Swachchakar Dignity

A blog to give you first hand reports on the conditions of Swachchkar community, their issues and concerns. A campaign for complete abolition of scavenging practices and brigning forth the growing voices of change with in the community.

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Learning through working. Working at the grassroots made me realise the big difference between those who claim to represent communities as well as the communities themselves. Common man is crushed between the ambitions of various individuals to lead and dominate. The dominant and high numbered communities will always dominate our discourse and the most marginalised are losing in this entire discourse. That is the reason why Mushahar remain at the marginalised and the issue of manual scavenging still not on our top agenda and to eliminate that the community has to decide its own organisations..

I am devoted to freedom of ideas and expression. I personally feel that we in the subcontinent want to dominate and control our discourse and each one of is a ultra nationalist in terms of their caste and community. Nationalism is not just national and political but it is equally in term of religion and caste. I feel each kind of nationalism is a dominant discourse which deny the dissenter a right to speak.

At the end, we all want to listen the truth suitable to us.. we have become expertised in the art of speaking truth of convenience. As long as that remain hall mark of our society and we speak to already converts, this society will remain stagnant, it will always try to control our ideas and choices. We need to oppose any such perception, ideas that want to control our mind and victimise us.

To understand India further, I feel, it is good to do foot walk, ( Padyatras) to various parts of the country. I have so far done it thrice covering nearly 1500-2000 kilometers. It is always interesting to see how people are coping their issues and what is the reason of their exploitation.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dishonored killing

We talk a lot of unity among different caste. We fight against brahmanism but when the question of our identities comes, we are trapped in to it. Honored killing or killing of shame are nothing but a brahmanical brutality inflicted upon our children. We do not want them to take a decision about their life. It is shameful. there can not be any unity between castes, the only thing that is needed supremacy of individual and annihiliation of caste as envisaged by Ambedkar. The more we respect individual choices for marriages and partnership, caste will become a thing of past. And ofcourse, those who are afraid of it, will always want to utilise it. Caste is a utility certificate for each one of us. It is patriarchical in nature. it is brahmanical in nature.. how beautifully baba Saheb Ambedkar portrayed it ' ascending order of reverence and descending order of contempt..

Time to condemn such brutalities.


Delhi dishonoured again, lovers killed
Rahul Tripathi, TNN, Jul 5, 2010, 12.04am IST

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NEW DELHI: Even as the capital is recovering from the shock of triple murder in an honour killing case, it has been jolted yet again by the ghastly murder of a class IV employee and his live-in partner, who wanted to marry against the wish of their families.

Uttam Kumar (33), a class IV employee at Safdarjung Hospital, met the woman, identified as Anju (28), at the hospital few years ago. "The couple wanted to marry and repeatedly approached their family members but their families were against the alliance as Uttam was from Jaatav community and Anju was a Balmiki,'' said a senior police officer.

Facing resistance, they started staying together in Netaji Nagar in Sarojini Nagar in south Delhi last year. This move evoked strong reaction from their family members, who started threatening them with dire consequences. They were finally murdered in June this year, said police. According to the police, Uttam was killed on June 19 and his body dumped in Daruhera in Haryana. Anju, who was married earlier to one Karamveer (30) but was separated for the past few months, was allegedly killed on June 23 by her first husband after an argument.

The Sarojini Nagar police have arrested six persons, including Anju's brother and her estranged husband, for the double murder.

"Anju's family approached Karamveer, who is from the same caste, and asked him to counsel her. He tried to bring Anju back. But, Anju refused and the couple continued to stay together,'' said a senior police officer.

Police added that Uttam went missing from June 19 and when he did not report for work for a week, his colleagues from Safdarjung Hospital approached his house. "When they did not get a satisfactory reply from the family members, one of the employees approached the police on which a missing report was lodged at Sarojini Nagar police on June 27. When a police team went to question the family members, it found the woman's brother absconding,'' the officer added.

When police questioned family members of Uttam at length, it was revealed that Uttam along with Anju had been murdered and their body disposed by the brothers. All the six arrested will be produced before the court on Monday.

Last month, a couple from Swaroop Nagar Asha Saini and Yogesh planning to marry against the wishes of the family were killed on June 14. Another couple from Ashok Vihar Monica and Kuldeep married for past four years were found dead in on June 21 this year. A day later, Shubha, Monica's cousin, was also murdered in the name of honour and her body was found inside a car at Ashok Vihar. Three persons the brothers were arrested in connection with the case.

Times of India, Delhi, July 5th, 2010

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