[WSMDiscuss] The Lesser Humans- Living on the Margins

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Tue Jun 9 15:32:51 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! The lesserhumans living on the margins is a stark reminder to growing cleavages insociety on the basis of caste, creed, religion and even region wherein peopleare being pushed away from the so called national mainstream. Insensitivity ofthe ruling caste elites in particular and the elites in general who have theirsocial, economic and political capital at their disposal, hardly cares aboutthese lesser humans who are forced to live a life on bare minimum subsistence. 


These invisiblepeople are made visible only when calamity strikes and human lives are lost.  A nation’s conscience is not pricked whenthese lesser humans are butchered or gets killed due to accidents, hunger ordue to any other reason. 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


Amidstthe wreckage of Amphan, a heartwarming reminder from Sundarbans of what itmeans to be human

Annu Jalais, Scroll, June 09, 2020 



In a deeply segregated country, the ropes of solidarity seem to be wovenbetween those who have the greatest reason to despair.




The migrant and the moral economy ofthe elite

P Sainath, PARI, June 08, 2020 



The lockdown has revealed the brutality of India's chronicdisregard for the rights of migrant labourers – millions who don't need ourpassing concern, but full justice, says this article, first published in IndiaToday




Nepal’s Caste Problem: Dalits Bear Brunt Of Pandemic, StateApathy

Abha Lal, Opinion, The Quint, June07, 2020 



TheState has been at best, non-existent, and at worst, a terrorising force formany Dalits across the country for decades, and the recent killings have been afresh reminder to Nepalis that caste-based inequalities remain as pernicious asever.




 ‘No Food, No Bed, No Toilet’: Reality Check atQuarantine Centres

Mohammad Sartaj Alam, The Quint,June 06, 2020 



No beds to sleep on.No food. Toilets two kilometers away. No sanitisation despite testing positive.These are just some things that migrants housed at quarantine centres inJharkhand's Giridih, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh talked about as they shared theirordeal with The Quint.




Ex-CM familyleft penniless by lockdown

Dev Raj, The Telegraph, June 06, 2020 



No one in Dalit politician's clan has work




‘I’mtreated like a bonded labourer’: Panchayat chief from tribal community in TNalleges

Priyanka Thirumurthy, The News Minute, June 05,2020 



60-year-old Murugesan, who took up the post after winningelections in December, had alleged that he was paid to dig a grave for adeceased dominant caste member on Monday. 




When the water chased people like amad bull

Ritayan Mukherjee, PARI, June 03, 2020 

When the water chased people like a mad bull

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When the water chased people like a mad bull

In the Sundarbans in West Bengal, Cyclone Amphan came atop the Covid-19 lockdown. PARI visited the region and fo...




In the Sundarbans in West Bengal, Cyclone Amphan came atopthe Covid-19 lockdown. PARI visited the region and found widespread destructionof trees, houses and utilities – and of people’s already-frayed livelihoods. 




With Regards 

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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