Skip to main content

Rahul Gandhi to accept Dalits' "largest" national flag, "refused" by Gujarat chief minister as he didn't have space

The national flag spread in DSK premises
By Our Representative
In a major embarrassment to the BJP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be “accepting” one of the largest national flags of India, prepared by Dalits at a technical institute off Sanand, Gujarat’s new industrial hub, which houses some of the most “prestigious” industrial units, including Tata Nano and Ford.
Taken by Dalits in a rally from to village Nani Devti, where the technical institute, Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), is situated, to Gandhinagar about four months back in a 50-km vehicles rally, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani’s emissary refused to accept the flag saying the state government did not have “adequate space to keep it safe”.
As already reported, on insistence, Rupani’s emissary gave it in writing that once facility for preserving the large sized national is created, “we would approach you and take the national flag”. Rupani personally “did not have the time” to receive the national flag, hence he directed the district collector, Gandhinagar, to meet Dalit activists. The National Flag was brought in a tractor.
The rally was organized as part of the Abhadchhed Mukt Bharat Andolan (Untouchability Free India Movement): Mission 2047, launched by Gujarat’s well-known Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan. Macwan also heads DSK, where mainly Dalit girls and boys are trained into different types of technical skills that would enable them to get a respectable job, even as empowering them to fight discrimination.
The national flag in Gandhinagar
A communique issued by Mission 2017 has called upon Dalits to reach DSK, situated on the Sanand-Bavla road, in large numbers on November 24. Gandhi, said the communique, would arrive at DSK at 12 noon. Earlier, the Congress leadership had offered Mission 2047 activists to hand over the flag at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Gujarat’s Congress office in Ahmedabad.
Refusing to accept the “offer”, Macwan told the Congress leaders that the national flag, which a symbol of Dalits’ national mission to fight untouchability, would be handed over to Gandhi “provided he reached out to us”.
The communique said, by refusing to accept the national flag, the Gujarat government has “insulted the national flag”, adding, “On August 11, we took the national flag, which we prepared, to highlight our mission. Hundreds of Dalits, who were part of the 50-km long national flag rally, were visibly angry after they received the message that the Gujarat chief minister wouldn’t meet them.”
A 125 x 83.3 feet national flag, the communique said, would finally be accepted by Gandhi with “due respect” on November 24. The length of the national flag represents the 125th anniversary of top Dalit icon and father of the country’s constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar.
Gujarat CM emissary scribbled:"We
don't have space for national flag"
The National Flag, which was brought back to DSK, was prepared by Dalit students and teachers after spending 25 days. It is made of khadi, which is generally woven by the Vankar sub-caste of Dalits. Its designing, colouring and sewing was done by DsK students, mainly girls, with the help of teachers.
Interpreting the national flag, Macwan said, the Ashok Chakra symbolizes social equality, which is “one of the 12 basic principles of Lord Buddha, and the spokes in the Ashok Chakra represent exactly that.” By offering the National Flag to the chief minister, we wanted to remind him about his constitutional duty to annihilate caste.”
Along with the national flag, the Gujarat chief minister was asked to accept a large-sized supda (winnowing basket), which carried a one-line memorandum, asking him to name one Gujarat village untouchability free on the Independence day, August 15. While the supda and the memorandum was accepted, the chief minister hasn’t yet named a village untouchability free.

Comments

TRENDING

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

WHO move can 'enable' India to detain citizens, restrict freedom, control media

Counterview Desk  In an an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with copies to concerned Cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and MPs,  health rights network  People’s Alliance for Public Health (PAPH alias JanSwasthya Morcha), has urged that India should not be a signatory to the World Health Organization ( WHO) Pandemic Agreement and Amendments to the  International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005  to be adopted at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva from 27th May to 1st June, 2024.

'Enough evidence': Covid vaccines impacted women's reproductive health

By Deepika*  In 2024, the news outlets have suddenly started reporting about covid vaccine side effects in a very extensive manner. Sadly, the damage is already done.

Can scientists believe in God, yet explore nature 'abandoning' belief?

By Dr TV Sajeev*  In August 2023, India celebrated the successful soft-landing of Chandrayan on the south pole of the moon. That mission too led to some questioning about whether scientists could believe in God. The culture of temple visits and poojas before the launch of rockets with or without payload had been a mocking point for a long while. 

Growing stream of pollution infecting homes, bodies in US, Vietnam

By Erica Cirino*  Louisiana’s “River Parishes,” located along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, shoulder some of the worst industry impacts in the United States. As a result, this region has acquired a grim reputation as “ Cancer Alley .” 

'Uncertainty in Iran': Raisi brokered crucial Chabahar Port deal with India

By Pranjal Pandey*  Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, and the country’s foreign minister were tragically found deceased on May 20, 2024, shortly after their helicopter crashed in foggy conditions. In response, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly appointed a relatively unknown vice president as the interim leader.

Informal, outdoor workers 'excluded': Govt of India's excessive heat policies

Counterview Desk  Top civil rights network, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), has demanded urgent government action to protect millions of outdoor workers from extreme heat and heatwaves, insisting declaration of heatwaves as climatic disaster.