Caste widening the gap between poor and rich’

Hassan : The gap between the poor and the rich has been widening as a result of caste-based discrimination, said V. Lakshminarayana, a thinker associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Sunday. He was speaking after inaugurating a unit of the Dalit Hakkugala Samiti at Sigarnahalli village in Holenarasipur taluk.
The Dalits residing in villages have started to fight against inequalities and atrocities in their localities. This has upset the upper caste people and made them counter such fights aggressively, he said.
Fighting discrimination
“The Dalits of Sigaranahali began their fight against discrimination last year because they were denied entry into a temple and a community hall in the village. Now, they have come together under the banner of DHS to face atrocities together,” said Mr. Lakshminarayana.
Further, he said the annihilation of caste was not possible only through the Dalits, but required the contribution of those from other castes and progressive thinkers too.
CPI(M) State secretary G.V. Srirama Redddy said Dalits had been living in dire straits with no land to till. Those who own land were only the rich and influential. Successive governments had been framing projects to take away poor people’s land, instead of distributing the land to the needy, he commented.
He also congratulated the women of Sigaranahalli, who led the protest opposing caste-based atrocities in the village.
State Convener of DHS Gopalakrishna Aralahalli, Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha district president H.R. Naveen Kumar and residents of Sigaranahalli participated in the programme.
Annihilation of caste was not possible only through the Dalits, said thinker
V. Lakshminarayana
Courtesy:-the hindu

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