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Kanshi Ram, an enigmatic politician

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 10:52 IST

Kanshi Ram, who remained a bachelor, was an enigma in Indian politics and strove for the spread of the Dalit movement throughout the country but achieved considerable success only in Madhya Pradesh apart from Uttar Pradesh.

Ram, who launched an organisation for protecting the interests of Dalit workers in government in 1978, then floated a political forum DS4— Dalit Shoshit Sangharsh Samiti— in 1981 and tested political waters by entering the fray in 1987 in a Lok Sabha by-election against VP Singh in Allahabad when the latter founded Jan Morcha but failed to make it to Parliament.

However, he later won from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh 1991 and entered the Lok Sabha.