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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End Repression in Kashmir: A Call from the civil society

 

We, the undersigned, are dismayed over the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. We have watched in horror and shock the repetitive cycle of state aggression leading to violence, deteriorating state of civil liberties, violation of fundamental rights and ever escalating loss of human life and dignity in Kashmir. In the last 115 days, we have lost over 100 lives in Kashmir.More than 15,000 civilians have been injured, out of which 4500 persons have suffered grievous injuries due to pellet-guns, 4664 have been injured by bullets.Over 8000 people have been arrested out of which 434 people have been detained under the Public Safety Act (toll as on October 30, 2016).

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The immediate response of the Indian state to the recent uprising in Kashmir was the imposition of curfew, which is continuing till date. A media gag where newspaper offices have been raided, copies confiscated and editors threatened with dire consequences, accompanied it. Journalists reporting the situation have been attacked, intimidated and threatened with violence by those supposedly responsible for protecting them. Most recently the government banned the publication of Kashmir Reader, a daily newspaper published from Srinagar.

Pursuant to this, a complete communication blockade was imposed and Internet services were cut down. Even voices outside Kashmir that spoke of the ongoing failure of state were targeted on social media, their posts deleted and accounts blocked. The means of communication and information flow from and into Kashmir are severely disrupted. Accompanying the communication blockade is an economic blockade in which the supply of food, medicines and other basic necessities are also affected, standing crops being burnt and orchards damaged.

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The Written World and Dalit Bahujan and Adivasi Women - SAVARI's Editor Sruthi Herbert

 

Gurinder Azad

SAVARI describes itself as: "We are adivasi, bahujan and dalit women. Here we share our thoughts about our lives and the society we live in, including conflicts with the self, family and community. These are perspectives from our history, and our dreams for the future. Here we are in conversations with each other, with the men from our communities, and others. Inspired by our foremothers, the free spirited, knowledge bearing, community healers of the Saura people, this space is named Savari"

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As part of the Ambedkar Age series of interviews and conversations on contemporary socio-political issues which affect the Dalit Bahujans, Gurinder Azad produced and recorded an interview with Sruthi Herbert, one of the editors of SAVARI, titled 'The Written World and Dalit Bahujan and Adivasi Women -- SAVARI's editor Sruthi Herbert'. 

Kuffir, Contributing Editor of Round Table India (http://roundtableindia.co.in/), conducted this interview.

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It’s Pink, not black, white or grey!

 

Bobby Kunhu

The last time I critiqued a Bachchan starrer was without watching the movie, but this time the hype got me into the theatre to watch Pink. Truth be told, it was also way to spend time with a very close friend's family. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the movie – I was angry, I cried – I had all emotions of a movie spectator watching a well crafted movie. But I walked out of the theatre with an uneasy feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I discussed this unease with my friend's daughters – I don't think they got what was gnawing me. The empathy with the raped woman and the anger with the rapist was complete – rightly so. 

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Then what is it that has left a bad taste in my mouth?

But before we venture into the movie itself, a brief diversion is required on what rape is and how it is understood and most importantly politically used. Though patriarchy would be the best word to start this note, I am deliberately omitting the word both because it is a given and also because lot of anti-rape voices do not seem to understand the connotations of the word – thereby increasing the propensity and occurrence of rape. Regardless of who it happens to, rape is perhaps the most violent offence – for many – more violent than murder itself. The motif of raped people committing suicide is a regular feature in Indian cinema. The following revenge usually involves equal brutalities. In Abu Ghraib what caught the attention and anger of the general public was not the general torture but the sexual humiliation and sodomy that the prisoners were subject to. So, the question we need to ask what is it that makes penetration of a object into a non sexual orifice like the nose less violent in public perception than the penetration of an object into a sexual orifice. Or to paraphrase what makes a sexual offence more repugnant in public perception than an equally brutal and humiliating non sexual violent act?

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