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Thaan Dalit Mahasammelan

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At the Thaan Dalit Mahasammelan held on October 2, close to 50,000 dalit community members gathered in Thangadh town to protest the killing of three youths in police firing on September 22 and 23.

Speaking on the occasion, Raju Solanki, Dalit rights activist said:

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Condemn JNU Administration’s Crackdown on Students

Condemn JNU Administration's Crackdown on Anoop, Anand, Abhay, Kusum

Appeal to all progressive forces to unite for the fight against draconian laws that curb the democratic space & freedom to choice of food. Expose the Brahmanical 'egoism' and superiority complex of DSU.

The New Materialists

Expose the JNU Administration, Judiciary, Media and RSS nexus

We 'The New Materialists' condemn the crackdown on students by the JNU Administration which has, in the pretext of the Delhi High Court's communal verdict, suspended Anoop and issued show cause notice to Anand, Abhay and Kusum. The Delhi High Court and the JNU Administration had swiftly taken action against these students on just for debating on the availability of beef and pork in JNU. The food festival that the students were debating about was banned before the date of the festival could be announced. The media, which is communal and casteist to its core created a communal frenzy. It presented distorted facts regarding the Beef & Pork Issue in JNU. Through our pamphlet we condemn media's role in sensationalizing the whole issue.

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Dalit students demand removal of illegal places of worship in Osmania

 

Ravi Chandran

Osmania University is a hotbed of Dalit politics. OU was a bastion of the upper caste middle classes in the 60s and 70s, but since the late 80s, the upper caste student population has drastically come down. After Mandal, the representation of SC/ST/OBCs has gone up to a majority in the university.

It is also in Osmania that Narakasura Jayanthi was observed last year, on Deepavali, and for the first time, a Beef Festival was successfully organized a few months ago. Now the students have started to question the so-called secular nature of the university.

[Please note, the conversations in the video are in Telugu]

 

 

 

Mr. Stalin and B.Salaiah, both students in OU, filed an RTI application with the Osmania University administration enquiring about the religious places sanctioned in the campus. The administration replied stating, that there are 15 Temples and 10 mosques in the University grounds. It also noted that no land was allotted to any religious places, expect to one mosque.

 

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Hazardous sanitation work claims two more lives in Chennai

Two more people died today in the sewers trying to keep Chennai clean. How many more sanitation workers will have to give up their lives before our cities make their working conditions more human and safe? M. Narayanan, Editor of Paadam, writes about the tragedy. 

M. Narayanan

Today, two people lost their lives in the manhole in Thiru Vi Ka nagar, near Perambur, due to willful contempt of the court's orders by the highest in the Government.

You all know about the constant reminders being sent to the Metrowater Managing Director, who incidentally is the Chairperson of the 14-member High court appointed committee in which I am also a member. Even 5 days ago, on 20th september, I sent a follow up letter to the MD of Metrowater, mentioning about the willful disobedience of the High Court order by them. .

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Caste Discrimination in Higher Educational Institutions: A public lecture by Prof. Mungekar

United Dalit Students' Forum (UDSF),

JNU

Invites You To

'Caste Discrimination in Higher Educational Institutions'

A public lecture by Prof. B. L. Mungekar

&

Screening of 'The Death of Merit'

(A Documentary on Dalit Students' Suicides in Higher Educational Institutions) 

Date : 26 September, 2012 (Wed)

Time : 5 pm

Venue : SSS –I Committee Room, JNU

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Return of Bali -- Resurgent Fete

[Via Prashant Kamla]

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Dalits win their rights in Monjanur

Joshua Isaac

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On 21 September, 2012, Dalits of Monjanur village, Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu, retrieved their right to burial grounds that had been been denied to them for past several years by caste hindus.

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