Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas

 

United Dalit Students' Forum JNU (UDSF-JNU) 

Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas 14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956

udsfOn this Mahaparinirvan day when we remember Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, we must not forget the dreams of an egalitarian society which Babasaheb envisioned. In the present day Indian society we witness crimes which vehemently victimize Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim and Bahujan communities. Such atrocities on targeted communities are nothing but the ways in which Brahminical forces are stretching their arms to re-establish the hegemony which it had enjoyed for centuries. It is time for us to understand that the egalitarian revolution which Babasaheb dreamt about is not merely words written in the constitution but the true spirit in which it has to be implemented. The atrocities which Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim and Bahujan communities are facing, be it institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, enforced disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, rape of Dalit women, communal, casteist attacks on Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, Bahujan are all reflections of the Brahminical forces winning over the principle of justice and fraternity which the Constitution of India enshrines.

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Project Heartland 5: Swachh Bharat: Plight and Assertion of Valmikis

 

Pratik Parmar

kiran bhaiProject Heartland captures the struggle of people from marginalised communities, mainly Dalits in Gujarat. It shows the courage and determination of Dalit women and men to assert for their rights despite all odds. By capturing these stories of struggle, Project Heartland wants these brave people to be known, recognised and be seen as inspiration to others. This video covers Episode 5 of the project:

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When Inequality Blooms in the Woods

 

Mruduladevi Sasidharan

mrudula sasidharanIt  received a stunning applause all along the corridors of Inox Screen II at the end of the second screening on 22nd November 2016 at IFFI 2016. 'Kaadu Pookkunna Neram' (When the woods bloom) directed by Dr. Bijukumar Damodar was the sixth Indian Panorama Feature Film at IFFI 2016 and it was the first housefull film on the second day of the festival. The film mainly deals with the problems akin to the enforcement of draconian laws like UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) (UAPA) on Dalit and Adivasis in India. The movie portrays this problem in the general social backdrop of the marginalized communities.

The heroine, actor Rima kallingal outshines the rest of cast in this film. The film depicts woman empowerment and social commitment as its nucleus. The 'nameless' central character, a suspected Maoist woman, of the movie is far ahead in woman's empowerment when compared to the social scenario visualised in the movie 'Venkalam'. A police man arrests a suspected Maoist woman in a forest near a tribal village at night. But the cop loses his way out from the forest. Thus, both the hunter and the hunted (we can say prey and predator also) are stranded in the thick forest.

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Project Heartland 4: Milk and Caste

 

Pratik Parmar

Project Heartland captures the struggle of people from marginalised communities, mainly Dalits in Gujarat. It shows the courage and determination of Dalit women and men to assert for their rights despite all odds. By capturing these stories of struggle, Project Heartland wants these brave people to be known, recognised and be seen as inspiration to others. This video covers Episode 4 of the project:

In this YouTube mini series, we shall bring out different stories from the heartland of Gujarat which nobody tells.

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Remembering Dharti Aba Birsa Munda

 

BAPSA

JNU, New Delhi

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 Remembering Dharti Aba Birsa Munda on 15th Nov

Remembering the Foundation Day of BAPSA

Intensifying Struggle of Justice for Najeeb

The class was going on as usual in the German Mission School at Burj, Chaibasa. A teacher named Dr Nottrott repeatedly uttered derogatory words against the Mundas. A boy left the school in protest. His name was Birsa Munda.

Dharti Aba Birsa Munda's Ulgulan or Call for Revolt is one of the significant Mass Armed Uprisings of Tribals/ Adivasis of central India in mid-1890s against colonialism and feudalism for independence and self-rule like any other Tribal revolt anywhere in the world against oppression.

After the suppression of the first rising, in 1895 the Dharti Aba Birsa gave a clarion call to the Munda communities for a decisive war against the British. After a series of concerted attacks for nearly two years on the places loyal to the British, the Munda warriors started congregating on "Dombari Hill " in the village "Sail Rakab " nearly 20 Km from the Ranchi-Jamshedpur Highway. Documents reveal that Birsa Munda was adopting Guerilla warfare, and attacked the British in Ranchi and Khunti. Several British police men were killed and nearly 100 Buildings were set on fire. Being scared of this " Ulgulan" or revolt, the then commissioner Mr. A. Fobes and Deputy Commissioner Mr. H.C. Streattfield, rushed to Kunti with two companies of army to crush the mass struggle (Ulgulan) of "Abua Disun" (Self- rule). Birsa Munda's Ulgulan was a socio-cultural-intellectual and political movement that was later followed by the Mass Armed Rebellion against British colonialism as well as Hindu feudal landlordism.

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ಆದಿವಾಸಿಗಳ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆ ಜೇನುಕುರುಬರ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ

 

ಜನರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪ್ರದಾನ ಸಮಿತಿ & ಡಾ. ಎ ಎಸ್ ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ

 

ಆತ್ಮೀಯರೇ,

ನಾಡಿನ ತಳಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆಯೊಬ್ಬರೆಂದೇ ಹೇಳಬಹುದಾದ *ಜೇನುಕುರುಬರ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ* ಅವರಿಗೆ ಲಾಭಿಕೋರ, ಭ್ರಷ್ಟವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯು ಅನ್ಯಾಯವೆಸಗಿ, ಅಪಮಾನಿಸಿದೆ. ಈ ಸಲದ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಗೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಆದವರ ಪಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಾಧಕ, ಅವಿರತ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ, ಅದ್ಭುತ ಪ್ರತಿಭಾವಂತ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರ ಹೆಸರಿತ್ತು. ಇದನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ ನಾಡಿನ ನೂರಾರು ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಾವಂತ ಮನಸುಗಳು ಸಂತಸಗೊಂಡು ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದವು. ಅದರೆ, ಕಾಣದ ಕೈಗಳು ಇದ್ದಕ್ಕಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಪಟ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ತೆಗೆದುಹಾಕಿದ್ದು, ಅವರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ನೀಡದೇ ಹೋದದ್ದು ತೀರಾ ಆಘಾತಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿದೆ.
ಹೆಗ್ಗಡದೇವನಕೋಟೆಯ ಮತ್ತ ಹಾಡಿಯ ಜೇನುಕುರುಬರ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಯಾವ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಬಯಸಿದವರಲ್ಲ, ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದವರಲ್ಲ, ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಲಾಭಿಯನ್ನೂ ಮಾಡಿದವರಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ಇಂತಹ ತಳಸಮುದಾಯದ ಸಾಧಕರನ್ನು ಗುರುತಿಸಿ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ನೀಡಿ ತನ್ನ ಬಗೆಗೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ರೂಪಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಯಸುವ ಸರ್ಕಾರವೇ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಘೋಷಿಸಿ ಕೊನೆಗೆ ಕಿತ್ತುಹಾಕುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ತಳಸಮುದಾಯಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ನಾಡಿನ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಾವಂತರನ್ನು ಅಪಮಾನಿಸುವ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿರುವುದು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ನೋವಿನ ವಿಷಯ.

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ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪುರಸ್ಕಾರಗಳ ಔಚಿತ್ಯವೇನೆಂದು ಕೇಳಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಇವುಗಳ ಮಾನದಂಡವೇನೆಂದು ಕೇಳಬೇಕಿದೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೇನುಕುರುಬರ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಈ ಲಾಭಿಕೋರ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಿಂದ ಆಗಿರುವ ಅನ್ಯಾಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಪಮಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಸಾತ್ವಿಕ ಪ್ರತಿರೋಧ ಸೂಚಿಸಿ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣನವರಂತಹ ಚೇತನವೊಂದಕ್ಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೆಂಬಲ ಸೂಚಿಸಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ *ಇದೇ ಬರುವ ನವೆಂಬರ್12 ನೇ ತಾರೀಖಿನಂದು ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರ ಹಾಡಿ ಇರುವ ಹೆಗ್ಗಡದೇವನ ಕೋಟೆಗೆ ನಾವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಹೋಗಿ ಸೋಮಣ್ಣ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅವರ ಹಾಡಿಗಳ ಜನರ ಸಮ್ಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ನೀಡೋಣ.*

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Project Heartland 3: When a Dalit Woman leads

 

Pratik Parmar

Project Heartland captures the struggle of people from marginalised communities, mainly Dalits in Gujarat. It shows the courage and determination of Dalit women and men to assert for their rights despite all odds. By capturing these stories of struggle, Project Heartland wants these brave people to be known, recognised and be seen as inspiration to others. This video covers Episode 3 of the project:

In this YouTube mini series, we shall bring out different stories from the heartland of Gujarat which nobody tells.

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