Concerted fight must for Dalit rights: Ahuti
Last Updated : 2010-06-21 11:49 PM
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KATHMANDU: A senior Dalit rights activist has called on Dalit
activists to form a joint front and launch a concerted movement to
secure the rights the Dalits have been seeking for long.
"All Dalit activists should form a front and launch a movement to
ensure the rights that Dalit communities have been longing for a long
time," said Biswo Bhakta Dulal 'Ahuti', keynote speaker of the
three-day International Conference on 'Dynamics of Caste, Identity and
Inclusion of Dalits', at the inaugural session of the conference.
Also a UCPN-Maoist politburo member, Dulal noted that most fringe
parties and Constituent Assembly members from indigenous communities
were positive towards Dalit issues.
Dulal went on to claim that Dalit leaders associated with
different political parties were not committed to the Dalit movement.
They still have a 'slave' mentality and seek parties' orders to work
for their communities, he said.
"No party has the guts to reject our proposal if we fight in a united
manner," he said, adding that it was very difficult to bring the
Dalits together as they were divided into different parties and
Dulal said no other models of the world accept change and the theory
of compensation, but we need to accept both. "We can have the model of
special rights creating additional rights to the Dalits."
He also suggested that all three fronts—streets, parliament and
political parties—should be utilised to achieve the goals of Dalit
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