The custodial death of a tribal man and the incarceration of a Dalit and two Muslims, all arrested for cattle slaughter, is seen by locals as part of an extortion racket.
Rationalists have been trying to fight the ‘bhuvas’ who wield enormous influence in rural Gujarat.
A new grouping of Dalits is conducting a yatra in Gujarat to meet the state’s elected representatives and ask them what they are doing for the community.
Fifteen years on, victims of the communal violence continue to face threats, stigma and state apathy, their hope for relief and justice slowly dwindling away.
For victims of caste atrocities, long-drawn legal processes made it impossible to sustain the fight for justice.
While some families have returned after the village sarpanch promised them safety, several others still feel that their homes are still unsafe.
The family was freed a month after their arrest, when the Gujarat high court quashed charges against them. But the policemen involved have faced no consequences.
A minor altercation between a Muslim and Hindu boy at school in Patan leads to a mob killing two and destroying dozens of homes
At IIT Gandhinagar, Dalit artist-activist Shambhaji Bhagat and his troupe sang songs of protest, turning performance into resistance.
Not only were women’s day rallies cancelled so as to not disrupt the prime minister’s visit, anyone seen as a possible ‘protestor’ was detained by the police.
Given the involvement of “powerful and influential” local BJP leaders, a citizens’ fact-finding team says measures are being taken to impair the legal validity of the victim’s statement.
Displaced persons who were resettled 14 years ago still do not have access to property rights, while the areas they live in lack even basic facilities.
Jadhav has decided to return the Mahatma Phule Best Journalist award that he received in 2011 to protest against Manmohan Vaidya’s statement at JLF and against the anti-Dalit stance of the Gujarat government.
Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
Following a fire at the garbage mound in Pirana soon after Diwali, ragpickers and residents in the area continue with their livelihood at great detriment to their own health.
Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch leader Jignesh Mevani was arrested along will several others after delaying the Rajdhani Express at the Kalupur railway station for 20 minutes. They have since been released on conditional bail.
Though still important as a vote-bank, the politically fractured Patel-community may no longer be central to deciding who wins Gujarat.
After Laljibhai Sarvaiya was burnt alive for falling in love with an ‘upper’-caste girl four years ago, his family has spent all their time running from pillar to post in search for justice.
Jashubhai Chaganbhai Gangadia from the Valmiki community lost his life after he entered a manhole to clean it without any safety gear.
Prabhatbhai Parmar died after consuming poison when the government paid no heed to Dalit villagers demanding that agricultural land be allocated to them.
In the past two months, Gujarat has witnessed a massive Dalit agitation, protests by Ahmedabad Municipal Transport System (AMTS), and an organised movement by sanitation workers of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
Jignesh Mewani has warned that the agitation will move ahead if the talks, scheduled for October 5, are found to be a “gimmick of the government”.
The surplus land taken from feudal landlords in the past is required to be distributed among the landless in Gujarat. However, until now the allotment has only been done on paper.
Municipal corporation agrees to demands of ‘safai kamdar’ workers for permanency, employment benefits and safety gear.
Ayyub, a victim of cow vigilantism, was left to die of his injuries while the police refused to file a case against the culprits.
Dalit women of rural Gujarat came out of their homes to march shoulder to shoulder with men in their protest against the discrimination faced by the community.
On the eve of Independence Day, cow protection vigilantes assault the Dalit Asmita Yatra in region where the flogging of Dalit men first occurred.
The Gujarat government has tried to pit Dalits against Muslims to ensure upper-caste hegemony. As victims of cow vigilantism, both communities have come together.
The recent assault on Dalits by cow vigilantes in Una has opened the floodgates of memory, narration and protest.