Ashok Bharti, Chairman, National Conference of Dalit Organisations

A discussion on the emancipation and development of Dalits in India is legitimate

 Ashok Bharti, Chairman, National Conference of Dalit Organisations

  • Ashok Bharti is the Chairman of the National Conference of Dalit Organisations.
  • He is the former chair of the board of the international commission for Dalit rights in the US.

 

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Overview

A discussion on the emancipation and development of Dalits in India is legitimate within the modern historical canon as also in the ongoing political and economic reforms. The situation of Dalits and their voice for betterment needs to be heeded considering the teeming numbers of oppressed – the Dalits, who are perpetual victims of marginalization and socio-economic exclusion. Ashok Bharti, Chairman, National Conference of Dalit Organisations takes about the inclusion of Dalits.

00:38- About Ashok Bharti

  • Ashok Bharti is the Chairman of the National Conference of Dalit Organisations.
  • He is the former chair of the board of the international commission for Dalit rights in the US.

00:50- About his journey

  • I was born to a Dalit and a low-income family of seven siblings.
  • When life is tough, it teaches you a lot; every moment is a learning moment.
  • Persistence and humility are the only way that one can survive. 

03:34- What were two or three lessons that you learned in your journey?

  • When a country is bubbling with new ideas, how Indians can work beyond caste, creed, and economy.
  • Divides are not specific to India. Divides are in every developed or underdeveloped or developing country.
  • If we do not work towards bridging this divide, we are losing the most important things in our life.
  • We have to keep in mind, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

06:17- How is the Dalit defined in our legal system?

  • India’s intellectuals crammed up one definition that definition explains Dalit as suppressed, and depressed.
  • I believe, Dalits are not suppressed, oppressed, or wretched people.
  • Dalit is a positive assertion of admitting reality and changing the reality.

08:04- What can be done to make inclusion much more for the Dalit community in India?

  • We need to really look into each and every process of our development planning, policies, frameworks, quality, and institutions.

11:10- How should reservations be handled?

  • The reservation policy indicates the failure of the governance systems if the reservation is required even today.
  • It is the people in the government who are pushing the agenda of the criminal to hide their incompetency.

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ASHOK BHARTI, born in an extremely poor Dalit (Jatav Chamar) family in Delhi on 26th May 1960. Father was a tailor and mother used to make paper bags to supplement the family income. There were nine members in the family, three sisters and four brothers. The whole family remains committed to the cause of the Dalit Community.

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