Friday, August 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits consider Anna's anti-graft agitation "upper caste"!

Dalits consider Anna's anti-graft agitation "upper caste"!

New Delhi, Aug 25: This was not one definition that Gandhian Anna
Hazare expected for his anti-corruption campaign, when certain Dalit
and backward communities called Anna's anti-graft stir an "upper
caste" endeavour.

The snub from the oppressed classes of society have dimmed the spirits
of Team Anna who have strived to fight the common evil of corruption
that affects all sections of the society. The cause of this sidelined
feeling among the Dalits is likely to have caused by the apparent
anti-politician feeling generated by Anna Hazare as well as the
association with Arvind Kejriwal with the Youth for Equality. This
particular group was behind a major anti-reservation agitation in the

MPs from the Dalit and OBC category called the Anna Hazare-headed
agitation an "attack on the supremacy of Parliament and the
Constitution". The MPs called the effort a move to undermine the
Constitution, a comment that was slammed by BJP's Hukumdeo Narain
Yadav, JD-U president Sharad Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party president
Ram Vilas Paswan.

This anti-Anna rhetoric comes soon after Dalit leader Udit Raj of the
All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations marched along with 500
activists from Jantar Mantar to India Gate protesting Anna'a
agitation. Raj has been quoted as saying, "Anna must clarify his stand
on several issues before he speaks about the Jan Lokpal Bill." The
Dalit activists who marched on Wednesday called Anna's protest an
"upper caste movement that has little to do with the oppressed classes
of society."

There was also considerable criticism for Anna'a proposed Jan Lokpal
Bill when Dalit supporters claimed that the bill excluded NGOs, media
and the corporate sector from the Bill's ambit.

Team Anna also faced criticism from other quarters, like Narain Yadav,
a Lok Sabha MP from Bihar who expressed irk after the weaker sections
of society was avoided in the BJP parliamentary party meeting on the
Lokpal Bill. JD-U president Sharad Yadav, on the other hand stated in
Parliament that corruption was directly linked to the caste system, he
said, "No law can prevent corruption that is inherent in Indian
society because of the caste system. Unless there is social justice,
corruption will continue to plague the system. When the drains are
flowing with sewage, how will sprinkling a bit of DDT help? You need
to clean the drain."

OneIndia News

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