Issues of Atrocity and Discrimination Against the Dalits: A Study of Students Protest at the Premier Indian Educational Institutions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 7:00 PM
Room: Booth 42
Distributed Paper
Neelima Rashmi LAKRA , School of Globalization and Labour Mangement, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MUMBAI, India
Dhaneswar BHOI , Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MUMBAI, India
Even today Dalits are the victims of violation, isolation, atrocities, discrimination untouchability, discrimination, ill-treatment, deprivation, social stigmas, and the trap of the poverty in the society. Recent years that makes the state answerable before each and every Indian. Violence against Dalits in general and Dalit women in particular. Needless to mention the two unfortunate incidents: Recently 30 Dalit houses were torched by the upper caste  people in Lathore, Odisha. Earlier the most unfortunate incidence of Pipil gang rape to a Dalit girl in Odisha, Khairlanji massacre in Maharashtra and many more. Conceptualise the problems this paper tries to explore the combined protest efforts of students' organizations and civil society in India. The second objective of this paper is to find out, how the students' organisations take up the issues and strategise in the process of revolution or protest against the state for the justice. It also aims at to explore the deftness of the students' revolution and its impact on social disaster prone area. It this paper is also theorising the atrocities, discrimination and it's consequences towards the Dalits in India. This study is based on both exploratory and content analysis research; data triangulation is the method for the data collection. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics are the data analysis procedures for this study. The students sensitisation, organisation and the way of the protest are the footprints of students' movement in the sand of justice and struggle. The politicisation of the issues in the campus and the outside the campus pulling the leg of success of this movement.Personal vested interest played prominent role to de-speed and de-lined the student protest from their founding motto. This study reflects how it impact the civil society, upper caste lobby and to the state silence in the atrocity and discrimination issues.