Features

Behind the Hardik Patel episode: Conspiracy to end reservations

  Fakru Ahmed Bashu While there is uproar from backward classes and downtrodden strata of the society to strictly implement the constitutionally earmarked reservations, there is, on the other hand, a vicious attempt through some recent events to bring the reservation system to an end. Upper caste people with vested interests, who came out openly to oppose the Mandal commission report, thus creating violent human suffering during VP Singh's regime, are resurfacing...

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Maoist presence in Kerala – Beyond revolutionary folklorism

  K K Baburaj Are Maoists, as pointed out by many, making it easier for the government to suppress people's protests in Kerala? Or are they helping the government bury the struggle for existence of the marginalised? Can Maoist attacks sway the opinion of the people against the government? Does Maoist presence help re-establish the government in power, one which is indifferent and lethargic in solving grave issues of the people and...

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Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS

Dr. N. Sukumar  Abstract Historically, the philosophical roots of the RSS can be located in German National Socialism and the former has constantly strived to live up to the ideals of its mentors. This is best illustrated when the RSS indulges in Goebbelsian doublespeak to further its exclusivist nationalism. A lie spoken repeatedly becomes the truth - the appropriation of Babasaheb Ambedkar into the pantheon of 'nationalist' heroes reveals the political frustration...

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Events and Activism

BAPSA's Vision and JNUSU Elections

BAPSA's Vision and JNUSU Elections BAPSA's Vision and JNUSU Elections
Educate! Agitate!! Organize!!!   The BIRSA-AMBEDKAR-PHULE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (BAPSA-JNU) is an independent student organization committed to unitesocially-economically-politically-culturally oppressed...
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The United Savarnas of Odisha

The United Savarnas of Odisha The United Savarnas of Odisha
  Students' Federation for Social Justice The BJP, Congress and the civil society (mainly the bar council of Odisha high court) of the state have displayed unprecedented solidarity and demanded...
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Piyush Ambhore, the voice of India

Piyush Ambhore, the voice of India Piyush Ambhore, the voice of India
  Rahul Kumar Piyush Ambhore was born and brought up in Maharashtra. He recently got selected in the popular talent-hunt show called "The Voice India". He has been singing since he was four years...
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Bhagana's Dalits: From struggle for justice to conversion to Islam

Bhagana's Dalits: From struggle for justice to conversion to Islam Bhagana's Dalits: From struggle for justice to conversion to Islam
  Bhanwar Meghwanshi For nearly four months they were subjected to social boycott, economic blockade and mental torture. They were not allowed to fill water from public taps, they couldn't use the...
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Why Brahmanwadi upper castes fear assertive Dalits

Why Brahmanwadi upper castes fear assertive Dalits Why Brahmanwadi upper castes fear assertive Dalits
  P V Vijay Kumar An attack on the screening of the documentary, "Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai" in one of the colleges in Delhi and subsequent intimidation of Dalit students at University of Hyderabad,...
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Perspective

Forget the Raj. Who’ll say sorry for millennia of abuse of dalits?
05 Aug 2015 16:02 - Surendra Kumar

  Surendra Kumar With his rousing speech at Oxford Union, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has silenced his detractors. Ironically, his own party seeks his silence. Obviously, they don't take his gift of gab and exceptional oratorical skills seriously. What a pity. What a huge difference a single  [ ... ]

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Current News

Saffron diktat in village of ‘biased verdicts’
13 Aug 2015 01:07 - kuffir

  Deepender Deswal, Bhagana (Hisar). A day after a group of Dalits of the village converted to Islam in Delhi, a panchayat organised at the behest of saffron outfits on Sunday asked them to either revert to Hinduism or leave. The panchayat was attended by leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parish [ ... ]

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Rights

The representation gap
27 Jul 2015 16:23 - Christophe Jaffrelot, Gilles Verniers

  Christophe Jaffrelot, Gilles Verniers Decline in number of OBC MPs shows that the classic tropes of backward class politics — quotas and simple descriptive representation — no longer work. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections produced an assembly where many voices can hardly be heard. The repr [ ... ]

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Opinion

Gujarat withdraws books with ‘anti-Hindu’ Ambedkar remarks
14 Aug 2015 02:29 - kuffirGujarat withdraws books with ‘anti-Hindu’ Ambedkar remarks

  Kumar Anand, Parimal Dabhi Vadodara/Ahmedabad. The book was distributed in schools as part of Dr Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary celebrations. The book, Rashtriya Mahapurush Bharat Ratna Dr B R Ambedkar, written in Gujarati by Dalit scholar P A Parmar, was selected by the state gover [ ... ]

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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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