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