WHAT ARE NEW DALIT­HINDU RIGHT­WING FAULTLINES?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB -

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.

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