Articles About Dalits In India
 
The Brahmins among Muslims No One Talks About

Justification of casteism is a direct attack on Prophet Muhammad's life and an injustice to Islam's ideals and teachings. Islam, as a religion, does not believe in distinction on the basis of class, creed, caste, economic status, region, language and background. These criteria are immaterial for God to judge a person.

Hindutva And The Idea of 'Humanity'
The prime minister has named Gandhi, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Lohia as three leaders who have shaped Indian political thought in the 20th century. The Bharatiya Janata Party has a dismal past and lacks leaders of its own, which is why it is often accused of appropriating leaders belonging to other parties.

 

Immeserising Peasants to Fill Corporate Coffers
Peasants and agricultural workers, Dalits and Adivasis are building issue-based unity against the Modani Model of loot of Jal, Jungle, Zameen and mineral resources and saying no to the loot.

 

Deen Dayal in Govt Schools: Neglecting Education, Indoctrinating Exclusion
First, asking to buy Hedgewar’s biography and now instructing to buy collected works of a RSS ideologue, it is becoming increasingly clear that the state education ministry is not concerned about the growing criticism of the status of education in state but more keen to push what Congress has called ‘saffron agenda’ in schools.

 

Affirmative Action and The Concept of Merit: The Indian Experience
Affirmative action policy is an umbrella term loosely defined to include all the policies targeted towards the discriminated groups for uplifting them socially, educationally and economically. it would be wrong to use the term Affirmative action policy because only an aspect of it has been introduced, which is "quota".

 

Why Ambedkar's stock is so low with Modi
The prime minister has named Gandhi, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Lohia as three leaders who have shaped Indian political thought in the 20th century. The Bharatiya Janata Party has a dismal past and lacks leaders of its own, which is why it is often accused of appropriating leaders belonging to other parties.

 

Blind race towards self-destruction
What is rankling my mind, after listening to the din of voices crying hoarse in order to be heard, is the issues (or non-issues) that dominate popular debates, the extent of polarization these debates can create, the level which one can attain in trying to defend one’s point of view and the role of mass media in determining the direction of a discourse.

 

Demonetization: Beware of Digital Dictatorship
Short term pain for long term gain” has become the slogan for the dictated transition to a digital economy. But the pain is not just short term, the pain of millions of honest Indians who contribute to a truthful economy, wasting days on end, sacrificing their work, their livelihoods, their means of living, to standing at ATMs and juggling denominations and news reports. In rural India daily mile-long walks to banks have become commonplace, whereas rural communities would interact with the “financial world” a handful of times annually.

 

Is The Demonetization Legal?
The Supreme Court likely will not entertain arguments regarding the efficacy of demonetisation since it has repeatedly expressed its deference to the government on policy matters. It must however decide the legality of this move. The demonetisation notification is illegal because it goes beyond the scope of what is permitted under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, (“RBI Act”), the stated source of authority for the notification.

 

Modi Cult Building is Part of Hindurashtra Building
The similarity between Modi and Trump is not confined to the faulty process through which they have been elected. Both of them love unbridled power and hate even an iota of dissent. However, it is being observed that Trump after election as President has mellowed down a bit. US will not be cleansed of all Muslims, their entry not barred, only criminals out of Hispanics will be put behind barsand independence of media will be honoured..

 

Demonetization: Beware of Digital Dictatorship
Short term pain for long term gain” has become the slogan for the dictated transition to a digital economy. But the pain is not just short term, the pain of millions of honest Indians who contribute to a truthful economy, wasting days on end, sacrificing their work, their livelihoods, their means of living, to standing at ATMs and juggling denominations and news reports. In rural India daily mile-long walks to banks have become commonplace, whereas rural communities would interact with the “financial world” a handful of times annually.

 

Is The Current Demonetization Legal?
The Supreme Court likely will not entertain arguments regarding the efficacy of demonetisation since it has repeatedly expressed its deference to the government on policy matters. It must however decide the legality of this move. The demonetisation notification is illegal because it goes beyond the scope of what is permitted under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, (“RBI Act”), the stated source of authority for the notification.

 

India Needs Social, Not Digital Revolution
Prime Minister, it is not the digital revolution that India requires but the Social revolution. It is not the cashless-ness but the end of social lawless-ness that is required urgently. In the India that you are trying to build, forget cashless-ness, but social lawless-ness has definitely increased. In the digital pathway that you are laying, you are also sowing the seeds of social lawless-ness at a rapid pace.

 

Caste Question In India As I Understand It
What follows is not meant to be an academic analysis of caste and its operation in India. Such an analysis has been done time again by experts who have studied the operation of caste in India in great depth and are thus qualified to engage in a worthwhile discussion in the matter. What follows is, thus, my personal understanding of caste in India from the vantage point of belonging to a well-off Hindu Brahmin family.?

 

  • ‘Swachch Bharat Without ‘Untouchability And Caste Discrimination
    This ‘dedication’ for ‘sanitary’ work is quite exploitative to say the least. Long back in the early morning of ‘independent’ day, I recorded a conversation with many of the ‘Safai karmcharis’ in Mohammdabad, Ghazipur district, who were doing their ‘duty’ early morning with brooms and other equipment to clean the drains and roads under the municipality. I asked, whether they dont have holiday today and the answer was, ‘ Sir, the entire country is ‘celebrating’ independence day. Everybody wear good clothes, distribute sweets, enjoy watching the parade or listening to our leaders but we, the safai karmcharis, are still supposed to do all the dirty work. When will ‘our’ freedom be achieved ? We have no holidays, not even during the emergency. We dont have any medical benefits, not even gloves and other equipments necessary for cleaning.’
  • Reservation And Prosperity
    Over the past two months, the community has been taking out silent marches across various towns, following the brutal rape and murder of a Maratha girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district two months ago by four Dalit men.  But the underlying cause for their discontentment is largely economic. The Marathas, once the economic backbone of the state, have grown insecure and see no scope for greater prosperity in the future. This discontentment is directed at Dalit reservations.
  • Gau Rakshaks Or Dalit Baiters?
    The wrath, or more accurately, the frustration, of India’s dalits is palpably rising. So far, apart from the incidents in Gujarat, where dalit crowds set fire to buses, protests — whether the march in Mumbai against the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan or the turnout in Uttar Pradesh against the remarks by BJP leader Dayashankar Singh against Mayawati — have been peaceful. What will happen if this rage gets out hand?
  • Two Years of an Ambedkar Bhakt and the Plight of Dalits
    A modicum of expectation that Dalits would have had from an Ambedkar bhakt would have been to turn the country somewhat along the direction prescribed by Ambedkar. An Ambedkar bhakt would have been expected to get them back into focus. He was also expected to arrest the worsening conditions of Dalits. Two years may not be a long time to show visible results but certainly enough to mark a directional change. What does the Ambedkar bhakt have to show in these two years?
  • Two Years of an Ambedkar Bhakt and the Plight of Dalits
    A modicum of expectation that Dalits would have had from an Ambedkar bhakt would have been to turn the country somewhat along the direction prescribed by Ambedkar. It is well known that he had asked the new rulers to bring in social and economic democracy at the earliest. For this purpose, he had provided a vehicle in the form of the Directive Principles. Although not justiciable, they were to be the fundamental principles for governance of the country. But these principles were totally ignored in the 60 years of Congress rule. An Ambedkar bhakt would have been expected to get them back into focus. He was also expected to arrest the worsening conditions of Dalits. Two years may not be a long time to show visible results but certainly enough to mark a directional change. What does the Ambedkar bhakt have to show in these two years?

  • Quest For Human Rights Was The Essence Of Dr Ambedkar’s Life
  • For millions of people in India, who follow Dr Ambedkar, consider him as their ‘friend, philosopher and guide’, London School of Economics is a holy pilgrimage, an institution which it must be proud of, for the man changed destiny of millions of Indians, hence today, I bow to the institution and to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar whose fight for human dignity and human rights must be made part of curriculum of Human Rights education world over. Today, at this iconic institution, it is important for us to ponder over as what would have Dr Ambedkar been doing and thinking about the major issues confronting our country. Isn’t it an appropriate moment to do it when the entire South Asia is on the verge of ‘tyranny’ of ‘religious’ majoritarianism where minorities are being considered as ‘obstacles’ and freedom of expression being challenged by the extra state actors who are running their campaign against all the dissenters and intimidating them?

  • Bhim Yatra So That There Are No More Killings
  • Interestingly it was only last month that a member of Parliament from Upper House during zero hour session said that there ‘ there are more than 22,000 deaths every year while cleaning sewers in different parts of the country ‘as per the records of National Commission of Safai Karmacharis’. One does not know how the NCSK has got these figures but it is interesting to note that the figures quoted by the honourable member of the ruling party exactly matched the details of a story in a magazine which had appeared nine years back. The said story titled “Life Inside a Black Hole,” discussed how “Beneath the glitter of India are dark alleys in which are trapped poisonous gases and millions of Dalits who do our dirty job in return for disease and untouchability.” According to the author Siriyan Anand.

  • Ambedkar And Parliamentary Democracy
  • Various State Govts and ruling parties are busy preparing to celebrate 125th birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on April 14. The Sangh Parivar of course had launched efforts last year itself to “appropriate” him, as many have commented. Why only they, everyone sees a vote-getter in Ambedkar. But it is much more than votes and vote-banks. There is statecraft--cratfiness too--in what they do. They have larger goals.

  • Rohith Vemula To Kanhaiya Kumar: It's Not Over Yet
    Rohith Vemula’scase has already attained immense national and international attentions. However the question of discrimination of Dalits and Adivasi students have not been adequately addressed in any of these efforts. Interestingly many studies and fact finding reports suggests that a large number of students who take their lives have strong academic achievements, and it is their claim to equal treatment that upsets the academic establishment, wherefrom stems the idea of discrimination and secondary treatment as they are categorised as ‘reserved’ and therefore do not meet the actual ‘merit.

  • Dalit-Bahujan Perspective On The Mahishasura Debate
  • The ruling party’s despicable invocation of Mahishasura and Durga legend in Parliament recently and its castigation of the JNU students who organised Mahishasura Martyrday Day as a case of depravity and treason represents the belligerent brahmanic politics of the RSS-BJP that wants to muzzle all dissenting voices of dalit-bahujans. Such politics reduces arguments to bluff and history to myths in order to equate brahmanism with nationalism so that the dalit-bahujans can be kept enslaved to the historical frauds. But things are changing now, as a new generation of dalit-bahujans, inspired by the emancipatory ideology of Phule, Ambedkar and Periyar, are rereading history and rejecting the brahmanic deception that passes off as Indian history. This is the backdrop in which the raging debate over the Mahisha-Durga myth should be grappled and grasped.

  • Why Are There So Few Dalit Entrepreneurs?
    The opening of the Indian economy has enabled a small number of Dalit entrepreneurs to make it to the top, but the majority continue to encounter institutional and social discrimination that translates into a share of business ownership that is not proportionate to their population. The 2005 Economic Census shows that Dalits in India own just 9.8% of enterprises despite constituting 16.4% of the population. And the vast majority of these are small single-person businesses.

  • Stage-managed Humiliating Attack on Dalit Christian Pastor
    The extremists picked up Savita, who became a Christian four years ago, in Rendhar, about 45 kilometers (27 miles) from Orai, in what appeared to be a police Jeep, and told him to come along for questioning, he said. Like him, his family members believed the men who came were policemen though they were in civilian clothes. “They started hitting me once I was in the Jeep and continued hitting me on the way,” he told Morning Star News, in anguish. “They took me to the Bajrang Dal head office in Orai, where they hit me with their legs and fists, verbally abused me with the filthiest of language, shaved half my head, removed one eyebrow completely and half shaved my moustache. They then put me on a donkey and paraded me for about a half hour.”

  • Faultlines In Our Battle Against Poverty
  • I firmly believe that we can create a poverty-free world if we collectively believe in it. In a poverty-free world, the only place you would be able to see poverty is in the poverty museums. When school children take a tour of the poverty museums, they would be horrified to see the misery and indignity that some human beings had to go through. They would blame their forefathers for tolerating this inhuman condition, which existed for so long.

  • New Education Policy: Death Knell For India’s Education Sector?
    The Occupy UGC protest henceforth was no longer about the UGC move but against the NEP that might sell off our education sector to the foreign corporate giants; where education will become a tradable service, and firms (not students or teachers) will determine the price of this commodity. The obvious outcome will be that only money will speak for quality education while the rest would have to avail the low cheap online courses which the ‘Digital India’ initiative will readily make it accessible.

  • A Poor Man's Diet Plan
    The fact that dalits are poor does not mean that they cannot have a nutiritous diet plan, that too a low fat one even with the little they have. A lot of diseases they experience are because of their diets, often eating poorly. But even with the little they have dalits can indeed have a nutritious diet as far as possible. Here is what would be a poor man's diet as put forth by Jill Corleone on livestrong (in this fat diminisher system review too you find the similar food suggestions for weight loss as given here)

  • Do the Vedas order killing of those who burn Dalits alive and force them to enter the gutters to perish?
    A recent article in the RSS organ Panchjanya said, "The Vedas order killing of anyone who slaughters the cow. Cow slaughter is a big issue for the Hindu community. For many of us it's a question of life and death." The piece written by Vinay Krishna Chaturvedi adds, "But what should one say about those people and their leaders who, while living among 80 per cent Hindus, have no concerns for the majority sentiment." The Dalits burnt to death or murdered inside the gutters were also Hindus.Even the converted ones were earlier in the Hinduism. Chaturvedi, RSS and BJP are also living among 80 per cent Hindus. Why they have no concern for these Hindus?

  • Why doesn't the violence against Dalits incite liberal fury, as does violence against Muslims?
    It seems our liberalism is impervious to issues arising from rural India. That might be another country, its people deemed to live by another order of values. It is almost certain that the immolation of the two Dalit children, Vaibhav and Divya, in Sunpedh village of Haryana will not constitute the nation’s memory, as will the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri. Why is it that the violence against Dalits does not incite our fury, as does violence against Muslims?

  • Hindu-American Perspective On Beef Controversy In India
    Since the brutal killing of Mohammad Akhlaq, 55, by a Hindu mob in India’s Dadri village near Delhi Sept. 28, many Hindus, Muslims and Christians in India have stepped up their opposition to what they see as a growing environment of religious intolerance and the rise of Hindu nationalism before and after the election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party in May 2014. That intolerance many say, is antithetical to the basic tenets of Hinduism.

  • From Non-Brahmin to Non-Dalit: Caste Politics in Dravidian Land
    Brahmins in positions of administrative power, through the Self-Respect movement calls for cultural change, to the Dravida Kazhagam’s (Dravidian Federation) campaigns against superstition, caste and patriarchy the past hundred years of Dravidian mobilisation has plenty to celebrate. Although the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) have lost much of the social radicalism they still retain a populist emphasis on social justice that has resulted in a number of social development schemes (such as the mid-day nutritious meal) that have benefited those at the foot of society (Lakhsman 2011).

  • On Immoral Women, Sex And Caste
  • “Er, I am a dalit myself. And yes, right to have all of that you mentioned are important too as much as any other issues. Right to loiter is very important, for a dalit woman, a caste/class privileged woman or for a dalit or non dalit transgender even! This campus is as much as ours as this is yours! And you are right. There is a systematic marginalization of the dalit question in the mainstream feminism and which is exactly why more and more dalit women need to occupy the space and raise their issues as well! You see, the category dalit isn’t homogeneous and therefore we need to address the gender question in dalit category and specifically that of trans people!”

  • Telangana Wants Its Own Karamchedu
    Telangana, the youngest state in Indian Union, carved out by a long drawn peoples’ struggle in which more than 600 youth said to have sacrificed their lives has begun within less than a year to disillusion its poorer strata, particularly Dalits, who were in forefront of the struggle for its formation.

  • Equip Ideologically To Challenge The RSS
    Friends from India and abroad who are concerned about the increasing threats to the democratic-secular Indian polity from the Hindutva organizations have been writing to me for preparing a concise document on the anti-national game-plan of the RSS and other like-minded offshoots. The need of such a document is rightly felt for countering the Hindutva propaganda at all levels. The following document is an attempt to accomplish this objective. It is hoped that equipped with this document all those who love India as a democratic-secular nation would be able to challenge the fountain-head of the Hindutva politics. This document is based solely on the documents drawn from the RSS archives.

  • The ‘Servant Class’ and Everyday Forms of Discrimination
    T he threat to safety posed by workers is alive in the minds of middle-class residents, stoked by sensational media accounts of trusted domestic help taking to murder. The segregation that is demanded for self-protection involves house-owners classifying themselves as ‘victims’ and the household help as potential ‘aggressors.’ Interesting, given the enormous evidence that demonstrates the country-wide prevalence of sexual abuse endured by maids at the hands of their employers.

  • Siddharth Vihar is gone. And with it, an important piece of Dalit history
    Siddharth Vihar, the boys’ hostel in Mumbai that was once the site of important political and cultural activity within the Dalit community, has been demolished. Here’s why the demolition means so much more.

  • Manufacturing And Undermining National Icons
    Many social and political processes related to projection of some icons and undermining of the others have intensified during last few years. At one level the game of undermining some icons and projecting icons is a part of various political streams and RSS seems to be the past master in the same.

  • The Dalit moment of truth
    At a public meeting organised to confer the ‘Ambedkar Sudar’ award on Arundhati Roy in Chennai, Mr. Thirumavalavan made it clear that his party was no longer willing to play second fiddle to the two Dravidian parties in the electoral arena.

  • The Dalit Life
    Baluta opened this other world to me without mincing words, in direct, simple language, making escape impossible. I had to look at Daya Pawar’s world as part of the reality of being Indian. It filled me with shame. I felt complicit in the creation of these harrowing lives. I felt frustrated because there appeared to be nothing I could do about it.

  • Indignity in Swachh Bharat
    After close to 68 years of Independence, manual scavenging persists as a disgraceful reality in different states of the country. In the context of the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign), the problem calls for urgent attention both of civil society and the government. In a word, the country needs to wake up to this indignity.

  • Behind Sangh Parivar’s Ghar Wapsi
    Mangal Mandavi is still reeling under shock of Madhota village of Bastar Region. He was brutally attacked as he did not yield into Sangh Parivar’s demands of ‘Ghar Wapsi’, he said: `I thought I would die; but I have survived’. `When we were praying, a strong group of VHP workers got inside the Church with slogans, `Kill the Christians, chase them unless they become Hindus and mercilessly started beating us’, said a pastor.

  • Jai Hindutva Not Jai Bheem
  • People who can think and act independently and yearn for an independent assertion of Dalits as envisaged by Dr Ambedkar do not have any place in the Sangh gameplan. In fact, in the post genocide phase when sinister attempts were on to further intimidate, terrorize the religious minorities planned attempt were also undertaken to browbeat those sections of Ambedkarites or independent dalits and tribals formally into the Hindutva fold who had refused to toe the line.

  • Hindu Right Must Give Up Its Obsession With Mother Teresa
    Inequalities in the Hindu caste system have forced millions to trade gods. If the Hindu Right wants to keep its flock together, it needs to address this problem rather than blame the likes of Mother Teresa.

  • Epitome of Social Upliftment of Bihar's Dalits
    I have lived a thousand lives and died and a hundred deaths in these 50 years that I chose to spend in Bihar,” confesses Padma Shri winner Sudha Varghese while arranging the scattered pile of files in her office.

  • Is Gurukul Education Suitable for India
    The question arises, why there should be affinity in the minds of people for such gurukuls, which do not as a matter of fact exist today, except for a few attempts scattered in various states to revive Brahmanic schools, where English also is taught, so also modern archery but no science.

  • Caste No Bar
    Dalit literature has emerged as a powerful force against the exploitation of lower castes in India. But the revolutionary transformation that it seeks to enact can only occur through a plurality of voices, engaged in meaningful dialogue.

  • For Delhi, the Dalit die is caste
    For the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, locked in a fierce war to win Delhi, the main battle is for 25 lakh Dalit votes. Out of Delhi’s 70 constituencies, 12 are reserved for scheduled caste candidates because of their dominant Dalit population- Jatav, Valmiki and other Dalit sub-castes account for 20% of Delhi’s 12 million voters.

  • Mayawati directionless BSP collapsing?
    BSP leadership had never found itself in such a helpless position. Party with a Dalit base was a force to reckon with. In just concluded Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand – the party won only one seat while it contested 68 seats – 27 in Jammu and 41 in Jharkhand. This shows the might of this party is on the wane now.


  • Miles to go before India's clean
    Local initiative and support are crucial for the effective control of waste. Individual waste-creators - householders, merchants, builders and industrialists - have to see advantages in supporting systematic waste management. And people who make a living from waste have to be part of the systems. Recycling gets done not because it is a good thing; it gets done if it is a profitable thing.


  • Has the Dalit movement sank?
    The irony is biting. At a time when Maharashtra is seeing mind-numbing atrocities against Dalits like the one at Javkheda-Khalsa, the Ambedkarite political movement is on the wane as evidenced by the rout of Dalit parties in the state. It was the anti-caste movement that threw up leaders like Mahatma Jotiba Phule, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj.


  • Emerging Political Discourse & Marginalization of Dalits
    In fact any discussion on Hinduism will be one-sided and misleading if great reformist traditions and dissenting movements are not given due space. This attempt to monopolize Hinduism as a private limited company by few elitist groups is disappointing. After all, Arya Samajis, Radha Soamis, Kabir Panthis, believers of bhakti traditions, Sai devotees and several hundred other groups practicing diverse rituals and symbols have every right to claim their affiliation with Hindu tradition. The puritan approach leading to ‘otherisation’ of those who are not like us is dangerous for the rich diversity of our country.


  • Dalits in India are poorer than Muslims
    Marginalisation of Muslims may have been the biggest political issue in the past decade, but the community is not at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. According to a government report, Hindu Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are the most downtrodden lot in India. Worse, rural Dalits are facing more hardships, says the report.


  • Caste Inequality Among Indian Muslims
    Although the Qur'an insists on the radical equality of all Muslims, caste (zat, jati, biraderi) remains a defining feature of Indian Muslim society, with significant regional variations. While the severity of caste among the Indian Muslims is hardly as acute as among the Hindus, with the practice of untouchability being virtually absent, caste and associated notions of caste-based superiority and inferiority still do play an important role in Indian Muslim society.


  • Dalit pull in Bihar politics
    Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi knows that he is not Paneerselvam. If the latter got the opportunity to become CM of Tamil Nadu once again after 13 years, Manjhi is not sure whether he would be named as the ruling Janata Dal (United) candidate for that post in the assembly elections going to be held 13 months later. Well aware of the fact that his party would once again project Nitish Kumar as its face for the post of the Chief Minister, Manjhi has, rather silently, started cultivating his image as a Dalit –– now called Mahadalit in Bihar ––leader.


  • Contours Of Caste Disadvantage
    The political ascendancy of individuals from traditionally marginalised groups has been viewed as a large enough flux that it is believed to have either reversed, or certainly flattened, the centuries-old traditional caste hierarchies. Traditional hierarchies are too deeply entrenched to be reversed through one single measure; they need a concerted push, backed by strong will from different segments of society, including, but not confined to, politicians.

  • RSS Rewrites Dalit History
    To violate Hindu swabhiman (dignity) of Chanwarvanshiya Kshatriyas, foreign invaders from Arab, Muslim rulers and beef-eaters, forced them to do abominable works like killing cows, skinning them and throwing their carcasses in deserted places. Foreign invaders thus created a caste of charma-karma (dealing with skin) by giving such works as punishment to proud Hindu prisoners.


  • The Banality of Brahminist Evil
    The Brahminists today are in a situation that Adolf Eichmann, the SS Lieutenant Colonel who organized the Holocaust was in, after the defeat of the Axis Powers. The Brahminists feel that they are a new generation; they didn’t start the varna system, they didn’t claim to be superior, they didn’t want to discriminate and they don’t want to be blamed, or asked to feel guilty for, the inhuman discrimination, genocide and brutalization of Dalits which continues to this day.


  • Caste Discrimination in India's Elite Institutions
    The death of Aniket Ambhore, fourth year electrical engineering student at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay on Thursday under mysterious circumstances (he fell from the sixth floor of a hostel inside the campus), has brought to the fore certain unsavoury issues which the administration in the premier institution seeks to brush under the carpet. Caste-based discrimination is one among them.


  • RSS Bid To Woo Dalits
    RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat will launch a three-volume work in Hindi on the “Hindu” identity of India’s Dalits at a high-powered event to be chaired by Vishwa Hindu Parishad international president Ashok Singhal. This signifies the Sangh parivar’s agenda to “reclaim” and “propagate” the “Hindu roots” of Scheduled Castes.


  • Reconversion of Dalit Christians: Is BJP building a larger 'Hindu samaj' in UP?
    Just weeks after the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's 'Dharm Jagran Vibhag' or religious awakening department promised a "homecoming ceremony" for youth "rescued" from conversions in western Uttar Pradesh, a church in the region's Aligarh district was overnight turned into a Shiva temple following a "purification" ceremony for 72 members of the Valmiki caste who embraced Christianity in 1995.


  • Narratives By Dalit Women
    The Dalit women are placed at the absolute bottom of the social caste hierarchy as they face systemic and structural discrimination as threefold: as Dalits, as poor, and as women. This paper is the study of how historically through struggles the women writers have arisen to write about their conditions and plight in the Indian society. Wherein, lot of women associations and movements have come up which have try to improve the Dalit women, yet a very nominal section has risen up to have a respectable lifestyle and education.


  • Manual Scavenging Still Continuing
    In a report, the New York City–based Human Rights Watch (HRW) detailed the practice of “manual scavenging” — the collecting of excrement from latrines by hand. The job is done by those considered to be of the lowest birth. These Dalits, or untouchables, often face threats of violence, eviction and withheld wages if they attempt to leave the trade.


  • Controversy Over Dalit Priest In Temple
    The temple is located in Nayagaon Akbarpur Chedri village in the district's Kanth subdivision, which has a substantial population of Muslims. Local authorities removed a loudspeaker that had been mounted on the temple, saying that there was no tradition of doing this except on Mahashivratri, which falls in February or March every year.


  • Boys Will Be Boys
    A combination of uneven development, a flawed judiciary, and systemic police corruption have made Uttar Pradesh among the most difficult places to be a woman in India. The state -- with a population of roughly 200 million, enough to make it the fifth-largest country in the world -- reported over 32,500 incidents of gender-based crime in 2013, ranking second only to the admittedly less populated Andhra Pradesh. Of those, 3,000 were rapes -- more than a 50 percent rise from the year before.


  • Capable Enough
    Nepal leaders’ psychology that the Dalits have not exerted strong pressure or they have not launched any strong movement has compelled common Dalits to think that the leaders still indulge in rhetoric and no action at all.


  • Inspirational Tales of Economic Mobility
    In May 2011, a magazine raised several eyebrows when it put ‘Dalit Crorepatis’ on its cover. Readers’ responses ranged from “Why be condescending?” to admiration of how people from a marginalised community had come up in life. The magazine had then identified 10 in the crorepati club and 20 emerging businessmen from the community waiting to join the eight-figure bracket. Some of these crorepatis profiled four years ago have found their way into Defying All Odds, a compilation of success stories.


  • In The Forefront
    Two European universities are building a network of scholars to organise a series of workshops and conferences across the world to facilitate the study of dalit literature. The initiative aims to create awareness about the literature internationally, where it has scant readership.


  • Modi’s campaigning and his own caste
    background played a crucial role in turning the lower caste Hindu votes from the BSP to BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP’s decision to include several key lower-caste Hindu leaders in its party and/or align with them just ahead of the polls was a part of its strategy to strike at the very foundation of the BSP. The BJP’s success against regional parties extends to Bihar also.


  • Dalit Autobiography as Political Assertion
    An important similarity between Dalit autobiographies and the autobiographies of other marginalized groups is the difficult struggle these writers face to gain the right to speak. Sidonie Smith's work on women's autobiographies has noted the necessity for the author of a marginalized group to renegotiate narrative authority of autobiography, which has been originally defined and continually policed according to the interests of the dominant (in this case, male) community.


  • An Apology For Dalit Literature
    To some authors the traumatic moments in dalit literature appear to be 'cinematic'.Valmiki makes a plea for this cinematic description in the pref-ace to the Hindi edition of his novel Joothan (2010). He argues that the ordinary imagination cannot appreciate the cinematic details in dalit literature. He believes that the melodrama that springs out of the overwhelmingly traumatic details is actually the poetics of dalit literature.

  • Beaten For Snoring While Sleeping
    An Investigation by the United nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in communist North Korea has indictaed that the victims of state sposnored discrimination and torture in the country was similar to the kind of treatment that is meted out to Dalits In India and in the Indian sub-continent.

  • Necessity and Dalit Ideology
    Dalit leaders should have no confusion about their role in Nepali politics. Comfortably refusing Dalits their rightful share in the Cabinet for the third time now, the political parties have implied that they cannot team up with Dalits in politics and government. While this abuses the very essence of nation-building, which lies in the inclusion of all national stakeholders, sidelining Dalits only encourages them to initiate collective political action of their own.

  • Toward A Church For The Dalits
    The dalit situation would emphasis [sic] the essential community nature of the Church the koinonia, a ‘community of the faithful and a community of love' where in each member and all members together, priests and people alike live the Gospel and fulfil [sic] in word and deed the mission of the Church – to respond to the cry of the poor and the oppressed.

  • Ebb and Flow of Dalit Politics in Maharashtra
    After Ambedkar's death, the RPI soon became a largely one-caste party of Mahars or neo-Buddhists, without forming larger social coalitions, even with other Dalit castes such as Matangs and Charmakars.

  • Something's Wrong Here
    What is difficult to understand is the drawing of a line between ethnic groups in Nepal and putting forward age as a barrier. The caveat here, with regard to policy framing, is not that Dalits should not be compensated for what they have been through but that age should not be a barrier, especially when it comes to supporting elderly groups.

  • BJP Now Plays Caste Card
    Recent developments indicate that the BJP is attaching great importance to using the caste card in its political manipulation in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The party has, however, realized that without the support of the backward classes, scheduled castes and other segments of the Indian society, prospects of it faring well from UP and Bihar are limited.

  • Urbanization Takes Caste Out Of Poll Battles In Gujarat
    Caste equations are unlikely to affect the outcome of this year's Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat to the degree they did in the 2009 polls. The main reason for this is growing urbanization of the state which has steadily reduced the influence of caste, at least in parliamentary elections, believe political analysts.

 

  • Christian and Muslim Dalits say they are more 'untouchable'
    Both Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslim are not considered Dalits by our government, and hence, they are denied affirmative action programmes that empower marginalized communities.

  • Paswan’s Return To The NDA Fold Could Have An Impact Disproportionate To The LJP’s Political Weight

    Ram Vilas Paswan’s return to the NDA fold is more than just another poll-eve gamble. He was the Union minister who walked out of the Vajpayee-led government in 2002, pointing to the violence in Gujarat. And that’s not the Dalit leader’s only claim to the halo of secular warrior.

  • Dalits Should Come Forward And Participate In The Development Of Society

    Dalits should not shy to use reservation schemes sponsored by government because these schemes are established through the sacrifices of their elders who fought for their rights. She continued that there were very little dalits who were making use of these schemes and were growing their economical status but most of the dalits were not coming forward even though many schemes have been sponsored by government to grow their economical and cultural status.

  • No Clean Water For Dalits?
    As alternative sources disappear, 'low-caste' villagers are assaulted while trying to use clean drinking water wells in Rasooh-which is home to several caste groups and prejudices that stretch back generations.

  • Unmasking Modi For What He Is
    Indian populace vividly remember 2002 happenings in Gujarat under his leadership. Modi may be under the impression that the memory of masses is short-lived, but the planned and surgically executed termination of Muslims shall be remembered as long as humanity lives. The State of Gujarat for the BJP and Modi’s adherents is like the Garden of Eden, but for others is like House of Horror.

  • Identity and Inclusive governance
    Only a party that combines governance with a welfare agenda that is inclusive of social identities such as Dalits, OBCs, minorities and women can surge ahead in the coming elections. One of the key issues that occupy voter imagination with regard to the coming elections is the tension between identity and governance in Indian democracy.

  • The Crisis And Challenge Of Dalit-Bahujans
    There is no competing cultural vision from below for the mind and heart of India. Dalit-bahujans are still absent in the contest of ideas, policies and visions—the fundamentals on which democratic competition takes place.
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