WHAT ARE NEW DALITHINDU RIGHTWING FAULTLINES?
The clash between Dalits and Shiv Sena activists in Phagwara over naming a roundabout after BR Ambedkar has set new faultlines between the two communities. In last five years in Phagwara, it is for the fourth time that Shiv Sena activists have come into a direct tussle with other communities. Last year, after Shiv Sena activists clashed with members of the Muslim community, Dalit and Sikh groups supported Muslims.
“With the Bjp-led government at the Centre, the dominance of Hindu extremist groups has increased in the past four years. This has increased the sense of insecurity among Dalits too. The recent controversy over an amendment in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the fear that the BJP governments may end the reservation for them has added to the worries of the community. That is why clashes between the Dalits and the upper castes are increasing. What happened in Phagwara could be seen as one such incident,” says Des Raj Kali, a prominent Dalit writer.