Charanjit Singh Channi’s appointment as CM heralds winds of change in Punjab

The Dalits of Punjab have never resigned themselves to the so-called lowest social status. With the moral and social support of the egalitarian and monotheistic spiritual philosophy of Sikhism and the social movements, they have fought hard to generate social and political consciousness, writes Ronki Ram

Of late, the discourse in Punjab in reference to the 2022 assembly elections has been centred on the Dalit share in the higher echelons of power politics. All political parties have been promising, if elected to form a government in Punjab, to honour the Dalit community (almost a third of Punjab’s population) by appointing a Dalit as the deputy chief minister or even chief minister. Now the Indian National Congress (INC) has pre-empted the other parties by appointing Charanjit Singh Channi, a Ramdasia Dalit Sikh and sitting MLA from the prestigious Chamkaur Sahib SC reserved seat, as the 17th chief minister.

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