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, January 18, 2011

How long shall we wait to implement these orders ?

How long shall we wait for implementation of these orders ? Are all these legislations for public consumptions. What is the time schedule. There is enough data available, enough order but the ground situation is grim. New form of scavenging is appearing. Time is running out and this country is still in the dark ages.



HC notice to state on night soil system

Express News Service First Published : 18 Jan 2011 03:24:42 AM ISTLast Updated : 18 Jan 2011 08:34:08 AM IST

BANGALORE: The High Court on Monday issued notice to the state government on a petition seeking ban on carrying night soil in the state.
While hearing the public interest litigation filed by R N Narasimhamurthy, former advocate general and senior counsel, division bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Pacchapure directed the state to file an objection in the
matter. The petitioner has cited media reports dated July 21, 2010, where Bhangi community people at Savanur in Haveri district were reported to have applied excreta to their body, asking the government to fulfil their demands.
The petitioner has stated that the incident is a national shame as we are still practising the manual night soil system despite six decades of independence. The incidents speaks of apathy of legislators and bureaucrats for not taking any action to ban such system in the state.
Practising of manual night soil is a violation of human rights. Even though the state had passed the legislation of Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibitory) Act, 1993, to prevent employment of manual scavengers and manual carrying of human excreta, the state has not implemented the Act, the petitioner's counsel argued.
The state has failed to provide rehabilitation to those who are engaged in scavenging and it is the failure on the part of the state government, the petitioner contended.
The petitioner is seeking direction to the state to prohibit the practice of night soil system and to provide employments opportunity to the people engaging in such system.
HC seeks fresh report for temple renovation
The High Court has directed Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to file a fresh report regarding renovation work of Siddalingeshwara Swamy temple at Yediyur in Kunigal taluk.
While hearing the public interest litigation filed by Dr Hatti Chandrashekar and others, the division bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar directed the ASI to file its report in the court within two months. The court has directed ASI to file a fresh report after the petitioner had objected to the first report of the ASI.
The state government has contended that the temple is not considered as protected monument and is not a centuryold temple. As the temple is in a deteriorated condition, the state wanted to renovate it, the state government told the HC.
However, the petitioner contended that the renovation work would damage the centuryold sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
State to computerise land records by December
State government on Monday told Karnataka High Court that all the land records, Acts and petitions would be computerised by December 3, 2011.
Representative of Revenue Department and deputy commissioner of Bangalore Urban district told the singlejudge bench that under Bhoomi project, the state government had decided to computerise land records in state. Principal secretary of Revenue Department appeared before the High Court and made the submission.