All India Confederation of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe supported the demand of Dalit Christian Reservation. By Madhu Chandra
12 Dec 2006
New Delhi: December 12, 2006. All India Christian Council with the support of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations had a protest rally at New Delhi on December 11, 2006 to demand Dalit Christian reservation. Over thousand Dalit Christians attended with the support of Dalit Buddhist, Dalit Hindu and many progressive thinkers. The political leaders like Mr. Oscar Fernandez - Honorable Minister of Labor, Ms. Margret Alva - Congress Working Committee member, Dr. Udit Raj - National Chairman of Indian Justice Party and Mr. Charanamai Mani - honorable Member of Parliament from Manipur supported the Rally.
All Scheduled Castes and Scheduled tribes of India irrespective of all religions used to get the constitutional provision until the Presidential Order ordinance was passed in 1950. Presidential Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Order 1950 discriminated all Dalits other than Hindu Dalits.
Dr. Joseph D'souza â€“ President of All India Christian Council said in the rally that Presidential Order 1950 violets Article 15 of Indian Constitution where it prohibits discrimination on the basis of Religion. The opposition from upper caste and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) that reservation should be given on the basis of religion. Dr. D'souza responded that then why discriminated Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims on the basis of religion.
The Christian Communities of India demanded not less or more from Indian Government but to restore back the Scheduled caste status to all Dalits irrespective of religion which Dalits had before Presidential Order 1950 Ordinance.
Ms Margret Alva â€“ Congress Working Committee member said that before she move into politic, she filed a case in Supreme Court of India on behalf of Dalit Christian reservation in 1982. She promised that she will continue to fight for the rights of Dalit Christians.
Mr. Oscar Fernandez Honorable Minister of Labor said that this amendment is pending for long and the voice of the Dalit Christian will be taken to Parliament of India.
Dr. Udit Raj â€“ President of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations and Indian Justice Party said that Supreme Court of India is playing a game of delay on its judgment to Dalit Christians' demand. Dr. Raj also said that National Commission of Linguistic and Minority Religions headed by Justice Rangnathan Misra was bias in studying socio-economic and educational condition of Dalit Christians. No Dalit Christians were invited while collecting the data on socio-economic and educational status of Dalits converted to Christianity.
Dr. Raj further said that conversion did not change socio-economic and educational condition of Dalits. Like any other Dalits, Dalit Christians and Dalits Muslims are known by their same social ethnic names; remain in the same economic and educational backwardness.
Dalits may it be of any religions have been end receive of all sort of discrimination. Discrimination must end particularly the discrimination on basis of religion.