The landless will now receive no land

 

Santosh Kumar

Santosh kumarThomas Isaac, the Finance minister of Kerala had declared in the budget that flats/apartments shall be constructed within a year and given to one lakh people in Kerala who do not have a proper home. This was also one of the budget declarations that were celebrated quite a lot in the media and among the general public. However, if one delves deep into the realities of this flat/apartment programme, it can be seen how this is merely a continuation of the colony-zation that happened in the aftermath of Land Reform Act. The government is hell bent on creating new colonies in a context where this very colony-isation exists as one of the reasons for the social, political and cultural marginalisation of Dalits, Adivasis and other backward classes. There are already 26193 Dalit colonies, 14000 Adivasi colonies, around 500 colonies resided by people from the fisherman community and many more occupied by the other backward classes in Kerala. Sugar-coating such 'new colony programmes' by calling it 'flat/apartment programmes' cannot efface the social marginalisation that it can create.

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The Bridge of Migration: Introducing a tongue that wasn't 'chiselled by school'

 

Round Table India

We publish here an excerpt from the newly released collection of poetry by Yogesh Maitreya titled The Bridge of Migration. Following is the introduction by Kuffir, Editor of Round Table India, featured in this book of powerful series of poems.

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we must fill blood in our pens
instead of ink, and write

That's what Yogesh does, fill his pen with blood and write immortal photos of his ancestors, imagine the persona of the mother who gave birth to the Sun, sketch the shackles on the feet of the brother who couldn't visit his immolated sister, rediscover the language of his father's songs which lent clarity to his rage.

He is not afraid of crying, because only cowards believe men don't cry. But his tears do not roll out; they illumine the paper as profound Zen stories.

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How People Revered Babasaheb Ambedkar


Sandeep Chavan 

sandeep chavanJai Bhim All,

My sincere salutes, respects and tributes to Parampujya Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of Babasaheb! As you are aware, there are several things that Babasaheb has done for us and our country in spite of great challenges he faced in his life.

Today, I want to cover the part on how much people revered Babasaheb in his lifetime and later. I will quote few instances to make my point!

 Babasaheb & his wife Mai Ramai lived most of their life in poverty. For his studies in the USA and UK, Babasaheb was awarded scholarship by Maharaja Sayajirao of Baroda. Mai Ramai understood Babasaheb's commitment towards society and used to support him in all ways possible. When Babasaheb was studying in USA, Babasaheb told his wife to not take money from anyone or do not make personal use of money that people collect for social work!

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A Discussion on Poetry Book 'Akash Nila Hai'

 

Kalyani

bagiThe program was a book discussion of Bal Gangadhar ‘Bagi’s book “Akash Nila Hai”. The book is a collection of poetry which JNU Ph.D scholar Bal Gangadhar ‘Bagi’ has written over a period of his research duration at JNU. As the pen name of the poet ‘Bagi’ suggests, the poems have a spirit to bring about the revolutionary changes within society.

 In contemporary context, Dalit literature essence derives from the fact that one genre of literature cannot capture complete reality. Dalit literature in particular reflects on those dimensions where some identities have been taken into oblivion. Thus, literature or poetry becomes a way to understand the complex problem particularly when it is dissected on the lines of divergent thought processes. The event saw confluence of many literary personality who have established their acumen particularly in Dalit literature like Shauraj Singh ‘Baichain’, Jai Prakash Kardam, Anwar Alam to name a few. The event was marked by engagement of other research scholars and the audience present at the book discussion event.

 The readers appreciated the youthful voice emerging in Dalit literature. ‘Bagi’ was appreciated for the sheer energy of thoughts reflected in his poems. The thoughts have dominated the flow of emotion which is the positive side of the book. Within the history of Dalit writing, Ravidas, Kabir, Mangu Ram thoughts have come through the channels of poetry. The persistent use of Urdu in the poems has shown detachment from the dominant Sanskrit or Hindi within Dalit literature. The very title of the book "Nila akash” has a metaphorical meaning that the sky or political will is clear for the movement to flourish and ideology of Ambedkarism has to set in.

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On Making a Documentary Film about Bhima Koregaon

 

Somnath Waghamare

somnath waghamare 1Dear friends, Jai Bhim. Finally, my documentary film on Bhima Koregaon has been completed with your kind support. In the last six months of my filmmaking journey, I have had a lot of good and bad experiences. A lot of friends on Facebook and elsewhere ask me one question: why am I making a history film on the battle of Bhima Koregaon? And why does the film have a long name like 'The Battle of Bhima Koregaon: An Unending Journey'?
My close friends know about my personal life. I completed my graduation in sociology, first class, while staying in a small village, a very casteist one. In the last eight years, ten caste atrocities have happened in my village. In my college days, I was active in student movements. In 2012, I completed my Master's in Media Studies in the Pune University campus and joined an archaeology course in Deccan College in Pune, but I faced caste discrimination and social boycott and lost one academic year. That's why I have dedicated this film to our brother Rohith Vemula, because I know the pain of hostel suspension. After one year, I got a contract job in FTII and I feel I learnt cinema there.

My film journey of making the Bhima Koregaon documentary also started in that institute. If you were born in a Maharashtrian Buddhist family, you hear some common social stories in your childhood. One is about Ambedkar's life and struggle. Another is of the Bhima Koregaon battle - how our 500 brave Mahar soldiers ended the Peshwai by defeating their army of 25,000 soldiers in 1818, which is also a significant event in the military history of the world. Another thing we also hear is about the cruelty of the Indian caste system and how Brahmins have exploited our social life.

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Training School For Entrance To Politics - Admission Notification

 

Admission Notification
POLITICAL SCHOOL BATCH 2017-18

One Year Residential Training for the Youths Interested in Politics

TRAINING SCHOOL
FOR ENTRANCE TO POLITICS
Jalandhar, Punjab (India)

60 years ago, the champion of social justice Dr. B R Ambedkar with his thirty long years experience in active politics established 'Training School for Entrance to Politics' in July 1956 to groom youths for effective and genuine representation in our parliament & state legislatures. But, this visionary school was shut-down very soon after his death. It was such a unique institution in India that even today there exists none of its kind. Now, in the current scenario, when youths have disenchantment towards politics with inefficient, immoral and irresponsible representatives and many maladies in our parliamentary democracy in general and politics of social justice in particular, it becomes indispensable to revive this cherished institution of Ambedkar on an urgent basis. Therefore, Political School Foundation (a registered non-profit organisation, MCA, Govt. of India) is pleased to reinstate this precious thought by initiating one year training program in order to provide a golden opportunity to youths in enhancing their skill & knowledge in practical Politics.

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Applications are invited across the country latest by 15th May 2017 with objectives: -

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Civic Education for the Oppressed and the Oppressors: How different it should be

 

S Karthikeyan

karthikeyan sA young 27 years old Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham aka Rajini Krish who was pursuing Ph.D. in Jawarharlal Nehru University (JNU) allegedly committed suicide on Monday, March 14, 2017. I say 'allegedly' since I firmly believe it's another institutional murder thanks to discriminative practices that exist in Indian campuses. Such unfortunate incidents have taken place earlier as well. All of us are yet to recover from the loss of another young man, 27 years old Rohith Chakravarti Vemula's institutional murder in the campus of University of Hyderabad that took place on January 17th 2016. Rohith is the 6th victim since 2008 in University of Hyderabad.i

Reasons were analyzed, debated and solutions proposed how to stop such institutional murders and address discriminative practices that exist in the campuses which is the primary reason for such murders. Prof. Sukhadeo Thoart has written a seminal article in the Hindu on January 26th 2016, 'Discrimination on the campus'.ii He has proposed a four pronged solution namely (i) legal safeguards against discrimination, (ii) civic education, (iii) academic assistance to students who need support, and (iv) participation of Dalits in all decision-making bodies of universities/colleges.

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