When Religion is Made a Reason to be Atrocious
Whether it is triple talaq or cow vigilantism, the use of religious sentiment to wreak havoc on victims through physical or psychological means cannot be condoned. It is important for reformers to stand up and force change. If we are to become a truly secular country we have to be a country which has one common law for every man, woman and child.


India's New Consensus
One can hardly overstate the significance of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) remarkable showing in India’s recent state assembly elections in Manipur, Goa, Punjab, Uttrakhand, and Uttar Pradesh (UP), whose results were announced on March 11. Already the central point of political reference in the country and the only party with a genuinely national presence, the BJP made a qualitative leap forward. Its growing influence threatens to transform India into an authoritarian, Hindutva-ized polity and to strip the country’s institutions of democracy.

Impact Poona Pact That Humiliates a 'Diler'

Isn’t is shocking that a person is justifying untouchability and caste discrimination as ‘parampara’ just to get elected. Should we go down begging in such a way that humiliate not only to the individuals but also to community itself ? How is that BJP kind of party which talk of Samarasta never noticed this. Will the election Commission or Supreme court of India take notice of it that a candidate face untouchability during his campaign. Are not these shameful incidents ? But the question who is to be blamed ?


  • The Irony of Gadchiroli Verdict
    It is ironical that Prashant Rahi, one of the main motivators behind PPSC and an untiring worker for the rights and release of persecuted prisoners, is today a victim of the same criminal justice system which has imprisoned him for life for standing up for the victims of the war on people that is being waged by the state in vast parts of India.
  • Caste discrimination can be deeply traumatic for a woman
    Radhika, her surviving son, Raja, and daughter, Neelima, were served a notice by the district administration of Guntur to prove why their caste certificates asserting their Dalit status should not be taken away by the administration. This would not only affect their right to affirmative action and compensation, but—more significantly—dent the criminal case filed by colleagues of Rohith against the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile holding him criminally culpable for Rohith’s death.


    Bovine underbelly of Indian nationalism
    In the dominant narrative, the ‘divine’ Durga is depicted as slaying a recalcitrant demon. The Dalit assertion around the right to eat beef, combined with a thumbing-of-the-nose to mainstream constructions of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in Hindu mythology, which are heavily weighted in favour of the upper castes, has now brought India’s bovine politics to a fresh boil – what dissident scholar Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd has defined as the need for ‘buffalo nationalism’ to counter the majoritarian ‘cow nationalism’.


    Slumdog Republic
    It was always the worst kept secret in India, but has now finally become official – those who run the Republic of India do not need the Public of India at all. What is worse, they in fact see the latter as a grave threat to their very existence.
Why Gujarat Needs Navsarjan
Navsarjan has been working in Gujarat since 1990 and I am personally working on prevalent caste issues since 1980. But it took the government 36 years to learn, between August 3 and December 15, 2016, that activities of Navsarjan created disharmony between castes! Of course, I am surprised to know that Gujarat enjoys religious and caste harmony! Can there be harmony between various castes in villages where even after death the burial grounds are segregated for Dalits and Non-Dalits? Is disharmony the product of past 35 years?.


BJP Polarizes Castes for Votes
Government critics and political analysts blamed the nation’s governing coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP of exploiting a centuries-old caste and religious divide that underpins Indian society for political mileage. Last week, the BJP announced it would set up an independent ministry in Maharashtra to look after the welfare of members of the state’s Other Backward Class (OBC), a collective term used to classify castes that are socially and educationally disadvantaged. The decision to establish the new ministry – expected to happen within three months – was taken considering the large OBC population in Maharashtra, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.


Modi's New Year Speeech: What Comes Next?
CThis was a Prime Minister who avoided the parliament through an entire session and chose to speak to the masses, thus directly denigrating the sanctity of parliamentary democracy of India. His speech was interspersed with war terminology. War, fight, evil, purification… these words came up again and again throughout his speech. The prime minister was speaking in binaries of good and evil. He presented himself as a champion of Good leading the war against forces of Evil..
  • Case Against Aadhar
    If there is one document that has proliferated in India more than anything else, it is the Aadhaar card. Touted initially as a technological solution to the menace of corruption in welfare programmes, it has slowly emerged, quite unannounced, as an identification number for all citizens. It has found widespread acceptance and appears to have become the new normal.
  • Dalits Can Cause Change
    Democracy unfurls the ideal of equality before this inegalitarian mindset. I sympathise with the gau-rakshaks too. Has anyone ever bothered to educate them that the life of a Dalit is at least as precious as the skin of a dead cow? Merely berating cow vigilantes, by itself, will not mitigate the degradation in which Dalits continue to languish. The primary issue is the presumed worthlessness of Dalits. Cow-protection is a mere fig-leaf.
  • Stop Criminalizing Communities
    The term ‘criminal tribe’ was introduced by the British in the legal system. It was definitely a racial profiling or clubbing of communities. It is not strange therefore most of the ‘criminal tribes’ were either Dalits, OBCs or adivasis. Based on crime committed by one or two individuals, an entire community was placed as criminal tribe by the law which was like Manu’s law where communities used to get punished on the basis of their caste identities.
  • Tale Of Two Vehicles
    Can there be two types of justice delivery system in the same country? This question came to one’s mind with the U-turn taken by the NIA in the cases related to terror acts in which many Hindu names were involved. Now the NIA in a fresh charge-sheet has dropped the charges against Pragya Singh Thakur, has lightened the ones against Colonel Purohit and others. Along with this new line of the NIA it is being stated that Hemant Karkare’s investigation in these cases was flawed and that it was the ATS which had got the RDX planted in Purohit’s residence to implicate him in this case. The implication is that all this was being done at the behest of the previous UPA Government. .
  • Bahujan Discourse Puts JNU In The Crosshairs
    In this university, from the very outset, aspirants from backward districts, women and other weaker sections were given preference in enrolment. The nature of the questions in admission tests for most courses is such that only the ability to answer multiple-choice questions related to one’s discipline is not enough. Only those students who have, apart from command over their own subject, analytical skills and reasoning power get admission here. Thus, for years, JNU has been home to the finest and most fertile minds from economically and socially deprived sections of society.
  • Why I changed my name to Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
  • No nation can survive without the basic production of food, service goods and cultural instruments. Those who are involved in these occupations do not depend any more on those castes that did not – and do not – do any fundamental productive work. These castes only have hatred towards the productive soil and mud but they consider it a matter of their right that they should take a bigger share of the food that is produced out of the labour of those they look down upon. The productive class needs to begin by adopting names in a language that allows them to connect with each other and thus enjoy social respectability they have been denied. The only way left for the Dalit-Bahujans in the globalised world is to trump Sanskrit with English. Though not many among them are well educated in English language, they must adopt and own English as their language – in all aspects, from their names to addressing God in their prayers. Let their prayers be to a God of equality, as against the Brahmin gods of inequality.

  • Muzaffarnagar +Dadri + Kairana=Love Jihad+Beef+”Hindu” Exodus=Hard Communalism=Votes  In a novel way BJP is manufacturing a divisive issue of exodus-migration from a Muslim majority area in the UP mainland, and seeking to further inflame it with a comparison to the mass migration of Kashmiri pandits to stoke passions across the country. More so as supposedly responsible leaders of the ruling party have made public statements supporting a claim from which—in the face of media reports—it is backing off now with Singh’s statement serving as a tame disclaimer. On the contrary Muslim ghettos have been deliberately created in cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad. After the 1992-93 violence in Mumbai, the process of ghettoisation was accelerated particularly in Mumbra, Bhendi Bazar, Jogeshwari. Builders stopped selling/renting flats to Muslims in cosmopolitan Mumbai. In Ahmedabad similar and deeper discrimination resulted in the creation of ghettos like Juhapura. Derogatorily these localities are referred to as ‘mini Pakistan’ by communal elements, with civic and other services abysmal.

  • Reimagining Dr. Ambedkar's Legacy On His 125th Birthday Ambedkar had exceptionally expended much part of his life on a society he has aspired for, unequalled by any, confronting fervently the despotism of majoritarianist rule in this country. If one glances through any of his writings, one would only find his anxiety of how majoriatarianists would run this country post-independence and how to contain them and extend due importance to the growth and developmentof minorities (Ambedkar considered untouchables as part of minorities). While acknowledging that Political Majority is only communal majority in this country, he stated that “…communal majority would be free to run the administration according to its own ideas of what is good for the minorities. Such a state of affairs could not be called Democracy. It will have to be called Imperialism “. Essentially, he devoted whole of his life in combating this “Political Majority “ overruling the interests of “ Political minorities “.

  • Dalit Politics Needs A New Radical Alternative
    Dalits, today, are the worst victims of pro-corporate economic policies- dismantling of public sector including government jobs, ever widening scope of privatization where there is no provision for reservations nor any security, thanks to the gross dilution and violation of labor laws, ever rising cost of education and health services now being handed over to private sector etc. Dalits today are reeling under the twin burden of the barbaric remnants of old Brahmanical-feudal structure as well as ever intensifying exploitation of new corporate capitalism.

  • Bahujan Discourse Puts JNU In The Crosshairs

    In this university, from the very outset, aspirants from backward districts, women and other weaker sections were given preference in enrolment. Kashmiri migrants and wards and widows of defence personnel killed in action also get preference (see box). The nature of the questions in the admission tests of the university is such that only the ability to answer multiple-choice questions related to one’s discipline is not enough to see one through. Only those students who have, apart from command over their own subject, analytical skills and reasoning power get admission here. The undergraduate courses of foreign languages are an exception in this regard. But even here, once they have a bachelor’s degree, they can join an MA or an MPhil course only if they have the aforementioned skills. Thus, for years, JNU has been home to the finest and most fertile minds from economically and socially deprived sections of society. And when they analyze the hows and whys of their socio-economic background, they get drawn to Marxism.

  • Cleansing India

    It is not simply the notorious Manusmriti which gives a justification for caste. So does the most exalted text of what Romila Thapar called "syndicated Hinduism," that is, the Bhagavad Gita. In the final section, of course, there is the famous passage in which Krishna defines the duties of the four varnas (and, in fact, the whole Gita is in the context of an admonition to Arjuna to fight and thus do his duty, or follow his dharma as a kshatriya), and says that it is better to do one's own duty badly than to do another's duty well. This is the meaning of the notion of swadharma, which even Gandhi praised so much. And, in the first section, where Krishna explains the reason for his taking form as an avatar to save the world, he states that it is due in the end to varnasamkara.

  • Rising Ambedkarite Assertion Is The Biggest Challenge To Brahmanical Hegemony

    Rohith did not get justice from the University, which remain absolute brahmanical in nature with Dronacharayas sitting and wanting every one to become an Eklavya. Today’s Ambedkarite students are not ready to become Eklavya and that is the root cause of brahmanical games of ‘saam daam dand bhed’ to crush the revolutionary spirit of Ambedkarism which has become the main challenging ground to brahmanical hegemony. Therefore, it is important to understand that while the parochial brahmanical forces were doing their work what did we do or plan to do in future to stop such desperation of our bright young children. We can’t allow this to happen but for that we need lot of introspection, which people ignore deliberately in their blame game, which of course is well known to all of us. My only point is that it is time we create a strong support and solidarity group of people in every city which not only support them in their future endeavors but most importantly act on time to suggest the right guidance which does not destroy their life due to our rhetoric and jargons.

  • Caste Is The Cruellest Exclusion

    It is not simply the notorious Manusmriti which gives a justification for caste. So does the most exalted text of what Romila Thapar called "syndicated Hinduism," that is, the Bhagavad Gita. In the final section, of course, there is the famous passage in which Krishna defines the duties of the four varnas (and, in fact, the whole Gita is in the context of an admonition to Arjuna to fight and thus do his duty, or follow his dharma as a kshatriya), and says that it is better to do one's own duty badly than to do another's duty well. This is the meaning of the notion of swadharma, which even Gandhi praised so much. And, in the first section, where Krishna explains the reason for his taking form as an avatar to save the world, he states that it is due in the end to varnasamkara

  • The Mother Of Modern Education

    But if in today’s world girls can walk freely to school without being attacked it is because other young Malalas have braved criticism and struggled for education in their times.Most prominent among them was SavitribaiPhule who not only fought for right education for girls but also for the right to dignity for widows,unwed mothers and women with unwanted pregnancies. She was the first female teacher of the first women’s

  • Rohith Vemula Didn’t Commit Suicide, It’s A Systemic Murder

    The Government, Universities Head, and the exclusionary casteist groups flourishing under the protection of political groups and affiliations have butchered another scholar Rohith Vemula. This has once again brought to fore the stark reality of the caste discrimination which continue to flourish in our society, the institutes of higher learning, government offices, media and many other public institutions. It’s a systemic murder.

  • Ambedkar’s Children And Conversion
    Gujarat government has retracted four lakh books on Ambedkar, titled, Rashtriya Mahapursh Bharat Ratna Ambedkar - the standard titular of Hindu groups for Ambedkar, which was expected to be given out to the school students across the state. The reason for dropping the former decision was, as reported by the print media, including (in the appendix part) twenty two vows of Ambedkar, which he openly affirmed in front of his counterparts from different parts of India on the day of his conversion to Buddhism in 1956. In order to stay away from the ire of the ruling party, no paper has published the news item in Tamil, as if it is extraneous to the public interest, except Theekkathir- the communist party paper.

  • Annihilation Of Caste And Gender Inequality Through Electoral Politics
    The verdict of Bihar elections holds many lessons for the national mission to annihilate caste & gender inequality from Indian soil. During and after election campaign, for the first time in the history of electoral politics of independent India, RSSBJP (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh Bhartiya Janata Party) has been stripped off the facade of communal politics. All credit must go to Lalu Prasad Yadav for catching the cat by the neck.

  • Data, Lies And Politics: Elusive Development Goals To Exclude Majority

    The current debate on beef ban, cow slaughter, meat ban and so on overlooks one of the crucial aspects that is how many poor people are really in the position to make such choices as to consume luxurious diet consisting of animal proteins or afford daily food consisting of cereal, pulses and vegetables. In a country where millions could not afford two proper meals a day, can they really exercise option of exercising choices in a period when inflation is increasing and economic policies are resulting in yawning income inequalities between the rich and the poor? However, the media, the politicians and the international organizations paint the picture otherwise for their vested interest.

  • 2030 Agenda: Development For Whom?
    The world is agog with excitement at the recent adoption by the 70th UN General Assembly, of the new framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, hails these goals as “A blueprint for a better future…. to transform the world. We must leave no-one behind." Justin Kilcullen, co-chair of CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), and Paul Quintos of IBON International spoke with CNS (Citizen News Service) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, on the implications of these goals to the people for whom they are actually meant.

  • State Must Not Organize Religious Festivals
    The government has planned to celebrate various festivals at a grand scale. This plan has full approval of its parent organization, the RSS. Now Hindu religious festivals will be given the status of national festival so blatantly. It surely is indication of the type of deeper agenda of narrow nationalism this Government has in mind.

  • Assam Beware of Saffron Fanatics!

    The BJP has already opened its card beyond doubt. The first litmus test came in the form of center’s notification granting asylum to Bangladeshi Hindu migrants in Assam. Though this was mere notification but the BJP succeeded to create a divisive strife in Assam. As repercussions on one side we saw various Assamese organizations registering their protest against this notification while on the other side anti-Assamese slogans made its way from numerous non-Assamese groups. But, behind the ethnic tension simmering in the state very few perhaps realized that it was a well orchestrated one by the BJP and the damage of polarization was already done!

  • The Continuing Assault On Rationalists And Free Speech

    Freedom of speech and expression along with right to dissent are important hallmarks of democracy. But in the recent past, voicing one’s opinion has in fact become a dangerous path to tread on. With a rise in the intolerance towards dissenting voices the worst affected are the vulnerable minority of rationalists and free thinkers who dare to question irrational superstitious practices and set norms. In many cases, the line between religion and superstition is blurred and god men and god women often act as middlemen between people and their gods.

  • Caste and The Battle for Secularism
    Is Hindu nationalism a viable project? This is not an idle question, for the Prime Minister calls himself a Hindu nationalist and remains an active member of a cultural organisation that propagates a militant version of Hindu nationalism, also known as Hindutva. The same question can also be formulated differently: is a secular “Indian” nationalism a viable project? The answer, according to the publications of the Gita Press, is a resounding ‘no’. Their ideology is Hindu nationalism. Their goal, a Hindu India. Given that their ideological affiliates are currently in power at the Centre, their answer to this question merits serious attention, since it denies the constitutional reality.

  • Ranveer Sena And ‘Eerie’ Political Silence in Bihar

    In these days of high profile political campaigning and mud slinging in Bihar, it is ironic how no political party, worth its salt, has raised any concern on the blatant and unapologetic confessions made by members of the Ranveer Sena (“Sena”) in the videos released by Cobrapost. Whilst popular opinion in urban elite circles and social media has already discredited the revelations as ‘politically motivated’, the eerie political silence that exists around the issue, clearly indicates the discomfort of all political leaders, some of whom have posed as messiahs of the dalits, in addressing issues of dalit assertion of rights.

  • RSS and the Web of Idol Worship
    Idol worship does not mandate book reading as a necessary component of spiritual practice. Though Christians put Mary and Jesus’ idols, Bible reading remains central to their spiritual system. If Hindutva forces feel threatened and want to compete with Christianity and Islam, what is it that they should have done?

  • Repeating A ‘Big Enough Lie’
    If the RSS is still keen to hear, Ambedkar said in his Thoughts on Pakistan “If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country. No matter what the Hindus say, Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost.”

  • Is God a Democrat or Not?

    “Is God Democrat or not?” is a question which astonishes most people. Many have laughed when I had titled my book as “God as political Philosopher”.  Most importantly for intellectuals who live in Hindu ideology and for those who worship idols, this is an unthinkable question. A person who lives in an undemocratic way in his daily life feels scary when democratic processes are linked to God. Even touching a book of such a title creates fear! But this is a very important question and in this country it needs to be seriously examined.

  • Political Economy of Beef Banning Campaign

    Jantar Mantar saw large number of Babas and Sadhus with their cows and carts until one fine day the NDMC officials had to act and forcibly evict them from the place. The matter is not whether they remained there or not but the realization that their ‘own’ dispensation is there now and hence it was important to rake up the issue.

  • India’s Not-So-Silent Apartheid
    India continues to maltreat and discriminate against Dalits, atrocities against whom have again risen over the past few years according to reports. Incidents take up about a paragraph in the newspapers, and very occasionally are highlighted. Even so little has been done to alleviate the apartheid like conditions in which Dalits are compelled to live with untouchability still rampant.

  • Economics of Discrimination
    The economist and Ambedkarite scholar Sukhdeo Thorat, and his co-author, US-based sociologist Paul Attewell, posted dummy résumés of candidates in response to advertisements for entry-level jobs in leading newspapers in the country. For each vacancy, three résumés were sent. All the résumés were identical in almost all respects (with the same educational qualifications and suitable degrees from reputed universities) but they differed when it came to the caste and religion of the candidate. While caste and creed were not mentioned explicitly in the résumé, in each trio of résumés, one had a distinctly upper-caste surname, one a Dalit surname and one a Muslim surname.
    Thorat and Attewell then analysed the response patterns from firms.

  • Interreligious Marriage in Nicobar Islands
    For Nicobarese tribals, religious conversion has never been a contentious issue. It is not unusual to find members of the same tribal family practising different faiths. Then why have leaders of both Christian and Muslim tribal communities of late expressed opposition to young tribal boys and girls getting married to non-tribals? 

  • Indian Democracy At The Crossroads

    The promise of Achhe Din – Good Times – has vanished into thin air. Despite the steep fall in the prices of crude oil in the World, the overall ‘cost of living’ continues to going up. The promise that all the black money stacked abroad will be brought back within six months or so and that we would be surprised to see 15 lakh deposited in our accounts, has been forgotten. The pattern of (good?) governance is only visible in the centralization of power around one person, Modi. Gradually the cabinet system of governance is giving way to one man’s autocratic ways, with secretaries of Government departments reporting directly to the PM.

  • What Land Acquisition Ordinance Means for Dalits, Tribals, Poor

    The recently promulgated ordinance amending the national law related to land acquisition dilutes several clauses of the earlier legislation that were meant to protect the rights of holders. Kanchi Kohli summarises the key changes brought in by the ordinance.

  • Include Dalits in the Development Cycle

    At present, not only are the Dalits and Tribals being denied their share in budget allocation, but whatever funds disbursed are either diverted or unutilised. The pattern of denial of allocation of funds under the SCSP/TSP reveals a discriminatory attitude.

  • Ghar Wapsi, The Legal Way
    At a time when the Sangh Parivar has been campaigning strongly for ghar wapsi, i.e. return of all the lost sheep to the Hindu fold, the Supreme Court has willy-nilly done its bit to give it a helping hand. In doing so, reservation has been reduced to no better than an incentive to keep the Hindu flock together.

  • No Ghar So No Wapsi
    The real intention of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is to terrorise the dalits, adivasis and the OBCs who have been converting into several evangelical Christian denominations that have no centralised structure.

  • Victim of Anti-Dalitism and Communal Agenda
    Going by the parivar’s stated goal of creating a 'Hindu Rashtra', and considering the content of the Hindu Munani' attack on him, alongwith Umashankar' status as a influential Dalit Christian IAS officer, clearly the Hindu Munani is targeting Umashankar in the furtherance of a Hindu Rashtra.

  • When the elephant disappears
    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) should be worried that it did not win even a single seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, but what should be even more worrying for the party is the possibility of its losing out the status of being a national party in the near future. The party has faced a decline in its vote share in not only the 2014 Lok Sabha election but also in the various State Assembly elections held last year.

  • The other conversion story
    In Rehmat Nagar, the dusk brings calls for evening prayers at the 'pallivasal' (masjid), which was built soon after the mass conversion. Karuppiah Madasamy, 66, the local naataamai (village head) and leader of a local Hindu outfit, walks into the masjid and settles down on a bench to wait for his grandsons. They are all Muslims.

  • Prejudice in Manu’s India
    Twentieth century India, for all its claims to the world about discovering water on Mars, ending polio, is guilty of the worst crime against humanity at home. Even today, upper caste Indians practise the sin of treating a fellow being as untouchable. And, instead of teaching children that all human beings are equal, parents of upper caste children are dedicated to training an army of upper caste next generation bigots.

  • New possibilities in Bahujan politics
    If the idea of MIM’s Muslim-led Bahujan plank swells, it has the potential of both transforming elitist intolerance towards Muslims and more importantly igniting newer possibilities in Bahujan politics. The party fielded 24 candidates, including three Dalits, in the recent Maharashtra Assembly elections. Though many of them were debutants, two of them won, three finished as runners-up, and eight candidates took the third place.
  • Conspiracy of silence over death of Dalits
    While the authorities’ apathetic response to this latest instance of barbarism against lower castes is indicative of what is wrong with the law and order in Maharashtra, the otherwise vocal and active human rights groups’ deafening silence baffles. While the inhuman cruelty is in itself astounding, this acquiescent silence by opinion-makers makes one wonder about their commitment to justice and equality.

  • Dalits Snare Trapped
    The recent escalation in atrocities committed on Dalits is surprising even for Bihar, a province notorious for crimes against members of the community. The only things worse than the state’s failure to stop the crimes are the reasons the crimes are being committed. Can one really burn alive a 15-year-old child for the “crime” of his goats straying into the paddy fields of a so-called upper caste man?

  • Politics without opposition
    While development and governance promise to be inclusive of everyone including the tribals and also Muslims — even if they are reminded against brandishing their religious symbols as that alone is arguably the cause of communal tensions — a de-Brahmanised Hinduisation that talks of Samarastha is sought to be inclusive of all caste groups.

  • Aam Admi And Dalits
    A relook at the political upheavals of upper caste-middle classes on the issue of reservations for SC/STS and BCs in the not so distant past, will bring forth the memory of ‘Youth for Equality’ an anti-reservationist organization, within which Kejriwal had emerged as a prominent leader of the anti-reservation movement. With the passage of time, Kejriwal seemed to be little modest on the issue of reservation, with his active participation in politics and in the company of several so called progressive ideologues like Yogendra Yadav.

  • Once A Dalit, Always A Dalit
    The National Human Rights Commission took cognisance of a media report that a Dalit bridegroom was forced to dismount a horse during his wedding procession, and beaten up by an upper caste group in Sadwa village of Chhatarpur district on June 7. No punishment was handed to the perpetrators of the crime despite the NHRC notice.

  • Taking The Dhamma To The Dalits
    It is well known that in 1891, Anagarika Dharmapala initiated the first revival of Buddhism in India, the land of its birth where most of the people who were attracted to him belonged to the upper strata of society. What is less known is that Anagarika Dharmapala inspired a mass movement of South Indian Dalits including Tamils to embrace Buddhism, half a century before Ambedkar. Anagarika’s earliest connection with India had been with South India. In fact, it was to the Theosophical Society in Adyar in Madras that he made not only his first Indian visit at the age of 20 in the company of Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olcott, but it was also the place from where he began his great career of dharmaduta activities.

  • Meenakashipuram Conversion and Upheaval
    Meenakshipuram, a village in Ramanatha-puram (now Theni) district in Tamil Nadu, was the epicentre of an extraordinary social, political and religious upheaval in 1981. A large number of men and women belonging to the Pallan community, who are Scheduled Caste,1 had embraced Islam there. This created consternation across India and a strong feeling of anger, abomination as also nervousness marked by accusation and allegation pervaded the atmos-phere.

  • Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution
    India’s adoption of a Constitution enshrining equality in the realm of the polity, given that its society had been marked by millennia of institutionalised inequality in the form of the caste system, was an event of outstanding historic significance. This leap became possible in my view by the two great movements that swept the country in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: the social emancipation movement, led by Phule, Periyar, Shree Narayana Guru and Ambedkar, on the one hand; and the anti-colonial struggle in its diverse hues on the other.

  • A Rightward Shift In Dalit Politics
    Where is Dalit politics heading in India today? Dalits seem to have come a full circle from the agenda of “annihilation of caste” to “secularisation of caste,” and conversion from Hinduism to actively claiming the Hindu identity, as is evident from the spate of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh in the last few months which have been primarily between Dalits and Muslims.

  • Caste Factor
    the basic idea of caste is the social and religious sanction of inequality. The belief that a child’s birth should legitimately determine whether and where she can study, the limits to her wealth, her social status, and which livelihoods are opened and barred to her. You only have to look at contemporary India to see how much the accident of a child’s origins continues to determine her destiny.

  • Few Dalit Elites Help Their Own
    When it comes to paying back to the society, most Dalit elites in Maharashtra have been found wanting, a study has found, affirming the common notion that the beneficiaries of the Reservation policy do not help out their Community, which is still among most socially and economically disadvantaged group in India.

  • For a New Paradigm of Social Justice
    In his address to the nation on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his intention to “take a solemn pledge of working for... the welfare of the poor, oppressed, Dalits, the exploited and the backward people of our country.” We don’t know just what precise shape his social justice vision will take in practice, but it is likely to be a mix of traditional approaches, when unavoidable, coupled with a new architecture, when feasible.

  • India's Courts In The Dock
    Indian democracy is dishonoured from time to time by brutal massacres of the country’s historically oppressed communities — mostly Dalits and Muslims. But its even greater disgrace is that mass killers who periodically target people only because of their religion or caste are rarely punished. This legal impunity of mass murderers indulging in hate crimes derives from deep institutional prejudice, which scars India’s otherwise independent judicial system.

  • Indian democracy is dishonoured from time to time by brutal massacres of the country’s historically oppressed communities — mostly Dalits and Muslims. But its even greater disgrace is that mass killers who periodically target people only because of their religion or caste are rarely punished. This legal impunity of mass murderers indulging in hate crimes derives from deep institutional prejudice, which scars India’s otherwise independent judicial system - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/comment/harshmander/the-scales-are-so-tilted/article1-1242729.aspx#sthash.oVhlFeMH.dpuf
  • “Bharat” and “India”- the two countries of India
    The world knows India as a country to be reckoned with. She is one of the two giants of Asia. It might not be too distant a reality to see her playing significant role in the world’s economy. But sadly, we only know about the “not-so-pleasant” reality of India- a land divided into ‘BHARAT’ and ‘INDIA.

  • Civil Society: In equal measure
    Dalit leaders themselves have not been able to look after the poor in their community. The middle castes are enjoying privileges from reservation today, but dalits who have largely been without modern education have remained outside the echelons of administration and academics. The real test of democracy comes with access to health, education and employment.

  • This Dalit Couple Spreads the Tunes of Tatvapada
    Javaraiah and Boramma from the  dalit community travel across the state singing Tatvapadas of Santa Shishunala Sharifa, Sankaracharya and Mahalinga Prabhu.

  • Dalit Women's Liberation
    A Communist Party of India―Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) Liberation leader, Kavita Krishnan was a featured guest at the Socialist Alliance's national conference held in Sydney. An abridged version of the speech she gave to the conference is published above the Green Left TV video of her full speech.

  • Pakistan Dalits In Peril
    The Royal mandate of the Dalit Development Programme endeavors to improve the plight the people of the Dalit community and render them with basic rights such as healthcare and education. Several investigations by the members of Dalit Programme identify the major problems Dalits face in Pakistan.

  • Beef, Pink Revolution in Elections
    As such beef has been part of Indian dietary practices amongst many communities especially amongst dalits and Adivasis all over, more so in Southern India. In the face of rising price of mutton, it is a rich source of protein for the poor; some do take to it for its taste. Recently when I was on a group tour to Eastern Europe, one Hindu family, which was part of our group, by and large was opting for beef as the main dish for their lunch or dinner. The issue now is that should we have our dietary choices or not?

  • Why Caste Based Reservation Is Necessary
    With regards to the question as to how long should caste based reservation continue there can only be one answer. Until and unless the attributes of the caste system vanishes how could people belonging to different castes as arranged in an iniquitous relationship be treated equal. It is only the complete annihilation of the caste system that would justify the need for doing away with the caste based reservation.

  • Addressing Caste Requires Practical Action
    The European Parliament has urged EU member countries to address caste discrimination at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council March session (HRC25), but it will take much more than adopting resolutions to deal with caste discrimination effectively.

  • Dalit Muslim Reservation, The Constitution And Equality
    I it is illogical and factually incorrect to say that because Islam does not recognise caste, there are no castes or caste-like social collectivities within Muslim society.
    It is true that the social ideology of Islam is uncompromisingly egalitarian and upholds equality and fraternity. But, the social system among adherents of Islam is based on various social and economic factors.

  • Will Dalit Leader Mayawati's Elephant Get Her to 7 RCR?
    BSP's Kumari Mayawati will be among the regional leaders who will have her eyes set not just on savouring power but also on the cherry on top, the Prime Minister's chair. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo has not shown any signs of warming up to neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 polls.

  • Endless Feudal And Caste violence
    The spate of people joining the BJP after resigning from top positions in police, intelligence, and the Home departments ought to alert us to the deep-seated communal and political bias that exists at the heart of such institutions.

  • Cursed By Caste
    Modi, who talks of India First, does not seem to realise that so long as there exists caste and human untouchability, and so long as there is no cure for this disease, innovation of any kind will remain a mirage. Mr Modi must know that development in India means economic advancement plus social change.

  • None So blind...
    For many of us living in urban centres, it might come as a surprise how widespread is the practice of manual scavenging taking place on a daily basis across India today, a ‘job’ reserved for one community of people caught in a vicelike grip of the caste system and firmly maintained by an apathetic, unseeing, ‘democratic’ society. Neither the National Capital, nor the big metros, none is free of this abominable human rights violation. But you know what they say — “none so blind…

  • 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.

  • Caste In A Casteless Language
    Neerav Patel’s farewell to his mother tongue gujarati for the“foster-mother” English opens up a gamut of questions, not only about the relationship between caste and the English lan-guage, but also larger questions about the linguistic economy in India.

  • The Cyber Dalit
    A paper presented Muhammad Ashraf T at Osmnani University, brings about some interesting insights about the new technological world of cyberspace and what it means to the Dalits. Dalits have no traditional media and they are not represented properly in mainstream media. New media provided many opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas effectively.

  • Translating the Dalit movement
    If culture carries over into one’s writing, for Dalit writers, it’s the fight against culture that carries over in their works. With the breakdown of the traditional caste system moving Dalits up the professional ladder, many from various fields find it rather uncomfortable and sometimes downright humiliating to still be referring to ancient texts that clearly enunciate caste system.

  • Dalits in Bollywood: A skewed equation nobody is willing to talk about
    While Bollywood is busy celebrating the 100 years of Indian films, we say it is a time for reflection. While art and artists should not be judged on basis of their religion, caste and creed, the skewed participation from a section of the society into India's most glamorous profession raises a few questions.


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