During my recent visit to the Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU), on the side lines of the Interdisciplinary Global Seminar on Exploring the Cultural and Literary Nationalism of the Fourth World, I’ve observed a Student Organisation, in a peculiar way. This Student organisation is named as ‘National Dalit Student Federation (NDSF)’, but, again claims to be representing the interests of a particular Scheduled Caste section, i.e., Mala, instead of representing Scheduled Castes at National level. I’ve closely observed a poster, which was released by NDSF on the ANU Campus, which is as follows;

National Dalit Student Federation (NDSF)  Get Together Poster. Please observe the borders of the posters, where it is prominently mentioned as 'Jai Mala, Jai Jai Mala, Jai Jai Jai Mala'!!!

National Dalit Student Federation (NDSF) Get Together Poster. Please observe the borders of the posters, where it is prominently mentioned as ‘Jai Mala, Jai Jai Mala, Jai Jai Jai Mala’!!!

Some of the other Banners erected on December 15, 2012 for welcoming different Guests for Get Together are as follows;

Welcome to Prof Vishuvardhan -

Welcome to Prof Vishuvardhan –

Welcome to Dr Johnson P

Welcome to Dr Johnson P, Chief Warden, Boys Hostel –

Welcome to Sudhakar M -

Welcome to Sudhakar M –

This big banner is tied to the University main gate -

This big banner was tied to the University main gate – 

Apart from these banners there were many more big banners erected, which caught the attention of  the persons like me prominently. On the whole, NDSF students’ seemed to spent huge sums and resources for the success of this event.

I strongly feel the words like Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes would be much appropriate to refer to the sections like untouchables, etc, instead of the word ‘Dalit’, which is attempting to unify all the varying sections in guise, and in such a guise only some few section/s are able to garner the benefits in the socio-political realm. But, again if any section is not interested to claim the word ‘SC/ST/Dalit’, they can specifically claim their identity in the name of their community itself, wihout any guise. In this regard, we can observe Madiga Student Federation, etc.

Madiga Student Federation (MSF) is specially claiming as a platform of Madigas only, but, it is very dangerous to observe the dimension of NDSF at Acharya Nagarjuna University, which is representing a narrow section among the Scheduled Castes, in the guise of ‘Dalit’.

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