THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has registered its strong remonstration against the continuation of certain blatantly discriminatory attitudes in the matter of admissions to MBBS, as reflected in the latest “Amendment Notification” of February 4, 2019 to modifying the Regulation on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. These amended regulations debarring certain categories of disabled persons from pursuing medicine is a clear violation of the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and the rules framed thereunder.
ON December 20, thousands of activists of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) marched through the streets of Delhi and held a protest demonstration at the Parliament Street. They gave a clarion call to defeat “Manuvadi BJP” in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to defend dalit rights and to save the constitution.
ON the occasion of the 63rd death anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Ramchandra Dome, general secretary of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) and V Srinivasa Rao, secretary, paid tributes to Babasaheb Ambedkar at his memorial Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai on December 6 and visited the proposed Indu Mill memorial. The programme was organised by the Jati Ant Sangharsh Samiti (JASS) which is affiliated to the DSMM, along with Left and democratic parties – CPI(M), CPI, SKP, Lal Nishan Party and others.
LENIN Sarani in Kolkata has been a witness to many hues of gatherings, but on December 3, the occasion of international day for disabled persons, it had witnessed a procession which had not been seen in the city for a long time. As the wave of yellow surged towards its destination, the bustling metropolis came to a standstill to take note of the faces of the participants.
SEVERAL disability rights organisations, women’s organisations, survivors and legal experts sat together in a convention on November 25, against sexual assaults on girls and women with disabilities. Organised by the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) this was the first time a convention at the national level was being held to discuss and focus attention on issues and concerns of disabled women in the matter of sexual assaults.
More than 150 delegates from various states took part in the convention.
WHEN questioned about Maratha reservations, Nitin Gadkari, cabinet minister in the present union government and also former president of the BJP, posed a counter question: “Where are the jobs”? Before posing this question, he actually started it by saying: “But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen”. If the same words come out of our mouth’s, all of us would have been by now branded as ‘anti-nationals’ and what not. As the saying goes, the truth has come out of the ‘horse’s mouth’.
A DELEGATION of the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch comprising of Subhashini Ali (vice-president) and Nathu Prasad (joint secretary) met the president of India on June 27 and handed over a memorandum giving details of the reign of terror unleashed against dalits in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in the aftermath of April 2. The governments are acting in a vindictive manner. While more than 10 dalits were killed during the bandh, no one responsible for their deaths including members of the Sangh Parivar who were photographed openly using firearms on the 2nd hav
The DSMM strongly condemns the dastardly murder of Sachin Valiya, younger brother of Kamal Valiya the District President of Bhim Army, Saharanpur. It is completely outrageous that this crime was committed exactly one year after the protest against the dalits of Shabbirpur village in the district by a section of Rajputs who were shouting slogans against Dr.
TO facilitate the building up of a united resistance by all dalit organisations against the onslaught on dalits by the present Modi-led BJP government, a meeting was held in Delhi on April 12 with the representatives of different dalit organisations. The meeting was presided over by Prakash Ambedkar. On behalf of DSMM, V Srinivasa Rao and Nathu Prasad, Thirunavukkarasu from the All India Agricultural Workers Union, V S Nirmal from All India Khet Mazdoor Union, Rameshnathan and Kamal Nath from NCDHR, Ananda Rao from AIDRF, Ashok Bharati from NACDOR attended the meeting.