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Lesson from Kumher: Name the caste of the oppressor

Whenever there is an incident of caste violence, let us clearly name the caste of the perpetrators. That is not to blame an entire community for the wrongdoings of its few members but to test whether other members of the perpetrators’ community condemn the violence, says Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Kumher, a small town in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, has been in the news recently. There were reports that a large number of Dalits have been forced to migrate from Kumher. The reason: On April 14 2022, members of the local Gurjar community forcibly stopped Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations organized by the Dalits. The Gurjars, reports said, indulged in wanton violence. However, the media reports did not tell the entire story.

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Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social activist, author and documentary filmmaker. He has authored 'Dalit, Land and Dignity'; 'Press and Prejudice'; 'Ambedkar, Ayodhya aur Dalit Andolan; 'Impact of Special Economic Zones in India'; and 'Tark Ke Yoddha'. His films – 'The Silence of Tsunami', 'The Politics of Ram Temple', 'Ayodhya: Virasat Ki Jung', 'Badlav ke aur: Struggle of Balmikis of Uttar Pradesh' and 'Living on the Edges' – explore a wide range of contemporary sociopolitical issues.

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