What sangh has done is that they have established the temple/math as an independent institution. They are well aware that the poor people have great faith in the math. They have manipulated this faith factor.
The fruits of political path for Dalit Bahujans, set by Manyawar Kanshiram, have certainly been achieved to an extent. Having said that, it is also true that persecution of Dalits and Muslims in UP are on the headlines every now and then. Caste system, driven by Brahmanical social order, is still pervasive in most parts of UP and not all Dalit Bahujans are able to break out of its oppressive structures.
Firstly, if it is possible we want our lands back in one month, then we want those (street) lights which are there in that village ... We want water facilities as well. But we don’t have any of these facilities.
If one of us ends up not going for work, either the Police show up at our doors or our children will be beaten or we’ll be abused. The other day I couldn’t go to work because I had work on my own land. I came back only to find that all my livestock had disappeared.
58 Dalit families who were thrown out of their homes in 2007 are back on the streets to demand the original land-for-land compensation that was promised but never delivered even after 9 years. They have set-up an indefinite dharna right outside the Airport Authorities Office, next to Rajiv Bhavan – the Civil Aviation Ministry. It has been 60 days since they are holding vigil and haven’t received a fair hearing from the airport officials.
Organised political movements have not yet agreed to address and rewrite the Kerala Model Development plan or find solutions for the contemporary problems that Kerala faces. It is in this context that a new democratic movement is initiated to secure the rights to resources for the marginalised sections of Kerala.