Features

Khairlanji massacre protests 2006: Remembering the outrage of Ambedkarite youth

  Pranali Garud Caste is a disease that affects people of India in different ways. It treats its victims differently from its beneficiaries, but the preamble of the constitution of India endorses an undifferentiated fraternity. Though we are all Indians, caste does not allow us to live with the single identity of being Indian. You can find people of assigned different social status - inferior to superior - depending upon their caste....

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Ambedkar helped me embrace the ‘emotional’ within the rational

  Akhil Kang I think I have lost count of the number of times I have felt immensely guilty of getting what I have got because of my caste. I remember sitting in my university classes, people looking directly at my face and saying 'some lower castes' individuals do not deserve to be here, because technically they are economically better than even many upper caste brahmins. I did not know how to...

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The collective dilemma of the left, right and centre: What to do with Ambedkar?

  Anoop Kumar (His speech at the 'The Colonization of Ambedkar: Caste Politics behind Roy-Navayana's Appropriation of Annihilation of Caste ~ A Discussion' held on 21st December, 2014, at University of Mumbai) My name is Anoop and I am not an academician or a very accomplished speaker so please excuse me if I am not very coherent in what I am trying to share with you. This issue has been emotionally very draining...

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Events and Activism

Banning a Student Group: Fighting alongside Ambedkar & Periyar

Banning a Student Group: Fighting alongside Ambedkar & Periyar Banning a Student Group: Fighting alongside Ambedkar & Periyar
  Dickens Leonard M A war has been unleashed - political cultures that believe in dialogue and democratic transformation are battling against those which forcefully dictate determinism and fatalism! Students...
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APSC and the Brahmanic domination in IIT Madras

APSC and the Brahmanic domination in IIT Madras APSC and the Brahmanic domination in IIT Madras
   Rupesh Kumar The ban on Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) in IIT Madras, endorsed by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development and undersigned by the Minister Smriti Irani, is...
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Down with Ban on Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle: Modi-Smriti is 21st century Manusmriti

Down with Ban on Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle: Modi-Smriti is 21st century Manusmriti Down with Ban on Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle: Modi-Smriti is 21st century Manusmriti
   Purnachandra Naik Friends, as you all know a student organization of IIT Madras, Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC) has been banned by the administration of IIT Madras for "misuse of the...
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Ambedkar's London Home an International Memorial

Ambedkar's London Home an International Memorial Ambedkar's London Home an International Memorial
  [Via Ujwal Uke]  The Social Justice Department of Maharashtra has purchased the building in London which was home to Dr Ambedkar between 1921-22. This is the first time that any state Govt...
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Perspective

Have savarna feminists rejected markers of caste and patriarchy?
19 Jun 2015 11:46 - T. SowjanyaHave savarna feminists rejected markers of caste and patriarchy?

  T. Sowjanya A dalit woman colleague of mine came to the university campus wearing a mangalsutra one day and this forms the context for my discussion. An upper-caste feminist professor was a little inquisitive about the reason for wearing the mangalsutra. In a lighter mood, the dalit woman p [ ... ]

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Current News

Dalit youth killed for keeping Ambedkar song as ringtone
22 May 2015 05:52 - anuDalit youth killed for keeping Ambedkar song as ringtone

Rahi Gaikwad (Family members of the Dalit youth who was brutally killed in Shirdi. The Hindu) Shirdi police did not respond to calls as youth was brutally assaulted A Dalit youth was brutally assaulted and killed in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra allegedly over his mobile ringtone of  [ ... ]

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Rights

Another Khairlanji: Rajasthan's Nagaur district is the new dalit slaughterhouse
28 May 2015 01:52 - Bhanwar Meghwanshi and Janani SridharanAnother Khairlanji: Rajasthan's Nagaur district is the new dalit slaughterhouse

  Bhanwar Meghwanshi and Janani Sridharan The following is a detailed account of the happenings leading to and on the 14th of May 2015 at village Dangawas, describing an attack by the powerful Jats on dalits – murdering 4 of them by the use of tractors, molesting their women, seriously inju [ ... ]

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Opinion

A 21-yr-old who mentors children of a lesser God
30 Apr 2015 23:40 - kuffirA 21-yr-old who mentors children of a lesser God

  Ankita Bhatkhande An engineering student, Vaibhav Kamble, helps Mumbai's street kids with education and shelter. Vaibhav Kamble with a kids' family in Worli Vaibhav Kamble, a final year mechanical engineering student at the DY Patil College in Lonavala, is setting an example for those w [ ... ]

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Heritage

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

From the pages of Mook Nayak
13 Apr 2015 19:19 - Dr. AmbedkarFrom the pages of Mook Nayak

  The following is the first editorial (translated from Marathi) written by Babasaheb Ambedkar for the very first issue of Mook Nayak published in January 1920! This translation was first published in July 2010 by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Institute in Social Growth, Kolhapur.  [ ... ]

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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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