Dapodi, 2nd October 2023: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar called for the recognition of tribal identity and the implementation of a caste-based census during a ceremony in Dapodi. The event, organized by the Bharatiya Bhatke Vimukt Pratishthan Sangh, honored Pawar with a certificate presented by social activist Baba Adhav.
Joined by key dignitaries such as Dr. Shivlal Jadhav, President of the Indian Nomadic Association, and Pune NCP City President Prashant Jagtap, Pawar emphasized the need for a comprehensive caste-wise census to understand the distribution of various communities across India.
Pawar argued that identifying vulnerable communities through caste-based data is essential for targeted policy-making. He questioned the current administration’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by nomadic and marginalized communities.
Reflecting on the policies enacted during former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure, Pawar acknowledged that despite previous efforts, many communities still face significant challenges. He called for a change in policy focus to improve the lives of these marginalized groups.
Pawar criticized the term “forest dwellers” used to describe tribals at a recent gathering in Junnar, advocating instead for the recognition of their tribal identity. He emphasized that tribals are an integral part of India’s cultural fabric and deserve proper recognition.
Echoing Pawar’s sentiments, social activist Baba Adhav highlighted the importance of Pawar’s support for the demands of nomadic communities. Adhav also touched upon broader societal issues such as unemployment, inflation, and drought, calling for the preservation of democratic values in line with the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.
In his concluding remarks, Adhav urged collective action to safeguard democracy and the principles that Mahatma Gandhi championed, emphasizing the need for leaders who prioritize national welfare over personal gain.