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visionary:D.Pandian, CPI leader, garlanding the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
visionary:D.Pandian, CPI leader, garlanding the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

On the occasion of late B. R. Ambedkar's death anniversary, we should pledge to evolve a casteless society, eradicate untouchability, and protect Dalits, said D.Pandian, State secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), here on Thursday.

He told presspersons that death anniversary observance of Ambedkar could not be more relevant than now when Dalits are attacked by other caste people.

“The incident is a planned attack on caste basis. It is unfortunate that in a State where legal sanction was given to inter-caste marriages, such things are happening,” Mr. Pandian said.

“Evolving casteless society can not be achieved by pitting caste against caste. All political parties should shun caste factor in their organisations,” he said.

Ramadoss's stand

Asked about PMK founder S.Ramadoss's call for intermediary castes to rally against Dalits, Mr. Pandian said that it was unfortunate and not proper on the part of a senior leader like Ramadoss who knows the social reform and social justice path of Tamil Nadu.

On the Babri Masjid demolition, he regretted that the perpetrators had not been punished so far .

On the Cauvery issue, he said that the Supreme Court had asked a relevant question as why the Centre has not done anything so far to force Karnataka implement the interim award of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal. “It is not known whether Karnataka will release water respecting the SC order now. Karnataka does not seem to bother or respect the Supreme Court, Central government or the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.”

Referring to the FDI issue, he said that the people never asked for FDI in retail market.

Only the Centre is welcoming FDI on its own . “There are many companies in the country which are run on foreign collaboration. In retail, the government seems to bring direct foreign management. The foreign concerns will take away thousands of crores of rupees from the country,” he said.

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