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Q. Social progress of Dalits: Is dalit protest against recent atrocities sign of social progress?
Jul 25, 2016 Related to : GS Paper 1 and 2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently country has witnessed widespread protests staged by dalits across the country against violent assault on members of dalit community. Since long time dalits are facing caste based inequality in Indian society, in this background protest has been sustained and widespread enough to draw the attention of all sections of society. It marks gain in political democracy and fight against dalit atrocities.

Is it social progress?

  • Various custom and conservative social power have kept dalits at the bottom of the social hierarchy in most parts of the country, especially where their numbers are small, reducing their electoral clout.
  • Persistence of social exclusion and unjust treatment has bred resentment and protests in our society. In the modern era due to technological development and the spread of social media among low-income groups have helped convert simmering resentment into active protest.
  • Active protests against atrocities likely change the status quo permanently and it is good sign for any democracy. These protests indicate movement of social progress, which is the need of the hour to maintain equality in the society.
  • To realise the genuine progress India democratic setup, it is imperative to move society forward from its traditional hierarchical order to one of democratic equality as envisioned in the Constitution.

Conclusion-

These protests indicate the welcome changes against the caste based inequality. Though political parties may misuse these events for political gain in short-run, but in long run these protests change the status quo that exists in the society. In this background it shows the sign of social progress.


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