Hazardous sanitation work claims two more lives in Chennai

Two more people died today in the sewers trying to keep Chennai clean. How many more sanitation workers will have to give up their lives before our cities make their working conditions more human and safe? M. Narayanan, Editor of Paadam, writes about the tragedy. 

M. Narayanan

Today, two people lost their lives in the manhole in Thiru Vi Ka nagar, near Perambur, due to willful contempt of the court's orders by the highest in the Government.

You all know about the constant reminders being sent to the Metrowater Managing Director, who incidentally is the Chairperson of the 14-member High court appointed committee in which I am also a member. Even 5 days ago, on 20th september, I sent a follow up letter to the MD of Metrowater, mentioning about the willful disobedience of the High Court order by them. .

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Caste Discrimination in Higher Educational Institutions: A public lecture by Prof. Mungekar

United Dalit Students' Forum (UDSF),

JNU

Invites You To

'Caste Discrimination in Higher Educational Institutions'

A public lecture by Prof. B. L. Mungekar

&

Screening of 'The Death of Merit'

(A Documentary on Dalit Students' Suicides in Higher Educational Institutions) 

Date : 26 September, 2012 (Wed)

Time : 5 pm

Venue : SSS –I Committee Room, JNU

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Return of Bali -- Resurgent Fete

[Via Prashant Kamla]

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Dalits win their rights in Monjanur

Joshua Isaac

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On 21 September, 2012, Dalits of Monjanur village, Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu, retrieved their right to burial grounds that had been been denied to them for past several years by caste hindus.

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80 years of Poona Pact

[Via Maheshwar Raj]

All India Confederation of SC / ST Organizations

Headed by Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman

and

K. Maheshwar Raj, A.P., State President

Invites One and All to the

Brain Storming Session

On 24.09.2012 @ 05 : 00 P.M

@ Press Club, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Meeting to support Dalit students in Vardhman Mahavir Medical College

Meeting to support our students in Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, and to demand implementation of Prof Mungekar's Report, at 4.00 p.m., on 22nd September, Saturday, at Sutluj Hostel Mess, JNU

(Message from Anoop Kumar, Insight Foundation)

Dear Friends,

I am writing this note regarding enormous caste discrimination faced by Dalit & Adivasi medical students at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC), New Delhi.

As some of you might be aware that on 6th September, the National Commission of Scheduled Caste (NCSC) has come out with Prof. Mungekar Committee report on the medical college that clearly depicts the level of caste discrimination faced by our students at VMMC.

Our students have been deliberately failed so much so that many of them have to leave the course in between.Since last three years some of the Dalit students from VMMC led by Manish Kumar have been fighting against the discrimination both in and outside the campus.

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Help keep a dalit magazine alive

Help Keep Dalit Murasu Alive-- An Appeal

Dear friends

I write this to solicit your support for sustaining a 15 year old Tamil monthly that has consistently reported on dalit politics, culture and activism from Tamil Nadu. This is Dalit Murasu, published from Chennai. With Punitha Pandian as editor and a team of people supporting it, by way of writing, photography, design, the monthly is one of its kind. It has taken a dalit lens to questions of economic, social and political injustice, and in turn, sought to link dalit concerns to the concerns articulated by various peoples' movements.

Dalit Murasu has also set new standards in political journalism: it is well-designed, the articles are carefully proof-read and the monthly has featured a range of expressions: interviews with dalit leaders, activists, cultural actors, book reviews, translations of important documents to do with dalit concerns into Tamil, translations from dalit writings available in English, coverage of important large scale events, including events in central India, the Gujarat carnage, Koodangulam, the war in Sri Lanka, on the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 (a series of articles that discussed the act, case law etc), articles on dalit history... Further, it carries every month an extract from Dr Ambedkar's writings. Dalit Murasu has also published the Tamil translation of The Annihilation of Caste, among other things.

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