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August 10: Observe as 'Black Day' Demanding Scheduled Caste Status for Dalit Christians
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

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The Church of South India is one of the prominent members of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) that strongly demands reservation for Christians of Dalit origin. The Dalit and Adivasi Concerns Department of the Church of South India requests and urges the Dioceses of CSI to organise programmes in the Diocesan and local levels to observe August 10th as a 'Black Day' to object the infamous Presidential order that is instrumental in denying the rights of the Dalit Christians.

The letter of Mr. Pradip Bansrior, the Executive Secretary of the Dalit Concerns of the NCCI, regarding the 'Black Day' is given below. For more information, you can either contact him or Rev. Sunil, the Director of the Dalit and Adivasi Concerns Department of CSI Synod (Cell: +91 8275045182)

“Appeal to observe AUGUST 10th as Black Day”

Warm greetings from NCCI- Dalit and Tribal/ Adivasi Concerns!

National Council of Churches in India-Dalit and Tribal/Adivasi Concerns appeals to the member Churches and organisations to proactively participate in observing ‘Black Day’ on 10th August to raise our protest regarding the continual negligence of the government to the cry for the rights of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the country.

The infamous Presidential (Scheduled Caste) Order 1950 was signed on 10th August 1950 by the then President of India which says “No person who professes a religion other than Hinduism shall be deemed to be a member of the scheduled caste” which was later amended to include Sikhs (1956) and Buddhists (1990) in the Scheduled Caste net. But this law, as we are all aware of, keeps the Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians from the Scheduled Castes list. We request you to kindly observe ‘Black Day’ by organising protest meetings/ rallies/ demonstrations/ hunger fasts/ submitting memoranda/ candle vigils/ special prayers and other appropriate programmes in your church/institution to express our solidarity with the suffering Christians and Muslims of Scheduled caste origin.

The member Churches and organisations of NCCI are also requested to wear black badges on 10th August 2017 and display the posters, which are sent along with this letter/mail on your notice boards. We would appreciate if you send couple of photos and a brief report of the observance to the undersigned.

Thanking you in anticipation,

With regards,

In Christ,

Pradip Bansrior

Executive Secretary
Dalit and Tribal /Adivasi Concerns
National Council of Churches in India