentment, deprivation, injury and insult that is prevailing within the society.

Yesterday's agitation on the streets with the downing shutters, attacks on public transport and halting trains and vehicle traffic is an indicator that BJP government is conniving if not complicit in fomenting the hate against Dalits.

Yesterday, the Dalits groups clashed with police teams at several places and Police lobbed tear gas shells and lathicharged mobs in Dani Limda, a largely Dalit neighbourhood in Ahmedabad, while in Botad district, a Dalit youth doused himself with kerosene and tried to set himself ablaze outside the collector's office.

Admitting lapses in the Una case, Additional DGP V M Pargi (Law and Order) told reporters: "Sixteen persons have been arrested in the case and four policemen have been suspended. Had the policemen acted in time, things would have been different. But the state has taken all necessary action and transferred the case to CID for speedy investigation."

One shouldn't mistake these developments as a simple law and order deterioration. The roots of feelings of the Dalit hatred go deep into recent and hoary past. There are thousand and thousand of incidents to recall this cruel social evil of violence against the poor Dalits.

This scribe rarely writes about these internal equations of the majority as I feel there are other more knowledgeable writers from within who would come out with facts and opinions. However, just to put it across, I would wind up this article with an old NDTV report - 30th April 2010.

Around the last week of April in the year 2010, the ruling UPA members of the Upper House had trooped into the well and forced its adjournment. They were agitated over not being allowed to raise the reported remarks by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi about Dalits.

At that time a Senior Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal had got up and wanted to raise the issue during Zero Hour but was denied permission by Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, who said the notice has not been admitted by the Chairman.

Joined by Congress members J D Seelam, Alka Balram Kshatriya, Ishwar Singh, M A Khan and others, agitated Rashtrapal stormed the well insisting he be allowed to raise the matter. Rashtrapal was heard saying Modi has "humiliated" Dalits and B R Ambedkar.

"The entire world knows about Modi. In his statement while releasing a book 'Samajik Samrasta' on April 26, he had said Ambedkar was not a revolutionary.... Modi also compared Dalits to mentally retarded children," he said, adding he would raise the issue again on Monday. Sensing the mood of the treasury benches, Khan had adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

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