Physical exclusion and indifference of the faculty towards the plight of marginisalised students is pushing many to suicide, and despite measures being in place, administrations are doing little to address the issues.
Where can one find Ambedkar? Does it make sense to look for him in the hallowed grounds of academia or in political ideologues?
Massive anger witnessed in several places after NSA was imposed on Bhim Army’s founder Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ on November 3.
Ambedkar’s position on Brahmins and on post-independent India was quite similar to Periyar’s.
In ‘Contesting Marginalisations’, Vidya Bhushan Rawat has brought together different perspectives on what constitutes Ambedkarism and what it has meant to individuals and activists working in various spheres.
The Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch has urged the rights body to address the ‘grave injustice and human rights violation’ against the Bhim Army chief, in custody since June 8.
The ABVP-OBC Front alliance in the recent Hyderabad Central University student’s council elections reflect changes in subaltern political equations that could potentially decide India’s future.
The failure of local and national media to report a boycott of Dalits reveals a caste-media nexus still intact, despite talk of greater inclusion.
The National Security Act will allow the Uttar Pradesh police to keep Chandrashekhar, who was granted bail on November 2, under further detention.
Eminent historian and scholar Ramachandra Guha delivered this lecture on ‘Patriotism versus Jingoism’ at the 23rd Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.
Periyar flourished his sword mostly in conferences and during grand speeches, rather than while he was forwarding his political agenda.
Bezwada Wilson, the convener of the Safai Karamchari Andolan, talks to Vidya Subrahmanyam about the struggle of Dalits to restore the constitutional vision.
According to locals and the woman’s family, the police were conducting a raid to investigate illegal alcohol production.
The Patels and the saffron party have been inseparable partners since the fall of Madhavsinh Solanki government, but the community now feels sidelined.
A small beginning towards the reconstruction of the myriad ideas that mirrored – and shaped – Ambedkar’s thought-world in the 1940s.
Instead of trying to eradicate belief in pseudoscientific ideas by diktat, perhaps we should start addressing the factors whose interplay provides a breeding ground for those ideas.
Earlier this year, in April and May, communally sensitive Saharanpur in UP, that has 26% Dalit population and 10% Thakurs, had been rocked by inter-caste violence.
Instead of calculating the number of reserved seats based on the total number of faculty members at a university, the UGC wants the calculation to be department-wise.
Dapu, a living heritage, is the only singer who has been singing from within the bustling fort premises for the last 25 years.
The court also emphasised the need for encouraging inter-caste and inter-religious marriages.
Ordinary and extraordinary Indians, from the villagers of Tamil Nadu to the Anand Margis to Deepika Padukone, are defending their right to free speech and expression.
The Centre has failed to file an affidavit as directed by the court, and has averted accountability, stating that incidents like mob lynching are issues of law and order, which is listed as a state subject.
The Goa police will approach experts and the office of the directorate of official language to probe the etymology of the “abuses and explicit language” used in the poems.
The celebrated Tamil writer looks at the manner in which caste hierarchies operate at the level of the everyday.
Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
Affirmative action can only be one, albeit extremely crucial, link in a chain of policies that need to be designed to battle caste disadvantage.
Despite being the only community to preserve Rajasthani traditions, the Manganiyars have lived with fear, exploitation and thwarted aspirations.
BJP MLA Tejpal Nagar, who facilitated the recruitment of the youths, said that the accused were “innocents” and that they deserved a “better deal”.
With only 18 months to go for the general elections, the BJP seems to have decided to abandon the vikas plank and go back to full-throated Hindutva and minority baiting.
The bus service is to connect interior areas of the state, where the BJP government is planning to build “gaurav paths,” or link roads to villages of martyred soldiers.
The activist was one of the leaders of the Dalit Asmita Yatra last year and the co-convenor of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch.
Tamil Nadu’s public institutions have been exorcised of the Brahmin ghost and are now ruled by non-brahmins and non-Dalits. It is to hide this that a fake Brahmin-ghost is continuously being exorcised.
The Karwan will continue its work through four initiatives, including providing support to families affected by hate violence and establishing an India Hate Crime Citizen Watch.
The caste system has always been based on collusion between multiple hegemonic forces. Periyar failed to recognise that.
“Disagreement is a necessary condition of public life; individuals and groups have no right to take law into their own hands to intimidate and physically assault social thinkers and intellectuals like Illaiah.”
“It took me five years to convince people in my village that praying to Ambedkar is better than praying to gods and goddesses,” said Mangalbhai, who organised the garba.
In a pattern seen in several villages across the state, Dalits are being attacked by members of the upper-caste community for going against generations-old norms.
The incident is the third such attack on Dalits in Gujarat since September 25.
“Every other day we would go into a home with grieving people who have lost hope. It is inspiring that in spite of the violence they have seen, they are willing to speak up and fight for justice.”
“Civil society must stand up against this goondaism and demand for security for Prof Kancha Iliah as well as punishment to those issuing open threats, before we have another Gauri Lankesh.”