The Dalitbahujan should know only a cultural movement can bring about lasting change

Leaders like Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav successfully united the OBCs. That mobilization brought the OBCs to power in the two states. However, the OBCs here became only politically conscious. For want of a parallel cultural movement, this consciousness did not last long, says Shrawan Deore

Of late, politicians in some states are aggressively batting for a caste census. In other states, voices demanding the exercise are becoming increasingly audible. Caste census was the matter of heated debates in Parliament from 2011 to 2013. Although Parliament no longer seems to have any interest in the issue, the demand for a caste census is being vociferously raised in Bihar – this despite the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power in Bihar and at the Centre both, has been consistently opposed to the idea.

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