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71% Dalits are landless labourers, Lets Take A Stand Dalits Want The Land - Suraj Yengde

Lets Take A Stand Dalits Want The Land


71% Dalits are landless labourers - Suraj Yengde

92% of Scheduled Caste holding is marginal (0-2 hectares) of the 86.21% overall. The Agricultural Census of 2015-16 reported that Dalits operate only about 9% of the total area which is an average land holding of 0.78 hectares. According to recent data published by the Census of India, 71% Dalits are landless labourers who work on a land they do not own. In the rural areas 58.4% Dalit households do not own land at all. This gets grimmer as we look at Dalit dominated states viz. Haryana, Punjab and Bihar where 85% Dalits in these states are living at the mercy of their landlords. While more than 60% of landless Dalits in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal, and Odisha yearn for a good future. And in most number of districts in Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, 90% of Dalit farmers are agricultural labourers. 

Therefore, the issues raised by director Pa Ranjith about landlessness is a question that every Dalit and non-Dalit student, professional, organizer, artist, scholar, businessperson, and politician should raise. It should be on the tongue and mind of every conscious citizen. The Legal recourse available to Dalits are unbounded, however, its implementation remains questionable. Since 1961 several laws have put ceiling anywhere from 10-54 acres, and planning commission continuously pushed for land reforms since the 1950s. Still, Dalits do not own a piece of land. Confining Ranjith to a dead discourse of a bygone era in Tamil Nadu is defeating the purpose. Ranjith expressed a view about an issue that is pan-Indian, and central to the Constitutional ethos that abides by the preamble which promises a radical imagination of: justice in an unjust society, liberty in the wake of suppression of expression, equality amidst inequality and fraternity in a country divided over 7000 castes and sub-castes across all the religions.

Suraj Yengde

[ Suraj Yengde studied in America. They have raised issues of caste discrimination in foreign countries. They come from Nanded area of ​​Maharashtra and have studied law in England and South Africa. At this time he is a post doctoral fellow at Howard University in the United States.]

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  1. No. Majority of intellectuals should enter in politics then a nation will become a best nation

  2. Without land even they most of deprived dalit should think and develop technology based cultivation and farming in place of traditional cultivation and new generation should assist them by providing subsidy from Government
    Apart from land bill for reallocation of Gov land from state n centre

  3. Good information about the press ting the states of Dalits in India. I think youth should admit this facts and they should work to eradicate these evilas from society. Which is only possible by social and religious Reformation that will turn in political revolution as history bears it. Then definitely uplog their status l, their people will provide them their rights through politics but you have to reform social and religious aspect. Like Uttar pradesh avoid sample for Dalits to learn how Dalits residing in Uttar Pradesh who was landless before the Dalit government led by Mayawati which bring the prosperity in the life of Dalit along with other caste and community. Uttar Pradesh dalits have land and they have strong desire to secure the social and political position in any cost. This motivation and fuel came from their social and religious Reformation. That's it.

    Jai Bhim


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