For a fistful of self-respect: Organised secular and religious ideologies and emancipatory struggles

Round Table India

We are happy to announce the first of a series of conversations between participants and stakeholders in emancipatory struggles of Annihilation of Caste and Racial Inequality. 

Dates: 9/29/17 and 9/30/17. Location: Jackson, Mississippi.

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As members of marginalized communities involved in historic struggles of Racial equality and Annihilation of Caste, this is an opportunity to converse as equals on topics of our histories and struggles, visions and goals for an equal world. 

A) To place on the table key issues for us to emerge as effective political communities, particularly issues that have always been mediated or silenced. 

B) To take a realistic look at what is translatable and what is not across struggles of oppressed communities, and what aspects may remain inspirational and hope-filled though unreproducible in our journeys.

This conversation is broadly themed around faith and religion (organized and indigenous forms); women in electoral, digital and grassroots organizing, and ideas of nation in emancipatory movements.

 

Session on Questions of Religion and faith systems in Emancipatory movements

 

1. They only stand and wait: Religion and Bahujan emancipation: Kuffir (Naren Bedide)

2. Emancipation and faith: Loye Ashton

3. Islam, Caste and Pasmanda Activism in South Asia: Khalid Anis Ansari

4. Understanding religion through anti-caste movements: Nidhin Shobhana

5. Islam and Black movements: Okolo Rashid

5. Political iconography and spirit-deities of the Bahujan: Anu Ramdas

6. Navayana Buddhism and social transformation: Gaurav Somvanshi

7. State massacre of DSS followers at Panchkula: 25-08-2017: Kanika Sori

8. Namantar struggle: A non-religious political movement of Ambedkarites In Maharashtra: Pradnya Jadhav

 

Session on Global grassroots organizing in the Deep South: Emancipatory struggles in MS and India

 

1. Malcolm X’s legacy in Mississippi and electoral politics and vision of Mayor Lumumba: Akil Bakari

2. Counter-Hegemonic Electoral Calculus: Pasmanda Reflections on BSP's 'Dalit-Muslim' Strategy: Khalid Anis Ansari

 

Session on Women and grassroots political organizing

Discussion led by Ebony Lumumba

 

1. Electoral, grassroots, and digital organizing: Anu Ramdas in conversation with Rukia Lumumba

2. Conversations between Arekia Benett, Saiya Omari, and Noel Didla

 

Session on Emancipatory movements and Conflict with ideas of Nation 

Discussion led by Kuffir

 

1. Why the Brahmin Empire speaks in so many same tongues: Kuffir (Naren Bedide)

2. Ideas of nation in Black revolutionary movements: Akil Bakari

3. Two-Nation Theory and Pakistan: Pasmanda Contestations: Khalid and Shafiullah Anis

4. Unpartioned nostalgia: Partition and the idea of India: Akshay Pathak

5. Of Pandits and Pirs: Understanding social relations in the Kashmir Valley: Pushpendra Johar

6. Anti-Bahujan ‘Development’: The Nation in the village: Sruthi Herbert

7. What is Punjab: A Bahujan perspective: Gurinder Azad

 

Please see our Facebook event page for more details 

 

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