Social Issues

Aadhaar Verdict Disappointing: NPRD

THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), in a statement issued on September 26, has expressed its severe disappointment at the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court in the Aadhaar related matters.

The majority judgment read out by Justice Sikri has held that Aadhaar is mandatory for availing facilities and entitlements under different government schemes. This would in effect mean that thousands of disabled persons would be continued to be denied pensions and benefits of other social security schemes.

ANDHRA PRADESH: Protest against Brutal Murder of Pranay

A CANDLE-LIGHT procession was held on September 19 under the aegis of KVPS and DHPS at Vijayawada near Tummalapalli Kala Kshetram near Gurram Joshua and Phule statues in protest against the brutal killing of Pranay at Miryalaguda in the state of Telangana. Various speakers from different organisations spoke on the incident condemning the brutal casteism practiced by the upper caste communities. A resolution was unanimously passed and it demanded the government to condemn this ghastly act and to introduce new legislations to prevent similar incidents.

DSMM Welcomes Verdict on Mirchpur Incident

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM), in a statement issued on August 25, has welcomed the judgment of the Delhi High Court in the Mirchpur (Haryana) atrocity case. The judgment provides much delayed justice to those who have suffered killings, arson, social boycott and exile. The incident occurred in which a dalit community was attacked because a dog belonging to one of its members barked at a member of the Jat community when he was passing through the Balmiki basti at night.

Numbers Hold Mirrors

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’.

Reign of Terror on Dalits: DSMM Delegation Meets President

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

DSMM Condemns Murder of Sachin Valiya

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.

Dalit Groups Meet to Fight Unitedly for Saving the PoA Act

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. 

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