A disturbing incident happened on Thursday, May 25th, during the visit of Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, in a rural area in the state of Uttar Pradesh which tells us that caste-based discrimination still has its deep roots in our society. We all know how things around us rapidly change when a prominent figure of the state or the country is about to arrive in a city.
Same thing happened in the town of Kushinagar, just ahead of Yogi Adityanath’s visit, government officials and local authorities asked people who belong to the so-called ‘lower caste’ to clean themselves with soaps and shampoos. They were also told to wear scent. These were the people who belonged to the community called ‘Musahar’.
The people of the community told that they were astonished seeing the senior district officials caring so much for them and their land, which was otherwise neglected.
”New toilets were constructed, dusty roads were made pitched, and lights were installed within no time,” a resident of the slum told Deccan Herald.
Not only the members of the community were asked to wash themselves with soap and shampoo but also they were told to clean their houses and nearby places before the arrival of the CM.
‘Musahar’ is basically a community in the state of Uttar Pradesh who were traditionally referred as the ‘rat catchers’.
A few days earlier, the same case happened when CM Adityanath was visiting the home of a BSF Jawan, Prem Sagar, who was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir. Local reports tell that just before the visit of CM, the local authorities managed to get a good pitched road in the village, electricity and air conditioner in the room where Yogi Adityanath was meant to meet the martyr’s family. Although the A/C was soon removed after the CM left the place.