Days after Dalits in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar were allegedly given soaps to clean themselves before meeting state chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a Dalit group in Gujarat has said that it will make a 16-feet long soap and send it to Yogi Adityanath, so that he can take bath before meeting Dalits, an Indian Express report has said.
The group, Dr Ambedkar Vechan Pratibandh Samiti, announced the same last Thursday in Ahmedabad.
“The attitude of Yogi Adityanath indicates his manuvadi (casteist) approach. He needs to cleanse himself of these impurities,” Kirit Rathod and Kantilal Parmar, members of the samiti, were quoted as saying by the paper. Both of them have been part of Ahmedabad-based NGO, Navsarjan, which fights for rights of Dalits.
The soap, after being made, will be on display at a public function in Ahmedabad next Friday before it is packed and sent to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister in Lucknow.
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As per the members, a woman from Balmiki community will prepare the soap. It has also decided to meet Dalit MLAs and MPs from Gujarat and give them questionnaires asking them the reason behind their “silence” on troubles that Dalits face since the BJP came to power in 2014.
A day before Yogi Adityanath’s visit last month, nearly 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district were distributed ‘Lifebuoy’ and ‘Ghari’ soaps.
“I got the soaps from the Anganwadi women. I didn’t get the shampoo, but others did. I was told to take a bath with the soap before going for the meeting. We already use soap which we buy from the local shop. What’s going to change with just two bars of soap,” Keshri, a villager in her sixties, was quoted as saying by Indian Express.