What makes Doaba caste cauldron?
CHANDIGARH: The ongoing tension in Phagwara after a clash between Dalits and Shiv Sena activists over the renaming of a roundabout is yet another incident in the series of caste-based clashes the Doaba region has witnessed so frequently in the past two decades. Such is the caste calculus in the region comprising Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) districts that the state’s security agencies consider it a ‘volcano’ that can erupt even by a minor skirmish. Hindustan Times looks at the reasons as why Doaba becomes the epicentre of caste-based clashes, mostly Dalit versus others.
Violence had rocked the Doaba belt following an attack on Niranjan Das, the head of Dera Sachkhand Ballan, Jalandhar, and his deputy Ramanand at Vienna, Austria, on May 24, 2009.