It is a very well known fact that the SC’s and St’s have been faring very poorly on most of the human resource parameters. This sorry state of a certain community, although certain legal and constitutional safeguards have been placed, only points to the fact that the existing safety nets need to be reinforced and the reach needs to be addressed. But it is a shame that currently the judiciary too is trying to water down the legal recourse bestowed on the community, while on the other hand the upper castes are protesting against the existing meagre reservations.
AIM has successfully lobbied for action-oriented approaches to address ‘untouchability’ and other human rights abuses against Dalit, Tribals and similar communities that suffer discrimination on the basis of work and descent.AIM bases its work on contributions from members and associates. The network produces crucial input in the form of documentation, strategic interventions. Interaction between members adds to the dynamics of the network.
Reservation is one of the only few ways left through which Dalits can secure a position in the social strata and hence an opportunity for their opinion to be aired, as well as heard. There have been a lot of individuals who have acknowledged this lack and are channelizing resources for the upliftment of the dalit community, specifically in the realm of education. As Babasaheb, Savitribai and many more have fought vehemently against the system and paved way for furthering the interests of Dalits, it now falls on each of us to consolidate our resources towards this. This alone isn’t enough and the state should also be reminded of its responsibility to uphold and protect the interests of marginalised as a socialist republic.
Poverty, illiteracy, poor health conditions, and lack of general awareness are other problems the SCs suffer from. Most of them are engaged as landless, manual daily wage earners even today. Political reservations have not played a significant role to represent their cause due to the domination and numerical strength of the upper castes in all the political parties. The elected political leaders from the reserved constituencies are effectively coopted or silenced due to tough competition and for political survival.