25 Aug '11, 4am

Interesting. #Dalits protest against #AnnaHazare- #India

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Some 8,000 members of India's lowest-caste 'dalit' community rallied in Delhi on Wednesday to protest against what they see as the elitist anti-graft campaign of fasting activist Anna Hazare. Dalit activists have challenged Mr Hazare's campaign on several fronts, saying his efforts to force parliament into adopting stronger anti-corruption legislation poses a challenge to the Indian constitution. The constitution was drafted by the dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar and provided guarantees for the abolition of 'untouchability' - although discrimination remains common against those on the lowest rung of the Hindu caste hierarchy. 'It took Mr Ambedkar two years to frame the constitution and Mr Hazare wants to change it in a few days,' said dalit social activist Anita Gautam, who was among the protesters gathered at the capital's India Gate monument.

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