With 1,39,56,010 enslaved citizens, why is slavery not an agenda for Lok Sabha elections?

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The real plight, however, lies in the collective apathy, explains activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, a member of the District Vigilance Committee on Bonded Labour in Uttar Pradesh.
Lenin, who is also the founder of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) reveals, “In just the last two and half years PVCHR released and rescued 243 bonded labours.”
He observes, “All the released labour belonged to Dalits, tribal, OBCs and minorities communities. So, it wouldn't be so far fetched to say that existence of caste system, communalism and patriarchy are the real causes of persistent slavery.”
Corruption or non-performance of safety nets and practices of land grabbing and asset domination by high caste groups leaves people without protections.
Further asserting this hypothesis, he adds, “Landless poor, agricultural labourers, some artisans and those without employment are the main victims of this system. Workers employed therein are members of SC, ST and minorities who are mostly non-literate and non-numerate and do not easily understand the arithmetic of loan/ debt/ advance and the documentary evidence remains with the creditor and its contents are never made known to the debtor.”
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-with-13956010-enslaved-citizens-why-is-slavery-not-an-agenda-for-lok-sabha-elections-1978224

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The musahars with the full confidence and without any fear were narrating entire self –suffering in front of the two presiding officers of the open hearing First time I feel honoured when Bada Sahab (Big official) listen my testimony very carefully.”  said Mutana, a community leader. Looking their confidence I remember the day when few bonded labours (Ram Dayal and others) from this village came to PVCHR office along with Mangla Prasad, Senior field activist[i]. They were very afraid and unable to share the self – suffering. Now after 2 ½ years they have been healed and transformed as human rights defenders; they are fearless and now ready to face and confront their perpetrators; they are now in a better position to reclaim and attain their rights.

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Weavers' villages in India suffer TB epidemic

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Shruti Naghvanshi, who works with Voice of People, a conglomerate of charity groups in Uttar Pradesh, said weavers used to produce about five saris per week. Now, due to changing fashions and a lack of raw materials, weavers are lucky if they make two per week.

Less weaving means more poverty and poorer nutrition, and TB's toll on Lohata appears to be growing. About 12,900 people in the villages died of the disease in 2011, and about 13,700 died in 2012, according to Dr. S.P. Dubey, a health official in Uttar Pradesh who oversees the TB program. Statistics for 2013 are not yet available.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/weavers-villages-india-suffer-tb-epidemic

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Indian activist: Narendra Modi and Arwind Kejriwal, as dangerous as "Hitler and Mussolini"

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Indian activist: Narendra Modi and Arwind Kejriwal, as dangerous as "Hitler and Mussolini"
by Nirmala Carvalho
For Lenin Raghuvanshi, activist for development of Dalits , Modi (BJP Hindu nationalist party ) and Kejriwal (AAP, anti-corruption party) " are trying to destroy the pluralistic fabric of Varanasi from different political positions". The two leaders have chosen to run for election in city.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indian-activist:-Narendra-Modi-and-Arwind-Kejriwal,-as-dangerous-as-Hitler-and-Mussolini-30694.html

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