Friday, May 7, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits being taken for a ride?

CHURUMURI POLL: Dalits being taken for a ride?
By churumuri
Are political parties using Dalits as a human shield?



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"The Dalit Defence" is increasingly becoming the ultimate move on the
chessboard of Indian public life. Those charged of corruption,
malfeasance, rape, murder and other misdemeanours claim shelter behind
the nearly impenetrable shield of "harassment" by the power elites aka
upper castes.

Twice in recent months "The Dalit Defence" has been played
masterfully, first by "supporters" of the tainted chief justice of the
Karnataka high court, P.D. Dinakaran. When charges of landgrabbing
(ironically of land belonging largely to Dalits) were levelled against
him to block his elevation to the Supreme Court, the Dravida Kazhagam
sprang to his support.

"The real agenda is to prevent a member of a backward community from
entering the 'sanctum sanctorum', now a monopoly of the upper castes,"
K. Veeramani, general secretary of Dravida Kazhagam, the parent
organisation of the DMK, was quoted as saying.

"The Dalit Defence" has now been moved by the Tamil Nadu chief
minister, M. Karunanidhi again. When his partyman and Union telecom
minister A. Raja is facing charges of corruption of astounding
proportions in the auction of 2G spectrum, the DMK supremo has blamed
opposition parties seeking his resignation for targetting him because
he is a Dalit.

"Raja is a Dalit. That is why dominant forces are levelling malicious
charges against him," he said when asked for his comments on the
opposition demands for his resignation in the wake of allegations of
scam in 2G Spectrum allocation.

Questions: Are Dalits being unfairly targetted by the dominant
communities even after half a century of constitutional guarantees? Or
is "The Dalit Defence" just a fig leaf? Are Dalits incapable of
misdemeanours? Or should we turn a blind eye merely because dominant
communities have been doing it for a long time?

Does "The Dalit Defence" work in its intended constituency? Or are
Dalits being taken for a ride by wily politicians and political


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