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gender minorities?a broad spectrum of transgender persons that includes jogappas and FTMs This was based on recommendations of the states backward classes commissionwhich held a public hearing for Karnatakas transgender community In Keralathe state governments Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules define a child belonging to a disadvantaged group as a malefemale or transgender child of 6-14 years who belongs to a Scheduled CasteScheduled Tribe or a family engaged in traditional means of livelihood The Election Commission of India and the Passport Authority recognise a third gender category The 2011 Census had an other category and the UIDAI includes a third gender option The petition before the Supreme Court highlights the lack of educational or employment opportunities and health facilities for transgender persons This exclusion stems from the law being limited to a gender binary The demand for the recognition of a third gender questions the way laws and policies are framed in India It opens up fundamental questions that we need to address Can the word person gradually replace man and woman in the text of legislation Why are there so few gender-neutral toilets The Supreme Court has the opportunity not just to address the immediate concerns of the transgender communitybut also to radically change the way we think of gender The writer is with Alternative Law ForumBangalore [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWhatever her critics may say Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief is a born fighter If she has retreated her threat of launching a country-wide agitation and intensifying stirs at every district headquarter of Uttar Pradesh over expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dayashankar Singh’s crude remark against her then it is a carefully calculated decision Mayawati seems to have realised that over-exploitation of Singh’s remark as an anti-Dalit issue will do more harm than good to her prospects of becoming the chief minister of India’s most politically sensitive state Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time next year File image of BSP supremo Mayawati PTI There are no doubts that it was a highly unsavory and crude comparison on part of former BJP state vice-president Dayashankar Singh when he said that the way Mayawati distributed her party tickets was worse than the manner in which a prostitute handled her clients But my conversations with legal experts suggest that this crude comparison cannot justify the application of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against Dayashankar Strictly speaking Dayashankar did not say that Mayawati was a sex worker He was alleging of the money bag politics practiced by Mayawati It is a fit case for defamation against Dayashankar both civil and criminal Applying SC/ST Act on the other hand will only amount to an overreaction and make as leading political analyst Mohan Guruswamy says “a mockery of the due process of law” In contrast however what Mayawati and her party activists did to Dayashankar’s family members including his mother wife and daughter in the course of their protests and demand for the sacked BJP leader’s arrest in Lucknow did violate India’s penal provisions and measures ensuring women’s safety and security This is not to suggest that Mayawati has gone slow on the case of Dayashankar because of the finer legal points Her decision on the other hand is a part of astute political calculations She now wants to portray the derogatory remarks against her in a series of rallies called “Sarvjan Hitay Sarvjan Sukhay” (Everybody’s welfare everybody’s weakness) all over Uttar Pradesh from 21 August so as to ensure that the issue is not seen exclusively as a Dalit problem Mayawati may have been one of the tallest and most successful Dalit leaders of the country But whenever she became a chief minister it has been because of her “Dalit plus” politics Twice she became the chief minister in coalition with the BJP And in 2007 Assembly elections her stupendous political success was attributed to her “Sarvjan” formula; she successfully co-opted Muslims and upper castes particularly Brahmins This formula did not work for her in 2012 Assembly polls and 2014 general elections But now she is trying very hard to ensure that the formula works during next year’s Assembly polls And for that to happen she simply cannot afford to play her Dalit card beyond a point It is true that Mayawati and her BSP’s core support group consists primarily of the Dalits and that the BSP espouses no specific ideology other than its opposition to and outspoken criticism of the inequalities of the caste system But the fact remains that Mayawati or for that matter the BSP does not represent the whole Dalit politics and Dalit movement in the country Had that been the case Mayawati would have been one of the most important leaders of Punjab Himachal Pradesh West Bengal and Tamil Nadu as well not Uttar Pradesh alone Though Uttar Pradesh has the largest chunk of the total SC population its percentage in terms of the state’s population is 205 percent In contrast Punjab has the largest share of Dalits withits population at 319percent Dalits account for 252 percent in Himachal Pradesh 235 percent in West Bengal and 18 percent in Tamil Nadu But Mayawati is not a factor in any of these states She is not even a factor in Bihar that accounts for 82% of the country’s Dalit population Even in Uttar Pradesh Mayawati’s Dalit base is highly uneven Dalits in the state are divided into 66 su- castes: Chamar/Jatavs – 563percent; Pasis —159 percent; Dhobi Kori and Balmiki —153 percent; Gond Dhanuk and Khatik — 5 percent; 9 sub-castes of Rawat Bahelia Kharwar and Kol — 45percent; and remaining 49 sub-castes accounting for about 3percent Out of these Mayawati is the strongest among the Chamar/Jatavs who in turn are dominant in Azamgarh Agra Bijnor Saharanpur Gorakhpur and Moradabad districts Except in 2007 polls when she was able to form the government on her own (the BSP alone got a comfortable majority) Mayawati has never got the support of the majority of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh In 2012 of the 85 reserved seats Mayawati could win 16 seats (the ruling Samajwadi party got as many as 54 seats) In 2014 all the reserved seats went to the BJP Why has it been so There is a theory (propounded by retired IPS officer SR Darapuri) that Dalits in Uttar Pradesh do not like when Mayawati speaks of “Sarvjan” According to this theory any talk of co-opting non-Dalits particularly the upper castes dilutes one’s commitment to the Dalit cause Therefore Dalits do not take Mayawati seriously This theory also talks of how Mayawati is still wedded to the caste-system prevailing among Hindus by not converting to Buddhism In my view this is too extreme an interpretation No political party least of all the BSP can attain political success on its own without going for new social-coalitions from time to time Such rigid attitude is also self-defeating in a democracy that talks of co-option and compromise Secondly as the recent elections are indicating in India people no longer vote exclusively on the basis of identities That explains why many Dalits (particularly the Pasis) voted overwhelmingly for the Samajwadi Party in 2012 and the BJP in 2014 In a way of course the impression that Mayawati was highly corrupt and that in her regimes benefits only went to the Chamar and Jatav sub-castes added to her electoral defeats But this could not be the only reason for her defeat The moral of the story is that Mayawati cannot regain the chair of Uttar Pradesh chief minister as “a Dalit leader” She has to talk of “Sarvjan Hitay Sarvjan Sukhay” It remains to be seen whether she will be able to succeed on her own as she did it in 2007 or in coalition with another political party (and here no party other than the Congress suits her best) Going hyper on Dayashankar’s comments does not serve Mayawati’s interests as that may annoy the upper castes whom she is trying to woo rather desperately Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated: December 1 2015 5:24 am Related News The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to release a consolidated report on all alterations made to the revised draft Development Plan 2014-2034 in the next few days To be published on the civic body’s website the report will detail instances of errors pointed out by the residents that were rectified in the new draft It will also offer a broad description of the suggestions made by Mumbaikars regarding the DP as well as explain the methodology adopted while undertaking the revisions The first draft of the DP 2014-2034 was placed in the public domain by former Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte in February immediately provoking an uproar over glaring errors in the document and maps Over the next two months the BMC received about 64000 suggestions/objections including those from residents pointing out specific errors In April Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked the BMC to revise the blueprint and to publish the revised DP by August 21 The BMC then appointed a senior retired IAS officer to head the team undertaking the revisions following it up with appointment of ward-level urban planners to rectify the land-use errors After the draft was revised a second round of suggestions and objections were invited a process that started on November 7 and ended officially on Monday Contrary to activists’ expectations the BMC decided not to extend the deadline for accepting citizens’ suggestions but officials said letters that continue to arrive will not be rejected outright but treated on merit According to BMC officials a total of 510 suggestions were received After discounting the repetitions 73 suggestions were recorded A senior official said “Most of the suggestions described what the Development Plan should be like?a gender identity legislation has generated far-reaching legal change, 2011 5:53 pm Related News Director: Catherine Hardwicke Cast: Amanda Seyfried, The tension ebbed and flowed before reaching breaking point when they were rivals on the same McLaren team during the ’89 campaign. ? 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