The path to sabka saath, sabka vikas is paved with authoritarianism
There is fear. Places of worship are desecrated. Religious minorities live in fear. Dalits live in fear. A Dalit is damned if he does (skins a carcass) and damned if he doesn’t (refuses to skin a carcass). Rohith Vemula wrote “My birth is my fatal accident”. Girls live in fear of harassment if they are seen with boys or wear jeans or have a drink at a bar. Tribals live in fear that they will be deprived of their land and forest rights.

 

When India proposed a casteist solution
Going further, Rau stated that “Indians who went to South Africa did not belong to the best type  and that, as in Burma, they may have exploited the local population and given India a bad name”. He added that the way the South African government treated them “might be fully justified and that in fact India would not mind discrimination against our local Indian community if only it was not based on racial lines”.

 

How India's education system is breaking the country
Education-seeking migration has become a matter of pride for families and those who are left behind are considered the least civilised or capable. A very common family phenomenon of the hills is one old pensioner from the Army supporting the entire joint family, bringing all the grandchildren of the household to nearby towns for English and private education, while the parents of the children struggle to revive the defunct agriculture at villages.

 

From Poor Boy to Elite Lawyer
India’s law profession is extraordinarily elitist – heavily dominated by affluent, Hindu upper caste males from big cities with family in the profession. India’s 18 elite law schools – the National Law Universities or NLUs (similar to the Russell Group in the UK), which charge a tuition of about Rs 200,000 per year (£2,450). The average wage for skilled employees in India is about Rs 50,000 a month (£619), while for unskilled employees it is Rs 11,900 a month (£147).

 

Journey into India's heart of darkness
Nagada is part of the Sukinda block of Odisha’s Jajpur district, home to vast mineral wealth. But not many had been aware of the miserable condition of the 71 Juanga tribal families living there till a little girl died of malnutrition in June last year. In total, 19 children in Nagada died of malnutrition in 2016. Photos: Asit Ranjan Mishra.

 

Bankhim's Bharat
B.C.C was very fond of British rulers and never considered them as people who loot India, and he preached that ‘Muslims are our sole enemy’. His love for British masters could be seen in the last lines of Anandmath, where when some of the sanatan cadres who have succeeded in overthrowing Muslim rulers now wanted to fight against Britishers, a mystic leader appears and pacifies them that the sanatan virtue could only be restored under the rule of Englishman as King.

 

An Unending Tale of Fear and Humiliation
While Dalit men are quitting their jobs of skinning animal carcasses, it is the women who have taken the responsibility of being the bread earners of their family. These women in rural Gujarat have come out of their homes to not only participate shoulder to shoulder with men in the rally, but have also managed their role of a homemaker alongside their fight for ‘asmita’.

 

Dalit Student Movement Won't Be Silenced
For far too long, Indian universities, especially publicly funded ones, have functioned as safe houses for the privileged -- by caste, class, gender. But as inexorably as time, change has arrived. The glacially slow deepening of democracy in India is now reaching its tipping point and manifesting in the gradual change in the composition of the student body in both universities and professional colleges.

 

Days of Identity in Dalit are Over
We are witnessing the repression of Dalits more vigorously. The Dalit movement is also losing some of its innate fervor. It appears befuddled, and many a time, seems to lack clarity about whom it is standing with. It is unable to discern between friends and foes. Dalals who have sprung within the community have distorted the fundamental spirit of the movement. Most of the Dalit leaders are in the twilight of their careers. The challenges are new but their methods are old. The new generation Dalits want something different, but a direction seems to elude them

 

The Cashlessness of Dalit Bahujans
This financial year, 2016-17, it is
estimated that all Indian households would spend around 89 lakh crore rupees on consumption (or Rs 24,400 crores approx, per day). How much of this would be the Bahujan share? To arrive at that figure, we need to calculate how much does the Bahujan spend, which is a very difficult task but we do have the means to arrive at a reasonable estimate now, thanks to the truncated but nevertheless somewhat useful caste census.

 

Remembering Dharthi Aba Irsa Munda
It's really disgraceful that the Indian history (written by savarnas) deliberatly ignores the importance of Tribal Munda's revolt against colonial forces. It also black-outs the other tribal revolts like Kols revolt of 1831-32, Bastar revolt of 1910, Warli revolt of 1940 and many more similar kinds of revolts against . But the Indian historians never forget to repeat the significance of Gandhi's Non-violent struggle ad infinitum and the importance of other savarna militant groups of Bengal and other parts against British.

 

Savitri Bai's Life is an Inspiration
All her life she and her husband, Jyotiba Phule, fought social evils and discrimination towards women and children, even as she battled abuse and isolation because she worked to educate girls and untouchables. In many ways, she inspired a generation of young women across India to never give up the fight for their rights.  On her birthday, here are some important lessons we can learn from her.

 

Why Crime is Rising Against Dalits
India Today's investigative crew found out the anti-Dalit discrimination ran much deeper in the land of the Father of the Nation. The team observed untouchability, outlawed after independence, remains sanctified by religion. Disguised as regular visitors, India Today's reporters toured several temples in the state. They noticed almost all of them nursed the ancient notions of purity and pollution, the bedrock of untouchability. Temples were found to be shunning Dalits brazenly to preserve the so-called piety of the faith's upper-caste elders.

 

‘Should We Dalits Not Fall In Love?’
Travelling across Punjab, it is not unusual to come across singers in towns and cities whose names you may never have heard, but who enjoy a level of popularity thanks to a “cut CD” or “music video” they have made. After all, the reputation of the state’s contemporary music scene is not for nothing.That all of them live in Valmiki Colony is thanks to the many top-rate Dalit songwriters and Valmiki bhajan singers who have been their neighbours and who helped hone their voices and repertoire as they were growing up.

 

Gujarat's History Of Oppressing Dalits Is Now Up Against Social Media
For the men who thrashed four young Dalits in Gujarat for skinning a dead cow, uploading the video of the assault a few weeks ago was a self-awarded trophy. But it was social media that rounded them up, provoking national outrage and politicians who headed in quick succession to Una to express their solidarity with the victims.

 

Lessons From Kandhamal
When we look back on one of the worst communal violence against Christian communities in the history of modern India, what lessons can be learnt from Kandhamahal? When I marched with a sea of people through the streets of Raikia, the Hindutva citadel in Kandhamal and the nerve centre of the 2008 violence, I thought “Kandhamal will not happen again”.

 

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

Dalit Music of Amritsar’s Valmiki Colony

  • Travelling across Punjab, it is not unusual to come across singers in towns and cities whose names you may never have heard, but who enjoy a level of popularity thanks to a “cut CD” or “music video” they have made. After all, the reputation of the state’s contemporary music scene is not for nothing.That all of them live in Valmiki Colony is thanks to the many top-rate Dalit songwriters and Valmiki bhajan singers who have been their neighbours and who helped hone their voices and repertoire as they were growing up. The duo said that songs like Arakshan give the people of their community not only music that they can “call their own” but also “a lot of confidence about who they are [and] why they should have certain rights.”

  • Romas Look Up To Ambedkar
    Although centuries and hundreds of kilometre apart, the Romas are viewed as part of the evolution among the people who are Dalits back home, striving to rise socially and economically, to assert their political presence. The Gandhi High School in Pecs, another Hungarian city, also caters to education of the Romas who are really Europe’s unwanted people. They constitute one of the biggest minority blocks in Europe and have a history of being constantly discriminated against, persecuted and stigmatised by White Europeans.After discovering Ambedkar through latter’s books, Derdak Tibor and János Orsoz visited Maharashtra in 2005 and 2007.  In Hungary, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideals are interpreted in the context of human rights. Buddhists in Hungary trace the name of the national capital Budapest to Buddha. And Jai Bhim organisation runs a branch in Hungary under Mr Janos Orsoz, leader of Jay Bhim Triratna, Buddhist Community.

  • Sunkanna Velpula’s PhD: The story of a Dalit man’s thorny path to education
    At the age of 36, Sunkanna Velpula has spent far too many years obtaining an education, taking detours and meeting dead ends. Finally, on the day that his fellow students were to be released on bail, there was another reason to be happy: he had just collected his provisional PhD certificate from the university. Being awarded his PhD in Philosophy, is now just a formality. But the battle for Rohith will continue; after all, he didn’t come all this way to give up now.

  • How To Be Free of Caste
    A note circulated by the Indian mission says that the “national icon” remains an inspiration for millions of Indians and proponents of equality and social justice across the globe. “Fittingly, although it’s a matter of coincidence, one can see the trace of Babasaheb’s radiant vision in the SDGs adopted by the UN General Assembly to eliminate poverty, hunger and socio-economic inequality by 2030.” Juxtapose this with a recent report on caste-based discrimination by the United Nations Human Right Council’s Special Rapporteur for minority issues that has stung the Indian government, provoking it to raise questions about the lack of “seriousness of work” in the UN body and the special rapporteur’s mandate. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, would definitely not be pleased. Nor are the Dalit rights activists in India and abroad.


  • Asatyameva Jayate: Long Live Joseph Goebbels
    The BJP is apparently enamored by the stunning performance of Smriti Irani, the union Human Resources Development Minister, in the Lok Sabha defending herself and his government in the matters of attack on Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) in Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and radical students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union. The entire BJP establishment was visibly pleased over what it thought was pulping the opposition. Many political ignoramuses from the middle class also were vocally impressed by what they saw as her powerful refutation of the opposition’s case with ‘hard facts and figures’. It is this lot that has pushed the country to this abysmal state. What Irani did was no better than one of her television performances as a Hindu bahu. It was more of a drama than confronting the serious issues she herself created. It characteristically reflected insensitivity of the regime to the tragedy it unleashed on people and disdain to India’s democratic institutions including the Parliament itself. Most importantly, all that she said was either irrelevant or pure lies.

  • Disquiet on campuses because young Dalits are resisting Hindutva we may want to re-examine the disquiet on our campuses — for clearly these have to do as much with the articulate power of expression on display by young Dalits as with resisting Hindutva and the State’s high-handedness. Vemula’s eloquence and universalism proved cumbersome to an establishment devoid of imagination and oblivious to social suffering. JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s speech irked the Hindu Right because the young man, with an indigent background dared to embrace several strands of critical thought and traditions of protest, which, when thought together, threaten casteist nationalism and a manuvadi State. Kumar’s invocation of Jai Bheem, his criticism of the venality of economic and political power and Brahminism, his clarity about raising the blue flag alongside the red communist banner, his endorsement of the right to justice for minorities — these suggested a new politics, brought about largely by the justness and critical content of Dalit political reasoning.

  • If Anti-national Means This, God Save Our Country
    Kanhaiya Kumar
    , the JNU students' union president, addressed a gathering on the campus on Thursday evening. The following day, Kumar was arrested on the charge of sedition for taking part in a march on Tuesday where anti-India slogans were raised. The following is the near-complete Hindi speech Kumar delivered on Thursday, translated by JP Yadav of The Telegraph from a recording uploaded on YouTube. The recording does not feature the beginning of the speech. Other than that, the translation below reproduces the speech in full......
  • "They are the ones who burnt the Tricolour. They are followers of Savarkar who apologised to the British. They are the ones who, in Haryana, have changed the name of one airport. There was one airport named after Bhagat Singh. The Khattar government has now named it after one Sanghi (a person associated with the RSS).


  • From Khairlanji To Hyderabad: What Post-Outrage?
    Rohith Vemula’s suicide will not be just another suicide in the statistical records of the National Crime Records Bureau. It will not be so in the same way the 2006 massacre in Khairlanji was not. These two cases are far more than a statistic of ordinary crime; they are a comment on the very body politic of the republic. They expose the lies that the Republic has repeated so many times that it has started believing in them. They expose the myth that India has a functioning and capable justice system. They betray the fact that all Indians are not equal in front of the law, definitely not Dalits. They expose the celebrated justice system for needing public outrage to serve justice, even in cases that catch the public eye, and leave no doubt about the fates of those cases that do not.

  • Ambedkar For Our Times!
    As we are remembering the great collosus that he was, not for a moment can we forget the mammoth task undertaken by ‘founding fathers’ – which included leading stalwarts of the independence movement – of the nascent republic who introduced right to vote to every adult citizen, a right for which many countries of the West had to struggle for decades together, in an ambience which was rather overshadowed by the bloody partition riots when the country itself was in a state of abject mass poverty and mass illiteracy.

  • Is conversion to Islam a rebellion, a blackmail, a survival strategy
    Conversion to Islam in contemporary India encompasses several themes. It is undoubtedly a form of protest and rebellion the lower castes adopt against the oppression of the higher castes. It is, simultaneously, a plea to the custodians of Hinduism to reform the religion and render it egalitarian. It is a battle the convert seeks to wage on behalf of others, conveying through his or her proselytization that those sharing his or her caste position might emulate him or her in rejecting the hierarchical Hinduism.

  • Dalits, women, poor are the only oppressed groups It has become quite boring – this talk of minorities being oppressed in India and living in fear. Those who talk like this, are the ones who have absolutely no clue of what is happening in India and how. Or maybe they are taking the flow of rhetorical information on the Internet too seriously. There are only three segments that are oppressed in India today: Dalits; women and the poor.

  • Writers And The Erosion Of Democracy
    True, the assault on democratic values currently is at its worse. But this is not a sudden phenomenon. The recent lecture on secularism by reputed historian RomilaThapar was held amidst tight security in Mumbai . This has caused serious concern. But then liberals have overlooked the gradual erosion of liberties. The lecture was held in K.C. college. Just across it is the famed Oval Maidan surrounded by palm trees. It used to be a venue of trade union rallies, these are now banned, the area has been made very safe for the government headquarters and big money.

  • How India's "Untouchable" Women Are Fighting Back Against Sexual Violence
    Manisha Mashaal was five years old when her schoolteacher first called her an “untouchable” in front of the rest of her class. “That’s when I found out why my family’s house was so close to the trash dumpsite of the village, and why it was so separated from houses of the dominant castes,” Mashaal said.
    India is home to more than 100 million Dalit women, according to the 2011 national census. The Dalit, sometimes referred to as "untouchables," have long been considered the lowest rung of the Indian caste system, despite the fact that India's 1950 constitution ostensibly abolished untouchability.

  • A New Business Class: Dalits Who Turned First-generation Entrepreneurs
    While reservation in education and public sector jobs were watershed moments for Dalits, helping raise their socio-economic profile, the 1991 economic reforms, which abolished the licence raj, failed to nurture the community’s entrepreneurial spirit. Limited access to institutionalised finance ensured that only a few thousand among the 20.13 crore Dalits (according to Census 2011) emerged as businesspersons of any reckoning.

  • Adivasi’s Cultural Identity in Jharkhand Under Assault
    The Santhals and other aadivasis are feeling deeply disturbed with the continuous assault on their culture from the Jain outsiders with active support from the state government which is facilitating this colonization process. It is not just the issue of dictating their food habits and imposing it on the aadivasis the Santhal claims that the entire area of so-called Parasnath hills is actually Marang Buru, the traditional deity of the aadivasis of the region.

  • Bihar Election: ITG-Cicero Poll Predicts a Tight Fight
    The second India Today Group-Cicero Poll shows that the Lalu-Nitish combine has an edge over the BJP, which is losing its edge among both rural and urban voters, caste groups and even the youth. The Janata Dal (United)-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress alliance in poll-bound Bihar has gained a very slight edge over the BJP-led NDA making it a tight contest, according to the second India Today Group-Cicero Pre-Poll Survey. The first phase of voting took place on October 12 and the second phase on October 18 for the 243-member Bihar Assembly.

  • Why Do These Stories Rarely Make News Headlines?
    Sadly, it is not just the entrenched groups that have a role to play in this perpetuation of violence and discrimination. Media – newspapers and television channels – do not report such incidents regularly, or in sufficient detail, especially when the incidents involve Dalits. They either sensationalise or trivialise the story without reporting the crucial facts in a complete and correct manner. If at all the story is published or broadcast, it is encapsulated in brief as a snippet or a bite, except perhaps in regional or local language editions and channels.


  • Hatred in The Belly
    'Don't come close to me, stay away'
    . When they pour drinking water for you from a distance saying, stay away! That pain is of many kinds. In the villages, it is direct, naked, in cities, it is polished, clothed. In the villages, you've 'chaakali' (dhobi) doctors and 'mangali' (barber) teachers. Whether they are doctors or teachers, whatever they might be, for them there is only caste.

  • Discrimination Against Dalits By Hindutvaites
    India has systematically failed to uphold its international legal obligations to ensure the fundamental human rights of Dalits, or so-called untouchables, despite laws and policies against caste discrimination, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Human Rights Watch said in a new report

  • Caste Discrimination in Australia
    A recent lunch in Sydney revealed how deeply ingrained the couple’s caste status is — even among friends. “The only burgers left were beef burgers and what my friends told me was that it was alright for me to pick up the beef because I was an untouchable and therefore I shouldn’t really mind about it,” Mitra says.

  • Children of a Lesser God
    Despite constituting 16 percent of India’s total population, they (the Dalits) are oppressed culturally, politically and economically in the South Asian country. This is why they are immensely impoverished, illiterate and uneducated to this day. Moreover, in order to escape persecution and discrimination, many Dalits converted from Hinduism. Despite converting, persecution and discrimination against them did not end.


  • Racial and Caste Oppression have Many Similarities Racial inequality in America has its parallel in caste inequality in India even though by definition, race and caste are not the same thing. The story of one struggle for social justice can illuminate the pitfalls and prospects of success of another.

  • Murder for land DANGAWAS in Nagaur district of Rajasthan is just 59 kilometres from the tourist town of Pushkar. The village was in the news recently for the wrong reasons: the wanton killing of six persons on May 14, five of them members of a Dalit family. A dispute over the ownership of 3.77 hectares of land saw the majority residents of the village getting mobilised on caste lines, with the sole intention of “finishing off” the claimants to the land, who in this case happened to be 16 members of the Scheduled Caste Meghwal family.

  • The Two Yadavs of UP and Bihar
    For decades they did not speak with each other, the enmity preventing joint campaigns despite a demand from the ground. The Bihar Yadav told this writer many years ago, that he would never speak with Mulayam Singh who had stabbed in the back ever again. However the ‘never’ changed, and for the first time the two came together in a bid to unite the scattered Janata parivar, and fight the BJP together.

  • From Slavery to Self-Reliance
    Pushed into poverty but unable to find other work, bound as they were to the gods, devadasis in many states across India’s southern belt essentially became prostitutes, resulting in the government issuing a ban on the entire system of temple slavery in 1988. Still, the practice continues and as women like HuligeAmma will testify, it remains as degrading and brutal as it was in the 1980s


  • The Untold Story of Dalit Journalists Part 1
    Dalit participation in the media has been pathetically poor, despite reservation for them in media institutes. Why do they keep away from the media? Is it because they encounter discrimination, as they do in many other avenues? To study their negligible presence in the media, Ajaz Ashraf identified Dalits who are or were journalists and spoke to them extensively about their experiences in media institutes, and their disenchantment with journalism. In this first of the three-part series, they describe how their Dalit identity was formed and its link to their wish to enter the media world.

  • Marching Marginalization
    Majority of Marchwar’s 16 village development committees (VDCs) in Rupandehi, Nepal, are Madhesi Dalits and Muslims. There is much poverty in the area and discrimination is prevalent. There is a huge disparity between the communities of the so-called upper castes and the Dalit/Muslims.

  • Dalits, Adivasis and Liberalization
    For SCs the poverty effects of this exclusion operates through social constraints on mobility and the diversification of opportunities in the labour market while the relative poverty of the STs is reproduced through locational remoteness and disadvantage as well.

  • Caste and Children's Rights in India
    With widespread caste discrimination and ‘branding’ of communities, the effect on children can be observed in cases across the country — Dalit children being made to sweep classrooms and clean toilets at schools, eat separately and face neglect.

  • Still I Rise
    It requires great will to take on the gravity of who you are in the face of a society that believes you are not equal. Every Dalit I know has had a turning point where they have rejected the stereotype and forged their own way says Thenmozhi Soundararajan.

  • Slavery In The Land of The Pure
    Zulfiqar Shah’s alarming report, titled ‘Long Behind Schedule: A Study on the Plight of Scheduled Caste Hindus in Pakistan’, strikingly summarizes the harrowing conditions of Hindu Dalits in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. If caste and religious prejudice account in large measure for their harrowing plight, Shah argues that the attitude of the Pakistani state towards the Dalits is no less responsible


  • Modi the moderate?
    Both caste and religion were freely used by Modi both to enhance his own appeal, and also to create resentment against the ‘other’. Wherever possible, as in UP, Assam and Bengal, differences and resentments between different sections of voters were highlighted. Modi accused the Congress of practicing the British ‘divide and rule’ policy, but he did the same himself.

  • Return to which home?
    The “ghar wapsi” programme promises a return to a place that was never “home” in the first place. Untouchables were never considered an organic part of Hinduism, and, as Ambedkar said, they were outside the Hindu fold. The defenders of Hinduism must be asked whether they are talking about accommodating Dalit in a ghar (home) that exists only in abstraction or are they ready to integrate Dalits into the Brahmin ali (which in Marathi means a Brahmin residential neighbourhood) at the concrete level?


  • Atrocities against India's Dalits go unpunished
    Telang opened the photographs of the victims stored on his laptop. They showed the mother, Jayshree Jadhav, aged 40, who had been beaten to death. Her husband, Sanjay, 42, had been cut in half at the waist. Their 19-year-old son Sunil's arms, legs and head had been severed from his torso.


  • Caste divide: Untouchable, unforgiven, unending
    Dalits in a village school in Kupegala where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah actually studied, are shocked at the resounding silence by their most well known kinsman as for the second time in as many days, Vokkaliga parents of schoolchildren barged into the school and physically prevented their kids from eating a mid-day meal cooked by a Dalit.


  • No Swachh Bharat without Caste Annihilation
    " I do not believe that they [valmikis] have been doing this job just to sustain their livelihood. ... At some point of time, somebody must have got the enlightenment that it is their duty to work for the happiness of the entire society and the Gods; that they have to do this job bestowed upon them by Gods; and that this job of cleaning up should continue as an internal spiritual activity for centuries."


  • Dalits overcome caste barriers to Succeed
    The Indian Constitution of 1950 outlawed caste and “untouchability,” instituted protections for the Dalit community, and set aside proportional positions for them in government, electoral seats, and higher education. Caste as a social order in India is crumbling, but its remnants continue to impede Dalit prosperity.


  • Govt opposed to Dalit status for converts
    The Centre believes that granting dalit status to converts from Islam and Christianity would encourage religious conversions, coming out against the demand that the list of Scheduled Castes be opened up beyond Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The unequivocal stance indicates that the Centre may oppose the demand of dalit Christians in the Supreme Court.


  • Caste Rules, Whether You See It Or Not
    Power is not a difficult or an unusual concept to be understood. Power as domination, is generally understood to be recognizable. It is a lived experience for all of us, whether in the form of exercising it or experiencing it. However, it is argued that while power is a lived experience, it cannot always be seen. It is not always recognisable as there are some forms of power which we internalise and normalise, making it a social fact, which let alone resist, we cannot even recognise.


  • Satanic Verses
    Religion sets social rules and such rules are manifest in religious epics. Based on those holy theologies unholy deeds of prejudice and discrimination still prevail in the new secular republic. Some profane verses in those books cannot be justified. An egalitarian society can exist only when its members are groomed right. Since time immemorial Hindus have been taught discriminatory stuff. Hindu extremists, crying for Hinduism in Nepal, should ask themselves if they, at any point in history, attempted to address this thorny issue of scriptures.


  • Dalit Women At Receiving End
    A study done by Navsarjan on atrocity data obtained through RTI for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu found that between December 2004 and November 2009, there were convictions in only 0.79 per cent of cases (three cases) of violence by non-Dalits across the three states. In Gujarat there were no convictions at all. The worst sufferers of a systemic failure to probe caste crimes are Dalit women. They are known to face double discrimination; they become the target for upper caste men outside homes and gender-based violence at home.


  • Ecological Disaster At Polavaram
    The green mountains on the river Godavari are facing the wrath of human greed in the name of ‘development’. Polavaram, a small town on the bank of beautiful river, is about forty kilometer from historic town of Rajmundry is witness to this mass destruction in the name of ‘nation building’. The aadivasis, dalits and other forest dwelling communities remain uncertain to their future as the big companies, bulldozers, and noise making digging, grilling and penetrating machines runs all over the forests.


  • Christian, Muslim Dalits More Untouchable
    National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) member churches expressed deep concern over discrimination faced by Christian and Muslim Dalit communities. The churches, which belong to the World Council of Churches, were, demanding protection of the right to freedom of religion in a meeting with Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.


  • Bhimrao's Sharp Arrow
    Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar always feared that the Hindus, specifically the caste Hindus, whom he often addressed with the cold appellation—Touchables—would gang up communally, pose as a political majority, and run away with what he called the ‘title deeds’ of democracy. The usage of this heaped category that lumps close to 65 per cent of the subcontinent’s population (52 per cent obcs plus the rest of the privileged dwija/twice-born communities), problematic though it is, indicates a shift from an earlier, more nuanced position Ambedkar held in 1931.


  • Writing The Self
    The two recent landmark anthologies compiled by K Satyanarayana and Susie Tharu (2011, 2013) on dalit writings in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, not only document the upsurge in dalit literature, particularly since the 1970s, but also compellingly show how dalit writers have made strategic interventions in the field of print and knowledge.


  • BJP's 'Hindu Samaj' strategy in UP
    Ahead of bypolls to a dozen Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and with Assembly elections coming up in two years' time in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, this incident of reconversion cannot be seen as a stray incident. In any case, the Dharm Jagran Vibhag has already said it will launch mass awareness campaigns across Uttar Pradesh, especially in the tinderbox that is western UP.


  • A Story of Injustice
    Meena Kandasamy’s debut novel, The Gypsy Goddess, is a bold and original retelling of a massacre that took place in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on December 25, 1968. Through the sections ‘Background’, ‘Battleground’ and ‘Burial Ground’, Kandasamy describes a dark arc that eventually and unflinchingly reveals how 44 disenfranchised Dalit labourers, including women and children, came to be burned alive by their landlords, and what retribution followed it, “the single biggest caste atrocity in India


  • Why is the BSP Not Able to Extend beyond UP?
    The BSP is an interesting case study as technically it had been a national party besides the fact that it ideologically aspires to have a pan-Indian presence but till now it has formed as well as has had fair chances to form a government only in UP. While the BSP contested elections all over India on around 500 seats, it is argued in this paper as to why its claim of going beyond UP is not to be taken seriously.


  • India's minorities and Dalits weep alone
    There are a few vibrant human rights groups, who organize factfinding missions, go to the media and demonstrate before parliament. But there has seldom been a national outrage, cutting across ethnicities, languages and caste barriers, which would force policy and judicial reforms, or change the mindset that has fueled so much violence since independence.


  • Punjab:1984
    A society is considered mature when it gathers the courage to look within. So when Punjabi film industry, often described as Pollywood, the poor cousin of Bollywood got wings courtesy a flurry of romantic comedies one wondered when will we get to watch a Punjabi film which will dare to look at real issues that confront the State.


  • Foreign jobs lifts Dalits out of poverty
    Only four years ago, Darji Pariyar lived with his family in a small hut and struggled a great deal just to make ends meet. The Pariyars life saw a turnaround only after Darji left for Qatar as a migrant worker and his hard earned money started reaching his home every month.


  • Of Human Bondage
    India enacted a strong and progressive statute outlawing bonded labour in 1976, which provides for discharging the full bonded debt, freeing and rehabilitating the bonded worker, and punishing the employer. But, as with much of India’s progressive labour law regime, this law too has been subverted by a corrupt and indifferent bureaucracy.


  • From job-seekers to job-givers
    The Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) has begun to organise itself in a way such that Dalit youth can step forward as independent entrepreneurs. Its counterpart from the Shia Muslim community, the ICCI, has a similar initiative.


  • They Say We Are Dirty
    "The teacher always made us sit in a corner of the room, and would throw keys at us [when she was angry]. We only got food if anything was left after other children were served…. [G]radually [we] stopped going to school." — Shyam, 14, Dalit boy from Uttar Pradesh now working at a brick kiln.


  • BJP And Ambedkar
    Narendra Modi has recently criticised 'the Gandhi family' for 'insulting' BR Ambedkar and accused it of stopping the implementation of the rights given by Ambedkar to the dalits. Modi must be totally ignorant of the fact that one of his party's stalwarts and a minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet, Arun Shourie, has dubbed Ambedkar as a tool in the hands of the British rulers.


  • Sociological Analysis Of Dalit Human Rights
    An analysis done to find the nature and magnitude of atrocity on Dalits, sociological and legal constraints for Dalits getting justice and the compatibility of Human Rights with the social order in Indian villages, has once again reiterated the little change that has taken place with regards to the violation of Dalit human rights.


  • Landmark judgement, Specifics 'Rubbish"
    The Supreme court acknowledged the significance of the data provided by the petitioner Safai Karmachari Andolan, who filed the Writ Petition, “that the practice of manual scavenging continues unabated. Dry latrines continue to exist notwithstanding the fact that the 1993 Act was in force for nearly two decades. States have acted in denial of the 1993 Act and the constitutional mandate to abolish untouchability.”


  • Predicament of Dalit in "Untouchable Spring"
    In an attempt to overcome the agony and the horrors of the centuries old Varnahrama Dharma, Dalits have been forced to engage themselves in struggles and protest movements of several types since long time. The protest movements are aimed at achieving their desired goals of “social equality, social dignity and de-stigmatised social identity.”

  • Manu, Modi,and Dalits & Adivasis
    Never before in the history have we witnessed such a period of deliberate drift of further confusing and disempowerment of Dalits and Adivasis. It has constantly succeeded in gearing up its organisational tactics and mobilisation methods to subtly crush the energy of people, and divert it; thus draining off their capacity to fight for their rights and their ability to resist injustice. It is sucking them like a vampire day by day.

  • Apartheid In New India Rages On
    A suffocating patriarchal shadow hangs over the lives of women throughout India. From all sections, castes and classes of society, women are victim of its repressive, controlling effects. Those subjected to the heaviest burden of discrimination are from the Dalit or Scheduled Castes, known in less liberal democratic times as the ’untouchables’.

  • Caste In Britain: a Socio-Legal Review
    The report emphasises that the current state of the law is contested, with emerging judicial decision-making clouded by the absence of clear guidance on the status of caste within British law. It questions whether the existing law, as set out in the Equality Act 2010, is sufficient to engage with caste discrimination and provide judicial oversight and remedies.


  • "Contemporary Politics And ambedkar's Goal Of Caste Annihilation"
    Whatever may Hindus say, actually it does not make a difference that Hinduism is a danger to Independence, Equality and
    Brotherhood. Thus it is an enemy of democracy. We should make all out efforts to stop Hindu Raj from becoming a reality.” Here what Ambedkar is referring to Hinduism is Brahmanical Hinduism, the ideological ground of Hindutva, the agenda of RSS combine.

  • Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra - A Proactive Effort
    It is essentially a journey that allows us to delve into the insights of the community, dip into the strength of the elders, learn, teach and grow into a stronger force. This journey will seek accountability of institutions and mechanisms mandated to protect us Dalit women. This Yatra will reach out to every individual in this world to stand up for the rights of India's most violated women. The Yatra will seek to end impunity and crack injustice.

  • “Many embrace us but no one protects"
    In an anaylsis about Devadasis in South India, who are invariably Dalit women, Rebecca Bowers has exposed the relationship between various foms of structural violence against Devadasis and the lack of protection against them in South India, which feed the devadasi system.

  • Torture Of Dalits & The Underpriveleged India has the status of largest democracy despite of this fact torture and organized violence against the marginalized remains entrenched in police department and it is a part of regular routine law –enforcement strategy. Dalits, adhivasis and other backward low caste people suffer atrocities and discrimination in all spheres of life.

  • Dalits, low caste people get less aid after disaster: Report

    Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/dalits-low-caste-people-get-less-aid-after-disaster-report-1364551.html?utm_source=hp-footer
    Discrimination faced by lower-caste communities has not only left millions of people across the world more vulnerable to disasters, but has also resulted in many receiving less aid when a natural calamity strikes, according to a report launched on Tuesday.

    Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/dalits-low-caste-people-get-less-aid-after-disaster-report-1364551.html?utm_source=hp-footer
    Discrimination faced by lower-caste communities has not only left millions of people across the world more vulnerable to disasters, but has also resulted in many receiving less aid when a natural calamity strikes, according to a report called "Equality In Aid"

  • Caste Discrimination Against Dalits In India
    This combined report about caste discrimination against dalits revealed that "under-educated, severely impoverished, and brutally exploited, Dalits struggle to provide for even their most basic daily needs.

  • Dalit Children In India Subject To Caste Discrimination
    The cases studied by ISDN provide irrefutable evidence that public servants and community members in India – i.e. state as well as non-state actors - violate a number of human rights protected by domestic laws and international human rights treaties. The following is an overview of the various rights that are violated.

  • Report On Rape Of Dalit Girl In Jind district, Haryana
    From its investigation, AIDMAM strongly felt that this is a case of possible rape and murder that deserves to be rigorously investigated. As in several other cases of unnatural death of young Dalit girls in Haryana, the district administration and the police appear eager to close the investigation by declaring that the girl committed suicide. The suicide theory is questionable on several grounds.
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