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Devadasi Children in Schools

I want to congratulate Vimala Rama­chandran and Taramani Naorem for their EPW article “What It Means to Be a Dalit or Tribal Child in Our Schools” (2 November 2013) which has addressed a very important issue.

In this context of discrimination faced by children in schools, I would like to bring it to the notice of EPW readers the discrimination faced by children of devadasis in schools. There are around one million devadasis in India; about 90% from the dalit communities and lower segments of the backward classes. Compared to about two decades ago when I started working with my sisters and daughters (devadasis) in Andhra Pradesh, presently most of the devadasis realise the importance of education for their children, especially the girl child’s education. Every year the government comes up with mass-enrolment campaigns in schools for non-schoolgoing children and school dropouts. We participate in this campaign with great interest and get our children (devadasi children) admitted in schools.

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