Dalits in Mumbai’s Ramabai Nagar settlement greet Kovind’s presidential nomination with scepticism

Dalits in Mumbai’s Ramabai Nagar settlement greet Kovind’s presidential nomination with scepticism

The decision of the Bharatiya Janta party Monday in the direction of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kevin as the presidential candidate has been interpreted by many political analysts as an attempt to win the support of Dalits, a community that has long suspected saffron group.

This impression has gained momentum when it seems likely that the appointment of Kevin, a Dalit Kanpur, may win the support of the two opposition leaders: Party leader Bahujan Samaj and Janata Dal Mayawati (states), leader Nitish Kumar, considered A defender of the poorest Mahadalits. Even when opposition leaders meet June 22 to develop their strategy to counter the BJP, Kumar said he was personally pleased to nominate Kevin.

However, in Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, a region mainly north-east of Mumbai Dalit, few residents seem overly impressed with the BJP’s decision. It was just another example of the bank’s policy to vote, said Nilesh Barve, who works with a travel company. For entrepreneur Anil Jagdale civil work and mass student Rakesh Patil Kevin was simply “other puppet” minorities “in the hands of a casteist party”.

As of Monday, some residents of Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar had heard of Kevin’s low profile, even though he had previously led the BJP Dalit wing and was the director of Bihar during his candidacy.

“Several political parties use caste identities to fill their banks of votes and this movement is no different,” said Aruna Ahire, a housewife. “And if Ram Nath Kevin comes to power, he invades us again. Although he will be appointed to the top position, it will be a nominal position, nonetheless.”

Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar residents have a reputation for being more politically active than many other Mumbaikars. This reputation is due to a tragedy that occurred in the area on July 11, 1997, when a state of BR Ambedkar, the icon of Dalit who is the architect of the Constitution of India, was desecrated by a chain of shoes. People who protest against this law have been shot by police, which left 11 dead and 26 injured.

When the shooting occurred, the BJP was part of the alliance of state power, with the Shiv Sena. This act of injustice still weighs on many in the neighborhood, as well as other attacks against Dalits in recent years.

“Eleven from the same local Dalits died while in the office the last time the BJP was in power,” said Sudhakar Mais, a retired resident of Ramabai Nagar. Since then, other atrocities have continued, he said, pointing to the suicide of Dalit PhD academic doctor Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad University January 2016 for after a chain of events that began with a Vemula bout and other members of the Ambedkar Students Association entered With the student organization of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

“A Dalit nursing student was brutally murdered in Shirdi for the use of a ringtone that praised Ambedkar for more than two years,” he said more. “In this context, the designation of Kevin seems to be that the appeasement of minorities.”

But Deepak Bhosale, a trader, said he was grateful that the Dalits get a repayment representation. It is expected that with a Dalit to become president of India, frequent attacks against the Dalits will stop.

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