Two Dalit IAS officers allege caste bias in Madhya Pradesh

IAS officers Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat alleged that the state government was quick to penalise them while ignoring similar misconduct by officers belonging to upper castes.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: January 12, 2016 4:24 am

Days after a Dalit IAS officer in Rajasthan converted to Islam as protest against discrimination, two Dalit IAS officers in Madhya Pradesh have accused the state government of discriminating against them on caste lines.

IAS officers Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat alleged that the state government was quick to penalise them while ignoring similar misconduct by officers belonging to upper castes.

An officer of the 1993 batch, Thete Monday announced that he would take part in a dharna by Dalit Adivasi Forum (DAF) on January 11 in Bhopal to protest against the alleged discrimination against SC members, including bureaucrats, and tribals.

The government had recently given permission to prosecute the controversial officer against whom complaints were pending before the Lokayukta in connection with alleged illegal disposal of land when he was posted in Ujjain as additional commissioner two years ago.

Thete alleged that the charges against him were a result of conspiracy by upper castes and that he had written protest letters to the chief minister and the chief secretary. On Monday, he shot another letter to the chief secretary, claiming that the permission to prosecute him was illegal because the high court had ordered status quo in the matter.

Shashi Karnawat, who was promoted to the IAS in 1999, has levelled similar allegations against the government. Karnawat, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment by an anti-corruption court in Mandla in 2013, is under suspension since then.

Mohan Patil of the DAF, who is also the national office-bearer of Republican Party of India, told reporters that complaints were pending against 18 upper caste IAS and IPS officers with the Lokayukta in MP but sanction to prosecute was given only in Thete’s case. Patil later said the DAF planned to hold a protest in front of the RSS office in Nagpur if its demands to ensure justice for Dalits and tribals were not met.

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    IndianWellWisher
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:39 am
    We need to thank Ambedkar for opening this can of worms - this will plaque India forever and drive real talent to other countries.
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      Vinod
      Jan 5, 2016 at 4:31 am
      Where does vatican appear in this typical Hindu social issue? Well we have a penchant for transferring our problems on to others. Let us face it; we have social issues to resolve and have the honesty to find a way out of it rather than blaming some eny called vatican.
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        jai
        Jan 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        shame that even top officers have to face discrimination. when people face discrimination, some convert to other religions to be treated as equals. is this wrong? or treating dalit hindus as dirt is wrong? look in the mirror! each one is the image of god. god is not the sole property of the brahmins (though they think that in their sick minds).
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          jai
          Jan 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm
          you are a brahmin and you will not accept others as your equal. in the first place, just because you are from the priestly group, does that make you closer to god or put you on a pedestal next to god? you make up your own rules and religious laws by hoodwinking those that cannot read the holy books. you are the biggest criminals! treating other people as not worthy of you and should remain uneducated and poor, shows your sick mentality. all men are created equal and we all come from monkeys. accept the facts! religion was manufactured to keep people in their places, but your religion did not teach you MORALS. time to LEARN.
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            jagar
            Jan 5, 2016 at 10:46 am
            bIAS AGAINST sc/st/obc OFFICERS IS AN ADMITTED FACT.
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              Sushil Laxkar
              Jan 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm
              Even if after becoming IAS officer they feel that they are Dalit it is ridiculous. For a common man and any other government servant they are not Dalit. IAS are kings for if anybody you ask. Further even after becoming IAS any body is Dalit, then what difference did reservation made, nothing. Further it have divided us, categorized us. See any other religion they are also divided for e.g. faiths, they are even blood thirsty peoples of each other of themselves and of other religions. No country in this world can hold such a peoples belonging to different kind of cast, creed religion, faiths. This is happening due to of Hinduism, why this, because Hindus respect other faiths, values and even after if they follow certain customs of other religions like visiting holy places of other religions they still remains Hindu. Further cast system were developed on the basis of the society. In today world if any body is IAS he is King, if doing business he is Baniya, if any body in Police or in army he is Rajput, if any body is teacher/lecturer he is Bramahin. Further it may be noted that Hinduism is imilation of faiths and all problems in the society we are responsible not the Hindu religion and our gods. You can observe from the practice of Gyatri Pariwar, they do not ask for Dakshina for Puja or Havan, any amount which you are willing you can donate and same amount goes to Gaushalas nothing goes to preachers. And the persons of Gyatri Parwiars who do Havans belongs from other casts. Peoples invites my brother for Puja or Hawan, and he is belongs for our so called OBC caste.
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                Gowrishanker
                Jan 6, 2016 at 12:40 am
                If you want know what hindu religion says there is no difference between any beings not just humans. The problem that is discussed is sociological not spiritua or religious. Jati was a system in which various people serviced the society without collective ego what we see now. It's decadence which requires all of us to fight this. Yes this humbug of converting is not going to give any solution. If So Why PASMANDA Muslim Or da lit Christian.
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                  Sathish
                  Jan 5, 2016 at 3:21 am
                  No one can help dumb s.
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                    Patriot
                    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:21 am
                    Being a dalits I request ban the Hindu religious books which promotes caddies and divide the society.
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                      kj kj
                      Jan 5, 2016 at 6:22 am
                      RESERVATION SUYSTEM IS FARR WORST THAN THE CASTE SYSTEM. INDIA DID NOT PROGRESS BECAUSE OF THIS IN THE LAST 50YRS... MERIT AND TALENT SHOULD BE THE ORDER..NOT CASTE.. WITH NO TALENT AND MERIT WHAT WILL DALITS AND OBCS DO...CRY BABBIES
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                        kj kj
                        Jan 5, 2016 at 6:12 am
                        hi....reservations are against other castes.... and india..... dalits and obcs have an inferiority complex.....they should grow up now..because discrimination against Brahmins and other catses in the past 50yrs have happened too..reservation system is just as bias and unjust to others
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                          kj kj
                          Jan 5, 2016 at 6:15 am
                          reservation in last 50yrs were unjust discriminatory to othe castes...dalits obcs get benefits only because of caste .... what have you to say about that
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                            kj kj
                            Jan 5, 2016 at 6:17 am
                            reservation in last 50yrs were unjust discriminatory to othe castes...dalits obcs get benefits only because of caste .... what have you to say about that
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                              kj kj
                              Jan 5, 2016 at 11:57 am
                              you should have proof for that...as a Brahmin I can say that because of reservation you have detoriated indias progress and made india more unequal ....no merit only caste..what did reservation help in bringing equality...we have proof for this deterioration..i would say that if reservations are not there obc and dalits don't have capability or merit..... to even become anything .... you degrade yourself by taking reservations,,,,caste is nothing ....ur capability is in you
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