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‘The violent crackdown on the legitimate work of the Bhim Army bodes ill for our democracy,’ reads the statement in support of the Dalit leader.
Dalit and Muslim organisations gathered this week in Meerut to demand the release of the Bhim Army leader, who has been languishing in jail after the Adityanath government slapped charges against him under the National Security Act.
Leaders like Jignesh Mevani, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, Akhil Gogoi, Kanhaiya Kumar, Richa Singh, Manoj Manzil and many others said they will continue to hold nation-wide protests.
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Dalit villagers in Shabbirpur are still hoping that the members of their community – as well as Bhim Army leader Chandrasekhar – charged under the NSA will be released.
Massive anger witnessed in several places after NSA was imposed on Bhim Army’s founder Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ on November 3.
The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch has urged the rights body to address the ‘grave injustice and human rights violation’ against the Bhim Army chief, in custody since June 8.
The National Security Act will allow the Uttar Pradesh police to keep Chandrashekhar, who was granted bail on November 2, under further detention.
The Bhim Army leader had been arrested on June 8 in connection with the clash between Thakurs and Dalits in Sahranpur.
After he received bail, sedition charges were also allegedly added.
Activists question the tough action against the Bhim Army when several members of the dominant castes have been let off the hook.
A committee of artists, academicians, researchers, lawyers and social activists has been formed to not only raise awareness about the Dalit group but also extend legal help for Bhim Army activists.
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Besides showing farmers’ frustration with the government’s agricultural policies, the agitations are also resistance against a development model that favours the urban.
Chandrashekhar Azad, accused by the police of spearheading the Saharanpur violence, has been arrested by the UP police special task force.
The Bhim Army is part of the Ambedkarite tradition of politics; it is not necessarily a challenge to Mayawati and may in fact help consolidate the BSP.
Movements like the Bhim Army are easily cast into narratives of Maoism, Naxalism and terrorism by the government. However, the Ambedkarite movement is also building its own counter-narrative against Brahmanical oppression.
The Bhim Army and its leader, Chandrasekhar, say their fight is against caste oppression and the ‘saffron terror’ of the Hindutva forces.