Jayanti: The story of a revolutionary transformation


Nikhil Walde

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Jayanti is a very unique movie in Marathi Cinema that touches the very core of Ambedkar's philosophy and his vision of 'Educate, Agitate and Organise'. The movie is directed by Shailesh Narwade who is an Ambedkarite and the cast is from the Bahujan community. In this way, this movie is an insider's work which makes it more imperative from the point of view of the social and cultural movement. Jayanti is not only a dark movie with a very strong social message but it also has elements like drama, love and comedy which amuses the audience.

Jayanti is also unique for its language, it has used Vidarbha's local Marathi language that makes this movie more interesting.

The horizon of the movie is of course not limited to Dalits only, it is relevant to other middle castes especially Shudras (the people who are at the bottom of the caste hierarchy and were serving the top three Varnas as servants) (Ambedkar, Vol:7, 1947). some of whom are living in the false consciousness that they had not been discriminated and humiliated by Brahmins in history, and therefore, live in caste arrogance. In this direction, the protagonist reading the book 'Who were the Shudras' written by Dr. Ambedkar, in the film, symbolizes the depth of the subject and its importance to break this false consciousness.


Jayanti: The Roaring Story of Oppressed Unity and Transformation


 Vicky Nandgaye, Manoj Meshram

Pic Manoj and Me

Prelude: Central Theme and Cast of the Movie

Recently a Marathi movie 'Jayanti' was released on the big screen in Maharashtra. Jayanti is a Marathi word denoting birth anniversary. Here it discusses the birth anniversary of Ambedkar. Santosh Narwade is the director and writer of the movie. The followers of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar ideology are promoting this movie through WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other channels. Even the producers or the well-off people from the community are asking their family and peers to watch it and whenever possible they are distributing free tickets of the show.

Unlike other mainstream Marathi dramas, the movie emphasises on dialect and tone (considered as Ghati language) used in the Nagpur district of Maharashtra. Language assertion is beautifully shown. As an insider, we can relate to the feelings of language discrimination or humiliation that the character/s face in the rest of Maharashtra especially in the Western part. Hence, the movie is a subtle slap on the faces of people who engage in language politics.


Jayanti: A celebration of Bahujan history and autonomy


JS Vinay

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The recently released Marathi movie 'Jayanti' is creating waves in the Marathi circles.

Based on my understanding , I will try to share some points (not in order of preference) as a viewer and as also someone who belongs to the Vidarbha region where the movie & characters are based.

Use of local dialect
The movie is based in the city of Nagpur in Maharashtra that falls in Vidarbha. Most of the characters speak the local dialect frequently in the movie. The lead character Santosh (the endearing Ruturaj Wankhede) speaks in the local dialect from start to the end. He in fact speaks the local dialect even in the climax scene where he accepts the award. He also states his reasons saying what's wrong in speaking in a local dialect which others consider "impure". 


Waatavaran’s ‘Adivasis for Forests’ Initiative


Waatavaran's 'Adivasis for Forests' Initiative In Partnership With Raigad Administration Receives International Support

Rahul Sawant

"The larger goal of the Adivasis for Forest is management and conservation of forests by reversing the migration of tribals in the Raigad district" - Ms. Aditi Tatkare, the state Minister & guardian minister, Raigad.

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Ms. Aditi Tatkare, State Minister of Maharashtra & Guardian Minister, Raigad

"Traditional knowledge of tribal communities is necessary for conserving and protecting forests and biodiversity across the globe" - Mr. Bhagwan Kesbhat, CEO & Founder of Waatavaran


The revival of 'public conscience'


Dr. Bhushan Amol Darkase


The survival of Indian democracy depends on the revival of 'public conscience' which Dr. Ambedkar explained as, 'Conscience which becomes agitated at every wrong, no matter who is the sufferer, and it means that everybody, whether he suffers that particular wrong or not, is prepared to join him in order to get him relieved.'

Similarly, John Rawls in his concept of the 'Veil of ignorance', said that behind 'the Veil of ignorance, are we ready to choose similar consequences for ourselves as we wish for others, specifically for minorities, if we find ourselves in the minority?


Narratives of Dalit Cultural Politics in Telangana


 Bhangya Bhukya

Vemula Yellaiah's Kakka which was published in Telugu, twenty years ago and now translated in English is a powerful narrative of dalit assertion in Telangana. It is the first novel that ventilates Madiga life struggle closely. Somehow, it did not get its due recognition in Telugu literature as did G. Kalyana Rao's Antarani Vasantham which was published in the same year - 2000. Of course, both novels were pitched in different social and political contexts.

Kakka tells the story of the Madigas whereas Antarani Vasantham tells story of Malas. Also, the author of Kakka comes from Ambedkarite politics and the latter one's author comes from ultraleft politics. Thanks to K. Purushotham and Gita Ramaswamy, Kakka has got wider attention after they have introduced it to the English world. Indeed, their 'Afterword' at the end of the novel has contextualized it within the larger socio-political developments in the Telangana region.

                     Kakka full cover 1


Thoughts on Tanya Singh's poetry collection from Panther's Paw: 'Blue is the Colour I Choose'


Chanchal Kumar


The Hindi writer Ajay Navaria said in an interview, "We are not Dalits 24 hours a day". This statement may seem puzzling. Some may think, How can one escape one's identity at will? The signifier 'Dalit' isn't a uniform that a person can put on for some time and then change into another, right? Well, I struggled with interpreting the statement for some time too. If the reader goes through Tanya Singh's Blue is the Colour I Choose, it might offer some explanations.

Tanya Singh, similar to Navaria, has been a Professor at a reputed university. In her debut collection, she writes as a Dalit woman. Many of her poems are written through this perspective. But this is not the only reason why this collection is important. It assumes significance rather because in her poems, she also gives us a glimpse of her life as just another regular person going about her every day routine, without thinking incessantly about being Dalit.


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