Release of 'What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means to Me' eBook: Get your free copy!

 

The Shared Mirror Publishing House

We are happy to share news of the release of our second book. 'What Babasaheb Means to Me' is an edited volume that compiles articles by authors on Round Table India and Savari.

Here is an excerpt from the preface of the book edited by Sruthi HerbertChetana Sawai and Gurinder Azad:

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"... This is our purposeful and responsive pursuit to articulate and place truths, struggles and express our creative spirit in autonomous spaces such as Round Table India, Savari and The Shared Mirror during this time in history. We remind ourselves that these works of knowledge production are firmly rooted in our collective efforts at learning, educating, motivating and agitating our communities. We know that we will continue to find the courage to face the necessary tensions that come our way in our pursuit of liberatory paths. We will continue to critically engage and invest in examining, owning and developing personal, as well as collective narratives that interrogate the anti-social system of caste and its informing of graded social conditioning, inequalities and divides. We will continue to critically engage and invest in examining, owning and developing personal, as well as collective narratives that interrogate the anti-social system of caste and its informing of graded social conditioning, inequalities and divides. Babasaheb's writings will continue to uplift and empower us to work towards annihilating caste and bringing about social equality.

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How can Babasaheb Ambedkar and Vivekanand go together?

 

Harish Parihar

Transcript of his speech on 14th of April, 2017 at IIT, Roorkee, on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar

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Most of the aspects like economics, women empowerment, anthropology have already been spoken of by now.

Coming to some different aspect I would like to say that Babasaheb was a great journalist. After coming back from USA in 1917, he started a newspaper called “Mooknayak” (The leader of Silent) in 1920. He kept on writing all his life. He has 17 Volumes, he has writings and speeches. This is his contribution to journalism.

On 25th of December 1927 in Maharashtra, he burnt the “Manusmriti”. That evening he said: “this is equivalent to the French Revolution”. Last year, I had written an article about this and had sent to a newspaper for publishing. The newspaper editor told me he doesn’t agree how this is related to the French Revolution.

I told him: “100 years back, the untouchables were required to carry an earthen pot hung around their neck wherever they went—for holding their spit, and today the same people have neckties on their necks. Isn’t that (similar to) the French Revolution?”

 In 1937, Babasaheb formed the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and in 1942, he became the Minister of Labour.  He reduced the working hours from erstwhile 12-14 to 8 hours a day.

Since time is less let me move on.

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Nilesh Khandale's short film Ambuj - Drop the pride in your caste

Gaurav Somwanshi

nilesh khandaleNilesh Khandale’s debut short movie, ‘Ambuj’ seeks to shed light on some of the most pervasive but less talked about elements of the Indian caste society. Working as an Event Manager, and belonging to the Matang community in Maharashtra, Nilesh has always led the struggle of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkarite thought on social media where his presence has been influential. Now, he has chosen the medium of film to reach out to the public and spread the revolutionary thoughts. Gaurav Somwanshi talks to Nilesh Khandale about his movie and about himself.

Gaurav: Hello Nilesh, it has been more than a couple of years since I have known you on social media. Though I’ve not had the chance to meet you yet, I’ve followed your posts and interacted with you on facebook. Could you tell us about your ideals, your activism and your motivations?

Nilesh: I come from a town near Baramati, where my father runs a small business. The thoughts of our anti-caste leaders have always influenced me. As you very well know, I have used facebook extensively in order to spread the Phule-Shahu-Ambedkarite thought. In fact, I have tried to use every medium available to me to do this, even on my bike I use stickers that has a quote by Babasaheb saying, “Castes are anti-national” and I change these stickers every 3-4 months. Along with the trio of thought leaders who stand as pillars of the modern democratic setup, I’m also inspired heavily by Loksahityik Annabhau Sathe and Ustaad Lahuji Salve.

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Teri Zameen Tera Aasman - World Premiere of Documentary Film on Women

 

Round Table India 

World Premiere Film Screening of

TERI ZAMEEN TERA AASMAAN: Bhartiya Nari! Tu Aazaad Kahaan?
(Your Earth Your Sky: O Indian Woman! Where thou art free?)

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This screening will be a part of the

The International Conference on
Re-imagining Religion, Caste and Social Justice in South Asia
The 3rd annual conference

Production and Script - Dr Manisha Bangar

Directed by Jeevan Gawande

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Solidarity Statement by Dalit Penkoottam

 

Dalit Penkoottam

Pembilai Orumai

We strongly protest the verbal attacks directed at Pembilai Orumai* by the Minister of Electricity of the Pinarayi Vijayan government of Kerala and member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretariat, M. M. Mani. We are of the opinion that this attack is part of patriarchal tendencies protected by organisations like the CPI (M). There have been attempts to justify his attacks from certain quarters by using his caste, educational and regional disadvantages as cover, and by making it seem that he made those statements while speaking against journalists. We condemn such attempts to divert attention from the issue. We demand that the criminal minister be promptly thrown out of the government and that strict legal proceedings be initiated against him.

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The landless will now receive no land

 

Santosh Kumar

Santosh kumarThomas Isaac, the Finance minister of Kerala had declared in the budget that flats/apartments shall be constructed within a year and given to one lakh people in Kerala who do not have a proper home. This was also one of the budget declarations that were celebrated quite a lot in the media and among the general public. However, if one delves deep into the realities of this flat/apartment programme, it can be seen how this is merely a continuation of the colony-zation that happened in the aftermath of Land Reform Act. The government is hell bent on creating new colonies in a context where this very colony-isation exists as one of the reasons for the social, political and cultural marginalisation of Dalits, Adivasis and other backward classes. There are already 26193 Dalit colonies, 14000 Adivasi colonies, around 500 colonies resided by people from the fisherman community and many more occupied by the other backward classes in Kerala. Sugar-coating such 'new colony programmes' by calling it 'flat/apartment programmes' cannot efface the social marginalisation that it can create.

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The Bridge of Migration: Introducing a tongue that wasn't 'chiselled by school'

 

Round Table India

We publish here an excerpt from the newly released collection of poetry by Yogesh Maitreya titled The Bridge of Migration. Following is the introduction by Kuffir, Editor of Round Table India, featured in this book of powerful series of poems.

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we must fill blood in our pens
instead of ink, and write

That's what Yogesh does, fill his pen with blood and write immortal photos of his ancestors, imagine the persona of the mother who gave birth to the Sun, sketch the shackles on the feet of the brother who couldn't visit his immolated sister, rediscover the language of his father's songs which lent clarity to his rage.

He is not afraid of crying, because only cowards believe men don't cry. But his tears do not roll out; they illumine the paper as profound Zen stories.

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