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News Updates 05.10.11
12 injured in Sanand garba rioting - Daily Bhaskar
Caste Hindus call the shots in Keeripatti - The Times Of India
Quota not a must for success: Dalit businessman - IBN Live
12 injured in Sanand garba rioting
Source: DNA | Last Updated 03:15(05/10/11)
Ahmedabad: Navratri is not just fun, dance and general merrymaking - it also has its share of turbulences at times. Around 12 people sustained injuries in a clash that took place between people of two communities - darbars and dalits - during Navratri on Tuesday.
Cops said that the incident was a retaliation by some members of darbar community who were booked by dalits on October 1 in an atrocity case with Sanand police. According to cops members of darbar community went to attend the festival organised by dalits in their area on Saturday. "While garba was going on, some girls complained of molestation and subsequently the darbars were asked to leave the venue. This irked them and a fight ensued," said a cop at Sanand police station.
One Mukesh Gunvant lodged an FIR against five people of darbar community. This act made the villagers very tense fearing further clashes. On Tuesday, another round of violence erupted in the village.
"A dalit was riding a bike near a temple where women from darbar community were worshipping. Some men from the darbar community asked him to change the route which angered the biker. A heated exchange followed and he was beaten up," said Sanand police station officials.
Meanwhile, the dalit man brought five to six people from his community and another round of fight broke out between the two communities. According to Rajiv Ranjan Bhagat, district superintendent of police, Ahmedabad district, by the time police were informed, the incident was brought under control.
Bhagat said that 12 policemen have been deployed in the village to stop further escalation of violence. He also said that Tuesday's incident was a repercussion of what had happened on October 1 during the garba in dalit area. He said that a case of rioting has been lodged with Sanand police.
With this, the total number of communal violence incidents in Ahmedabad district has risen to 36 in 2011. In the first six months of 2011, rural areas registered a total of 35 instances of rioting compared to previous year's 31 cases. A total of 55 such incidents were reported in 2010.
The Times Of India
Caste Hindus call the shots in Keeripatti
K Ramanujam , TNN | Oct 5, 2011, 12.24PM IST
MADURAI: Caste Hindus in Keeripatti, who have unanimously selected a dalit candidate of their choice, are allegedly denying permission for others from the community to campaign for the forthcoming on local body elections. The caste Hindus in the village, have selected A Mookakalai as their choice for the panchayat president's post in Keeripatti, which is a reserved constituency. and denied to permission for other candidates for campaigning.
Sitting panchayat president P Balusamy, who is contesting again in this election, told TOI that the caste Hindus of the village conducted a meeting on September 26 and selected their A Mokkakalai, who is sweeper in the village and unanimously decided to vote for him.
Another one candidate, A Subban said that he got a ladder symbol for panchayat president post, hence he and was planning going to campaign, but the when caste Hindus denied him permission for the same. campaign.
Another one candidate P Chinnasamy, who has also filed his nomination told TOI that they have were aware about it and already submitted a the complaint to the district collector U Sagayam, but districtthe administration has not take any action, till now.
He alleged that the caste Hindus' community leaders Kasimayan, C Perarasu, P Rajakili, A Manimuthu and others threatened the five dalit candidates, who have filed their nominations. "If we are going to campaign, then they threatened us that we will be attacked," he claimed. Another one candidate P Palani, another candidate told TOI that some members of the caste Hindus had extended their support to them, but their leaders warned them that if they would support us, them, then they will be ostracised from the community.
Dalit activist-cum-writer, Tamil Muthalvan told TOI that they have planned to file a PIL in the Madurai bench of Madras high court. on Monday.
"This kind of attitude is dead against the democracy. Hence, government should take action against the culprits," he said. Keeripatti, is a village in Usilampatti taluk of Madurai district, is situated 34km away from the city. Keeripatti is 3.5 km distance from its Taluk Main Town Usilampatti . Keeripatti is 34 km distance from its district Main City Madurai East.
The total voters is 1150, including 900 caste Hindus and 250 dalits. Keeripatti is one of the four reserved panchayats, where elections could not be held for a long time due to non-cooperation by the caste Hindus to the rotational reservation policy. After the decades of struggle, the state government had conducted the local body elections in 2006.
Quota not a must for success: Dalit businessman
Pune: Taking inspiration from the Black Capitalism movement in the US in the 70s, India's Dalit community is now focusing on a parallel Dalit capitalism movement. The movement started by a handful of Dalit entrepreneurs, is slowly becoming the new war cry for progress in the community.
Dalit entrepreneur Milind Kamble said, "If you are a true follower of Babasaheb Ambedkar, you can't be a job seeker, you have to be a job giver."
Had he listened to his father, who was a teacher, Milind Kamble would have fulfilled the Dalit dream of a 'safe' government job. He, however, chose to use his engineering education to build a Rs 70 crore construction company in Pune with no help from 'quotas'.
"Till when the Dalit youth keep fighting capitalists? We need to stand up and become capitalist ourselves. Being followers of babasaheb, we will not indulge in exploitation but we can still earn lots of money." said Kamble.
Despite initial financial hiccups, Kamble is now fairly successful in an industry where Dalits are mostly labourers. With sheer determination he has now joined the ranks of India's first generation Dalit entrepreneurs.
According to the 61st round of the national sample survey in 2004-05, 29 per cent of urban Dalits were self employed, whereas, in rural areas, 7 per cent Dalits were entrepreneurs. The 2006-07 census of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium enterprises) said that Dalits account for 7.7 per cent of the 1.55 million MSMEs in India.
To represent these entrepreneurs, Kamble created the Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) in 2005. The forum has around 1000 members across the country and caters to training and funding needs of Dalit businessmen.
Today the construction business is seeing the rise of many Dalit entrepreneurs, businessmen like Kamble who no longer rely on caste quotas for jobs but have made their way up in the private sector through open competition.
This December DICCI plans a three day conclave in Mumbai which business leaders like Ratan Tata and Adi Godrej are expected to attend. While the new entrepreneurs admit quotas help, they say its time now for Dalits to blaze their own trail.
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