Date Of Birth:
11 Dec 1980
Jignesh Mevani is a social activist and lawyer who has led a campaign by Dalits, considered 'lower castes' in the Indian caste hierarchy, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The Una incident, were a video of self-styled gau rakshaka, or "cow protectors" were seen to beat up four dalit youth, allegedly seen skinning a cow, sparked protests all over the social media.It is also to be noted that Jignesh Mevani has paved the way for a dialogues with the dalit and the left movements in 2016. With his demand for material upliftment through land distribution, Mevani has taken up a "traditional left" issue. Yet, by refusing to share the platform with CPI(M) in Kerala, Mevani also tries to represent the distrust the Ambedkar ite strand of dalit groups have towards the left politics.