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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally, some promises by Karnataka minister !

Finally, an immediate action by the Karnataka government. Hope they will not wait for another day for ending similar protest elsewhere. States must be asked to furnish the true details of scavenging in their cities. Most of the data given by them look fictitious. Can we ask what have been the rehabilitation process? Let the Karnataka government take action against such municipalities where scavenging still persist.



Times of India, July 23rd, 2010

Bommai comes to rescue of dalit families
TNN, Jul 22, 2010, 03.41am IST


Tags:Bangalore|Basavaraj Bommai|water resources minister

HAVERI: Water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai visited Kamal Bangadi locality of Savanur on Wednesday afternoon and apologized to them for the inconvenience caused by the city municipal council officials. He also assured them of all help from the state government.

He heard out their grievances. "It is shocking news for me and I bow my head for the mistake of officials who took the extreme step of evacuating these families in the name of building a complex," he said.

He appealed to them to leave their jobs of cleaning toilets and collecting and dumping faeces. "You come out of this bhangi business and go for self-employment, loans will be sanctioned under different schemes," he said.

Criminal action against guilty: Addressing mediapersons after his visit, he said that DC H G Srivara is authorized to conduct an inquiry into the incident and that a report would be submitted to the government within seven days. Criminal action will be initiated against the guilty, he assured.

He also instructed the CMC not to disturb the dalit families. "Emotionally, they have been living here for the past seven decades, let them live here," he said.

Under the special scheme of 22.5%, the municipality will provide all basic infrastructure for their comfortable livelihood. Taps will be re-fitted within 24 hours. He instructed taluk magistrate Dr Prashant Nalwar to see that their children get free education and motivated them to join schools and colleges.

After the press meet, Bommai held a closed-door meeting with municipal, police and revenue officials about their negligence. Bommai was very angry with chief officer H N Bhajakkanavar for his inefficiency, sources said. BJP leader Somanna Bevinamarad and SP Dr Chandra Gupta were present.

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