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“Politics of Untouchability” - Political History of Jatavs (Scheduled Castes) in Agra, Uttar Pradesh before BSP, Part 4

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“Politics of Untouchability” - Political History of Jatavs (Scheduled Castes) in Agra, Uttar Pradesh before BSP, Part 4

Post  nikhil_sablania on Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:18 am

The general policies of the Republican Party are set out in its Election Manifesto (Republican Party of India n.d.). The major demands are concerned with improving the lot of the poor and “downtrodden” of India. A similar charter of ten demands was presented to Prime Minister Shastri recently deceased. These demands were:

1. The portrait of Baba Sahab, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, “The Father of the Indian Constitution” must be given a place in the Central hall of the Parliament.

2. Let the land of the Nation go to the actual tiller or the land.

3. Idle and waste land must go to the landless laborers.

4. Adequate distribution of Food Grains and Control over Rising Prices.

5. Lot of Slum Dwellers be improved.

6. Full implementation of Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

7. Extension of all privileges guaranteed by the Constitution to such Scheduled Castes as embraced Buddhism.

8. Harassment of the Depressed classes should cease forthwith.

9. Full justice be done under the Untouchability (Offenses) Act to them.

10. Reservation in the Services to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes be completed as soon as possible, not later than 1970 (Republican Party of India 1964:1).

The ten resolutions listed above are instructive for a number of reasons. All of them are of immediate concern to the Agra Jatavs and come up frequently in daily conversation. The seventh resolution underlines again the close relationship between the Party and the Buddhist movement, just as the first resolution demonstrates the revered place Dr. Ambedkar has in the hearts of members of both the Party and the religion. The ten resolutions might be summed up as the “politics of Untouchability.” They are the demands of a Party which feels it has too little of the already scared economic, social, and political resources of the country. All of these demands are iterated and reiterated as rallies and meetings throughout the year. Politics among Agra Jatavs is not just a matter of periodic elections; it is, on the contrary, a matter of rudimentary survival.


Excerpts from the book, “The Politics of Untouchability” by Owen M Lynch
Chapter-IV, The Politics of Untouchability, Pages 103-105
National Publishing House
23,Darya Ganj, Delhi-110006 (India)
@1969 Columbia University Press

Part 3 - The Coalitions
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