Friday, April 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Fw: Re: was happy at your response to Lok pal- additional request

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From: ranjani k.murthy <>
Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM
Subject: Fw: Re: was happy at your response to Lok pal- additional request
To: dalit siddharta <>

what about putting pressure using month of ambedkar for 50% rerpresentation
of poor
dalits, adivasis, muslims etc . in national advisory council and other
bodies see email below to aruna, i am glad she bothered to reply. if more of
us put pressure it may work.launch a campaign on this- targeting whom? nac,
planning commission, nhrc, sc/st commission, minority commission?


--- On *Thu, 14/4/11, ranjani k.murthy <>* wrote:

From: ranjani k.murthy <>
Subject: Re: was happy at your response to Lok pal- additional request
To: "aruna roy" <>
Cc: "Aruna Roy" <>
Date: Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 1:48 PM

Dear Aruna

I do have full faith in your integrity, otherwise i would not have written.

It would be nice if you could push the government to include 50% direct
representatives of poor dalits, adviasis, muslims, slum dwellers, migrants
in Advisory committee (50% women). They may air a few non equitable
positions*, but are also wise. The other option is to ensure that leaders
from these communities who can understand English but risen from the
poor (fatima
is one example) are represented.

This is an out of the box thinking. This is not to downplay the role of
people like you at all, but having a mix of both would be good.

it was humbling yesterday to stand in the same queue and vote and be watched
over by women and men of all castes/religions - why in temples there are
separate queues for rich, priests are mainly men and brahmins, in many
mosques women are not allowed, in churches few women are found in high
positions and so on. These are complaints of poor women, whose solace is
rarely through alcohol but through places of worship. the same rules of the
game apply to all institutions- community, markets, marriage, houshoeld,
state and inter state (sen, naila kabber and murthy and rao). But
utlimamitely there is a crisis in humanness.

We have to change individuals and social institutions (norms, resources,
structures, power) in addition to sectoral schemes. As Denis Kandiyoti put
it, schemes disappear in patriachal (and i would add other inequitable)

Thanks for even bothering to reply


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