An Appeal by Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

 

Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

Appeal by Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

Raigarh
13 June 2017

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Dear friends in Media and Civil Society,

Displacement without consent is a crime! Please come and support the Adivasi struggle against the illegal dispossession of their lands by companies and land mafia.
On 14 June 2017 around 100 Adivasis of villages Bhengari, Khokhroama, Katangdih, and Nawapara (Tenda) will be invoking their Constitutional and statutory rights and approaching the SC ST Welfare (Special) Police Station, Raigarh to submit complaints against the illegal dispossession of their lands that has occurred through threats, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation, and to request the registration of FIRs against the accused.

 Adivasis are encouraged by the 8 May direction of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to officials in Raigarh to take action under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in cases wherein the land of tribal people was transferred illegally. We are also encouraged by the Supreme Court judgment on the mandatory registration of FIRs in Lalitha Kumari vs Govt. of U.P. & Ors.

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Caste in the UK - British Government Seeks Answers from Indian Community

 

Round Table India 

If Hindus migrate to other regions on earth, Indian caste would become a world problem.
~ Babasaheb Dr. BR Ambedkar, Castes in India (1916)

A new initiative by activists in the UK to combat caste: http://casteintheuk.org/

This website has been started in the wake of the UK government's announcement calling for an open and public consultation on Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law to ensure there is adequate legal protection against caste-based unlawful discrimination. The government needs to hear from the UK residents – of South Asian origins and others – as to how individuals and groups should be protected against discrimination on caste grounds.

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As predicted by Babasaheb, with the mass migration of Hindus to other countries, caste has become a global problem. One of the countries which face strongest caste discrimination is the UK. Several newspaper reports and academic works address the caste problem in the UK.

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Global Bahujan Movement - Dr. Manisha Bangar's North America Tour April - May 2017

 

Round Table India

Dr. Manisha Bangar has just returned from a trip to the US and Canada, where she gave a series of talks about Ambedkarism, and the state of the caste struggle in India. Dr. Bangar is a leading organizer of Mulniwasi Bahujans of India (the Indigenous majority population). Currently serving as National Vice President of BAMCEF (Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation), she is former National Vice President of Mulniwasi Sangh and National President of Mulniwasi Mahila Sangh the mass based offshoot wings of BAMCEF.

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A good orator, freelance writer and poetess, she has continued to speak for more than a decade at Universities, Civil/Human Rights and Phule Ambedkarite Organizations, both Nationally and Internationally (USA, UK, Europe and Middle East) including the United Nations on issues of Caste, Gender Equality, Health and Education rights, Comparative Religious thought and Phuley, Periyar, Ambedkar ideology. Even as global organizations and foreign governments are taking cognizance and condemning India's shameful caste system, India is reeling under recent spate of caste atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis.

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Mayor Pro-Tempore of the city of Manteca, California, Gary Singh presenting Dr. Manisha Bangar with the "Global Bahujan Award"

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Now on Smashwords – What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means To Me

 

The Shared Mirror Publishing House

Our new book What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means To Me is now available on Smashwords – Ebooks from independent authors and publishers

The ebook can be downloaded in various formats and also read online, see screenshot below. (https://www.smashwords.com/books/)

Enjoy Reading!

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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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