Flag of respect planted - BATTLE FOR THE DALIT BASE: From the fields of Gujarat to the floor of Parliament

Pheroze L. Vincent

Lavara, Gujarat, July 18: A policeman today passed a chit to Jignesh Mevani, the young Ambedkarite leader who shot into prominence in Gujarat after taking up the Una flogging in which a group of Dalits were tortured a year ago for allegedly skinning a dead cow.

Watched by over 2,000 Dalits, communists and Muslims, Mevani read the piece of paper that told him not to carry out a symbolic takeover of the land by planting blue Ambedkarite flags.

The young leader did so anyway, after limiting the number of those who accompanied him to the plot. A large police force kept watch as Mevani marched through the freshly tilled soil in driving rain and hoisted an indigo blue flag featuring the Ashok Chakra and sporting the words "Jai Bhim".

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