Be­hind Guj’s Dalit upris­ing, an unas­sum­ing 35-year-old lawyer

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Dan­ish Raza let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

Ram Par­mar, a daily wa­ger from the Dalit com­mu­nity, is lis­ten­ing to a speech at a mar­riage hall in cen­tral Gu­jarat’s Dholka vil­lage on Fri­day. He doesn’t know the speaker — a lean man with a stub­ble and a raspy voice. Yet, he is spell­bound, cheer­ing and whistling each time there is crit­i­cism of the gov­ern­ment for atroc­i­ties on Dal­its.

In the past fort­night, Jig­nesh Me­vani, a 35-year-old lawyer from a mid­dle-class Dalit fam­ily in Ahmedabad, has earned nu­mer­ous Jig­nesh Me­vani (cen­tre) par­tic­i­pates in a march from Ahmedabad to Una where four Dal­its were bru­tally beaten.

fans like Par­mar. Me­vani — who on Fri­day launched a 10-day march from Ahmedabad to Una — came into the lime­light when he con­ducted a Dalit ma­hasabha

in Ahmedabad on July 11. It was the biggest gath­er­ing for the cause of the com­mu­nity in Gu­jarat in re­cent his­tory.

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