Posted By : Amita Bhaduri Posted Date : Sat, Connection to basic infrastructure and access to essential services such as water are often used as a tool for social discrimination and exercise of power. Can the simple act of drinking water be revolutionary? Illustration by Chetan Toliya The worst and most inhumane form of discrimination and untouchability is seen when it comes to water. Even today, many villages have a different source of water allotted for Dalits. Non-dalits fill the water and pour it into the vessels of the Dalits.

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This is the day, we broke the religious boundaries and touched the water. Water was mere reason, it was the fight for self respect, the passion of proving ourselves, the war for water, the struggle for existence, the fire of revolution, and finally we step forward towards our rights on 20th March Lets celebrate the 82nd anniversary of war of water.

Ban On Water: Can you imagine how horrible is that a community was banned to have a drinking water from public lake or dam. My God! It was bloody behaviour of all Hindus Not only Brahmins to banned the Dalits from drinking water. These Hindus used to go for bathing, laundry, washing in the lake water, but Dalits were not allowed to take a drinking water from any lake, well, or any public water source. This is not the story of couple of days or centuries, this is the story of millions of years.

Still you can see the same situation in rural area of India, the Komati Samaaj staying in Sironcha, they still follow this kind of belief.

Statue of Dr. The main organizer of this movement was R B More, introduced Dr. On 19th March Dr. Ambedkar gave an erupting kind of speech. People just went with electrifying energy and flame out with the intention to throw out the slavery of thousands of year.

On the next day 20th March In this satyagraha, thousands of Dalits for the first time drank water from the lake that for centuries had been set aside only for caste Hindus. Ambedkar and even many Hindus threatened him to kill. The Hindus came to foolish conclusion that the water of Chavdar lake had been polluted by the touch of Dalits.


Mahad Satyagraha 1927

Earlier, untouchables were not allowed to use water from Mahad tank. High caste Hindus opposed this order of Municipal Board. In response, Ambedkar organised a conference of ten thousand untouchable delegates at Mahad on March 20, to support the decision of Municipal Board. Ambedkar, in his presidential address, stressed the necessity of rooting out ideas of highness or lowness and inculcating self-elevation through self-help, self-respect and self-knowledge. After the conference all delegates marched to the tank and asserted their right to drink and take water from the tank.


20th March in Dalit History – Mahad Satyagraha Led By Dr. Ambedkar

This history falls into two stages. The first stage was marked by petitions and protests. The second stage is marked by the open revolt in the form of direct action against the Hindu Established Order. This change of attitude was due to two circumstances.

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