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A lesson from Obama campgain?

Was reading few articles on Barack Obama, one among the front runners for democratic party nomination for US presidential elections. The articles focused on how being an African- American, he was trying to reach out to both sides of the divide- the white majority and the African American minority. It talked how Obama talked of 'incompetency' of the federal government to deliver relief work in the aftermath of 'Hurricane Katrina', and not of the race of most of the victims. "The incompetence was colour blind", he said.

When asked specifically why he has not spoken much on race issues, Obama said he focused on "the universal issues which all Americans cared about". His aim, he said, is “to build broader coalitions that can actually deliver health care for all people or jobs that pay a living wage or all the issues that face not only black Americans but Americans generally.” (Quoted from NY Times article).

It is not clear at this point whether this brand of politics will help Obama to win democratic party nomination, I was wondering if there are lessons that can be implemented here in India by politicians/ activists fighting for Dalit/ Woman issues, so that they can take along with them wider sections of the society. I could be ill-informed but most issues faced by dalits are faced by other marginalized groups in the country. Lack of access to good quality education and health care are two examples.

It would indeed be nice if crying issues faced by the most neglected sections of the society (dalits and women) can also appeal to wider sections of the society. Any ideas?

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