‘Dalits assertion in Orissa unbearable for Hindus’

R. Akhileshwari, Deccan Herald‘s veteran Hyderabad correspondent, quotes Andhra Pradesh activists working in Orissa as saying that the empowerment and economic improvement of Dalits is at the core of the Hindu-Christian face-off following the murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati:

“The anger against Dalits and tribals, who have been the main targets of Hindu fundamentalist groups and organisations, [is] against the increasing empowerment of the traditionally oppressed people….

“Dalit assertion that is visible in many ways like wearing better clothes and speaking English language is not to the liking of the entrenched merchant-fringe Hindu fundamentalist groups who have aligned themselves to ‘teach a lesson’ to the Dalits.”

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