2002 riots joined dalit yatra to Una


AHMEDABAD: On Thursday evening Gujarat's most predictable face of the 2002 riots, Ashok Parmar, joined the dalit yatra to express "harmony with the community and record protest alongside atrocity on suppressed people". Parmar's contentious photograph posing with an iron rod had marked in most media journals to represent the anger of Hindus at the time of post-Godhra riots.

 Amusingly, Parmar, who was a Bajrang Dal worker when he took to streets through the communal frenzy, has connected a group of Muslim youths and left for Savarkundla town to link the Dalit Asmita Yatra, which is on its way to Una.

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Parmar lives on a footpath in Shahpur area since 2001. He has also further conveyed that, it is my accountability to show harmony with the society and register objection next to the atrocity committed on them. What happened in Una cannot be accepted. Now is a time to say enough is enough. Parmar claims that his style of protest would be dissimilar. He has also further conveyed that, you have to use words the oppressors understand.

 Of course, this is not the time to lob bombshells, but our words will have similar impact. In addition looking for justice and calling upon dalits to give up unskilled jobs counting skinning of carcasses, one of the aims of the Dalit Asmita Yatra is to endorse dalit-Muslim unity. Parmar is escorted by volunteers of Insaf Foundation, which aims at promoting communal harmony. The foundation's member, Kaleem Siddiqui has also further conveyed that, divisive forces turn into active whenever there is a crisis for a political party in Gujarat.

 Today Siddiqui has also further conveyed that, if such forces are not countered, rioting will not conclude. This is the time for Muslims to support dalits. Muslims from Bapunagar and Juhapura will come to Una on August 14 and link the flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day.

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