Rights activist Bhave Sarki no more

Rights activist Bhave Sarki no more

Aug 18, 2014-

Noted democratic and dalit rights activist Bhave Sarki passed away on Monday while undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital in Pokhara. He was 71.

Sarki, who had joined the Nepali Congress after being influenced by its charismatic leader BP Koirala about four decades ago and had been active in it since, was suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. After complaining of severe chest pain, he had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday. His eldest son Govinda said Sarki died of heart-attack.

Dalit Sangh, Kaski said that Bhave Sarki had made immense contribution to the nationwide Dalit movement initiated for the rights of Dalit people in the country and against caste-based discrimination.

“His passing is an irreparable loss to the national Dalit movement,” said Hari Pariyar of Dalit Sangh.

Despite remaining active in NC party politics, Sarki, however, continued to struggle with near poverty as a shoemaker-- an occupation the Sarki community has been traditionally involved in and because of which the rigid Hindu caste system considers them as untouchables.

As his family is still living in a near impoverished state, NC party activists had collected money on his behalf to conduct his final rites. However, most of the NC top leaders including party lawmakers were conspicuous by their absence. Sarki is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters.

Published: 19-08-2014 09:17

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