Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur district is the latest addition to the growing list of places where Dalits have risen against the injustices and atrocities of upper castes. On May 21st 2017, thousands of Dalits from western UP, particularly Saharanpur, came to the Jantar Mantar protest site in the capital to express their resolve to fight against attacks on them.
Shabbirpur coming after Una and Sangrur has added a new dimension to the struggle of Dalits and oppressed castes in the country. In Una, the beating of Dalit youth by RSS hoodlums had led to big protests by Dalits and progressive organizations in Gujarat. Those leading the protest had called for Dalits to shun skinning of dead cattle and demanded that Dalits be given land to which they are entitled. Una protests had once again highlighted the question of land for Dalits. Una became a symbol of not only a new wave of protests by Dalits but also the raising of land question by oppressed castes in their fight against caste oppression and attacks.
Earlier, in Sangrur district of Punjab, Dalits had been struggling under the banner of Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee for the share of panchayat agricultural land legally earmarked for Dalits for lease.… Read More