Returning to Om Puri starrers 'Aakrosh' and 'Sadgati'

 

Kshirod Nag

kshirod nagIn general perception, Om Puri is not only regarded as an exception in the commercial cinema of Bollywood but also praised for his portrayals, which supposedly speak out the social realities of the times. Two of the celebrated portrayals performed by him are Layanya Bhiku in "Aakrosh" and Dukhi in "Sadgati", representing the plight and agony of Tribals and Dalits respectively.

Aakrosh (1981), talks about the exploitation of the (Marxian notion of) "have-not" class, the tribals in the movie. Two important observations in the movie: (1) a tribal named Bhiku is so much disappointed of the exploitative system, he is not even able to speak out his disappointments in public, rather he chooses to vent his anger by killing his own dear ones; (2) the public prosecutor, who is a tribal himself (played by Amrish Puri) does not understand the "reality" of the incident and is trying to prosecute "his" fellow man, Bhiku. On the other hand, Bhaskar Kulkarni (played by Naseeruddin Shah) a Brahmin lawyer, is determined to rescue the innocent Bhiku from the faulty judicial process.

Sadgati (1982) narrates a story of caste prejudice where a Dalit named Dukhi is suffering from the Brahminical exploitation of labour. The suffering of Dukhi ends in his death, as an effect of incessant service to the social elite - a punditji, in this instance. Later on, the pundit realises his arrogance and the movie ends.

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The Indian Aparhtheid: A Conference on Caste, Intersectionality, and Education in 21st Century India

 

Law And Society Committee, NLSIU

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Conference organized by the Law and Society Committee, National Law School of India University in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice and UN Women.

The impact that caste has on people's lives is real and far-reaching. However, caste is, at present, a subject that is greatly misunderstood by a largely savarna academia which approaches the caste question with preformed assumptions regarding the very identity of the oppressed. This arises from the commodification of the 'dalit'-ness of the movement, failing to realize that caste is not a singular identity but is compounded by all other existing vulnerabilities based on class, gender, and sexuality. It is not surprising then, that the academic discourse on caste fails to accommodate its ever-growing manifestations in the contemporary world. The intersectionality between caste, untouchability and other vulnerability factors occupies a space in academic discourse which is highly disproportionate to its impact and implications.

The result is that academic production on the subject is rendered paradoxical and reductive: while it is ever-growing, it fails to reach the lowest rung; the oppressed within the oppressed. Caste is not just the Indian apartheid, but is also India's hidden apartheid. This conference seeks to abandon the monolithic lens with which the subject has hitherto been approached, and paint a fresher, and more accurate picture of the real extent of vulnerability in India.

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Fight against the Misogyny & Casteism of 'Best Indian Memes for Creamy Teens', FB page

 

Vinay Shende

"My final words of advice to you are Educate, Agitate and Organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle for freedom. It is a battle for the reclamation of the human personality." – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

There is a new way of showing hatred in the belly. This is through a Facebook Page called 'Best Indian Memes for creamy Teens'. The Facebook link of that page is https://www.facebook.com/SuperEdgyTeens/

The page administrators' (supposedly) details are:

Ayush Singh: https://www.facebook.com/endmyl1fe
Varun Yadav : https://www.facebook.com/varunpostblocked.yadav

Some of the sample jokes/memes posted on the page are shown below:

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Brief Report of the CV Writing Workshop

 

Vinay Shende

“Education everyone must have. Means of defence everyone must have. These are the paramount requirements of every man for his self-preservation”

(Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches, Vol. 1, P. 62)

“Educate!Agitate!Organise”

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In today’s times, the Bahujan youth are facing challenges in trying to carve a niche for themselves in the corporate world. Talent and capability are never the issues for Bahujans. But at the same time, with the rapidly changing scenario in workforce, the modes of recruitment are changing. Gone are the days when a position used to be published in a newspaper and people would then apply for it by sending a copy of their bio-data by post.

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Suspended JNU Students Speak

 

[Via Rahul Sonpimple]

We, the nine suspended students of JNU spoke with the Press at the Press Club of India, on the issue of social justice. Below is the press release of all the events and the movement for social justice.

suspended jnu studentsWe the undersigned students of JNU wish to bring it to the public notice through media that the blatant violation of procedural norms and discriminatory witch-hunting of students belonging to marginalised and oppressed communities (SC/ST/OBC/Minorities) is being done by the Proctor's Office of the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The Proctor's Office has adopted the vindictive and arbitrary method of slapping students with suspension notices on false and trumped up charges.

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Revoke the Arbitrary Suspension of JNU Students Fighting for Social Justice

 

BAPSA

bapsa protestBAPSA's President, Bhupali Vitthal Magare and two other BAPSA activists, Rahul Sonpimple and Praveen Thallapelli have been academically suspended and debarred from hostels by the JNU VC/Admin along with other students, Dawa Sherpa, Dillip Yadav, Mulayam Singh, Dillip Kumar, Virendra, Sakeel Anjum, Prashant Nihal, for organising protest outside Academic Council (AC) Meeting on 26th Dec, with the following demands like:

1- Reduction of Viva Marks from 30-10,
2- Minority Deprivation points,
3- Implementation of OBC/SC/ST Reservation at Faculty level and in Direct PhD.
4- Punish the Authors of Racist Dossier
5- Revoke the recent Fee Hike
6- Punish the ABVP Goons who communally intimidated and attacked Najeeb.

JNU Admin writes that strong action will be taken on those students who will provide accommodations to the suspended students. Almost all the suspended students come from the marginalised sections like SC/ST/OBC and Religious Minority backgrounds.
It's important to know that it is going to be three months since Najeeb's forced disappearance, however, in spite of having enough evidences, the JNU VC/Admin has not taken any action against the ABVP goons who communally intimidated and attacked Najeeb. But the JNU VC/Admin has directly suspended the students from marginalized sections without any inquiry of the events.

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Vidrohi: A Rebel Reciter

 

Dharmaraj Kumar

dharma rajRemembering Vidrohiji on his first death anniversary, I write this piece as a memoir. There are layers of memories, but it unfolds on the horizon of reminiscence through several repetitions of certain events. Vidrohiji may not have been remembered by many, but for many his absence is sorely missed. Just being one among such persons, I contribute this introductory article or my own paroxysm of sadness.

Rare is such a moment when due attention is bestowed upon any writer, poet or thinker while alive. There are number of such examples as well, when a single work has turned the course of history. There are such persons also who were forgotten in their own time but recovered from obscurity after centuries. Exactly the same can be said in case of Vidrohi, the poet, who left behind his only collection of poems 'Nayi Kheti', which, I think, embarks upon the canonical understanding of advances of movements waged by oppressed people of the whole world. This collection covers the widest range of turbulent people's history of the world through poems in the everyday language. His ideas were the product of the sharp observations of people's progress in the past. He envisioned the political idealism for his own life and remained engrossed in its praxis. Surprisingly, he won over the contradiction between theory and praxis at least in his own life. He remained communist to the core, stood firmly with all the progressive movements of his time and set the example that Left politics has yet to be arrive at.

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