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Ravidas temple case shows social contract between Dalit groups and judiciary is fraying

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28.08.2019

A massive protest by thousands of Dalits shook the Capital last week after the Delhi Development Authority demolished a 500-year-old Ravidas temple in the Tughlakabad forest area on the Supreme Court’s order.

The developments in the Ravidas temple case show, once again, that the social contract between Dalit groups and the judiciary is fraying – from a ruling that many believed ‘diluted’ the SC/ST Act to upholding the 13-point roster system in universities.

A status-quoist, non-diverse judiciary has been redlining many of the demands or campaigns of self-assertion by Dalit groups.

Also read: Why demolition of Sant Ravidas temple in a Delhi forest has Dalits up in arms

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which is overseen by the central government, is the de facto custodian of land in Delhi.

The DDA wanted to vacate the land on which the Ravidas Gurughar (temple) was located, and got a favourable order, from the trial court to the Supreme Court.

The trial court pronounced its order on 31 July 2018 and the high court in November upheld the lower court’s order. The Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court, which was dismissed in........

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