Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

Manjhi vents ire at Dalits' torture

10, Apr 2018 By shakeel ahmad

Dalits are at the centre of news these days. The politicians supporting their causes have become quite vocal at present for they know that their politics will shine behind their issues.

Sometimes, Mayawati speaks in their support in Uttar Pradesh while at another occasion Jiten Ram Manjhi raises the voice in support of the Dalits in Bihar. Both of them were up in arms against the ruling government either at the state or the centre over the Dalits’ harassment.

If one leader emphasises on disdain of the Ambedkar’s ideals in one state, the other leader resents strongly at the Dalits’ maltreatment in the name of prohibition in another adjacent state. Their voices were certainly held importance for they were determined to represent the causes of the down-trodden people.

Jiten Ram Manjhi, president of National Awami Party realised of Nitish Kumar, Bihar chief minister with a hint of discomfiture. He was criticising him for the pesky attitude towards the Dalits in the name of prohibition. With a jolt of his own displeasure, he warned the Bihar government not to torture the Dalits on the pretext of imposing liquor laws sternly.

He said, “More than 1 lakh people were presently in jail in the cases related to the liquor and majority of them were from the oppressed & poor Dalit community.”

Manjhi was too vocal to flay the different attitude in conducting the test of the boozers. The Dalits were put behind the bar while the administrative personalities were not being touched upon. He said that the bureaucrats and senior officials were consuming liquors freely despite being liquor law in place.

He even challenged the state govt for not conducting breath analyser test on ministers and other bureaucrats. If that was done the reality behind the prohibition would surely be exposed, he stressed upon.