As the chairman of the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR), Ashok Bharti is leading the movement against discrimination and injustice based on caste, creed or gender. His influential work to provide fair services to Dalit slum communities in Delhi has given the Dalit people a national platform to campaign for a more inclusive society.
NACDOR strives to emancipate the Dalits, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes from their prescribed roles as the bottom of the hierarchy. Ashok is bridging the gap between these marginalized people, companies and the government. He began championing the Dalits by negotiating with service providers to gain accessible, reliable and fair services such as electricity in Delhi slums. During this time, he saw the disconnect between big companies and the reality of Dalit communities. Today, Ashok addresses the lack of communication by bringing together stakeholders from NACDOR, the government, private sector and international community for national conferences. Active in 23 states, NACDOR is positioned to mobilize Dalits in over 1000 locations across India. Using this collective voice, NACDOR has successfully influenced the government’s Development Planning and Annual Budget to include plans for the Dalit community. Beyond advocacy, Ashok has spearheaded multiple studies in the previously untapped sector of the status of Dalits, contributing valuable academic information.
Ashok has rendered outstanding service on behalf of the Dalits, moving towards the Millenium Development Goal to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. Meanwhile, Ashok works everyday to inspire a society of inclusion, where all members can experience equality regardless of their caste, class or gender.
*This profile was updated in April 2014. Please read ahead for the election profile