Social outfits up the ante on SC status to Nishad in Uttar Pradesh | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Reservation for Nishads would possibly set the tone for the upcoming state meeting elections in Uttar Pradesh the place the group constitutes not less than 18% of the inhabitants and is furious that the Yogi Adityanath authorities has not saved its promise in the final 4 years to grant it its foremost demand, the SC status.
After the Nishad-centric political outfits which were vociferously demanding reservation from the BJP authorities, it is the amalgamation of non-political and social organizations working for the upliftment of Nishad group in the state, the Sarvadaliya Nishad-Kashayap union, that has upped the ante. The logic that the union extends is that political outfits get embroiled in egocentric motives and would possibly give up the trigger in lieu of seats to contest elections on however the non-political outfit will probably be dedicated to the trigger and can have no inside dispute.
The union is backed by the political events that take pleasure in Nishad assist and signify the group like Rashtriya Mahaan Gadtantra Party, Phoolan Sena, Navlok Party, Nishad Army, Rashtriya Eklavya Sena and Bhartiya Manav Sena Party and the non-political and social organizations working amongst Nishads in completely different districts of UP. Besides, many political events are supporting us silently, mentioned the founder of the union, Kunwar Singh Nishad. “Also there are Nishad leaders in other parties who can not come out in the open to support but they are behind us giving us financial and other support,” he added.
At current, the union is taking out a ‘padyatra’ by way of the state, to trickle down the message “aarakshan nahi toh vote nahin”, until the final strata of the group and in addition earn assist from the group and unite them. The march was launched from Mathura on July 11 and can run on until three months to transfer by way of each district.
“We covered Mathura, Agra, Ferozabad, Etawah, Kanpur dehat till today. It’s like one district a day. We already have our workers in every district who are mostly the social workers engaged with the community. It’s like making people aware of aarakshan nahin toh vote nahin,” mentioned Kunwar Singh Nishad, former state Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha workplace-bearer who give up the occasion on June 28 to cobble up the union.
Though the timing of the formation of the union would possibly increase questions on its goal, which is to battle for the rights of the Nishads with none political mileage, its chief mentioned that the Nishads waited for 4 and a half years for the Yogi authorities to ship on the promise after which the group thought of popping out on streets to showcase their power.
“We are straightaway telling them (BJP) to seek support of our community but give us reservation. Giving reservation to Nishads was part of the election manifesto of the BJP. We have the strength to topple the government,” mentioned the union chief including that the march is a silent means of protest that the group has opted for at this juncture.
Nishads signify the group that after thrived on water assets. Their kings dominated alongside the rivers and other people labored as boatmen, washermen, singhara-growers, fishermen and miners. But, the group, over a interval of time, grew to become socially and economically backward.
The group used to vote for various political events that catered to particular castes. Being the non-Yadav OBCs, Nishads didn’t match into the technique of these political events until their very own political outfits got here into existence they usually grew to become a consolidated, robust votebase and a bargaining entity.
In UP, there are 153 sub-castes of Nishads (nationally the quantity is 570). Some of the sub-castes are in an OBC checklist, some are denotified tribes and a few in the SC checklist. The group is demanding SC certificates beneath 4 generic castes that are majhwar, gond, shilpkaar and turaha.
After British declared the group `prison’ beneath the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, individuals assumed completely different surnames to cover their identification and that is how the sub-castes got here into existence. The group, nevertheless, was declared a denotified tribe in 1952.
“Many assumed surnames like Verma, Sahni, Kashyap, Bind to do away with the feeling of inferiority because the community was always looked down upon for being backward educationally and socially,” mentioned Kunwar Singh Nishad.
In the 1961 Census of India, Nishads figured as SCs. The UP authorities GO dated August 29, 1977, had the sub-castes and generic castes of the Nishad group included in the checklist of 66 Scheduled Castes.
The efforts by the numerous UP governments to embrace generic castes of Nishads in SC checklist have been ongoing since 2004 however the orders get challenged in the court docket. Nishads will get the advantages that solely dalits get in the state as soon as included in the SC checklist.

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