We do not want a government that does not care about us: Manual scavengers’ manifesto

Ahead of 2019 elections, Safai Karmachari Andolan released their manifesto on Thursday.

Safai Karmachari Andolan is a movement that aims to completely eradicate manual scavenging from India.

‚ÄúThis is the biggest moment in our history. This is the first time we, the manual scavengers, are releasing our manifesto. We do not want a government that does not care about us. These are our demands, and we are not requesting the people in power to meet them, we are ordering them.” Bezwada Wilson, the national convener of Safai Karmachari Andolan said in the manifesto releasing event.

The manifesto lists the demands made by the manual scavengers to break the shackles of caste, patriarchy, and for the recovery, reconstruction, and reclamation of their fundamental right to live with dignity.

We are deeply worried that Manuvadi, unscientific, irrational and fundamentalist forces are hijacking agenda of people — untouchability, hunger, poverty, gender violence and unemployment deliberately thrown out of political discourse. This trend is posing serious threat to our constitutional values.

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