Why Karnataka villagers barred entry of a Dalit BJP MP
BENGALURU: BJP MP from Chitradurga, A Narayanaswamy, was barred from visiting a village in his constituency as he is a Dalit, with villagers arguing the entry of an “untouchable” would bring misfortune upon them. The minister, accompanied by officials, had gone to Pemmanahalli, about 150km from Bengaluru, on Monday to begin development work in the region.
Though stunned by the village’s resistance, the MP said he would not lodge a police complaint. “FIRs are not answers to social evils. We need to educate them,” he said.
It was on such a mission that Narayanaswamy went to Pemmanahalli in Pavagada, among the most backward taluks in Tumakuru district, on Monday evening. At the entrance of the Golla (Yadav) village, he was stopped and told that as a Madiga, an untouchable, he could not proceed further. Representatives of some NGOs, including Narayana Hrudayalaya Foundation, and others accompanying the MP were allowed to enter.
For decades, the village, comprising 150 Golla families, has been barring Dalits in the belief that their entry will bring harm to them. Ironically, Narayanaswamy polled a majority of the Golla votes in the Lok Sabha elections in May.
Taken aback, the MP reasoned with the villagers, mostly priests of the community, then protested that discrimination against a caste would attract punishment. Villagers did not budge even when threatened with legal action and maintained that no Dalit has ever entered the village. Policemen and officials with the MP watched as the faceoff continued for about half an hour. Narayanswamy left in a huff. A video of the conversation went viral and the state go nment ordered an inquiry.
Prabhakar Naidu•2663•Influencer Wordsmith Member • Prabhakar Naidu•3 hours ago •Follow
This caste based discrimination a still kept alive by most of the Hindus, this is pathetic and deplorable.
Avtaar Guru•1164•Influencer Wordsmith News King • Avtaar•Earthling•2 hours ago
True color of BJP showing up slowly...regressive country is BJP mantra..
Karthik Balakrishnan•2347•Influencer Wordsmith News King • Karthik Balakrishnan•4 hours ago
THis is pathetic and disgusting. I am quick taken back by the calm and dignified position of the MP. Thats the real character. Whats surprising is the Narayana Hrudayala and other NGO workers were alllowed. If I was there, I would have stormed out along with the MP.
sandesh kumar•30• Sandesh•4 hours ago
I saw the video clip.... I appreciate the MP's composure through out the incidents..... these practices of discrimination should soon come to an end...
Mohan Tvm•Influencer Wordsmith News King • sandesh kumar•tvm•2 hours ago
It may be a drama staged by the benami paid media just for getting a video clip for the SICKular election campaign. The BJP MP behaved with composure through out the incidents and avoided a major controversy.
BIJOY BANERJI•5492•Influencer Wordsmith News King • BIJOY BANERJI•ODISHA•2 hours ago
Our Lord Ram Tought us Love is Greter Than Caste by eating half eaten Fruit of a Dalit . I am a Brahmin . I am True follower of Ram . In my School life , When a Dalit Friend Bite the Small Chocolate to make it two, & give me give one half , I ate it .Because my Lord Ram Tought me that . My that Friend is also So Called Untouchable . In modern day , Caste have No Value
Satheesh Kumar•100•Member • BIJOY BANERJI•2 hours ago
True word. Now a days caste is no value. Let us join hands together to abolish the importance of the caste.
RADHAKRISHNAN PATTATH•1300•Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer • RADHAKRISHNAN PATTATH•3 hours ago
The MP has no say in this. These culprits are to be arrested and put in a jail where cooking is done by Dalits and no other food is allowed. These idiots are to be made to clean their own latrines in shifts for a month.
Partha Mondal•1793•Wordsmith News King Member • Partha Mondal•4 hours ago
Just think if a minister is treated in this manner, how a common man will be treated. BJP must speak out against untouchability.
Mohan Tvm•Influencer Wordsmith News King • Partha Mondal•tvm•2 hours ago
This is called the WHITE RACISM. It started after the British arrived here in India
Vydhyaraja Vellala•5931•Influencer Wordsmith Inboxer • Vydhyaraja•Bangalore•2 hours ago
whoever has done it , they dont deserve to be called human beings .
Sayeed Ahmed .V•421• Sayeed•4 hours ago
Dalit BJP MP should respect the sentiment of upper caste and avoid unnecessary controversy.
KN Srinivasan•20• Sayeed Ahmed .V•3 hours ago
you are a fox trying to fish the troubled water
Charan Alemada•277•Influencer Wordsmith Member • Charan•Bangalore, India•2 hours ago
all because of Congress style politics, even now people follow untouchability
Indian First• Charan Alemada•Bangalore•1 hour ago
Blind Bhakt , it's ur BJPee which is involved in caste politics not Congress ...
stop blaming cong for ur own shortcomings ..
Even if some day street lights are not on, U idiots say Nehru is responsible for it ..