Rem Bishwakarma elected general secretary of newly-formed International Dalit Journalists Network

Published On: May 1, 2021 03:26 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, APRIL 30: A virtual gathering of Dalit journalists from all over the world has formed a 21-member executive committee of International Dalit Journalists Network (IDJN) led by Mallepalli Laxmaian of India. The gathering has elected founding general secretary of Jagaran Media Centre, Rem Bishwakarma, as the network’s general secretary. Bishwarkarma is also the Editor-in-Chief of

The IDJN is a common platform of all journalists of the world representing Dalit communities who share similar fate of discrimination and exclusion in their societies. “The concerns and agendas related to Dalits often don’t get adequate attention in the media. It is often felt that there is a sense of apathy on issues of Dalits in the media. The media houses lack sensitivity toward Dalit and issues of Dalit to such an extent that such issues are subdued by editors and media houses,” said President of the IDJN, Mallepalli Laxmaian.

Laxmaian said the network aims at mainstreaming as well as amplifying the voice of the Dalit and other vulnerable communities in South Asia and beyond. “It will help to create solidarity for national and international advocacy on the issues, agendas and concerns of Dalit and other marginalized communities,” a press statement quoted him as saying further.

According to the newly-elected General Secretary Bishwarkarma, the network aims to fight against their common fate collectively as they understand the pain their community has been suffering from for a long time-- better than any one. “We will work to include all Dalit journalists actively working in different parts of the globe,” said Bishwakarma. “Caste-based discrimination and untouchability is not only the problem of Nepal; such discriminations are rampant in different parts of the world. To end such problems, we have developed this international network of Dalit journalists.”

During the gathering, several international intellectuals and rights activists including Prof Sukhadeo Thorat, Dr Raj Shekhar Vundras (IAS), president of International Commission for Dalit Rights, DB Sagar Bishwakarma, vice-chair of Asian Dalit Rights Forum, Durga Sob, acting president of NGO Federation of Nepal, Bhakta Bishwakarma, Ananda Kumar, Binay Kumar, senior journalist of India, Ram Chandra Murthi and executive director of International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), Meena Varma lauded the move of developing a common platform of all Dalit journalists working around the world. They have also expressed their commitment to support the network in its endeavor to change the lives of the Dalits and discriminated people of the world.

Members of the IDJN executive committee includes Sita BK, Bhim Ghimire, and Biru Nepali from Nepal, Aruna Athaluri, Indudara Honnapura, Praveen, Gopi and Rambabu from India, Purna Baraily and Deepak Pariyar from the USA, Santosh BK from Canada, Chhatra Shankar from Australia, Subroto Haldar and Mousumi Das from Bangladesh, Sher Bahadur Pariyar from Poland, Prem Pariyar from Norway, Dinesh Goutam from Cyprus, Mahesh Khati from Denmark and Mahesh Waran from Sri Lanka.

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