Idea Exchange With Ram Vilas Paswan

Pam Vilas Paswan, minister from Bihar, who is currently the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution condemned the incidents of atrocities on Dalits in various parts of the country.

He said “These incidents should not be politicised. This (the atrocities on Dalits) is a sickness and shameful for our country. After B R Ambedkar drafted the Constitution, it brought a certain sense of unity among Dalits and they began fighting for their rights. A volcano erupts when pressure is put on it, and that is what we are seeing now. These incidents that are happening… the country must bow its head in shame. But not all incidents should be seen through the prism of caste. So let’s say you believe that the Shudras are your feet. Now if your legs and feet are paralysed, then what purpose will strong hands and a healthy body serve? How will you walk? The poor condition of Dalits is hampering the progress of the country.”

Paswan further added, “But you can’t say that these incidents are happening because of the NDA government. These cases are being reported from states. There are incidents in Uttar Pradesh, do you have an NDA government there? Similar incidents are happening in Bihar, there is no NDA government there. These incidents are shameful and every section of society should oppose them.”

On question of Dalit ministers and MPs having a risk of losing vote bank with such incidents on the rise, Paswan quipped, “No, no. The speed and efficiency with which the NDA government has responded to these attacks, no other government has been able to do this in the past.”

He continued to explain saying,” Immediately after the (Una, July 11) incident, Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) made a statement in Parliament. Under which government has a special court been set up for speedy trial? (The Gujarat government ordered a CID probe and set up a special court for the Una trial.) The Home Minister has said that the Prime Minister is concerned about the Una incident. Which prime minister would want such an incident to happen?”

 

Pam Vilas Paswan, minister from Bihar, who is currently the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution condemned the incidents of atrocities on Dalits in various parts of the country. He said "These incidents should not be politicised. This (the atrocities on Dalits) is a sickness and shameful for our country. After B R Ambedkar drafted the Constitution, it brought a certain sense of unity among Dalits and they began fighting for their rights. A volcano erupts when pressure is put on it, and that is what we are seeing now. These incidents that are happening… the country must bow its head in shame. But not all incidents should be seen through the prism of caste. So let’s say you believe that the Shudras are your feet. Now if your legs and feet are paralysed, then what purpose will strong hands and a healthy body serve? How will you walk? The poor condition of Dalits is hampering the progress of the country." Paswan further added, "But you can’t say that these incidents are happening because of the NDA government. These cases are being reported from states. There are incidents in Uttar Pradesh, do you have an NDA government there? Similar incidents are happening in Bihar, there is no NDA government there. These incidents are shameful and every section of society should oppose them." On question of Dalit ministers and MPs having a risk of losing vote bank with such incidents on the rise, Paswan quipped, "No, no. The speed and efficiency with which the NDA government has responded to these attacks, no other government has been able to do this in the past." He continued to explain saying," Immediately after the (Una, July 11) incident, Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) made a statement in Parliament. Under which government has a special court been set up for speedy trial? (The Gujarat government ordered a CID probe and set up a special court for the Una trial.) The Home Minister has said that the Prime Minister is concerned about the Una incident. Which prime minister would want such an incident to happen?"