Gujarat activist backs Chalo Udupi campaign


Jignesh Mewani, lawyer, journalist, dalit activist and organizer of the `Una Chalo’ movement in Gujarat, said he was ready to go to jail in support of the `Chalo Udupi’ campaign, which should not be limited to Karnataka . "I will stand with leaders of `Chalo Udupi’ and also go to jail if they start a movement against `pankthi bheda’ at Krishna Mutt and Bagar Hukum, within two months," he said, addressing the mega convention of Swabhimani Sangharsha Jatha Chalo Udupi at Mahatma Gandhi Bayalu Ranga Mandira, Beedinagudde, here on Sunday ."Chalo Udupi is a struggle which should be replicated across the nation. This struggle is not limited to backward castes, dalits or minorities, but also the poor and farmers. Just as the people of Gujarat exposed the Gujarat model by showing the world the real face of the state , people of Karnataka -dalits, OBCs, minorities, tribals, farmers and women -should stand united with the Chalo Udupi leaders and bring change in society, he said. "We are here in Udupi to throw out caste differences from the minds of people. BJP and Hindu outfits, for the sake of their communal agenda, are saffronizing the coastal districts," Mewani said.
In Una, dalits fought for their rights and self-respect. They are considered untouchables because of their profession. In 2002, a movement was started. Police arrested 27 upper caste people, 746 dalits and 797 OBCs for their role in the movement, he said, urging people to understand this agenda.
He said the Karnataka Land Grant rules should be implemented. Half the revenue land should be given to dalits and this should be raised to 75% in future, failing which dalits will fight for it, he noted.

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