Need to completely abolish caste system, adopt ‘zero tolerance’ to prejudice: Meira Kumar | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid an uproar over the death of a Dalit school boy in Rajasthan after he was thrashed by a teacher, senior Congress leader more kumar Emphasis on eliminating ‘disease’ completely on Sunday Caste Adopting a “zero tolerance” approach against system and bias.
In an interview with PTI, the former Union minister also said that a particular regime or political party should not be held responsible in the wake of incidents of atrocities on the basis of caste as it diverts attention from the main question that the caste system should be abolished. should be done.
the former Lok Sabha The speaker emphasized that the caste system has neither been weakened nor abolished over the 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 boy.
Asked if there has been any lapse on the part of the Congress government on the front of Dalit atrocities, Kumar said, “This is something that everyone asks me. It is not that I am defending anyone or anything. I am accusing someone. I just want to say that yes. Political class is responsible to some extent but the issue is social. Politics is the 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.”
Kumar said when people start talking about political angles it dilutes the issue.
The former Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said that every time there is atrocities, in whose fault he gets caught.
Talking about ways to move forward on the abolition of caste system, Kumar said that social will is needed.
“Society must come forward. It is a problem rooted in religion, so what are religious leaders saying… Young people, they always want change, they should come forward. Women, they are mothers, their prime in shaping The role is the attitude of the child from the time the child is born,” 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 there should be a slogan of ‘zero bias’ like we have zero tolerance for terrorism. I haven’t heard anyone say, ‘No prejudice of any kind.’ ‘Zero tolerance’,” the 77-year-old leader said.
He said that caste-related atrocities often “paralyze the soul”.
Kumar said incidents of bodily harm are mere symptoms whereas ‘disease’ is the caste system.
He said that the caste system is a disease and unless this happens, atrocities cannot stop. He said that the focus has to be on eliminating the caste system completely.
When asked about the JD(U)-led Grand Alliance government coming to power in Bihar Nitish Kumar then threw it BJP Meira Kumar said it was a “welcome” development and a “positive sign” for joining hands with RJD, Congress and other parties.
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 sections 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 whether the formation of the Grand Alliance government is expected to lead to the 2024 general elections, Kumar said, “Yes. Spread around.”
When asked whether the Congress should be the basis of an opposition alliance to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections, he replied in the affirmative.
Asked about the talk of 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. Fair enough. Time will decide the parties.”
He also accused the Center of indulging in “vendetta politics” in which the Enforcement Directorate questioned 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 loyalty from Congress to the ruling party, suddenly there is no charge against them. We have seen this happen,” he said. ”
On the internal elections of the 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.