Dharmapuri Burning: Letter to National Television Channels

 

Please send the letter posted below to all the National Television Channels mentioned (by inserting your name in the place of the sender) and share and circulate it widely.

[Via P. Dayanandan]

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To:

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Dear Sirs,

We are writing to you with sadness and pain that as major national English TV channels you have not highlighted the horrible event of the burning and destruction of nearly 400 Dalit houses in three villages near Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu.

Systematic looting, vandalism, terrorization and burning down has resulted in once happy families now living as refuges in fear and lack of even proper food and shelter. This planned attack perpetrated by about 2000 Vanniars belonging to some 30 villages has terrorized 3 villages for about 5 hours. Armed with fire, petrol bombs, crowbars and other weapons, they systematically looted the houses, stole all valuables, burnt all documents and certificates and then set fire to their houses, gutting them to the grounds in front of the people, old and young including children. Young school children witnessed fathers of their classmates stealing all valuables and pouring petrol, opening gas cylinders and setting fire to their houses. Some have estimated the damage caused at Rs. 25 crores. A love marriage between a Dalit young man and a Vanniar young woman is falsely cited as the cause of the violence and there seems to be some mystery surrounding the death of a father of the girl. Caste-based leaders of PMK are holding out threat against such intermarriages.

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Chalo Delhi: Dalit-Adivasi Sammelan

 

Chalo Delhi: Dalit-Adivasi Sammelan

[Via Asha Kowtal & Abhay Xaxa]

On 23rd November, 2012,

From 9 a.m., till 3 p.m. 

Nation-wide campaign to give a call to end Untouchability and Atrocities by enforcement and amendments to SC/ST PoA Act. 

Ramleela Maidan
New Delhi, India 110006

end atrocities

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Dalit Women Elected Representatives: Towards Greater Assertion and Power


[Via Asha Kowtal]

From Sunday, from 12:00 p.m., until Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.

A series of programmes are being organized by All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) in association with National Mission on Empowerment of Women (NMEW), with the aim of promoting Dalit women's leadership to effectively engage in political spheres in conjunction with her social and economic rights.

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The ‘Myth’ in Mythology

Twish Mukherjee

(This guest article tries to understand the protests by Bahujan students in JNU and other universities over Durga Puja and the demonizing of Mahisha and other Dalitbahujan personalities in Brahmanic mythology. These protests picked up steam around a year ago in JNU, and this article in Round Table India had covered the protests and featured the documentary 'Durga ka Mithak aur Bahujan Sangharsh ki Gatha: a documentary' by Neel Kranti Media. We are re-posting the new version of the video at the end of this article)

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History repeats itself. Also, it is written by the winner. Then, the question comes: why have the winners been the same set of people all throughout the generations of scholars and researchers and other history-chroniclers? If nature had its own way of designing destinies, both the sides in a multi-episode war ought to have won at least a few times each, respectively, if not alternatively. But, what happens when you win once, by hook or by crook, and then stop the opponent from ever trying to hit you back, by killing them softly and silently, and exterminating all their descendants at their very birth?

Soon, no one remembers the truth. Thus, a myth is born.

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Subaltern Response to the Brahminic Trap: EFL- U Election Context

(The Struggle Committee for the Abolition of Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations in English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, puts forward its response to the postponement of elections in the university. Kotesh Devulapally has composed it)

We condemn both the postponement along with the entire election process right from the constitution of the EC to the announcement of the Elections for its unconstitutional, anti-people and anarchic nature. On the whole, this is all a high drama of the administration in complicity with some over-enthusiastic student puppets who wasted the most valuable academic time of the students on the campus by inviting the elections (that have  been announced with date of results scheduled just 5 days before the start of semester end exams), in the most hasty manner without even following the minimum formal proceedings of the institutional democracy nor the constitutional norms in their attempt to legitimize their illegal and undemocratic actions with the intention of shutting down completely every possible voice raised against them.

But the joint struggle of TSA, TVV and BSF who work with the spirit of Indian constitution and social democratic principles proved it otherwise, by unveiling their masks. Some so-called progressive student organizations in EFLU, who paid little attention to the question of violation of rights (constitutional rights, democratic rights and social justice) involved in the elections and whose manifesto was based on the fascist Lyngdoh recommendations, and which represent the joint interests of the foreign investors and the local Indian Brahminical social order in the modern educational institutions and consequently in the larger society, have now started expressing their utter 'disappointment', 'outrage' and condemnation on postponement alone without condemning the atrocious Lyngdoh, as if some huge disaster has fallen on EFLU or they missed some bumper lucky draw with the administration's decision of the election postponement. 

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Dalit Graduation Celebration at Cheyur, Kanchi district

Dalit Graduation Celebration

10th November, 2012, at Cheyyur, Kanchi District

[Via Paulraj Dayanandan]

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THUDI has organized four Dalit Graduation Celebrations since 2009. More than 500 people from all over India gathered at Chennai to felicitate 100 first generation college graduates and 200 school students and honor five outstanding Dalit achievers. Right Livelihood Award recipient Dr. Ruth Manorama was the chief guest and Ms. Florence Maduro who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on their 1963 March on Washington was the honored guest. LEADS of Loyola College joined THUDI to organize the second Dalit Graduation Celebration on 23rd January 2012. About 200 Dalit graduates from ten universities were honored by a galaxy of prominent leaders including the Minister and Secretary of the Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. A seminar on education was held. 15 Dalit achievers were honored for their contributions to education, social service, human rights, journalism, arts, music, law and entrepreneurship.

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The Political Institutionalised: An Approach to the Study of the State

Talk on 'The Political Institutionalised: An Approach to the Study of the State in India'

By Prof. G. Aloysius

On October 31st, Wednesday, 

3:00 p.m.,

Classroom #2, First floor, NAB, EFL-University, Hyderabad

Department of Cultural Studies, EFL University

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