Saturday, April 17, 2010

[ZESTCaste] It is time for introspection for Dalit leaders, says MLA


It is time for introspection for Dalit leaders, says MLA

Staff Correspondent

'People in top positions have failed to help their people'

Minister recalls Ambedkar's work in bringing about social equality

'Don't take petty issues to public forum'

Best wishes:Revenue Minster and district in-charge, G. Karunakara
Reddy handing over a cheque to a couple who had an inter-caste
marriage, in Chitradurga on Wednesday.

Chitradurga: S.K. Basavarajan, MLA, has called upon politicians,
Ministers and officials of the Dalit community to introspect on their
contribution to the development of their people.

Speaking at the 119th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar at the Ranga
Mandira here on Wednesday, the MLA regretted that many Dalits in top
positions had failed to work for the welfare of their own people.

Petty issues

Referring to the increasing clashes among backward classes in the
district, he said people were resorting to violence over petty issues.

"Issues which should be confined to two families end up in fights
between two communities. People should refrain from taking
insignificant matters to a public forum," he said.

It was not possible for the district administration to deploy the
police in every village, Mr. Basavarajan said, adding that people from
the backward classes should learn to live in harmony and avoid
divisions in their own communities.


Delivering a lecture on the life of Ambedkar, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti
leader M. Jayanna said that reservation for Dalits was not an act of
charity; it was their right.

Blaming political parties for the status of Dalits, Mr. Jayanna said
that if the successive governments had been sincere, the lot of Dalits
would have improved long ago. He also demanded quota for people of the
backward classes in the Women's Reservation Bill. The Bill in its
present form will not serve its objective, he said.Earlier,
inaugurating the function, Revenue Minster and district in-charge, G.
Karunakar Reddy recalled Ambedkar's contribution in bringing about
social equality. To mark the occasion, he distributed cheques to five
couples who had inter-caste marriages.


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