410 were brutally murdered, 5733 were either permanently or partially disabled, 537 women were abused, tortured and raped (and not a single candle was burned for any of them), 9773 were insulted, threatened and humiliated, 1204 incidents of damage to property, including houses, live stock, boat, vehicles, irrigation wells, drinking water wells, tube wells, electric fittings, fruit bearing trees, etc., 1673 incidents of migration and 19135 incidents of social boycotts (a powerful device to maintain façade of samrasta). These are the figures of atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat during last twenty years – 1990 to 2011. All in all, total incidents of atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat, year-wise: 1991(1080), 1992(1561), 1993(1751), 1994(1916), 1995(1777), 1996(1781), 1997(1844), 1998(1762), 1999(1586), 2000(1405), 2001(1033), 2002(1007), 2003(895), 2004(929), 2005(970), 2006(998),2007(1124), 2008(1168), 2009(1083), 2010(1011), 2011(1082).
These are figures of atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat during last twenty years – from 1990 to 2011. Gujarat is land of saffron, the septic tank of so-called ‘Hindutva’, where worms of samajik samrasta are infesting in mind blowing proportion. Remember, in Gujarat acquittal rate for the offences registered under Atrocities Act is 96 percent. Only four cases out of hundred are convicted and punished.
As per 2001 census, out of 8 lakh families of Dalits in Gujarat , 12 thousands families possessed four wheelers, more than 1 lakh families possessed two wheelers and remaining around 6.30 lakh families were poor, marginalized, living in slums in cities and in rural areas. These 6.30 lakh families are not able to educate their children in higher studies, they have no medi-claims and their lives and savings are constantly threatened by deadly deceases and accidents, they are poorly paid casual labors and workers in un-organized sectors, and as the leadership of Dalits in both major parties (Congress and BJP) comes from those affluent families who hardly care for their impoverished, less educated, community people. The urban based elite leadership of Dalits is not concerned for atrocities, humiliation and sufferings of Dalits living in villages.
Caste based discrimination faced by dalit is just one aspect of Gujarat tragedy. Statement that ‘rate of mal-nutrition among children of Gujarat is 44 percent’ is misleading. The actual mal-nutrition among children of age group 0 to 6 is worse and among Dalit children it is worst. Recent study of Gerita village done by DHRM (Dalit Hak Rakshak Manch) has revealed that mal-nutrition among children of age group 0-6 is 94 percent. Gerita is the village of Mehsana, the most prosperous and developed district of state. Rate of institutional delivery is 54.6 percent in Gujarat and majority Dalits are beyond the reach of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). The drop-out rate of state is 55 present and among Dalit it is certainly 70 present. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is fraud and Dalit children are cheated in the name of RTE. (for more details see the report published in Ahmedabad Mirror dated 22 July, 2013).
Recently, more than thousand Valmikis gathered in Ahmedabad. They prayed their god, “make Narendra Modi PM of india. “ Now, who will win? These Valmikis’ ‘communal’ God or my ‘secular’ Khuda? I don’t know. I know only one thing. Not a single Valmiki is ‘permanent’ in any of those thousands of nagarpalikas, village panchayats, and municipalities in GUjarat. The Valmikis are still demanding for ‘varsai’ (hereditary posting of kith and kin of deceased employee on the same post). For last fifteen years Valmikis’ socio-economic condition in Gujarat has not seen any dramatic change. Even then Valmikis have been duped by saffron rules. What are the reasons? I know at least one.
Anandiben Patel, the second-in-command of NaMo has found a unique way to con Valmikis. She goes to Valmiki Vas, her workers gather senior Valmikis and Anandi washes their feet and says, “For thousands of years you have swept our streets and carry our feaces. You are Rishis. We owe you a debt of gratitude for all you have done for us. Today I wash your feet and feel humbled.”
Anandi did this samarasta exercise twice, first in Patan and then in Ahmedabad and the reaction was quite imaginable. Valmikis leader s saluted Anandi and said “Mam, your fame will spread in all directions of universe. Among your ancestors nobody has done such ‘great’ task (like washing feet of harijan). We salute you.”
For sixty years Congress has taken Dalit’ vote bank for granted. Mai-Bap always thought: where these ‘harijans’ would go for their ‘political’ salvation except us (the grand old party). Saffron ideologues came with their own gimmicks and tricks and easily fooled Dalit folks. The ‘elite” Dalit embraced saffron out of sheer selfishness and ‘poor’ Dalit succumbed to saffron out of horrible helplessness. Net result is total domination of saffron hegemony in Gujarat.
The so-called development of Gujarat which is constantly being marketed by Mr. feku and which is constantly consumed by electronic and print media of entire country is the most sinister and the dirtiest lie of 21st century. Even if you are a Dalit, urban based mite feeding on saffron bites, you may not understand this truth. You have to be a meson living at Ramapirs tekara or Khadavadi chawl or father of a victim of Thangadh to realize the truth.