A Voice In India For The Dalit People

December 28, 2009

India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has re-nominated Dr John Dayal, Secretary General, All India Christian Council, an advocacy voice in India for the rights of the Dalit people, to be a member of the reconstituted National Integration Council. The nomination was conveyed in a letter by Home Minister P Chidambaram on 4th December 2009. The NIC had been created by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Prime Minister is the chairman of the NIC.

In his letter of acceptance, Dr Dayal said “The people of India and the Christian community in particular, continue to have great hopes in the NIC in ensuring and strengthening communal harmony and national integrity. Frequent meetings of the NIC will give us opportunity to brief the government on the ground situation and on our fears, hopes and aspirations. We hope the NIC and its members will be consulted in the formulation of such laws as the Bills to set up the Equal Opportunity Commission, Preventing Communal violence, and similar legislation.”

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