e n

The mere symbolism of a Dalit face in government

Shamsher Singh Dullo was the president of the Punjab Congress Committee from 2005 to 2008. He told Dwarka Bharti, ‘Dalits are put to tests much tougher than they can endure.’

The episode of Dinesh Khatik, a minister of state in the Yogi Adityanath Government of Uttar Pradesh, resigning and then withdrawing his resignation has made it clear to the nation what Ram Rajya means. Some may describe the Khatik episode as a political stunt. But at the same time, one cannot ignore the fact that no matter which political party or alliance is in power, for Dalits in the government, it is like living between the jaws of a crocodile. And if those in power happen to be Hindutvavadis, the situation is even worse. If even after 75 years of Independence, Dalits have to remain content with unimportant assignments, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s publicity blitzkrieg centred on Amrikaal cannot be considered anything other than a crude stunt.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: The mere symbolism of a Dalit face in government

About The Author

Dwarka Bharti

Dwarka Bharti was born into a Dalit family on 24 March 1949. He studied up to matriculation and worked for the government for a while before going to Iraq and Jordan as a labourer. On his return, he embraced the familial occupation of shoemaking. He has translated several works in Punjabi into Hindi and written on, among other topics, cultural issues and rights of Dalits. His writings have been published in various Punjabi and Hindi magazines. His autobiography ‘Mochi: Ek Mochi ka Adabi Zindaginama’ has been well received

Related Articles

General Elections 2024: Making sense of the Uttar Pradesh surprise
Under the circumstances and given the limited resources at their disposal, the SP and the Congress could have hardly done anything more. But the...
An egalitarian Constitution wins, a divisive vice-like grip eases
Looking at the BJP’s election campaign, it was as if the party had already fulfilled its core agenda – that its mission was all...
In India, a counterproductive discourse of nationalism
The founding principles of the Hindu religion are against the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. The kind of nationalism it speaks for is...
These suffocating private universities are helping no one
The ignorance of Galgotias University students is indicative of the larger rot that is setting in in higher education through the proliferation of private...
‘Laapataa Ladies’: A meaningful engagement with the aspirations of rural Indian women
The film serves as a springboard for further exploration, inviting viewers to delve deeper into the complexities of gender relations and advocate for a...