Indian Dalit land rights activist: Without land, we have no power


WHEN Indian prime minister Narendra Modi visited his home town in Gujarat state to mark his birthday over the weekend, the Indian media focused on the detention there of a young Dalit rights activist. In just a few months since he led a protest after four Dalit youths were stripped and flogged by upper-caste Hindu men in Una, Gujarat, for allegedly skinning a dead cow, Jignesh Mevani has become the poster boy for Dalit rights in the country. After first calling for dignity for the marginalised low-caste community, Mevani, 35, is now demanding land for landless Dalits and has threatened…

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