Hukmdev Narayan Yadav का Lok Sabha में यादगार भाषण, हॅसते रह गए PM Modi & Arun Jaitley

Hukmdev Narayan Yadav का Lok Sabha में यादगार भाषण, हॅसते रह गए PM Modi & Arun Jaitley

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The Corridors of Power Echo our voice – Continued

Inter-caste marriages can reduce attacks on Dalits: Ramdas Athawale

Inter-caste marriages can reduce attacks on Dalits: Ramdas Athawale

This article appeared in Hindustan Times. You can read it here. We have also reproduced the entire article for your convenience below:

The Union minister said he would write to all chief ministers to promote inter-caste marriages in their states.

While referring to the increasing attacks on Dalits and the casteism menace, especially in Uttar Pradesh, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Sunday suggested a formula to end the issues. Athawale said he would write to all chief ministers to promote inter-caste marriages in their states.

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The Corridors of Power Echo our voice

‘Inter-caste marriage

Yesterday when I saw the news article in Times of India of 20th June on editorial page no. 20, I felt immensely pleased that the message which our society has been trying to give to elected representatives to amend the laws to incentivize the Inter-Caste/ Inter- region/ Inter- religion marriages, has now caught the attention of Government of India.

Mr Ram Vilas Paswan Honorable Union Minister of consumer Affairs, food and public distribution, while giving interview to Times of India has partially articulated our view point of might take a little longer for Politicians also propagate Inter-religion marriage but eventually this will happen.

You can read the article from this link. We have also reproduced the entire article for your convenience-

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Inter Caste Marriage – Thoughts, Benefits and the Road ahead

Marrying out of your caste gives you immense benefit from the Government of India. Here are a few videos that will explain and motivate you to think about it.
जात-पात को खत्म करने की दिशा में बेहद महत्वपूर्ण कदम उठाने वाले देश के संविधान निर्माता डॉ भीमराव अंबेडकर कहा करते थे कि अगर इस देश से जाति व्यवस्था खत्म करनी है तो अंतरजातीय विवाह और अंतरजातीयखान-पान को बढ़ावा देना होगा.
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Transition of Indian Society in 21st Century

Introduction

The People’s Voice Society was constituted in the year 2009 with an objective of instilling human values, raising levels of public awareness on all social issues concerning every citizen of their rights and obligations.

Currently, we are working on changes in the social fabric of the society, which over a period of time will unify the divide that is seen in the society and ease social tensions

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Indian society as in 2015

Historically, the society has been divided not only by Religions but also by Caste, Creed and Regions. Even after 68 years of Independence and a Unified Political system, the society at grassroots remains fragmented and full of divisions.

However, now there is an increasing realization by the growing younger population, Sociologists and Economists that fruits of Economic development can only be enjoyed if the various divides are minimized.

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Books that give an insight into Caste

I recently came across this fascinating article in the online edition of The Hindu and thought it might interest you too…

The challenge of caste

The challenge of caste

The Hindu Article presents a list of books you should read to get an insight in Castes.

 

The first of a three-part series which explores books that give us a vivid insight into caste.

Reading, for the voracious, is often like a good cup of tea. It is light, comforting and warm and lifts up your spirits on a bad day. Often, as you discover yourself and your interests evolve, you realise that the books you accumulate reflect them — science fiction, horror, history and so on. Reading books can also be a way to learn something serious, under the shroud of a story. Whether it is the political or social history of a place or even just a glimpse into unchartered territory, nothing delivers it better than a racy book, vivid with detail. And at the end of it, you will realise that the dates and facts have stayed with you long after the book is over. Here is a list of five books that deal with the issue of caste in the Indian context.

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Paper cranes are her tools to spread faith in inter-religion marriages

I found this interesting article online today, about the struggle of a young girl who is trying to promote acceptance of inter caste marriages as part of her education, and is using an unique way to go about this.

You can read the entire article at Accpetance for Inter Religion Marriages.

One of the origami cranes with the message of acceptance on the bottom of the wings is shown above. Credit: Shivani Pal

One of the origami cranes with the message of acceptance on the bottom of the wings is shown above. Credit: Shivani Pal

 

Petition to the government

She knows spreading the message is not enough, so she is also petitioning the government to expand its current incentive scheme for inter-caste marriage. Shivani started a Change.org petition addressed to government officials from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

“I was very happy, very surprised that the government has recognized this problem and has taken action,” she says. “I ask that they spread it.”

She wants incentives to be available to inter-religion marriages, marriages between general categories, not just scheduled castes, and include a programme with benefits to parents, such as a reward or a certificate, since they are the ones who need to be persuaded the most.

Fifty-eight people have signed the online petition so far. Manish Garg from Bangalore commented on the page for the petition: “Love knows no boundaries. Every human has the right to love and be loved. This is a good initiative to promote the ‘right to love’.”

Others shared the same opinion. Ravichandra B commented: “Inter-caste proves that we can live in unity and be free despite of the various castes and creeds in their society. They show how love and respect creates a free and happy generation.”

Not an easy sailing

Shivani has struggled to scale up the size of the project since she only works with close friends and family to make the origami cranes.

With a full time job, she only has time on the weekends to devote to the project. She knows the model is not sustainable right now, and that is why she would like to see the restaurants that participate to eventually have their employees make the cranes.

“I’m very clear, whether my marriage happens or not, this project has to take a big, big life of it’s own,” she says.

She remains optimistic about changing cultural attitudes.

“Times are changing,” she says. “It will take another century at least for the whole mindset to go. Caste will be there, caste will not disappear, but this discrimination will go.”

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