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.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sub Quota for Valmikis in Punjab ?

Will this open a new series of demand for separate quota among quota in other states ? Punjab government is going to Supreme Court for a 12.5% quota for Valmikis in the state. what will be repurcussion of it in other parts of the country. Will it divide the already divided movement ? Or do Punjab government know that this will not stand in the Supreme Court... politicians know things better than us as how to betray people ?


Punjab to file petition in SC on quota for Valmiki Sikhs
Press Trust Of India

Chandigarh, July 25, 2010First Published: 21:29 IST(25/7/2010)
Last Updated: 21:33 IST(25/7/2010) in The Hindustan Times

'Valmiki' and 'Mazhabi' Sikhs on Sunday called off their proposed bandh on July 27 after being assured that the Punjab government would file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking restoration of 12.5 per cent quota for them in various jobs and educational institutions. An assurance to this effect was given by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to a delegation of about 200 members of 'Valmiki and Mazhabi Sikh Arakshan Bachao Morcha', and other organizations, who called on the Chief Minister here today, an official release said.

Badal also assured the delegation led by Vijay Danav, National President of 'Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj Bhavadhas' that he would certainly take up this matter with the Prime Minister and the Law Ministry for a permanent solution.

Expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister, the 31-member Committee of the morcha called off its proposed state-wide bandh on July 27.

Dwelling on the plight of Valmikis and Mazhabi Sikhs, the Chairman of the Morcha Purshotam Chhabra demanded wholehearted support of the state government to resolve this issue on priority.

Badal said that the state government would leave no stone unturned to resolve the issue and esnure the uplift of the 'Valmiki' and Mazhabi Sikh communities in the State.

Badal said that he had already ordered closure of the ongoing process of counselling for the recruitment of 7654 teachers in the Education Department where Valmiki/Mazhabi Sikh applicants were not being given their due share of 12.5 per cent reservation.


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