I changed my name to Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
No nation can survive without the basic production of food, service goods and cultural instruments. Those who are involved in these occupations do not depend any more on those castes that did not – and do not – do any fundamental productive work. These castes only have hatred towards the productive soil and mud but they consider it a matter of their right that they should take a bigger share of the food that is produced out of the labour of those they look down upon. The productive class needs to begin by adopting names in a language that allows them to connect with each other and thus enjoy social respectability they have been denied. The only way left for the Dalit-Bahujans in the globalised world is to trump Sanskrit with English. Though not many among them are well educated in English language, they must adopt and own English as their language – in all aspects, from their names to addressing God in their prayers.

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  • - To create awareness of ‘plight of Dalits’ worldwide on humanitarian basis. We feel the greatest human right violation that has been perpetuated on the Dalits for hundreds of years needs to remedied. How can the world close its eyes when 230 million (nearly 25% of total Indian population) suffer apartheid, racial discrimination, humiliation and subject to abject poverty and in human treatment? Why?

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