Did the dalits participate in the Civil Disobedience Movement?

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(i) Initially, Congress had ignored the dalits for fear of offending the Sanatanis, the conservative high-caste Hindus.

(ii) But Mahatma Gandhi believed that Swaraj would not come for a hundred years if untouchability was not eliminated.

(iii) He called them ‘Harijans’ and he himself cleaned toilets to dignify the work of sweepers.

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(iv) But many dalit leaders demanded reserved seats in educational institutions and a separate electorate.

(v) So dalit participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement was limited.

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