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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Collector Murali's 'controversial' speech on Brahmanism

 

Round Table India

Akunuri Murali, District Collector of Bhupalpally in Telangana, echoed the views of a major section of the Bahujans when he critiqued the dietary practices imposed by Brahminical culture, at a public meeting organised on the occasion of World TB day in the district, saying they led to a deterioration in the health of the people, especially the SC/STs. He was particularly harsh on those who take up Ayyappa and Anjaneya (Hanuman) malas (ritual vows) and follow Brahminical rules of avoiding meat. The Brahminical media and civil society were quick to take offense, called the speech 'controversial', and launched a protest campaign against the collector. The following is a transcript of key parts of his speech: 

AKUNURI MURALI

If you feel that meat is becoming expensive, there are forests nearby to you, you can happily catch the wild boars and eat them. It is very important.

SCs, STs – we are all those who eat 'big' meat (beef). But in recent times, this disgusting culture called Brahminical culture has descended upon us – I am saying this because it is the reality – telling us that we should not eat beef, and all sorts of other cock and bull stories, and making us stop.

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Slaves of Manu

 

Nitin Dhaktode

nitin daktodeSome people
Born in the socially marginalised community,
Forget their roots
Spend their life practising slavery
The bootlickers of the oppressor caste
Oppressors from Right, Left, Centre, Liberal etc.

Never forget
They will use and throw you.
They will make sure you are their slaves forever,
The day you talk about
Your Dignity, Leadership, Empowerment,
Challenge their oppression
You will be their biggest enemy
They will kill your social and political career

They will fill your mind with poison
So you can spit it at your own people...
They will make sure
That you become their foot-soldier
To fight against your own people
To sustain their agenda of Brahmanism...

They will be ruling
And you will be helping them
To rule your own people
To exploit the marginalised
They don't have anything to lose...
Losers are you and your people
Those struggling for Dignity, Freedom and Equality

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The Fish Milk of Kindness

 

Umar Nizar

umarIn the mess bill that is religiously brought out every month by JNU's Jhelum hostel, there is an outstanding amount of Rs.5200 against the name of J.Muthukrishanan. This is the sum that he owes the 'nation.' It is a bad education loan, given in kind, and extracted pitilessly. The research scholar's relationship to the university is one of debt.

Every day at noon this mess hall is the site of a display of abundance. Lines of vessels bearing mounds of rice and dal decorate the dining tables like some dietary solar system. This is shock and awe, of the pettiest kind. Food is regimented. Food is something to be hoarded in 'bhandars.' Famine lurks around the corner. There is thunder in the distance. Everything, from food to its end-product must be harnessed in the service of a rigid social hierarchy. Arguments about food have to be subtle, and nuanced. Blunt force might cause trauma. Of course, rules are meant to be broken. But there are strict rules regarding that too, on who can eat and by how much.

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Unite to stop self-punishment

 

Hemangi Kadlak

It is said that those who come from poor socio-economic backgrounds have a stronger fighting spirit because of the need for survival. Then why are some students from these sections committing suicide when they enter the big universities of India? Do their expectations of themselves or the university or society go much higher when they come into the university? Or they create an illusion within themselves that after getting into the universities, the social system, the mindset of the people has probably changed?

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 How would their entry into the education system just change the social system? For that, we need to constantly work on it. It is a mismatch between their expectations and the social reality. Why they fail to understand the more you grow, the stronger, more invisible, and deeper is the caste system. And we have to fight with unity, patience, persistence to act against the social system. Why are we so overwhelmed by the system? We have to act against the system, the mindset. The way Buddha to Jyotiba-Savitrimai Phule and Babasaheb worked against the system. Many more social revolutionaries worked against the system. I would request our young generation to check this self-punishing attitude and act against the system.

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