According to the Indian Constitution all Indians are equal in terms of law and that no one can be discriminated on the basis of religion, caste, sex and economic background. In spite of all this, a large number of population in India still lacks the basic necessary resources and continues to live in poverty and people are still discriminated on the basis of religion, sex and caste. The worst affected people are the marginalized groups like the Dalits and Adivasis.
India has witnessed many struggles to fight against inequality and discrimination through organizations and individuals. The Tawa Matsya Sangh (TMS) is an organization which is fighting for the rights of the forest dwellers, who were displaced from the forests of Satpura, Madhya Pradesh.
The TMS has organized various rallies and demanded the government to grant them fishing rights. It was in 1996 that the government agreed to grant the local people rights to fish in the reservoir. The TMS has also set up a cooperative society that offers the fishermen a fair price for their catch. TMS also offers loans to the fishermen for both repairing and purchasing nets and boats.
It is important that people fight against discrimination and stand up for their rights. It is also important to provide individuals and the community with adequate resources to help them live with self-respect and dignity.