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Government issues decree to ban the use of the word ‘Dalit’

Ahmedabad: Women members of Dalit Community carry a portrait of BR Ambedkar as they block the traffic during a protest in Ahmedabad on Wednesday against the assault on dalit members by cow protectors in Rajkot district, Gujarat. PTI Photo (PTI7_20_2016_000313B) *** Local Caption ***

The union government is planning to take a series of steps to ban the use of the word “Dalit”. While the government circular is based on court orders, it is also using a circular issued in 1990 by the union government as a pretext.

What this means is that in the future, the government will not use the word “Dalit” in its documents and instead use the term “Scheduled Castes” to refer to these communities. In the long term, this will translate into the government not providing funds for research on Dalit Literature and other issues concerning the community. The government will provide funds only when the Dalits are addressed as SCs.

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