Features

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha - Women's Liberation through the Manusmriti?

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha - Women's Liberation through the Manusmriti?

  Obed Manwatkar Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a movie produced by Reliance Entertainment owned by Mr. Ambani, one of the main corporate sponsors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The theme of the movie is fine, since toilets are everyone's need, but the problem occurs when it gives illogical solutions. In this film, Akshay Kumar plays the character Keshav, a modern Brahmin man who knows the Manusmriti (the law book of Hinduism/Brahminism) by...

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The Importance Of Having An Ambedkarite Family

The Importance Of Having An Ambedkarite Family

  Tejaswini Tabhane Last month I read an article "Some of us will have to fight all our lives: Anoop Kumar"1 on Round Table India where Anoop Sir talked about how students from marginalized sections of our society are asked many uncomfortable questions about their identity in higher educational institutions and how growing up in an Ambedkarite family can help them to tackle this identity crisis. Coming from an Ambedkarite family of...

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India and its contradictions

India and its contradictions

  Raju Chalwadi This August 15th marked the completion of 70 years of Independence. The preamble of the constitution way back in 1950 defined India as a place where Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity will prevail and more specifically a place where oppressed sections will live a life with dignity. But, looking at the current condition any learned person can say that we have failed terribly in attaining the goal of just...

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Events and Activism

From Brahmanisation to Privatisation: The Case of Tata Institute of Social Sciences

From Brahmanisation to Privatisation: The Case of Tata Institute of Social Sciences From Brahmanisation to Privatisation: The Case of Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  Arun Mahanand From Brahmanisation to Privatisation of Education, at the Cost of Dalit-Bahujan Students: Case of Tata Institute of Social Sciences Until the last semester, the Tata Institute of...
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Global Day of Action against Vedanta at their AGM

Global Day of Action against Vedanta at their AGM Global Day of Action against Vedanta at their AGM
  * Protests to be held by communities affected by British miner Vedanta Resources in India and Africa. * Activist shareholders to again disrupt London AGM on 14th August. * Vedanta battles international...
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When erasure from memory is also a human rights violation

When erasure from memory is also a human rights violation When erasure from memory is also a human rights violation
  Dr. Sylvia Karpagam The human rights organisation, Amnesty International has brought out two reports, one in 2016 and another in 2017, highlighting details of prisoners facing death penalties...
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Conference on The Scourge of Scavenging: Revisiting the Question of Sanitation/Scavenging/Scavengers

Conference on The Scourge of Scavenging: Revisiting the Question of Sanitation/Scavenging/Scavengers
  [Via Dr. B. Ravichandran] The Scourge of Scavenging: Revisiting the Question of Sanitation/Scavenging/Scavengers
Date: 08-Nov-2017 to 10-Nov-2017
Event Type: National Seminar
Venue...
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Dalit studies: Human Dignity, Equality and Democracy

Dalit studies: Human Dignity, Equality and Democracy
  Call for Proposals The rise of Dalit studies has provided the necessary platform for a new set of scholarly enquiries in the social sciences and humanities. The Dalit Studies International conference...
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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

70 years old Dalit woman beaten up and threatened to kill by dominant caste men
27 Jul 2017 23:13 - Deepak Kumar & Rajeshwar70 years old Dalit woman beaten up and threatened to kill by dominant caste men

  Deepak Kumar & Rajeshwar Names of the Victims: Maggidi Buchhamma, 70 years, and her daughter Maggidi Manga.  Dominant Caste Culprits: Baltha Rajamouli and his son and Allam Ravi.  When: 23rd July 2017, Sunday, morning. Where: Rendlaguda (Mandapally), Jannaram Mandal, Manch [ ... ]

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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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