For many centuries, the Valmiki community has suffered oppression and been deprived of opportunities because of a caste-ordained occupation — cleaning sewers and human waste
Sujatha Gidla talks about her memoir, Ants Among Elephants, caste-based discrimination and why she refused to participate in an event alongside Smriti Irani
One of the obvious reasons is its attempt to transform into a party of Dalits instead of what Mayawati and Kanshiram derisively called a patron of Tilak (Brahmins), Tarazu (Bania) and Talwar (Kshatriyas). The BJP knows that elections in Bihar and UP are around the corner and the nearly 22 percent Dalit vote here could be the decisive factor.
The Dalit boy's death has generated political heat in the district with the BJP and CPI(M-L) Liberation workers blocking roads near Mohanpur village.