Caste atrocities ‘soul-crippling’, need zero tolerance for prejudice: Meira Kumar

Amid the uproar over the death of a Dalit schoolboy in Rajasthan, senior Congress leader Meira Kumar on Sunday called for complete elimination of the “disease” of the caste system and adopting a zero-tolerance approach against prejudice. In an interview with PTI, he said that which regime or political party is responsible for such atrocities should not go into it as it diverts attention from the main issue, and added that such incidents are “soul crippled”. .

The former Lok Sabha Speaker said that the caste system has neither been weakened nor abolished in the last few years. His remarks come days after Inder Kumar (9) was thrashed by a teacher for touching a pot of drinking water at a school in Rajasthan’s Jalore district on July 20.

He died during treatment in Ahmedabad earlier this month. The accused Chail Singh has been arrested. The Congress government of Rajasthan is facing heat over the death of a Dalit school student. Asked if there has been any lapse on the part of the Congress government in dealing with the alleged Dalit atrocities, Meira Kumar said, “This is something that everyone asks me. It is not that I am defending or accusing anyone. I just want to say that yes the political class is responsible to some extent but the issue is social. Politics It is a reflection of society.”

“Saying that this particular regime is responsible, this particular party is responsible and it happened in this state, these are the figures, in other states the figures are different because the party there is different, we really shouldn’t get into all this. Because then it distracts from the main issue,” she said.

Meira Kumar said that when people start talking about political angle, it makes the matter lighter. The former Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said that whenever there is atrocities, in whose fault he is ultimately caught.

Talking about ways to move forward on the abolition of caste system, Kumar said that social will is needed. “Society should come forward. This is a problem related to religion, so what are the religious leaders saying…youth, they always want change, they should come forward. Women, they are mothers, from the time of birth of the child to the child. They have a major role to play in shaping the outlook,” she said. The Congress leader called for talking about “zero bias”.

Prejudice on the basis of caste, religion, skin colour, economic background needs to be removed, said Kumar, who had recently tweeted and recalled that 100 years ago his father Babu Jagjivan Ram was thrown from a pitcher in school. It was forbidden to drink water. Savarna Hindu.

“There are a lot of prejudices. We should start from childhood, and chant ‘zero bias’ like we have zero tolerance for terrorism. I haven’t heard anyone say, ‘for any kind of bias’ ‘Zero tolerance’, the 77-year-old leader said. He added that caste-related atrocities often “paralyze the soul”.

Kumar said incidents of bodily harm are mere symptoms whereas ‘disease’ is the caste system. Many times we are looking at the symptoms to see what the disease is all about, she asked.

Meira Kumar said that the caste system is a disease and until this happens, atrocities cannot stop. He said that there is a need to focus on eliminating the caste system completely. When asked about the JD(U)-led Grand Alliance government coming to power in Bihar Nitish Kumar After leaving the BJP to join hands with RJD, Congress and other parties, Meira Kumar said it was a “welcome” and “positive sign”.

The former MP from Sasaram in Bihar said, “I am hopeful that this will be followed in other states as well.” On suggestions from some quarters that the Congress had struck a crude deal with two ministerial posts in the Bihar government, he said, “I think we should examine the positive aspects of it. Be positive about it.”

Asked if the formation of the Grand Alliance government is expected to lead to the 2024 general elections, Kumar said, “Yes. But one can’t be too obvious, we have to build on that. Give it time to strengthen, nurture it, and then it will spread around.” responded to.

To a question on the discussion on Bihar Chief Minister Kumar emerging as the prime ministerial candidate, the Congress leader said, “I have heard it from different quarters, let’s see who is there, the opposition has many stalwarts. Parties at an appropriate time.” Will decide.” He also accused the Center of indulging in “vendetta politics”, with the Enforcement Directorate questioning several opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

“When you are in the opposition, there are so many allegations against you, and so many people who have shifted their allegiance from the Congress to the ruling party, suddenly there is no charge against them. We have seen this happen,” she said. Said. On the internal elections of Congress to elect the new president, Meira Kumar said that organizational elections are being held and whatever the result will be acceptable to all.

She also said that she will play whatever role is assigned to her by her party.

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