Saturday, January 16, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Fact Sheet: No place for Dalits in Telangana JAC

Fact Sheet: No place for Dalits in JAC

Dalit groups forming part of the Telangana Joint Action Committee are
fretting and fuming at the JAC leaders for ignoring them in taking
decisions on taking forward the Telangana movement.

The way Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi Manda Krishna Madiga was
treated at the JAC meeting a couple of days ago resulted in a lot of
heart burn among the Dalit groups. "He has every right to express his
opinion. Why should his mike be snatched away? Would they do the same
thing if TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao was speaking?" a Dalit
leader said.

Krishna Madiga also pointed out that whenever the JAC leaders address
a press conference, they would not allow a single Dalit leader to
speak. "Take any photograph published in the media. You would find
only upper caste leaders in the front row, while we are seen only in
the back rows," he said.

The Dalit organisations are also threatening to go independently,
alleging that the political parties were fighting for one-upmanship
rather than fighting for the Telangana cause. "There is no proper
representation for SCs, STs, BCs, women and minorities in the JAC. All
those who are taking decisions are only from upper castes. How can
they ensure social justice in the Telangana? We will chalk our own
plans at the grassroot level," Krishna Madiga wondered.


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