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Caste system and the chains of mind

Caste system and the chains of mind

  Tereza Menšíková Visiting India was my dream since childhood. Many stories were told by journalists, travelers, and fiction writers about the mysterious land of Mother India and they fascinated me. Therefore, as a young student of Sociology and the Study of Religions at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, my greatest wish was to travel beyond the borders of Europe and explore this land with my own eyes. Later, during my...

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Why Dalits in Pakistan are reluctant to convert to Islam en masse!

Why Dalits in Pakistan are reluctant to convert to Islam en masse!

Sufi Ghulam Hussain Mukhi, the panchayat headman of Oad [Dalit] community begged in the name of holy Gita and even threw his turban at Seetal's feet, but Seetal just didn't care much and replied:"Mukhi! Do whatever you like, but I shall change my religion.Mukhi: "But why after all you do, you want to change your religion?Seetal: My choice, my wish simply.Mukhi: Even then?Seetal: I just don't like my religion. That's it.Mukhi:...

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'I would differentiate between the Bahujan movement and Bahujan politics': Prof Vivek Kumar

'I would differentiate between the Bahujan movement and Bahujan politics': Prof Vivek Kumar

  Round Table India Continued from here. This is the second part of the transcription of Round Table India's interaction with Prof Vivek Kumar, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, for the Ambedkar Age series of films. In the interview, Prof Vivek Kumar touches upon a vast range of subjects, including the contours of Indian politics in the last four decades, the...

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Events and Activism

Support Mahabodhi Residential School in Mizoram

Support Mahabodhi Residential School in Mizoram Support Mahabodhi Residential School in Mizoram
  Sudip Chakma Dear Friends, I am very glad and excited to be connected with you through this media, from a remote Village, Tuichawng in Lunglei District Mizoram, India. Our school, Mahabodhi...
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Embracing my Dalit-hood while rejoicing in accomplishments

Embracing my Dalit-hood while rejoicing in accomplishments Embracing my Dalit-hood while rejoicing in accomplishments
  Chandramohan S During the award ceremony of M. Harish Govind Prize, many asked me why I need a "Dalit Poet" labeling. They were shocked that there were just a handful of Dalit poets who write...
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Call for Papers: “Doing Ambedkarism Today: Issues of Caste, Gender and Community”

Call for Papers: “Doing Ambedkarism Today: Issues of Caste, Gender and Community” Call for Papers: “Doing Ambedkarism Today: Issues of Caste, Gender and Community”
  Call for papers for workshop on: “Doing Ambedkarism Today: Issues of Caste, Gender, and Community” Dates – 19th to 22nd February 2018 Deadline for Proposals – 31st December...
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Arguing for ‘Feminist Ambedkarism’

Arguing for ‘Feminist Ambedkarism’ Arguing for ‘Feminist Ambedkarism’
  Mahipal Mahamatta I am very glad to introduce to you an important work from Maharashtra, "स्त्रीवादी आंबेडकरवाद" (Feminist Ambedkarism), written by renowned...
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Making of the Indian Constitution

Making of the Indian Constitution Making of the Indian Constitution
  Dr Jas Simran Singh Kehal India observes its Constitution Day this Sunday, 26th of November, as it was on this day in 1949 the constituent assembly adopted the constitution. The idea of a constituent...
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Perspective

Sayyids in Muslim Societies
14 Aug 2017 21:34 - Morimoto KazuoSayyids in Muslim Societies


Morimoto Kazuo The world today is home to a great number of putative lineal descendants—and collateral relatives—of Muḥammad, the Prophet of Islam. Let us begin by sharing three recent episodes involving some of these kinsfolk of the Prophet. Episode I: The film Close-Up (1990) by the reno [ ... ]

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Rights

Unlawful construction of ash pond for power plant in Raigarh
30 Nov 2017 17:03 - Amnesty International IndiaUnlawful construction of ash pond for power plant in Raigarh

  Amnesty International India The construction of an ash pond for a thermal power plant in Nawapara Tenda village, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh without informing or consulting local Adivasi villagers violates their right to free, prior and informed consent, said Amnesty International India today.  [ ... ]

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Educate, Agitate, Organize

Critical Analysis of Indian Historians' Writings on Buddhism - Part 2
26 Feb 2017 14:12 - Ratnesh KatulkarCritical Analysis of Indian Historians' Writings on Buddhism - Part 2

  Ratnesh Katulkar Continued from here. It was during the Mauryan period, particularly at the time of Asoka, that India reached its zenith. There was an advanced stage of development in the field of architecture (which is visible in the remains of the Asokan inscriptions), science and techno [ ... ]

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Dr. Ambedkar

Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949
26 Nov 2016 15:42 - Dr. AmbedkarBabasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949

  Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949 Sir, looking back on the work of the Constituent Assembly it will now be two years, eleven months and seventeen days since it first met on the 9th of December 1946. During this period the Constituent A [ ... ]

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Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Maulana Ali Hussain 'Aasim Bihari': Father of the first Pasmanda Movement and Freedom Fighter
06 Aug 2017 13:43 - Faiyaz Ahmad FyzieMaulana Ali Hussain 'Aasim Bihari': Father of the first Pasmanda Movement and Freedom Fighter

  Faiyaz Ahmad Fyzie Maulana Ali Hussain "Aasim Bihari" was born on April 15, 1890, in Mohalla Khas Ganj, Bihar Sharif, Nalanda district, Bihar, in a devout but poor Pasmanda weaver family. In 1906, at the young age of 16, he started his career in the Usha organization in Kolkata. W [ ... ]

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