Features

Pitting Love against Love, the Hindu Moral Code on Sex and Sexuality

  Hari Prasad "Students of social organization have been content with noting the difference between equality and inequality. None have realized that in addition to equality and inequality there is such a thing as graded inequality..... To make the thing concrete the Brahmanic law of marriage is full of inequity. The right of Brahmana to take a woman from the classes below him but not to give a woman to them is...

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The Unclean Politics behind Swachh Bharat

  Ravi Chandran The Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign has raised a few critiques questioning the credibility of the campaign. Most of the debates are responses to the pictures where Mr. Narendra Modi is shown holding a broom and posing for pictures. This article is a small response to the proposed programme. Brief Outline The argument in this article contains mainly two points: 1. The Clean India campaign is more venomous than the Gandhian idea...

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Sardesai, Caste Pride, and The Kalyug of Inverted Logic

  Gaurav Somwanshi So a few days ago Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted1, "Big day for my Goa. Two GSBs, both talented politicians, become full cabinet ministers. Saraswat pride!" (GSB= Goud Saraswat Brahmin) That led to some criticism which was conveniently dubbed as "abuse and hate mail" by Sardesai in a follow-up article2 on Hindustan Times where he defended the tweet and argued that it was not casteist. Let us look at the very notion of...

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Events and Activism

Historian and Political Commentator M S S Pandian Passes Away

Historian and Political Commentator M S S Pandian Passes Away Historian and Political Commentator M S S Pandian Passes Away
  Ajith Cherian & Akanksha Verma (For Dalit Camera) On Monday, November 10, M S S Pandian passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was admitted on Sunday following...
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Dharna by Salvation Army Community Welfare Association in Trivandrum

Dharna by Salvation Army Community Welfare Association in Trivandrum Dharna by Salvation Army Community Welfare Association in Trivandrum
  James Martin, Salvation Army Community Welfare Association (SACWA)  Protest Dharna by Salvation Army Community Welfare Association (SACWA), Kowdiar, Trivandrum (Kerala) The Salvation...
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The Decent Society!

The Decent Society! The Decent Society!
  Sanjana Krishnan The anger and frustration of living in a time and space where decency and morality are constructs decided by privileges of caste and class... India, as a country is at a certain...
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Question Collectors and SPs about Atrocities

Question Collectors and SPs about Atrocities
  Vaibhav Chhaya The recent rise in the atrocity cases has been most disturbing, and alarming. Casteism is crossing all its earlier limits, and is now a malignant tumour. To counter this, we must...
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"Darte hai humse woh"

"Darte hai humse woh"
  Aishik Chanda Kothimbirwadi (Beed, Maha), Oct 26 "Darte hai humse woh (They are scared of us)," pat came the reply from 10-year-old Rajesh Kothimbire when asked why he and his group of 6 kids...
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Perspective

Tilak Gandhi Golwalkar vs Phule Shahu Ambedkar
17 Nov 2014 02:47 - Dr. K. JamanadasTilak Gandhi Golwalkar vs Phule Shahu Ambedkar

  Dr. K. Jamanadas (First Published in September 2001) General Review About Bal Gangadhar Tilak, he was a great scholar of Sanskrit. He was a great leader of RADICALS, they used to call themselves "Nationalists" and leaders of whole country. He was called "Lokmanya" meaning "recognized by t [ ... ]

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Current News

Ashis Nandy apologizes for graft remark against SCs, STs
26 Nov 2014 04:36 - kuffir

  Dhananjay Mahapatra NEW DELHI: Renowned social scientist Ashis Nandy on Monday tendered unconditional apology in the Supreme Court nearly two years after stoking a controversy and facing a string of criminal cases with his remark that corruption was on the rise among empowered OBCs, dalits  [ ... ]

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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

What's Missing From PM's Make-in-India Campaign
26 Nov 2014 03:17 - kuffirWhat's Missing From PM's Make-in-India Campaign

  Srikant Jena (Srikant Jena is former Union Minister, UPA II) Development (Vikaas) has become a political buzzword today. However, very few look at the core definition of the word. Should we define Development solely by economic parameters such as GDP growth, Foreign Direct Investment, eas [ ... ]

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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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