Ambedkar anniversary irony

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/04/2015
The politics around the B R Ambedkar anniversary makes news: on April 15 several papers had stories on the RSS and Congress competing to celebrate him in order to claim the Dalit vote. But atrocities against Dalits  which continue to happen claim far less attention. A February 18th incident of three Dalits being burnt alive in Nagaur, Rajasthan, managed to appear only in two English publications, including Scroll, and one TV channel, NDTV. The Hindi papers did better. On Ambedkar's anniversary no media  was recalling this latest atrocity or reporting on whether the accused had been arrested.
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