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Dalit activists held a demonstration in solidarity with the organizers of an April 2 Bharat Bandh in India, at Holland Park in Surrey on Sunday afternoon, April 1.

Braving cold weather, more than two dozen people showed up at the rally, held under the aegis of Ambedkar International Social Reform Organization (AISRO) of Canada.

AISRO has intensified its activities over the past several months against the growing atrocities on Dalits or so-called untouchables under the right wing Hindu nationalist BJP government in India. The Sunday rally was against the latest attempts to scrap the laws that were adopted to prevent violence against Dalits.

The participants carried placards and raised slogans against the BJP and the RSS. They also announced their unconditional support to the organizers of Bharat Bandh in India and resolved to send funds to strengthen the movement back home. They were unanimous in their criticism of spiralling attacks on other minority communities in India under the BJP rule.

Among the speakers were the AISRO cofounders Ratan Paul, Surinder Singh Sandhu and Rashpal Singh Bhardwaj, besides former Ravidas Gurdwara President Amarjit Leahl and Indian Rationalist Society leader Avtar Gill. Members of Indians Abroad for Pluralist India, Parshotam Dosanjh and Gurpreet Singh, also attended the rally to show their support.

2 Comments

  1. Sally Dugman says:

    If I lived in Surrey, I would have attended this protest. The men would have just had to put up with my presence — a blond, white woman. … Where are the Dalit women? Why are they not in this photo? Are they not allowed to join in protests? Is there gender equality among Dalits? ,,, If not, it may seem hypocritical that the men are fighting for equal caste rights and don’t condone those same rights for their women as being equal to themselves.

  2. Now Modi government and Indian media will complain to Canadian government about Dalits terrorists working and interfering in Indian affairs.