Few Dalit Elites Help Their Own
by Kanchan Srivastava - Courtesy DNA.com
When it comes to paying back to the society, most Dalit elites in Maharashtra have been found wanting, a study has found, affirming the common notion that the beneficiaries of the Reservation policy do not help out their Community, which is still among most socially and economically disadvantaged group in India.
What was the study called?
Who conducted it?
Prof Prahlad Jogdand, dean, faculty of arts, Mumbai University.
Which were the places where the interviews took place?
What was he trying to find out?
How many Dalit elites did he interview?
What were the respondents asked?
What were the assumption before the study?
What were his findings?
Who are the direct beneficiaries of these 'creamy layer' elites?
What is the overall condition of Dalits in the state?
Response of sociologists and activists
Reservation benefits are for the collective good. But that's not happening, and that undermines the purpose of reservation. We should not however discredit those who are doing good work – Prof Prahlad Jogdand, dean, faculty of arts, MU.
According to the study, 71% of the Dalit elites are helping the community in some way or the other. If that's true, then it's a good sign – Prakash Ambedkar (grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar), chairperson, Maharashtra Democratic Front, an umbrella organisation of a dozen Dalit parties.
Nagpur's rich Dalits are least bothered about helping the community. The city has the highest number of educated SC population in the state. The number of Dalits in cities across Maharashtra who do not help those in their community financially (in percentage).
Nagpur: 58%; Mumbai: 25%; Pune: 18%; Nashik: 20%; Aurangabad: 25%.
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