KARNATAKA

Focus on education, Dalit Christians told

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Proper education, political awareness and support from community organisations, educational institutions and political parties will help Dalit Christians reach their goal of being included in the list of Scheduled Castes, according to a member of the National Minorities Commission, V.V. Augustine.

He was addressing a seminar on "Reservation for Dalit Christians on a par with Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes," organised by the Dalit Christian Federation here on Monday.

Christians form only 2.5 per cent of the population of the country. Of that, 50 per cent are in the coastal areas of the southern States and 25 per cent in the north-eastern States.

Christian organisations should earmark 15 to 20 per cent of their funds to educate Dalit Christians, he said.

Want of education and unity are preventing Dalit Christians from getting their due place among the Scheduled Castes. They must enlist political support to gain what they deserve. The National Minorities Commission is not against the demands of Dalit Christians, he said.

Inaugurating the seminar on behalf of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, the former MP for Bangalore North C. Narayanaswamy said his party has been supporting the cause of Dalit Christians right from 1996.

The former Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council David Simeon presided.

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