Dalits’ Velocity Trap
The race is on for a new head for the National Commission for Scheduled Castes ( NCSC) and Dalits are the unintended beneficiaries. NCSC Chairman P. L. Punia, a Congress MP, wants a second term. Vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka, a Congress MLA from Punjab, wants his job. So both had a show of strength recently. On October 8, Punia invited party VicePresident Rahul Gandhi to address an awareness camp at Vigyan Bhawan. Verka organised a Dalit Adhikar Diwas function at Talkatora Stadium on the same day. Rahul obliged both.
YASBANTNEGI/ RAHULAND PUNIA (LEFT)