Features

The Rise of BJP: Bitter Fruits of Fertile Brahminical Soil (Part II)

  Nidhin Sowjanya Continued from here. The political and historical trajectory of the Brahminical Hindu domination that was traced in the last part is found to be deeply prevalent in almost all spheres of society. This part attempts to highlight how the Brahminical Hindu power is displayed, both brazenly and subtly, in our day-to-day lives. Today when most social spheres are controlled by corporates, it's not a surprise to find that a study...

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Caste, Campuses and Contradictions

  Yogesh Maitreya When I reached the 7th Grade, my parents admitted me into a school that was run by a Hindu nationalist trust. Sanskrit, which was foreign to my tongue till then, became the compulsory language for my 7th grade curriculum. The teacher who was to teach us Sanskrit was a traditional Brahmin- a ponytail hanging from the back of his skull and sandalwood marks on his forehead. He was unbearably...

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The Dalit Diaspora in the US and the Struggle against Caste Discrimination: A Report

  Harish S. Wankhede The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) has organized the "Global March against Caste Discrimination" in Washington DC on the 21st June 2014. In solidarity with the march, many community organizations, American Dalits and anti-caste social activists took independent initiatives and joined the march in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The mobilization was impressive and encouraging since this was the first time a unified effort was...

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Events and Activism

“Entire deleted sky”: Launch of Vaibhav Chhaya's first book of poetry

“Entire deleted sky”: Launch of Vaibhav Chhaya's first book of poetry “Entire deleted sky”: Launch of Vaibhav Chhaya's first book of poetry
  Yogesh Maitreya & Daisy Katta  28/07/2014 "Delete Kelel Saarr Aakash" (Entire deleted sky) - the Facebook page of this Marathi poetry book has been constantly providing news...
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Jobseekers on 23rd Day of Hunger Strike Ignored by Bengal Govt

Jobseekers on 23rd Day of Hunger Strike Ignored by Bengal Govt Jobseekers on 23rd Day of Hunger Strike Ignored by Bengal Govt
  Deep Mondal Plea for Support The following plea was made by the protestors fighting for job appointments that they had earned in the Bengal government after successfully qualifying in the selection...
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Andra Pradesh Bishops launch web network for dalit youth

Andra Pradesh Bishops launch web network for dalit youth
Some 70 Dalit Christian youth from different dioceses of Coastal Andhra Pradesh participated in the June 28 seminar organised by the Bishops in Vijaywada. Indian bishops' office working for dalit and...
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Police has falsely implicated Khobragade's wife, say family & villagers

Police has falsely implicated Khobragade's wife, say family & villagers
  Sukanya Shantha Gondia. 50-year-old Dalit activist, who was burnt while he was asleep, died on May 22 A tent has been set up for the past three weeks and policemen take turn to stand vigil outside...
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A helping hand for the needy

A helping hand for the needy
  By N Siddoji Rao (Founder, Help-Desk for Underprivileged) I am from a homeless background and belong to a Scheduled Caste. I lost my parents at the age of seven. I had nine siblings. I lost three...
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Perspective

Ambedkar Needs No Introduction
30 Jul 2014 16:41 - anu

  Gail Omvedt Gail Omvedt
Book: The Annihilation of Caste
Author: BR Ambedkar
Publisher: Navayana
Pages: 415 pages
Price: Rs 525 The annotated edition of Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste is prefaced by an article by Arundhati Roy entitled 'The Doctor and the Saint,' which takes up one aspect of A [ ... ]

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Current News

Dalit Men Flee Houses Fearing Action by Police
20 Jul 2014 01:51 - anu

Karal Marx L VILLUPURAM: Two days after the clash between Dalits and caste Hindus in Aasur village near Tindivanam, all the men in the Dalit colony fled from the village fearing police action. Following this, the Dalit women on Thursday morning, picketed the Villupuram Collectorate demanding justic [ ... ]

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Rights

Another 'Dharmapuri' in Theni district: Dalit colony attacked for inter-caste marriage
15 Apr 2014 20:29 - Joshua IssacAnother 'Dharmapuri' in Theni district: Dalit colony attacked for inter-caste marriage

  தமிழ்வாணன், VCK - Theni District Secretarygalam village, near Periyakulam, Theni district. A Dalit youth Suresh (30) eloped with a caste hindu girl Muthulatchumi (25) on 30th March, 2014. Fearing for their life, it is said they fled to Kerala. No comp [ ... ]

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Opinion

SC stays HC proceedings in Tsundur case
30 Jul 2014 23:16 - kuffir

  J. Venkatesan Apex court issues notices to the accused seeking response within four weeks. The AP High Court had quashed the trial court's order sentencing 21 persons to life term and 35 others to one-year imprisonment in the gruesome massacre of Dalits in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh  [ ... ]

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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

A life lived for the community
29 Apr 2014 17:08 - kuffir A life lived for the community

  Rakshit Sonawane Till 1994, Kishore was one of those forgotten people who have to struggle to get the minimum necessities in life, and undergo humiliation and abuse from the rich and powerful who have everything in life handed to them on a platter. An illegitimate son to a tamasha dancer [ ... ]

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Dr. Ambedkar

Riddle No. 2: The Origin of the Vedas - The Brahminic Explanation Or an Exercise in the Art of Circumlocution
28 Oct 2013 22:25 - Dr. Ambedkar

  (From 'Religious Riddles' in Part I of the book 'Riddles in Hinduism' by Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar)
There is hardly any Hindu who does not regard the Vedas as the most sacred Book of his religion. And yet ask any Hindu what is the origin of the Vedas and it would be difficult to find one [ ... ]

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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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