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Anurag Kashyap should keep his Vanity Van Revolution to himself…!

 

Dipankar Kamble

dipankar kamble 2aThe Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been continuously attacking the government over the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, which was passed by the parliament in second week of December 2019.

There were protests across the country against the CAA. Even I participated in one such protest.

In a recent post on Twitter, Anurag Kashyap wrote: "The CAA/CAB is not going anywhere. It is impossible for them to take it back because for them, that would mean defeat. This government views everything in terms of victory and defeat. Such is their ego that even if everything gets burned to ashes, Modi can be wrong. Because illiterate people are like that"1.

Anurag Kashyap's tweet proves nothing but privilege. Mr. Kashyap does not appear to me as a person who knows his country. Will the Revolutionary Anurag Kashyap acknowledge that access to education has been a privilege of Upper Caste/Class?

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Legal Research on the Closure of Cases Registered Under SC and ST (PoA) Act1989: Initiated by Samata Sainik Dal

 

Dr. B. Karthik Navayan 

Samata Sainik Dal (SSD), the organization founded by Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in 1924 with the objective of safeguarding the rights of all oppressed sections of Indian society is conducting a legal research on the closure of cases registered under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, initially in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states.

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It came to the notice of the organization that in a district of Telangana, in the last 4 years, around 20 cases registered under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 have been closed by the police by filing a final report. There is an atmosphere of suspicion and doubt among the SC and ST individual victims who filed the cases and a need to examine if the closed cases. They suspect that the investigation officer who closed around 20 cases also fixed a rate for closing the cases by filing a final report. If true, this is a disturbing trend.

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Ambedkarite NLU Students' Collective Condemn CAA and NRC-NPR, Repression Unleashed

 

Statement Condemning the Implementation of CAA and NRC-NPR, Custody of Chandrashekhar Azad, Akhil Gogoi and Sadaf Jafar

Ambedkarite NLU Students' Collective

We, the collective of Ambedkarite Study Circles of National Law Universities, vehemently and unequivocally condemn the custody of Chandrasekhar Azad, Akhil Gogoi and Sadaf Jafar. We believe that this is excessive state action and suppression of the constitutionally guaranteed democratic right of expression to the citizens of India. Moreover, it represents the state trying to silence the voice of individuals who have emerged as icons in depressed and marginalized communities, this in itself suggests their objective of targeted suppression and violent repression of dissent in the nation.

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We believe that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (hereinafter 'CAA') stands against the foundational constitutional values of India. The CAA is devoid of any reasonable classification and discriminatory, as it uses religion as the basis for granting citizenship. As concerned citizens, we express our dismay at using religion as a criterion for citizenship in the Act. The use of religion as a criterion marks a radical break with the rich history of our country which has oft celebrated 'unity in diversity'. It is our firm belief that the Act stands inconsistent with the basic structure of our constitution as well as constitutional morality. The CAA by directly excluding the Muslim community greatly strains the pluralistic fibre and secular fabric of the country. Furthermore, the National Registry of Citizenship (hereinafter 'NRC') also places an extremely high burden on individuals to prove their citizenship, which shall result in disproportionate detention, discrimination and concomitant loss of lives. At the same time, the current Citizenship Amendment Act by extending the deadline to 2014 endangers the social fabric of Border States in the Northeast and raises relevant concerns indigenous communities that cannot be ignored. We believe in a solution that balances both these indigenous rights and human rights of individuals in the North East. We believe the same devious sentiment of exclusion exists behind the nationwide exercise of the National Population Register (hereinafter 'NPR'). The CAA, NRC and now the NPR therefore, fail to achieve such a compromise. They stand against the very constitutional ethos of the Republic of India.

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End of Subjectivity, Post humanism and Islam in the Context of CAB

 

Umar Nizar

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''It is possible that new rites of purification and cleansing will follow. Even new laws and decrees will be passed. One might be subjected to sweet brutal sermons, immemorial obligations of duty, abhorrent images of profanation. One might even become the target of a convoluted double-game .... a Great Transgression to extract a Martyr from the Act, which absorbs henceforth all transgressions, all profanation, all-metal, all body, all stench, all death – and all life. Such that one is inserted once and for all, into the final equation: Absolute Transgression = Absolute Obedience.''
- Soumyabrata Choudhury, Ritual Transgression, Historical Intervention, Ontological Exit

The last thing that the minorities in India need right now is for a Jason Reja Jorjani figure to arise from the elite, espousing a radical Alt-right position that would be the apple in the eyes of the neo-Nietzcheans. In the context of the emergence of the right-wing in an unprecedented manner in recent times with CAB, the real catastrophe will be for an Otto Weininger like persona to emerge from the Muslim community which is already reeling under accusations of gender bias. This paper looks into how the situation has become ripe for the unfortunate emergence of rightwing figures like Jorjani and Weininger.

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Stop December Pogrom!

 

Rachelle Bharathi Chandran

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Kristallnacht,

all the posts said

little did they know that it was not

Kristallnacht,

It was Kristallmorgen

Kristallnachmittang

and

Kristallabend.

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National Conference on 'Understanding Marginalities in Neo-Liberal Regime'

 

Ambedkar Memorial Lecture (AML) Team, TISS, Tuljapur

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Concept Note

India's tryst with destiny that took a definitive shape in 1947 was supposed to take a collective journey along the path of democracy, equality, and justice for all. As a newborn nation, this journey was expected to be fraught with multiple challenges. As India has completed more than seventy years of its freedom from colonial rule and has entered into the twenty-first century it is rather disappointing to see where the journey has led to. Glaring social inequalities, extreme Income disparities, social exclusions of various types, violence against women and the marginalized continue to remain unabated. The farmers are in distress, the educational institutions are reduced to certificate-manufacturing units, public health care in disarray, and the employment and labour market is so volatile. The most unfortunate reality is that often the state is inept or corrupt, and the public policies, instead of serving the interest of people, serve the interest of the capitalists. The human rights record of the state is also dismal. Nevertheless, people are raising their voices through various movements against displacement, atrocities or marginalizations. The inspiration that people such as B R Ambedkar and Jotiba Phule provide has ignited mass mobilization across India. The atmosphere is poignant with yearnings for a positive change, yet the challenges for attaining equality and justice are even bigger than it was seventy years ago.

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Request for public funding for a 5 day conference on 'Education of Youth and Social Transformation'


Kalinga Mitra Trust (KMT)

In 2006, graduates of Nagarjuna Training Institute and other Ambedkarite students began organizing around the issue of education in the western part of Odisha. In 2012, they formed the 'Kalinga Mitra Trust (KMT)', an organization that works with Ambedkarite Buddhist ideology to build a movement for bringing about social and educational transformation in the society.

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KMT works with the mission of mobilizing youth coming from Bahujan (SC, ST, OBC) communities and supporting them to pursue higher education. An important objective of KMT is to create critical, emancipatory, and Ambedkarite consciousness among these youth and building a collective understanding of the process of social transformation. Towards these objectives KMT organizes a variety of activities throughout the year: workshops on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, Buddhist retreats and cultural activities, and workshops on Dr. Ambedkar's writings and speeches. KMT also publishes a periodical called 'Nirveda'. It has also played an active part in mobilising masses to fight against caste atrocities on a number of occasions, including the brutal episode of violence and arson in the village of Lathor in Balangir district in 2012. KMT was also instrumental in mobilizing thousands to protest against the rape and murder of Snehalata in 2015. KMT actively promotes all the Bahujan movements taking shape in Western Odisha.

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