First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The color of Kashmiri Blood in a Hyderabad Campus

 

Achuth Ajit & Ria De

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English, the language of a united collective; but also a language that found itself wanting today, as if unable to express the most basic of needs, the most just of demands. Of all days today English was at its banal best. As if clichés had eaten into it, gnawed the life out of it, bent it into prosaicness. Like "We Want Justice." As we gather here today, at the English and Foreign Languages University-- an institution that is just 5 years old with already four student deaths to its tally-- to protest the high-handed and insensitive treatment of Mudasir Kamran, to honor his memory, and most of all to claim on his behalf, and on the behalf of all of us, the students at this University demand and urge "We Want Justice".The prosaic cliché of this oft-repeated slogan was unable to state on our behalf the bare life of it as well as the spontaneity and the enormity of it.

But we continue, hopeful that the voices might pierce through the thickest of walls, and the hearts of those who arbitrate therein. The English and Foreign Languages University, in the past few days, witnessed the most attended rallies, the loudest of slogans (albeit in mundane English). Surely there are times when words fail, and not just when one is perturbed by the incapacity to comprehend how a just cause can ever be met with deaf ears, words fail when justifications are none that men (and women) at the helms of power lend the boots, the lathis, the full gear of riot policemen, to talk on their behalf. The University, in the last two days, also witnessed the highest number of policemen.

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British Asians Rally to Outlaw Caste Based Discrimination in the UK

British Asians Rally to Outlaw Caste Based Discrimination in the UK

In Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

On Monday, 4th March, 2013

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She is not Nirbhaya from Delhi..

 

Joshua Isaac

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On 3rd January, 2013, Kalki, a I year Intermediate student of Vanur village, Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, left her house at 3 pm to attend to nature's call in a nearby casuarina grove.

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Gujarat Dalit and Adivasi Students' Convention

On 3rd March, 2013, Sunday
9:30 am

At St. Xavier's College, Siddharth Assembly Hall, Narangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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Dear Friends,

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Scam in Union Budget 2013-14: SCs swindled of Rs. 41,737 Crores, STs of Rs. 17,051 Crores

There is a Scam of Rs. 41,737 Crores for Scheduled Castes and Rs. 17,051 Crores for Scheduled Tribes in 2013-2014 Budget

~ Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations

Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations said that in the Budget for 2013-2014 presented by the Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram today (the 28th February, 2013) the allocation earmarked for SC/ST people is half of the intended allocation and this high-handedness has been going on for several years. According to the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCP), the allocation for the Scheduled Caste people should have been in proportion to their population.

According to the 2001 Census, population of the Scheduled Caste people is 16.2% of the total population but for the purpose of allocation of funds for reservation and other Government benefits, the yardstick continues to be 15%. In this budget, the total amount of the Plan budget is Rs. 5,55,322 crore and even if it is calculated on the basis of 15%, the allocation for Scheduled Castes should have been Rs. 83,298.3 crore whereas provision in the budget for this purpose has been made for just Rs. 41,561 crore. This works out to just half of the figure of Rs. 83,298.3 crore. Thus there is a big scam of Rs. 41,737 crore.

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The death of Anil Meena

 

Anoop Kumar

(First published in The Indian Express in March, 2012, we're reproducing this article on Dalit and Adivasi students' suicides in India's premier higher educational institutions to commemorate the death of Senthil Kumar, a student of University of Hyderabad, on 26th February, 2009)

Suicides by Dalit and tribal students is a story of discrimination

Merit is important — students have to go through gruelling entrance tests to prove their worth before joining any educational institution to become doctors, engineers, scientists.

In 2010, Anil Meena, from a tribal family of agriculturalists, a school topper, with 75 per cent marks in 10+2, covered the distance of over 500 km from his village in Baran district, Rajasthan, to Delhi. He had again proved his merit in one of the toughest medical entrance exams to become a doctor at one of the country's prestigious educational institutions — the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

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Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU, forges a first-of-its-kind Commemoration

 

A Round Table Discussion on "Celebrating Centenary of Babasaheb's Journey to Columbia"

[Via Amol Vajji]

Babasaheb's journey to Columbia in 1913 marks the completion of a century in 2013 which, according to Mulnivasi Sangh (JNU), must be celebrated by Mulnivasi people with great vigor and enthusiasm. With this jovial idea, the organization successfully organized a Round Table Discussion on "Celebrating Centenary of Babasaheb's Journey to Columbia" at Jawaharlal Nehru University on 16 February, 2013. The Round Table was chaired by Mr. Ganesh Manjhi (Research Scholar, JNU) with a panel consisting of Mr. Anil Kumar (Member, Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU), Mr. Amol Vajji (President, Mulnivasi Sangh, JNU), Mr. Babu Waghmare (Member, Mulnivasi Sangh, Delhi State), Ms. Neetisha Xalxo (Research Scholar, JNU) and Mr. Arvind Kumar (Centre for Arabic Language, JNU).

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The programme started with the screening of a video of Nicholas Dirks (Eminent Anthropologist) paying tribute to Babasaheb at Columbia University in 2010. Thereafter Mr. Ganesh Manjhi, the chair, elaborated upon the need of celebration of the Centenary by calling attention of audience towards some moot questions – What if Babasaheb had not gone to Columbia? He presented with greater emphasis that what would have been our situation, had Babasaheb not come back to India? To do away with the conspiratorial 'reductionism' with Babasaheb, the chair also put forth an issue of Babasaheb's contribution in the nation-building process. Mr. Ganesh Manjhi asked the panel to sketch Babasaheb's scholarship having impact on the lives of Mulnivasis.

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