Jignesh Mevani is a social activist turned politician in Gujarat, who contested and won the Vadgam assembly seat in 2017 as an independent candidate. Hailing from a Dalit family, Mevani is perceived as a leader for Dalit rights. He spearheaded the protest march called Dalit Asmita Yatra from Ahmedabad to Una following the deadly attack on Dalit men in Una village by so-called “Gau Rakshaks.” The march culminated with 20,000 Dalits attending the protest, including a Dalit woman, who vowed to give up jobs of removing cow carcasses.
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