Bihar Dalit Development Organization

Coordinates: 25°36′30.38″N 85°3′58.63″E / 25.6084389°N 85.0662861°E / 25.6084389; 85.0662861
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Bihar Dalit
Development Organization
Bihar Dalit Vikas Samiti
Established1982; 41 years ago (1982)
HeadquartersBailey Road, Rukunpura
Barh, Patna, India
José Kananaikil
Anto Joseph
AffiliationsJesuit, Catholic
Formerly called
Harijan Uthan Samiti

Bihar Dalit Development Organization (Bihar Dalit Vikas Samiti) was founded in Bihar, India, by José Kananaikil in 1982 for village level mobilization of Dalit men and women, solidarity building, the educational and economic empowerment of Dalits, and the elimination of caste discrimination.[1]

It has grown into an association of 500 villages encompassing 100,000 families, with 14 affiliated centers and a central office at Barh. Its goal is to establish an educated, justice-seeking Dalit society.[2] Kananaikil received many awards including the national award of the Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy.[3][4]


Jose Kananaikal started to work among the people in Bihar State and founded Harijan Uthan Samiti (Harijan Uplift Association), but he later changed its name to “Bihar Dalit Vikas Samiti” to focus on poor people working for the Upper Shudras.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ AMAN panchayat. Accessed 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ "National Institutions on Minority Rights". Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  3. ^ "Beyond the priestly call". Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  4. ^ "BDSAkademi Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Academy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  5. ^ Dalits in Action: An Evaluation of Bihar Dalit Vikas Samiti. New Delhi: Concept. 1997. p. 46.
  6. ^ Lal, A. K. (2003). Social Exclusion: Essays in Honour of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. Concept Publishing Company. p. 87. ISBN 9788180690532.
  7. ^ Narula, Smita; (Organization), Human Rights Watch (1999). Broken People: Caste Violence Against India's "untouchables". Human Rights Watch. p. 50. ISBN 9781564322289.

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