[WSMDiscuss] Bezwada Wilson in Conversation with Perumal Murugan

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sun Dec 24 12:18:22 CET 2017

Dear FriendsGreetings! Please click on the link given below to readthe dehumanizing experiences of being a manual scavenger and why it isimportant to liberate them.  Do circulate this piece in your circle/network.  Bezwada Wilson in conversation with PerumalMurugan The Hindu, December 23, 2017 http://www.thehindu.com/society/bezwada-wilson-in-conversation-with-perumal-murugan/article22260315.ece?homepage=true When writerPerumal Murugan met Magsaysay awardee Bezwada Wilson, they spoke about work,dignity and being human  Bezwada Wilson has been fighting for theeradication of manual scavenging for three decades now. Born in Kolar,Karnataka, to a family of manual scavengers, he founded the Safai KarmachariAndolan in 1994 with retired IAS officer S.R. Sankaran and Dalit activist PaulDiwakar. On August 15 this year, around 1 in the morning, Wilson had justreturned to his home in Delhi after looking into the deaths of two manualscavengers. I was staying with him, and we fell into a long conversation. Evenat that hour, he did not sound tired. ------------------------------ Umakant, Ph. D New Delhi 

 My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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