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Mahipal Mahamatta

Citing the example of recent violence on Dalits at Bhim Koregaon in Maharashtra on 1st January 2018, Prahar, a civil rights organisation from Maharashtra, claimed that ongoing attacks on Dalits, minorities and indigenous people are sponsored by the state, which is being run by facist-brahminical forces.

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Sangharsh Apte, the representative of Prahar, submitted its statement in the 27th February meeting of the 37th session of Human Rights Council under agenda item 3 (Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development) and urged the council to convey to the Government of India the urgent need of preparing and implementing action plan for annihilation of caste in India.

The following is the text of the statement:

Statement in General Debate under Agenda Item 3 by Sangharsh Apte
9th March 2018

Jai Bhim,

I welcomes the reports by all mandates holders submitted to the council for its 37th session under agenda item 3. We take this opportunity to draw the attention of the council to the warning by High Commissioner in his speech in 22nd meeting of 37th session, that, “The present day hatred and corresponding rising uncertainties seems to come from humans who view the relationships between the core and bolted-on characteristics in reverse. But this approach if each of us were to adopt it and act up on it would be an open invitation to human self annihilation.” (Speech is on website http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRbodies/HRC/Pages/Home.aspx )

Thank you Sir High Commissioner, for those strong words. Ideology of hatred, which focuses on ‘reverse’ relationship, should be countered by the government of every country to save the future of humanity. Sadly, India is walking in reverse direction as civilians are falling prey to the cunning propaganda of Brahminical facist organizations leading to increase in attacks on Minorities, Indigenous people and Dalits and the state is openly supporting such organizations.

Genocide of Buddhist on 1 January 2018 at Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra is burning example of this propaganda. The state of Maharashtra has recommended prime suspect behind the attack for prestigious national award last week and cleared its intentions.

Government of India should ban such organizations instead of supporting them, immediately prepare, and implement action plan for annihilation of caste – a complex form of racism, or else, the country will experience civil war. With very high hope, we urge the council to convey this to Government of India.

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Sangharsh Apte is working for the Republican Party of India, Bahujan Front.

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Mahipal Mahamatta is from Maharashtra and has done M.A.in Media and Cultural Studies, TISS.

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