Features

Brahmanism: Colonization of Words and Land

  Kuffir (Excerpts from 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) Thank you, I will be brief, Jai Bhim to all.  Some of you may be wondering what is this about? Many people, led by 'educated' people, in universities have said earlier, it is just words (Roy-Navayana's attempt to appropriate Babasaheb's AoC), it is...

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Brahmin identity politics: A short note

   Gaurav Somwanshi Here is Kuffir's brief analysis of the Brahmin hegemony (recently shared on social media):  "let's recognize this: the brahmins are superior. look at the number of presidents, prime ministers, chief ministers, ministers, party presidents, doctors, engineers, scientists, nobel/magsaysay winners, corporate presidents/directors, editors, columnists, university heads, professors, writers, playwrights, actors, directors, bureaucrats, diplomats, jnanpith/sahitya academy winners, economists, statisticians and even astronauts etc etc etc etc who are brahmins..what made them so...

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From Fandry to Masaan – The Journey of Shaalu

  Nishant Roy Bombarde For times immemorial, the Ganges has marked the geography, history & mythology of the concept that we call India today. Mighty empires have risen & fallen on its banks. It has been the lifeline of the populace inhabiting the neighbouring areas for centuries. But her most important purpose makes her stand apart from the other rivers throughout the world. In Hindu mythology she is supposed to be a...

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Events and Activism

Condemn ABVP's disruption of the screening of “Muzaffarnagar baaqi hai”

Condemn ABVP's disruption of the screening of “Muzaffarnagar baaqi hai”
  Joint Statement condemning the ABVP disruption of the screening of the film, "Muzaffarnagar baaqi hai-Muzaffarnagar eventually" Montage, the film society of Kirori Mal College in the University...
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The Importance of the SECC’s Caste Data, And Why the Government is Choosing To Sit On It

The Importance of the SECC’s Caste Data, And Why the Government is Choosing To Sit On It
  Surabhi Agarwal The Indian government recently released data from the socio-economic and caste census (SECC), 2011. The data mostly relates to incomes, standards of living and land-ownership patterns...
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Dalit-Bahujan Students Meet in the UK

Dalit-Bahujan Students Meet in the UK
  Harshada Vinaya With an intention to build a constructive dialogue and build a support network amongst the Dalit Bahujan students in the UK, a meeting was organised on the 20th of July 2015 in...
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Statement Against Honour Killings in Tamil Nadu

Statement Against Honour Killings in Tamil Nadu
  To  Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu  Sub: To annihilate anti-social propaganda and consolidation in Tamil Nadu We, the undersigned, concerned citizens from different walks of life are...
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Withdraw Police Cases Against Professor Kancha Ilaiah

Withdraw Police Cases Against Professor Kancha Ilaiah
  Concerned Students and Teachers Condemn the Police Cases Against Professor Kancha Ilaiah  VHP activists have filed a case against Professor. Kancha Ilaiah, the Management Board and Editor...
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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

After Lalu, Nitish, Manjhi also want caste census data release
27 Jul 2015 18:07 - kuffir

Patna. A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday also demanded that the central government should make the data of the caste census public. "I fail to understand why the centre was withholding the cast [ ... ]

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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

The Great Wall Of Caste-Hatred
27 Jul 2015 17:26 - kuffir

  Nisha Ponthathil Dravidian politics is playing to the tunes of anti-Dalit groups leading to perpetuation and escalation of honour killings and other atrocities against the community The recent murder of a Dalit engineering graduate Gokul Raj in Namakkal, has taken the number of honour kill [ ... ]

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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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