Why we must count caste

The most obvious reason to count caste is that it is a real and significant source of social discrimination and economic inequality in India today. The fact that there has been a long-standing con-sensus about “abolishing” caste only underlines the need to count it.For without monitoring its impact on society, we will never know whether we have overcome it or merely hidden it away.

 

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Evolution of Telugu Dalit literature

Telugu dalit literature entered a significant phase when dalits began writing about themselves. During the independence struggle, dalit writers, under Gandhian influence, touched upon casteism and untouchability but imitated mainstream writing in form and content.

 

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Special Component Plan implementation as per Economic Survey of Delhi

The concept of Special Component Plan for the welfare of SCs (SCP) was that all the department shall take specific schemes for socio-economic development of SCs. Its essence was that the schemes should be based on their developmental needs.

 

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INDIA: Bonded Labour In India

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Bonded labour is prohibited in India by law. Though the Constitution directly and indirectly prohibits the practice, vide Articles 21, 23 (1) and 24, a specific law that prohibits the practice, the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act was legislated only in 1976. Despite the statutory prohibition, bonded labour is widely practiced. The worst affected are the children, particularly those from the Dalit community. The practice is so prevalent in the country, that even a village in Uttar Pradesh state, Bandhua, literally meaning bonded, is named after the practice.

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Forest alert

 by Latha Jishnu

 Saxena panel report on Niyamgiri puts states under watch for forest, tribal rights violations

  imageTribals in Kodigumma village discuss filing of community claims 

Few committees have been as forthright as the N C Saxena committee on the violation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) by the very authorities which are charged with upholding them—the state governments.

In its report on the controversial project to mine for bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills, the four member-committee headed by Saxena, a member of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's National Advisory Committee, has roundly taken the Orissa government to task for failing to implement the landmark FRA of 2006.

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Justice, at last

by T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

RTISeven persons have been awarded life imprisonment in the Dulina Dalit lynching case, but the battle for justice may not be over.

THE long wait for justice by the families of the five Dalit youth who were lynched on October 15, 2002, at the police post in Dulina village in Jhajjar district of Haryana is finally over. On August 9, a district court awarded life imprisonment to seven convicts in the case.

 

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Neutral agency to study atrocities against Dalits

HINDUSTAN TIMES

Following the Dalit ministers’ demand that atrocities against their community be averted, the state government on Monday decided to appoint a neutral agency to recommend measures to check the social evil. In the Cabinet meeting on August 4, Ministers Nitin Raut, Varsha Gaikwad and Ramesh Bagwe (from Congress) and Laxman Dhoble (from the NCP) raised Khairlanji mass murder case. They had demanded the issue be discussed in the Cabinet as the Dalits wanted to know whether the state was serious about their concerns.

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