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09 AUGUST, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-I

 

Q1. “The Dalit community is a deeply wounded one, a community that, with the sanction of the prevailing religion, has for centuries been systematically robbed and reduced to a state of empty powerlessness.” In the light of some recent incidence bring out the major reasons behind miserable condition of Dalits. Give some suggestions to improve. (200 words)

 

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  • Osho Korde

    Despite the fact that “untouchability” was abolished under India’s constitution in 1950, the practice of “untouchability”—the imposition of social disabilities on persons by reason of their birth in certain castes— remains very much a part of rural India.
    SOCIAL & POLITICAL CONDITION
    The Dalit community is a deeply wounded one, a community that, with the sanction of the prevailing religion, has for centuries been systematically robbed and reduced to a state of empty powerlessness. The caste people on the other hand have risen to power at the cost of the Dalits. The conversion of some Dalits to Christianity has served as a motive for the Government of India to deprive them of those constitutional rights and privileges which are enjoyed by Dalits.
    PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION
    Centuries of oppression have inflicted on the Dalit people deep psychological wounds, the trauma of low self-esteem.
    The Dalit Christians are still carrying the cross of humiliation, exploitation, oppression and subjugation.
    ECONOMICAL SITUATION
    Deprived of the constitutional protection that they ought to have received from a Government which in fact is carrying out atrocious discriminatory policies, the Dalit Christians suffer from severe economic disabilities.
    Suggestions to improve the condition of Dalits:

    1. Enact a law providing reservations for dalits in the private sector. Fill up all backlog posts. Extend reservations to all the Scheduled Caste people irrespective of their religion.
    2. Enact a law providing statutory status to the SC/ST Special Component Plan for its effective implementation.
    3. Pass the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Bill 2015 in Rajya Sabha in this session.
    4. Formulate a special mission to eradicate untouchability as there is a need to take up a nationwide special propaganda campaign against social discrimination and untouchability