Corporate Social Negligence!

Up yer Kilt….

Posted in Dalit, India, Kerala, Neo-rich, politics, Poverty, Reservation, Uncategorized by clash on September 20, 2007

I was happy when a previous post of mine which was written in favour of reservation recorded the highest number of hits and comments. But comments over there were not particularly great as they rarely conjured any sense of reality. One educated man wrote “Atrocities were committed against lower castes, but not any more” . Another expatriate lady made fun of lower castes telling they wait for favours and is not capable of putting any struggle to succeed. I was happy telling them “up your kilt”, but i also told them, it is not correct to wield reservation as a political tool to garner votes but should be revised by an independent committee at regular intervals.

 

These champions of equality who came out holding placards on the roads of Delhi and other cities were ignorant or were not ready to accept the truth. So, I am back again telling them “up your kilt”. Because i found something which they might scorn at :

 

 

Every 18 minutes:

  • A crime is committed against a Dalit

 

Every day:

  • 3 Dalit women are raped

  • 2 Dalits are murdered & 2 Dalits Houses are burnt in India

  • 11 Dalits are beaten

Every week:

  • 13 Dalits are murdered

  • 5 Dalits home or possessions are burnt

  • 6 Dalits are kidnapped or abducted

 

Social and Economic condition of Dalits:

 

  • 37 percent of Dalits living below poverty in India

  • More than half (54%) of their children are undernourished in India

  • 83 per 1000 live birth children born in Dalit community are probability of dying before the first birthday

  • 45 percent of Dalits do not know read and write in India

  • Dalits women burden double discrimination (gender and caste) in India

  • Only 27 percent of Dalits women give institutional deliveries in India

  • About one third of Dalit households do not have basic facilities

  • Public health workers refused to visit Dalit homes in 33% of villages

  • Dalits were prevented from entering police station in 27.6% of villages

  • Dalit children had to sit separately while eating in 37.8% of Govt. schools

  • Dalits didn’t get mail delivered to their homes in 23.5% of villages

  • Dalits were denied access to water sources in 48.4% of villages because of segregation & untouchabilty practices

  • Half of India’s Dalit children are undernourished, 21% are severely underweight & 12% DIE before their 5 th birthday

  • Literacy rates for Dalit women are as low as 37.8% In Rural India

 

Status of Prevention of Atrocities Act:

 

The conviction rate under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act is 15.71% and pendency is as high as 85.37%. This when the Act has strict provisions aimed as a deterrent. By contrast, conviction rate under IPC is over 40%

 

Source: National Human Rights Commission Report on the Prevention and Atrocities against Scheduled Castes

http://www.nhrc.nic.in/Publications/reportKBSaxena.pdf

 

 

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  1. Dhanya said, on September 21, 2007 at 6:58 am

    Wonder if those people who are the “educated” uppercastes in India are still following your blog! 🙂

  2. For champions of equality at Blogbharti said, on September 24, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    […] Tushizap would like ‘these champions of equality who came out holding placards on the roads of Delhi and other cities’ to accept certain truths: Every 18 minutes: […]

  3. anon said, on September 25, 2007 at 8:42 am

    First, how is reservation going to address these problems? Second, the implication of your post seems to be that “upper castes” are solely or even mostly responsible for the crimes in your list. Do you have any evidence that this is the case? Third, substitute “Dalit” by “Women” or “Muslim” and you can come up with similar statistics. And women can claim as long a history of discrimination as Dalits, so they should also have reservations… You might want to note that the small step in this direction – the Women’s reservation bill – has been blocked in Parliament by luminaries like Mulayam Singh Yadav who are hardly hardly upper caste. (Just to show that “idiotic” attitudes are not confined to “upper castes.”) And fourth, regarding social indicators, to make any meaningful comparisons, you ought to give the national averages also. For instance, 37% of Dalits below the poverty line may mean nothing much if the national average is 35%.

    Regarding those fighting for “equality” I think their position can be summarized as saying: “We are all for equality and helping Dalits, we just don’t want to make any sacrifices towards it. In particular, we oppose any measure which threatens our educational or job prospects.” In this – placing self-interest first and foremost – they are hardly exceptional. Such attitudes are observed all over the world. They are observed amongst those opposing Affirmative Action in the US. For that matter, self-interest is also present in those advocating reservations. Do you mean to say that there is no element of self-interest in those advocating reservations and who are from the Dalits/OBCs/whatever? That they are not – not even a little bit – motivated by the prospect of having a ready and relatively easy access to government jobs and seats in educational institutions?

    I am aware that many “upper castes” also support reservations. In this regard, I should note, of course, that once an upper caste person has migrated out of the country, it becomes much easier to advocate reservations. After all, his/her jobs and the kids educational prospects don’t depend on what is happening in the country…it is very easy advocating reservations and “equality” if you don’t pay the costs of the policy. (This is relevant because many (not all) of those identifiably “upper caste” and supporting reservations are those who have migrated out of the country or whose children have migrated abroad.)

    The point? If we are honest with ourselves, we can see where those advocating “equality” are coming from and what their motivations are. Criticising them as though they are somehow exceptionally evil or blind is silly. The problem is this: In moving our deeply unequal society to a more equal one, measures are needed – that much is recognized, I think, by everyone. What everyone also wants is what the Americans call NIMBY or Not in my backyard. (The allusion is to the fact that while everyone agrees that Nuclear waste (or any other waste) has to be stored somewhere, no one wants it in their backyard.) It is the job of the political system to negotiate a method which is acceptable to more or less all and which also achieves the objectives without imposing too high a cost . This is never easy and the noise we are hearing is a good indication of that. The criticism I have is that many of the blogs simply add to the noise.

    I remember reading Andre Beteille to the effect that Dr. Ambedkar was deeply aware of the pros and cons of a policy like reservations which is why the initial implementation of reservations (for Parliamentary seats) was for a period for ten years only – a time frame that can only be described as wildly optimistic in retrospect. Most blogs either only discuss the pros or the cons without taking a considered view.

  4. clash said, on September 25, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Reservations solely wont solve this problem, but it definitely help these downtrodden sections. While i made a point, which you failed to notice, it should not be a mere trickery to gather votes.

    I don’t put the entire blame on upper castes, but at the same point you should understand; the feudal structures that helped the upper castes exploit Dalits are very much in place India except a few places where Dalits can voice out their protest.

    This post or my earlier post in no way support Mulayam or his brigade. I stand on that part, where i recommend reservations for women and Muslims. Kerala have reservations for Muslims and backward sections of Christianity.This is no way has hindered the chances of the rest of the community, infact it allowed a wholesome development where no one was left out.

    Did you mean national averages of poverty? It is a definitive statement which tells 37% of Dailts in India is below poverty line. To explain this, why should we drag in a national average.

    Equality as those placards showcased is a farce. They never intended to bring in anyone; but they were talking all about themselves. Those who came out cannot accommodate anyone else; leave any Dalits. I studied in a college where there were students from all across India; rather all states were given a representation based on their population. Dalits from states like Rajastan, UP, MP were despised and were set aside as a different bunch. Even though college espoused equality, some people even refrained themselves being room mates with Dalits. Please dont tell me that they were trying to get everyone aboard in the equality struggle. It was just farce…….

    I know so many upper caste people who are in favour of reservations, they very well live in India . Its just that they have an open and liberal mindset than the looney bunch with the placards. They are willing to hear and understand or they understood; this cry for equality is a farce. It is not because that they are happy “paying” for the lower castes. Rather it is a moral responsibility of the wealthy and the affluent to “help” the not so ones. It would have been taught in the moral science chapters in school but is not espoused these days, it just remain there in those pages.
    Dr. Ambedkar did have thoughts in favour and against reservations, but grass root reality in India doesnt favor an abolishment of reservations and bringing “equality” in place for reservations…

  5. anon said, on September 25, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Reservations solely wont solve this problem, but it definitely help these downtrodden sections. While i made a point, which you failed to notice, it should not be a mere trickery to gather votes.

    Correction: Reservations will help *some* from the sections who are targeted, not all, or even, most. It is by design, a trickle down policy in that it deliberately targets the relatively well-off among the groups and then hope that the benefits “trickles down.” It is amusing that those who reject “trickle down” in other contexts are sure that this particular “trickle down” policy will work.

    I have no idea what you mean by “it should not be a mere trickery to gather votes.” Who decides this? and how?

    Great that you know “so many upper caste people who are in favour of reservations.” Care to say how many? In which case, why do so many blogs and other news sources continue to portray the upper castes as being against reservations? If those “loonies” with placards are a small minority, just ignore them.

    Anyway, I have no desire to continue this…Let me just end by pointing out that social indicators of Dalits makes sense only in a relative context. As I said if 37% of Dalits are poor but the average for other communities is 35%, then that means nothing much. On the other hand, if the average for other communities is 20%, then that means something: it shows that Dalits are disadvantaged.

  6. clash said, on September 25, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Reservation is not a trickle down policy, strangely in India the upper hand received for the upper castes before the reservations is still continuing and they have torpedoed the efforts of such an action too; in a sense the power structures which were present in India before reservations were effectively put to use to subvert an action like reservation as we always believed more in religion (religion had established a power structure in which the upper castes always had a upper hand) and never had a rational approach in our nation building which made it difficult to impose an action like reservation. It failed there, it never failed in the implementation; neither is it a trickle down policy. But when counter forces have acted on societies; like the way it has in Kerala; which i can authoritatively say about; is that Reservation has helped people; it is because there were struggles in which religion hardly had any role.

    Though there are comments about Judiciary and the corruption involved in it, it is an integral part of our democracy which we boast about, so commissions and recommendations from them have been effectively put in to use in various states across India. I believe it will not be a bad idea to pull some of them for an accurate analysis of this contentious issue.

    Blogs and news sources continue to portray to portray the upper castes as being against reservations because the power structure inevitably is dominated by them. A reverse of this is also happening in Indian politics these days as more regional and caste based parties are forming.

    loonies are loonies all the while.. they cant be ignored as the burgeoning middle class is joining up them and is a force to reckon in the so called age of “openness”.

  7. Despenliven said, on October 5, 2007 at 7:52 am

    Hmmm….nice to see ur post nd to know tat the fire is still in you…. good work man keep it up…..

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