Friday, April 29, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit forum not too thrilled with statue unveiling

Dalit forum not too thrilled with statue unveiling
TNN, Apr 27, 2011, 11.12pm IST

MANGALORE: Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar Vada) while
welcoming a move by Mangalore City Corporation to unveil a bronze
statue of the architect of Indian Constitution B R Amedkar on the
premises of Town Hall on May 1, has urged the civic body to choose a
more suitable day to do so. Rajaram T, executive committee member,
state committee of DSS said May 1 is celebrated as May Day.

Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, Rajaram said the unveiling
of statue will mark the realisation of a three-decade old demand. The
installation and unveiling of the statue has come at the most
opportune time when the nation is celebrating the 120th birth
anniversary of Ambedkar, and also at a time when a Praveen, a dalit is
heading the civic body as its mayor. MCC should however consider a
more suitable day for unveiling the statue, he noted.

Rajaram at the same time also urged MCC to consider various other
demands that includes constructing a circle proper at the Dr B R
Ambedkar Circle opposite Jyothi Talkies, providing housing sites to
site less poor, issuing hakku patra to those dalits who have been
residing on revenue land for many years, providing scholarships to
dalit students, for self-employment, for development of basic civic
amenities under the 22.75 per cent funds.

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