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    INDIA: Karnataka

    With a lot of systematic preparation going ahead, the Global Action Day was a meaningful and rewarding one in Karnataka. For the first time in recent times, movement leaders, academics, politicians and NGO people came together with such a unity of purpose. The preparation took place in two phases.

    "the Global Action Day was a meaningful and rewarding one in Karnataka. For the first time in recent times movement leaders, academics, politicians and NGO people came together with such a unity of purpose."

    Jyothi Raj

    The Global Action Day took place in the following Districts of Karnataka:

    Bangalore Urban and Rural Districts

    They combined their efforts and organised the event in the State Capital. More than one thousand people gathered in front of the Gandhi Statue. Mr. L.C. Jain, former Ambassador to South Africa, addressed the gathering in the public meeting along with other State Level Dalit Leaders. After the public meeting a delegation comprising of Ruth Manorama and Dalit Leaders from different movements met the Governor and submitted a Memorandum. The event was well covered by National and State Papers.

    Tumkur District

    "the Dalit Jagruthi Samithi decided to inaugurate a two-month event against Untouchability in Tumkur"

    In Tumkur it was a big event. More than 2000 Dalits participated in the Public Meeting and later in a big procession. The Public Meeting was addressed by Mr. T.N. Narasimhamurthy (the Chairman of the Finance Commission of Karnataka), Jyothi and M.C. Raj. This was followed by a massive procession to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office (the District Collector). The procession was in the main streets of Tumkur Town. He came to the gathering to receive the Memorandum to the Prime Minister and the President of India. The event was well covered by TV and newspapers.

    It was also significant that the Dalit Jagruthi Samithi decided to inaugurate a two-month event against Untouchability in the same venue. The DJS is supported by REDS. There were wall posters all over the city. It was DJS that mobilised the large gathering of the Dalits.

    Kolar District

    In Kolar District more than one thousand people gathered from different Taluks at the District Headquarters. There was a big procession and a public meeting addressed by leaders from movements and organisations. It was significant that the DSS took an active part in organizing this event and Ahinda was in the leadership. A Memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner to be forwarded to the Prime Minister and the President of India. Local media gave a good publicity to the event. The ETV featured a special interview on the issue.

    Dharwad District

    Despite heavy rains a few hundred people gathered in Dharwad, took out a procession and submitted a Memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. The City of Dharwad had wall writing on Caste and Race.

    Posted on 2001-07-18
     
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