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

We need positive stories but can not ignore gross violation of human rights

An Awakening movement is essential to fight against oppression

I feel time has come to stop highlighting only atrocities and protests. It is time to highlight the inherent strengths of our people and build a future on that. Dalits should lead a struggle to usher in constitutional governance for all instead of all the time focusing on ghetto and pathos. You know the extent to which we have succeeded in this approach to Dalit liberation : M.C.Raj,

My response

Raj, I agree to some extent. We definitely should provide the success stories to instill confidence in the community. We have worked on that. But a country which claims and boast its 'liberal' thinking and rule of law, we can not really shut our eyes on this gross violation of human rights.

As a movement as you have done it in Tumkur and some of us trying to replicate in our part of the world, I agree that an awareness movement has to be build in the community but at the same time, I would say, with my own experience working with the community ( and I have been working with this community for over 15 years), I found that we need to provide alternative. We should force the government to do things but at the same time should not wait for them only.

I am sorry but being a human rights activists, I find these news depressing but can not sit on that depression only. We have to shame the government, the authorities that they are lying. That their promises remain false. We can not victimise the victims. The state too has a responsibility and we can not exonerate it. The battle for the change is both the ways. At one level, with in the community and on the other side forcing the government to act.

Just a few days back the government of India say there are just one lakh seventy thousand people involved in scavenging, which is grossly under evaluated. We have got information from various municipalities that they have finished it yet I have recently found that children too are involved in it.

While raising the issue of their violation of rights, we are trying to do our best to provide alternatives like computer education, libraries at the local level. My film ' Badlav Ki Chah' is an example from the community in Ghazipur where the young have revolted and today are completely liberated. We want Badlav ki chah' every where and it is our combined duty not to fear from stories of depression but to fight them out. It is not their fault if they are in the profession imposed by vicious brahmanical order, it is the reality of Indian society. It need to be exposed daily but definitely we must work on the models like Tumkurs.. it is battle which has to be fought at different level.. an awareness in the community and exposing the sinister brahmanical disorder.

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