DNTs need a political party of their own

The DNT communities have remained marginalized since time immemorial. Independent India has only been less cruel than the British, and government apathy has continued. Under these circumstances, they need someone to speak up for all DNTs in Parliament and assemblies, writes M. Subba Rao

Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic tribes (DNTs) together make up almost 12 crore votes in India. This is a substantial number. However, DNT communities have been variously classified as Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Minorities in different parts of the country. Absorbed into these categories, DNT members are unaware of their DNT identity and even the elected DNT leaders, some of whom lead parties, are engrossed with issues other than that of DNT communities.

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