Balakrishnan Rajagopal (for Info only, not official)

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Balakrishnan Rajagopal

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    ...It has been passed primarily due to a sustained campaign by thousands of former women manual scavengers over the last several years, supported by civil society groups such as Navsarjan, Safai Karmachari Andolan and Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan.The next and bigger challenge is to successfully implement this bill, for which these groups will need to maintain their struggle.India has a wonderful track record of passing pro-human rights legislation but a woeful record in implementing most of them.There is too much at stake to treat the passage of this bill as a victory and wind down the pressure for real change.India's leaders have long acknowledged that there is a need for a fundamental change in the way in which the country treats its waste handlers.Mahatma Gandhi as well as Manmohan Singh labelled manual scavenging a "shame". ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 17, 2013, 2:24 a.m.