Friday, December 11, 2009

[ZESTCaste] An interview with Dalit Activist Ram Kumar (new blog post @

"Assault on any Dalit is almost never an attack on individual but targeted
towards entire Dalit community" <> An
interview with Ram Kumar

By *Gomathi Kumar & Sanjay Kabir*

*[image: ram-kumar]*

Ram Kumar (b. 1963) is UP based Dalit activist with 30 years long experience
of grassroots activism. Born in a poor family, he lost his father at the age
of five. His father, a communist activist, was brutally murdered by brahmin
landlords for raising voice against them. Ram Kumar grew up at his maternal
uncle's home at Kanpur. After his graduation, he started working full time
with communist groups and later joined Vinod Mishra led CPI (ML). He worked
with Kisan Mazdoor Sangh and led many struggles. As a result he was put
behind bars for quite some time under false charges. However, in 1984, he
was thrown out of CPI (ML) together with another prominent Dalit leader
Lakhpat for challenging the party leadership on the question of caste and
the problems of Dalits. Since then, he has been in forefront of many
grassroot struggles and has led various campaigns to secure forest rights,
land rights, labour wages and Dalit rights . At present, he is the
coordiantor of state level network of Dalit organisations called Dynamic
Action Group (DAG) and is one of the leading voices of Dalit movement in
North India.

Read more… » <>


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