The Occasion of Namantar Din!

 

Pradnya Jadhav

~ I have seen you
At the front of the Long March
The end of your sari tucked tightly at the waist
Shouting "Change the name"
Taking the blow of the police stick on your upraised hands
Going to jail with head held high......... ~ Jyoti Lanjewar

Namantar means Renaming. Few decades ago, the word Namantar had galvanized the entire Maharashtra, especially the Marathwada region, as the demand for renaming Marathwada University after Dr. Ambedkar started to evolve. In recent times, renaming places, institutions does not demand rigorous engagement and constant follow up, provided, the suggested name represents the true spirit of nationalism. However, the renaming of Marathwada University took more than 17 years causing severe damages to the lives of Dalits and yet without meeting the actual demand of the movement. The renaming was perhaps replaced by expansion of the previous name. Keeping the word "Marathwada" intact, on 14th January, 1994 the university was named as "Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University".

(Namantar Shahid Smarak, Nagpur)

Namantar Shahid Smarak Nagpur

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Myth making in India: The story of Teachers’ Day

 

Amar Khade

amar khadeTeachers' Day is celebrated across many Nations to pay respect and appreciate the works done by Teachers in shaping the next generation citizens. Different Nations celebrate Teachers' Day in accordance with their local socio-politico-cultural setup. International Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5th October every year. Nearly 100 countries with Membership with UNESCO celebrate International Teacher's Day on that day.

Some facts about Teachers' Day celebration in different countries:

In Brunei, Teachers' Day is celebrated as mark of respect for the Late Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien on his birthday i.e. September 23rd. He is considered as the "Architect of Modern Brunei" for his contributions in the field of education. He reformed the education system in Brunei by introducing nominal fees for attending schools, thus making education in Brunei accessible even to the poorest people. He also offered religious scholarships to students for continuing their higher education abroad. The teachers in Brunei receive "Congratulations" on 23rd September as a part of Teachers' Day celebration.

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Dalit MPhil Scholar Attacked by SFI Hooligans at MG University Kottayam

 

C Ahamed Fayiz

vivek letterA Dalit MPhil scholar has been brutally assaulted by SFI activists at Mahathma Gandhi University, Kottayam Campus. Vivek Kumaran from Kalady, who is a research student at School of Gandhian Thoughts was violently attacked and is now admitted at the surgical section of Kottayam Medical College, said Gandhi Nagar SI M.G Arun. The incident happened at Pallana hostel inside the university premises at 11.45 PM yesterday according to the statement given by Vivek to the police.

Vivek was attacked for being active in Ambedkar Students Movement (ASA, MGU) recently formed by a group of students in the campus, which provoked SFI. "A four member group lead by SFI campus unit secretary forcefully entered into the room last night.They had some deadly weapons with them including Iron rod. The group shouted that Will you dare to stand up against SFI, cruelly beat him with Iron rod and also vandalized his room" says the statement.

They also abused Vivek with casteist statements and threatened to kill if he dared to complaint against them according to the statement. Vivek , who became unconscious by their brutal physical and mental torture was admitted in the hospital with the help of some students residing next to his room.

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Returning to Om Puri starrers 'Aakrosh' and 'Sadgati'

 

Kshirod Nag

kshirod nagIn general perception, Om Puri is not only regarded as an exception in the commercial cinema of Bollywood but also praised for his portrayals, which supposedly speak out the social realities of the times. Two of the celebrated portrayals performed by him are Layanya Bhiku in "Aakrosh" and Dukhi in "Sadgati", representing the plight and agony of Tribals and Dalits respectively.

Aakrosh (1981), talks about the exploitation of the (Marxian notion of) "have-not" class, the tribals in the movie. Two important observations in the movie: (1) a tribal named Bhiku is so much disappointed of the exploitative system, he is not even able to speak out his disappointments in public, rather he chooses to vent his anger by killing his own dear ones; (2) the public prosecutor, who is a tribal himself (played by Amrish Puri) does not understand the "reality" of the incident and is trying to prosecute "his" fellow man, Bhiku. On the other hand, Bhaskar Kulkarni (played by Naseeruddin Shah) a Brahmin lawyer, is determined to rescue the innocent Bhiku from the faulty judicial process.

Sadgati (1982) narrates a story of caste prejudice where a Dalit named Dukhi is suffering from the Brahminical exploitation of labour. The suffering of Dukhi ends in his death, as an effect of incessant service to the social elite - a punditji, in this instance. Later on, the pundit realises his arrogance and the movie ends.

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The Indian Aparhtheid: A Conference on Caste, Intersectionality, and Education in 21st Century India

 

Law And Society Committee, NLSIU

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Conference organized by the Law and Society Committee, National Law School of India University in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice and UN Women.

The impact that caste has on people's lives is real and far-reaching. However, caste is, at present, a subject that is greatly misunderstood by a largely savarna academia which approaches the caste question with preformed assumptions regarding the very identity of the oppressed. This arises from the commodification of the 'dalit'-ness of the movement, failing to realize that caste is not a singular identity but is compounded by all other existing vulnerabilities based on class, gender, and sexuality. It is not surprising then, that the academic discourse on caste fails to accommodate its ever-growing manifestations in the contemporary world. The intersectionality between caste, untouchability and other vulnerability factors occupies a space in academic discourse which is highly disproportionate to its impact and implications.

The result is that academic production on the subject is rendered paradoxical and reductive: while it is ever-growing, it fails to reach the lowest rung; the oppressed within the oppressed. Caste is not just the Indian apartheid, but is also India's hidden apartheid. This conference seeks to abandon the monolithic lens with which the subject has hitherto been approached, and paint a fresher, and more accurate picture of the real extent of vulnerability in India.

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Fight against the Misogyny & Casteism of 'Best Indian Memes for Creamy Teens', FB page

 

Vinay Shende

"My final words of advice to you are Educate, Agitate and Organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of the human personality." – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

There is a new way of showing hatred in the belly. This is through a Facebook Page called 'Best Indian Memes for creamy Teens'. The Facebook link of that page is https://www.facebook.com/SuperEdgyTeens/

The page administrators' (supposedly) details are:

Ayush Singh: https://www.facebook.com/endmyl1fe
Varun Yadav : https://www.facebook.com/varunpostblocked.yadav

Some of the sample jokes/memes posted on the page are shown below:

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Brief Report of the CV Writing Workshop

 

Vinay Shende

“Education everyone must have. Means of defence everyone must have. These are the paramount requirements of every man for his self-preservation”

(Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches, Vol. 1, P. 62)

“Educate!Agitate!Organise”

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In today’s times, the Bahujan youth are facing challenges in trying to carve a niche for themselves in the corporate world. Talent and capability are never the issues for Bahujans. But at the same time, with the rapidly changing scenario in workforce, the modes of recruitment are changing. Gone are the days when a position used to be published in a newspaper and people would then apply for it by sending a copy of their bio-data by post.

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