An expanded translation of a Janashakti report on the Dalit agitations lead by CPI(M) in Karnataka.
Thanks to P.Esakkimuthu for sending this to us. Podcast of speech by Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the first conference of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradiction Front, held at Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu on 29th May 2010. The recording contains the speech by Karat in English and translation in Tamil.
P.Sampath, convenor of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front relates the experiences of the movement as it launches struggle after struggle to eradicate untouchability, casteist prejudice and caste bias against Dalits in Tamil Nadu. The article originally appeared in The Marxist magazine.
Tamil Nadu “accepts in principle” a 3 per cent quota for a few sub-sects within the existing 18 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes,writes S. Viswanathan.
CPI(M) spearheaded the agitation of Arunthathiyar community,which is one among the most marginalized sections among the lower castes in Tamil Nadu.A significant section of Arunthathiyars still work as night soil removers and underground sewer cleaners,for whom the exclusive reservations would certainly be a respite,though the lingering upper class stigma against the "untouchables" in Tamil Nadu and the resultant social exclusion points out the need for more affirmative measures from the authorities.
Hundreds of Dalits led by the CPI(M) leaders made an attempt on Wednesday to enter the Kannanallur Mariamman temple situated at Panthapuli near Sankarankoil in Tamil Nadu.This agitation is part of the string of militant protests lead by CPI(M) against Dalit oppression and untouchability in Tamil Nadu.