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The Age of the Elephant: The Politics of Caste in Uttar Pradesh

Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign, Latest, Model Process


Activist Raghuvanshi sees that change taking a radical form in UP: “a new Dalit revolution.” In villages and cities across UP, Indians are now rising up against the caste system and joining a new Dalit movement, a revolution not restricted to Untouchables, but open to all opposed to the caste system.

“Without eliminating [caste] in this country, how are you going to eliminate corruption in the society?” Raghuvanshi asked. “It is the most corrupt system in the world.”

Increasingly, activists from higher castes, like Raghuvanshi, have been going into villages to wash Dalits’ feet, eat with them, and raise awareness of political and social issues in hopes of erasing caste divisions

and decades of marginalization (largely uncovered by the Indian press, he added). Even over his lifetime, Raghuvanshi has already seen a great deal of change.

“When I was a kid… in an upper caste family, I never [saw] Dalits coming to our marriages [or] to eat with us, but now [it’s] happening all the time,” he said.

At the same time, the lower-caste poor are working to transform and empower themselves through modernization. According to Raghuvanshi, the younger generation is now increasingly relying on the Internet to stay informed and build communication networks. Dalits in rural villages and urban slums have used radio, television, and SMS text messaging to learn about and discuss events beyond the immediate locale; some have used SMS networks to broadcast news of local human rights abuses to activists like Raghuvanshi. “They’ve changed themselves very dramatically,” he said.

For Raghuvanshi, this new, inclusive, and unified Dalit revolution represents the best hope for the future of Indian democracy, calling it “the force [that’s] going to change the feudal system of India and [help India] join the real global democracy.”

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Summary prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 16/21

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Summary prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 16/21 


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Submission by PVCHR regarding India for the Universal Periodic Review:State of Impunity 

 


Bringing Social Change in Indian Society through human rights norms/law

Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign, Latest, Report

Such cases, having been documented by the People Vigilance Commission on Human Rights (PVCHR), are concrete evidences of the caste- atrocities emanating from the contemporary social and cultural structure.

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महजबीं उर्फ मेघा की दर्दनाक दास्तां, धर्म परिवर्तन का दंश और मानवाधिकार जन निगरानी समिति की लड़ा

Anti Torture Initiative, Basic Rights

मानवाधिकार जन निगरानी समिति ( PVCHR ) धर्म परिवर्तन करने का दंश झेल रही महजबीन उर्फ मेघा के साथ मजबूती से खड़ी है।आपने हमने धर्म परिवर्तन के लिए राजनीति और सामाजिक सत्ता की ओर से व्यक्ति और समूह के प्रति होने वाले अत्याचारों के बारे में बहुत सुना होगा। पर बिना मां वाल...घर में अकेली बेटी पर बाप के जुल्मो सितम के इंतहा हो जाने की वजह से धर्म परिवर्तन की यह अत्यंत दर्दनाक दास्तान है।मानवाधिकार जन निगरानी समिति टीम ने इस सच को बेनकाब करके बेसहार बेटी का साथ निभाने का बीड़ा उठाया है। हम जानते हैं कि इस देश के ज्यादातर मुसलमान मूलनिवासी अस्पृश्यों के ही वंशज है , जिन्हें बौद्ध धर्म के अवसान और मनुस्मृति व्यवस्था की सत्ता से बचने के लिए इस्लाम की शरण लेनी पड़ी। आजादी के बाद हिंदुत्व अब अंध राष्ट्रवाद की शक्ल में मुंह बांए खड़ी है। पहले जो लड़की पिता के अत्याचारों से परेशान थीं, अब वह पूरे समाज के मुकाबले ेकदम अकेली खड़ी है। क्या मानवाधिकार जन निगरानी समिति उसकी जीजिविषा को क्रोमिन देने के लिए पर्याप्त है.

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