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Dalit educated employees and students started an organization in 1974 called Karnataka Dalit Sangarsh Samiti. In the early days it organized protest marches and arranged conventions of Dalit students and Dalit writers.
It started a weekly Panchama which focused attention on the problems of the Dalits and gave publicity to the activities of the Dalit Sangarsh Samiti.
Many social problems and land disputes were taken on top priority. They also did dharnas in front of Dalit MLAs and MPs against their inaction to stop atrocities on Dalits. It is a broad based, mass based and cadre based organization. In 1982 the Dalit Sangarsh Samiti workers actively participated in the campaign and worked for the defeat of some prominent Dalit leaders.Dalit Action Committee is an offshoot of the Dalit Sangarsh Samiti. A new daily was launched 'Sangathi' by the breakaway group.