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India: Where social discrimination persists despite 75 years of independence

A Rajeshbabu On 15 August 1947, India got independence from British rule. People hoped to lead a respectful life free from all kinds of discrimination, unlike under British imperialism. However, the oppressed people were in despair because they felt that the oppressors had only changed their form. The Constituent Assembly drafted the constitution and provided …

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Reality of sanitation workers in India: Caste, Stigma and historical injustice

Dhamma Darshan

  Dhamma Darshan Nigam The reality about the life of sanitation workers is not just about unsafe working and living conditions, irregular and minimum wages, and their health conditions and exploitation by their contractors. The reality is deep down more about the caste system and acceptance by the society that one group of people is …

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Why and How the Government Fails to Remove Caste-Based Manual Scavenging in India!

ajay rahulwad

Ajay Rahulwad Introduction Manual scavenging is a caste-ridden occupation done by manual scavengers, workers who clean human excreta manually, meaning, with hands. If one would want to understand why these workers have to do this job, one has to look at its genesis in the caste-based occupational stratification in India. It is said that, “All …

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Providing ‘free’ safety kits to sanitation workers is not a favour: An open letter to Arvind Kejriwal

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  Dear Arvind Kejriwal, In the workshop organized by Delhi Jal Board on 15/7/2019 at Talkatora Stadium1 you said that you feel “dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers” and that “we are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that …

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Machines will clean manholes, not the stigma attached to manual scavengers

Dhamma Darshan

  Dhamma Darshan Nigam In human society, it is dignified living that provides people a respectful place among fellow citizens. It is the sense of being respected by fellow human beings that keeps people mentally alive. It is the sense of being positively recognized by fellow human beings that provide one with a sense of …

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Does India lack the moral stamina to stop manual scavenging?

Dhamma Darshan

  Dhamma Darshan Nigam Within eight days, eleven Indian citizens have died in sewers and septic tanks. Five died in a septic tank in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh1 on 16th September. On 14th September a 28 years old man died while cleaning a Delhi Jal Board2 sewer pit. And five died on 9th September 2018 …

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Towards Genocide: Upper Caste Policy Over Manual Scavengers

rajanikanta gochhayat

  Rajanikanta Gochhayat Manual scavenging, a caste based occupation imposed on certain Dalit communities under the division of labour in the Hindu caste system, means not only picking up night soil from dry latrines but also extends its tentacles to those working on railway tracks, manholes, public toilets, sewage, and even those working with protective …

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Conference on The Scourge of Scavenging: Revisiting the Question of Sanitation/Scavenging/Scavengers

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  [Via Dr. B. Ravichandran] The Scourge of Scavenging: Revisiting the Question of Sanitation/Scavenging/ScavengersDate: 08-Nov-2017 to 10-Nov-2017Event Type: National SeminarVenue of Event: Seminar Hall, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.Last date for abstract: August 15th 2017 Concept Note  India has been consistently critiqued, locally and globally, for its inability to ban the inhuman practice of manually …