Features

Music, body and K J Yesudas

Ajith Kumar A S (Published originally in the website Azhimukham; translated from Malayalam by Deepti Sreeram) K.J. Yesudas has two kinds of voice that differ from each other. The first being his singing voice and the other being the one that we hear when he speaks. This difference is not merely one that confine to the level of his voice. In fact, it also percolates into the figure of Yesudas who expresses...

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Yesudas and I: Many Hues of a Prejudice

 James Michael History of a prejudice Yesudas's recent remark against women wearing jeans is not an exceptional phenomenon. My parents and aunts are similarly prejudiced against jeans as much as some of your aunts and parents are. But that does not quite make my father or mother or scores of my other relatives misogynist. Neither would I like them to be at the centre of a national debate on misogyny through which...

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Dalit Public Sphere: Future History of Dalit Politics

Sanjeev Kumar Electoral politics is the 'popular form' of politics. Nonetheless, politics has a wider connotation, veiled and translated through various means such as paintings, monuments, songs, architecture, literature, language, protests, movements etc. In fact, these are spatial, temporal and linguistic sites that (de)construct the meaning and nature of politics over and over again. Similarly, the conceptual category of Dalit Politics contains a discourse to be systematically understood. The need of...

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Events and Activism

Great coaching opportunity for SC/ST students from AIM-IMS

Great coaching opportunity for SC/ST students from AIM-IMS Great coaching opportunity for SC/ST students from AIM-IMS
  Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) has started a new initiative that shall benefit students from Dalit, Adivasi, OBC and other under-represented communities aspiring to enter premier higher...
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Remembering Khairlanji: Trail of Dalit atrocities in Maharashtra

Remembering Khairlanji: Trail of Dalit atrocities in Maharashtra Remembering Khairlanji: Trail of Dalit atrocities in Maharashtra
  Daisy Katta When the Dalits in Maharashtra were still reeling from the Ramabai Nagar Massacre of 1997, in 2006, Maharashtra was jolted with news of another massacre, this time it was in Bhandara...
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Casteist undertones of student protests in Delhi University

Casteist undertones of student protests in Delhi University
  Ambedkar Reading Group (Delhi University) On the Student Protests in the English Department, University of Delhi  A complaint letter issued by the M.A students of DU English Department...
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One Million Millionaires & One Billion Hungry Children: What Went Wrong?

One Million Millionaires & One Billion Hungry Children: What Went Wrong? One Million Millionaires & One Billion Hungry Children: What Went Wrong?
  In Knowledge and Power, Braj Ranjan Mani tries to comprehend the formation of a world with one million millionaires and one billion hungry children, and asks what went wrong: why do we in the twenty-first...
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Knowledge and Power: A Discourse for Transformation

Knowledge and Power: A Discourse for Transformation Knowledge and Power: A Discourse for Transformation
  Braj Ranjan Mani is the author of Debrahmanising History: Dominance and Resistance in Indian Society (2005). His latest major work is Knowledge and Power: A Discourse for Transformation (2014)....
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Perspective

Diwali and Bali Pratipada
22 Oct 2014 23:28 - Gail Omvedt

  Gail Omvedt Diwali, or the "Festival of Lights," comes in the period after the harvest, as days begin to get shorter. The first day is for honoring cows and buffalos. The second day, in Brahmanic culture, commemorates the killing of Mahisasura: this symbolizes the struggle between "devas" a [ ... ]

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Current News

Dalit boy burnt to death: NHRC issues notices to Bihar Chief Secretary, DGP
22 Oct 2014 23:06 - kuffir

  Rohtas, Bihar. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that a 15-year-old boy was allegedly burnt to death after his goats ate the paddy crop of an upper caste man at Mohanpur village under Karakat police station in Rohtas district, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issue [ ... ]

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Rights

Kambalapalli Carnage
22 Aug 2014 05:15 - Oruvingal Sreedharan & R. Muniyappa

  Written By  Oruvingal Sreedharan
 &
R. Muniyappa Published by  Babasaheb Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore-9 Dedicated
to
late Sriramappa and other Six Dalits who were burnt alive at Kambalapalli We sincerely acknowledge the support given by the following DSS/B [ ... ]

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Opinion

“Dalit rights are human rights”: Working with the NCDHR
23 Oct 2014 14:21 - kuffir

  Sandhya Fuchs A banner flashing the words "Dalit Rights are Human Rights" caught my eye as I walked through the maple doors into the Central Secretariat of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) that is located in an area of Delhi called South Patel Nagar. Immediately next to  [ ... ]

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Heritage

Ravidas: 'Flowering above the World of Birth'
31 Jan 2012 14:23 - kuffir

Gail Omvedt (An excerpt from the book 'Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste') While Nandanar has become well-known only in Tamil Nadu and has had no recorded influence on other bhakti sants, the Chamar or leatherworker, Ravidas, who lived in the 15th century, is one of the most f [ ... ]

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Educate, Agitate, Organize

Why Madhusudan Refused to Play it Safe
10 Sep 2014 18:51 - kuffirWhy Madhusudan Refused to Play it Safe

  Devesh Kapur, D Shyam Babu and Chandra Bhan Prasad Born to an indentured laborer father in a Dalit family where food mattered more than studies, Mannam Madhusudan Rao began as a construction worker. Today, he runs his own construction company that is completing a township worth Rs 250 crore [ ... ]

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Dr. Ambedkar

A Reply To The Mahatma By Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
01 Oct 2014 01:48 - Dr. Ambedkar

  (This reply was included as Appendix II in the second edition of Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's 'Annihilation of Caste')  I appreciate greatly the honour done me by the Mahatma in taking notice in his Harijan of the speech on Caste which I had prepared for the Jat Pat Todak Mandal. Fro [ ... ]

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Dalitbahujan Renaissance

'Slavery' by Mahatma Phule: Preface
11 Apr 2013 17:45 - Mahatma Phule'Slavery' by Mahatma Phule: Preface

'Slavery'  by  Mahatma Phule ~

Preface  by The Author Himself ~   "The day that reduces a man to slavery takes from him the half of his virtue,"
  - Homer. "Our system of Government in India is not calculated to raise the character of those subject to it, nor is  [ ... ]

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