Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Perhaps this the first time in the history of civil service that a Dalit has topped the examination. Tina Dabi, who originally from Haryana and now settled in Delhi topped the prestigious examination. The success of Tina is a strong slap on the face of Manuwadie who deprived Dalits of opportunities for centuries.
All learning, talents and skill useless if here is no opportunity. Dalits have been denied the opportunity to make big in life for centuries. The filthy and veritable chamber of torture called caste system ensured that Dalits are confined to low grade jobs like manual scavenging, skinning of dead animals, bonded labor etc. The caste system had strongly restricted Dalits’ access to jobs and educations for centuries. Even today certain jobs like temple priests are 100% reserved for Brahmins only.
It was the British who first opened opportunities for Dalits by allowing them into school and taking them into army and other government jobs without any discrimination. India witnessed raise of a giant Dalit leader B.R. Ambedkar in British India. It was Ambedkar who made some provisions In the constitution for upliftment of Dalits.
Coming to the topic it can be said that the success of Tina Dabi will surely inspire Dalits youths across the country. She is just 22 years and it was her first attempt. Her strong determination has brought this accolades for her and for entire Dalit community. She will join her home state Haryana cadre. She must be aware of unimaginable torture and harassment of Dalit girls in the state. Many Dalits girls have been brutally raped and murdered by so called upper caste goons and they went scot free in connivance with state machineries. From their graves still crying for justice. Hope Tina will listen to their voice and does her bit.
We at APS(Ambedkar Periyar Society) congratulate Tina Dabi for this monumental achievement and wish her the best. We sincerely hope she will work for upliftment of Dalits in the state and fight for their right.