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, August 01, 2010

Be ware of those who sells dream

Hi, this is a story of the women from Arundhatiyar community, a majority of who are into scavenging work. How they have been duped by fictitious people who sale them dream and then disappear with their money. This is a reality in other parts of the country too.


Dalit women taken for a ride

M Rafi Ahmed Express News ServiceFirst Published : 25 Jul 2010 03:45:12 AM ISTLast Updated : 25 Jul 2010 08:36:17 AM IST
COIMBATORE: A trickster played the trick on 150 dalit women at Ammankulam area in the heart of the city promising them to get micro finance. However, he left them in lurch after he fled away with the collection.

The incident came to light through R Murugan, a dalit panchayat president and taluk organiser of Vizhuthugal, an NGO working for the cause of Arunthathiyars when the women members poured out their woes to him during his visit to the colony.
It was T Gomathy, a resident of the locality who enrolled women members by issuing application forms of ‘Pothigai Thendral’, a selfstyled service organisation located at RS Puram.
Since Gomathy had helped them get micro finance from other sources earlier, the dalit women believed her and joined the scheme after remitting anywhere between Rs 150 and Rs 300.
The ‘Pothigai Thendral’ service organisation was run by Sreenivasan alias Raja and the office was located at RS Puram.
To their disappointment, the person never kept his promise of getting them micro finance.
Sensing trouble, the dalit women along with other members from Ammankulam, Balasubramania Nagar, Puliyakulam, Pappanaickenpalayam went to the office of the service organisation only to infer that the office was vacated.
Sheela, who runs a roadside eatery at Ammankulam told Express that she was repeatedly scolded by her husband for her foolish act.
Frequent squabbles between the couple became a regular feature during night hours.
Gomathy told Express that she made frantic efforts to locate the person who was running the service organisation besides the collection agent. After much pain, she was able to zero in at the house of the promoter at Karamadai. And she was shocked to see the house locked.
Later, she came to know that he had fled away from the place without vacating the house. Aggrieved women members knocked the doors of B2 RS Puram Police Station seeking help. But they failed to entertain their complaint.
A police constable is understood to have told them that the trickster Sreenivasan alias Raja had obtained anticipatory bail. Vizhuthugal organiser Murugan said that they have planned to stage a demonstration in front of Red Cross building on July 28 demanding police action against the culprit who cheated the dalit women of Rs 76,000.

Express Buzz, July 25th 2010

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