Chandrashekhar Azad on being jailed, Dalit activism, and Mayawati.

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In this Chota Interview, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri sits down with #ChandrashekharAzad, the co-founder and current president of the #BhimArmy, an Ambedkarite #Dalitorganisation. An activist and politician known for his vocal stand against anti-Dalit sentiments in India, #Chandrashekhar has been jailed multiple times over the years.

Abhinandan and Chandrashekhar discuss the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, his own political ambitions, the Dalit movement and his experiences in jail, and #BahujanSamajParty leader #Mayawati, among other things.

Chandrashekhar talks about the recent Supreme Court order that states aren’t bound to provide reservation in appointments and promotions. “I request the Dalit MPs who are sitting in Parliament, thanks to the reservation given by Dr BR #Ambedkar, to pressure the government to bring in an ordinance overruling this judgement,” he says.

He says the Dalit community can’t afford to leave work, but has still come to the streets “when our rights are being taken, and [when] we lost hope from the government and administration”. About his stints in jail, Chandrashekhar says, “With the kind of laws the government has recently brought, many will be put in detention camps. So they must get used to staying in jail already.”

Chandrashekhar is critical of #Mayawati, pointing out: “Had she done her work effectively and responsibly, thousands like me would not have had to leave their jobs and careers to form the Bhim Army.”

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20 comments

  1. तू तो पक्का नक्सली दाढी वाले ! हरामी येह सब टुअकडे गॅंग वालोसे बडी प्याराए बात करता है.. उनको क्रांतिकारी मसिहा करके दिखाता है .. बेटे कभी बहुत मार खायेगा .. सारे देश के हीत की बात करो .. कुछ नकसली और भिम आर्मी जैसे हिंसक लोगोंको भगवान कर रहे हो.

  2. Free मे खाने वाले ही तेरे दर्शक है .. कन्हय्या , चंद्रशेखर .. के चेले

  3. Ye hamare log kya hota hai ?? Ham sab ek hai people like him are a great danger for the unity of this country. Why is he given soo much attention? Attention should be given to real heroes who are working to end the evils of casteism and not capitalizing on it like him. People like Azad are Rats who are eating this country from inside.

  4. Mere pyare bacche mere chand ke tukde mere laal mere shona mere put aur inki…..are mere JNU ke baccho ki baat kar raha hu un pe JNU ki feesh ke paise nahi he to ye kaise dekhe ge yaha to free me bus itna hi milega dikha de bhai tere hi to bhai log hai ye sab bhi nahi to ye fir chalu ho jaye ge aur ter se bhi leke rahe ge aajadi 😄😄😄😜

  5. OH MERA GRATE BHAI HAI JO HAR EK MAJOB KE ANSOU (EYE DROPS) POUNCH THA HAI..MERA BHAI HAMESHA HAMESHA SALAMATH RAHE ..YE MERY DUA HAI…JAIBHIN JAIBHIM.

  6. Kasam bahut acchi adhiniyam bahut acche aadami Hai Samaj ke liye apni Bharat ke liye bahut Jaan Kurban kar rahe Bechara isko Allah toffee Ada per Mein bade bade bade to Kho Gaye Bollywood ka Sabse Badi bahut badhiya