She is not Nirbhaya from Delhi..


Joshua Isaac

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On 3rd January, 2013, Kalki, a I year Intermediate student of Vanur village, Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, left her house at 3 pm to attend to nature's call in a nearby casuarina grove.


Gujarat Dalit and Adivasi Students' Convention

On 3rd March, 2013, Sunday
9:30 am

At St. Xavier's College, Siddharth Assembly Hall, Narangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

gujarat dalit adivasi convention

Dear Friends,


Scam in Union Budget 2013-14: SCs swindled of Rs. 41,737 Crores, STs of Rs. 17,051 Crores

There is a Scam of Rs. 41,737 Crores for Scheduled Castes and Rs. 17,051 Crores for Scheduled Tribes in 2013-2014 Budget

~ Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations

Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations said that in the Budget for 2013-2014 presented by the Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram today (the 28th February, 2013) the allocation earmarked for SC/ST people is half of the intended allocation and this high-handedness has been going on for several years. According to the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCP), the allocation for the Scheduled Caste people should have been in proportion to their population.

According to the 2001 Census, population of the Scheduled Caste people is 16.2% of the total population but for the purpose of allocation of funds for reservation and other Government benefits, the yardstick continues to be 15%. In this budget, the total amount of the Plan budget is Rs. 5,55,322 crore and even if it is calculated on the basis of 15%, the allocation for Scheduled Castes should have been Rs. 83,298.3 crore whereas provision in the budget for this purpose has been made for just Rs. 41,561 crore. This works out to just half of the figure of Rs. 83,298.3 crore. Thus there is a big scam of Rs. 41,737 crore.


The death of Anil Meena


Anoop Kumar

(First published in The Indian Express in March, 2012, we're reproducing this article on Dalit and Adivasi students' suicides in India's premier higher educational institutions to commemorate the death of Senthil Kumar, a student of University of Hyderabad, on 26th February, 2009)

Suicides by Dalit and tribal students is a story of discrimination

Merit is important — students have to go through gruelling entrance tests to prove their worth before joining any educational institution to become doctors, engineers, scientists.

In 2010, Anil Meena, from a tribal family of agriculturalists, a school topper, with 75 per cent marks in 10+2, covered the distance of over 500 km from his village in Baran district, Rajasthan, to Delhi. He had again proved his merit in one of the toughest medical entrance exams to become a doctor at one of the country's prestigious educational institutions — the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).


Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU, forges a first-of-its-kind Commemoration


A Round Table Discussion on "Celebrating Centenary of Babasaheb's Journey to Columbia"

[Via Amol Vajji]

Babasaheb's journey to Columbia in 1913 marks the completion of a century in 2013 which, according to Mulnivasi Sangh (JNU), must be celebrated by Mulnivasi people with great vigor and enthusiasm. With this jovial idea, the organization successfully organized a Round Table Discussion on "Celebrating Centenary of Babasaheb's Journey to Columbia" at Jawaharlal Nehru University on 16 February, 2013. The Round Table was chaired by Mr. Ganesh Manjhi (Research Scholar, JNU) with a panel consisting of Mr. Anil Kumar (Member, Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU), Mr. Amol Vajji (President, Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU), Mr. Babu Waghmare (Member, Mulnivasi Sangh, Delhi State), Ms. Neetisha Xalxo (Research Scholar, JNU) and Mr. Arvind Kumar (Centre for Arabic Language, JNU).

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The programme started with the screening of a video of Nicholas Dirks (Eminent Anthropologist) paying tribute to Babasaheb at Columbia University in 2010. Thereafter Mr. Ganesh Manjhi, the chair, elaborated upon the need of celebration of the Centenary by calling attention of audience towards some moot questions – What if Babasaheb had not gone to Columbia? He presented with greater emphasis that what would have been our situation, had Babasaheb not come back to India? To do away with the conspiratorial 'reductionism' with Babasaheb, the chair also put forth an issue of Babasaheb's contribution in the nation-building process. Mr. Ganesh Manjhi asked the panel to sketch Babasaheb's scholarship having impact on the lives of Mulnivasis.


Sunil Yadav versus the BMC


Ajmal Khan

The story of Sunil Yadav is an inspiring one for not only Dalits but everyone. He is a first generation literate from the Scheduled Caste community in Maharashtra who had joined as a conservancy worker in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai. He joined soon after the death of his father in 2005 as class -VI employee. Being the sole breadwinner of the six member family, despite all the hardships, he managed to complete a double masters and diploma in social work and mass communication while he was working. Today he is a MA Globalisation and Labour student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and also holds an offer to go for an exchange progamme to University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa.

Now here comes the BMC - he had applied for study leave as he got admitted in TISS; its been nine months now, BMC has not been taken any action on his application. He attended the classes during the day and worked at night. When there was no response on his leave application, Sunil field an RTI asking who is eligible for a sabbatical. He was told by the Public Information Officer of the D Ward of BMC that, a Safai Karmachari is not eligible to get study leave. According to the service rules of BMC, any employee is eligible for study leave if the course is going to be helpful for the development of the employee. This is the first time in the history of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation that a Safai Karmachari is seeking a study leave.


Rally to Outlaw Caste Discrimination in London


Rally in Parliament Square, London,

On Monday, 4th March, 2013, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

The Peers of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dalits have moved an amendment in Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (ERR) Bill to make 'caste' a protected characteristic in the Equality Act. The House of Lords will debate the amendment on March 4 and given time will call for a vote.

If successful, this would mean that Caste Discrimination will finally be Outlawed in the UK


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