Features

Does ActionAid International support caste discrimination?

  Karthik Navayan In India there is no escape from the Brahmanical caste structure, it is a story that needs no retelling. It has been the case since ages, and, quite distressingly, it will be so for at least few generations to come. My 18-month tenure in ActionAid Hyderabad Regional Office and my subsequent year-long fight with ActionAid India and ActionAid International not only affirmed my conviction, but it enlightened me about...

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Ban on cow slaughter: a social conspiracy

  Arvind Kumar The state of Maharashtra has issued a complete ban on cow slaughter. It is now a non-bailable offence to kill a cow. One can get a bail in the case of the murder of another human being but not for killing a cow. Those who have got this law to come into place are celebrating as if they have won a victory over Pakistan. Some think of it as...

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The Brahmin Problem

  Anu Ramdas "That which is not destroyed when the upadhis of time, space, and causation are destroyed, is Brahman, the immortal Reality.*" The foundational belief system of the Brahmins as per their own foundational texts is unapologetically supremacist. When confronted, one expects the present day brahmin with stakes in rational thought to readily agree to its invalidity. The buddhist discourse, anti-caste movements and literatures have all repeatedly explicated the hollowness of the...

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Events and Activism

Dalit Global Conference in US

Dalit Global Conference in US
  Dalit Global Conference in US Advocates End to Caste-based Discrimination Affecting Estimated 280 Million Individuals Worldwide Advocates for Dalit rights are expanding their movement to establish...
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First Global Conference to Establish Dalit Rights in Washington DC

First Global Conference to Establish Dalit Rights in Washington DC First Global Conference to Establish Dalit Rights in Washington DC
  [Via Asha Kowtal] Big. Everything about the recent assertions of Dalit women has been big. Our determined voices are getting louder and we remain committed to keep escalating. In the past year...
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‘Ghar Wapsi’: Owner of the house or servant?

‘Ghar Wapsi’: Owner of the house or servant? ‘Ghar Wapsi’: Owner of the house or servant?

Dale Luis Menezes and Amita Kanekar With the BJP coming to power in the last Lok Sabha elections, we have witnessed increasing violence against religious minorities and their places of worship....
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Fight against Brahmanical ‘Food Untouchability’

Fight against Brahmanical ‘Food Untouchability’ Fight against Brahmanical ‘Food Untouchability’

EFLU Students (Satish Kumar, Diksha, Kanagaraj and Bhupati) Bans and appropriation have been prominent strategies of brahmanical forces to maintain caste hierarchy for thousands of years. They...
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Open letter to PM Modi: Dalits and Adivasis left out of 'Sabka Vikas'

Open letter to PM Modi: Dalits and Adivasis left out of 'Sabka Vikas'
  To,
Hon'ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi Subject: Dalits Adivasis of this country are left out in Sabka Vikas Sir, Dalits and Adivasis are out of the caste system...
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Perspective

Real Daughters of India
21 Mar 2015 22:02 - Daisy KattaReal Daughters of India

  Daisy Katta An interview with Dr. Sujata Vishwasrao Athawale, Professor and Dalit Activist, Amravati, Vidarbha, Maharashtra.  Dr. Sujata Vishwasrao Athawale is a Dalit women's rights activist who has been working with rural Vidarbha's Dalit, Adivasi, Nomadic and Denotified Tribal and  [ ... ]

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Current News

Fight oppression, Dalits, tribal people told
30 Mar 2015 00:31 - kuffirFight oppression, Dalits, tribal people told

Guntur. An international peer reviewed journal, "The Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World," brought by the Department of English, Acharya Nagarjuna University, was launched here on Wednesday. CID Inspector-General P.V Sunil Kumar launches an international peer reviewed journal, 'The [ ... ]

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Rights

Preliminary fact finding report on the inhuman murder of Dalits in Ahmednagar
11 Nov 2014 14:44 - Dalit Atyachar Virodhi Kruti SamitiPreliminary fact finding report on the inhuman murder of Dalits in Ahmednagar

  Dalit Atyachar Virodhi Kruti Samiti (Report released on 30th October 2014, at a press conference in Mumbai)  Preliminary fact finding report on the inhuman murders of Dalits on 20 October 2014 at Jawakhede (Khalsa), Taluka Pathardi, District Ahmednagar.  On 20th October 2014,  [ ... ]

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Opinion

Resolution against anti-Dalit atrocities tabled in U.S. House
21 Mar 2015 05:12 - kuffirResolution against anti-Dalit atrocities tabled in U.S. House

  Narayan Lakshman Washington. The first Global Conference on Defending Dalit Rights kicks off with a spirited discussion steps away from Capitol Hill and a plan to march to the White House over the weekend. Even as the Dalit community continues to face oppression in parts of India, a majo [ ... ]

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Heritage

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

  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 o [ ... ]

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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

Remembrance of Maha Parinirvana Day: Homage to Boddhisattva Babasaheb
06 Dec 2014 03:33 - Dr. Shekhar BagulRemembrance of Maha Parinirvana Day: Homage to Boddhisattva Babasaheb

  Dr. Shekhar Bagul Our Saviour was just 65 and nobody thought that he would leave us so suddenly. Everybody had great hopes of better future as he had shown us the way of the Buddha and gave us a new identity as Buddhist. The world to us was appearing a new, with new horizon, new expectation [ ... ]

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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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