Noting that the Dalit literary movement in the State was lagging far behind the one in Maharashtra, writer Chandrashekar Patil has called for efforts to bridge the gap.
He was here on Sunday to deliver the valedictory address at the two-day All India Dalit Sahitya Sammelan organised jointly by the Karnataka State Dalit Sahitya Parishat and its Belgaum district unit.
Mr. Patil supported views on internal reservation among Dalits to ensure equitable distribution of benefits to all sects within the community. “Reservation has to be need-based to bring socially and economically exploited sections into the mainstream of society, for which Dalits need to put up a united fight instead of remaining divided as belonging to the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ within the community.”
Earlier, Satish L. Jarkiholi, MLA, advised Dalits to stop worshipping Gods and individuals and concentrate on “vyakti vikas” by hard work. He said reservation could not bring much change in the lives of Dalits and the downtrodden.
“You can develop and shape your fortune if you start believing in your own hard work instead of standing with a begging bowl in front of the government [for reservation benefits] and Gods [for favours].”
The meet demanded setting up of an SC, ST Development Authority for the comprehensive development of Dalits in the State and effective implementation of programmes aimed at rendering social justice and strengthening laws to prevent atrocities against women. It also sought setting up of Dalit Sahitya Bhavans in all districts to encourage and promote Dalit literary and cultural activities.