“The party’s stand is clear…The temple should be constructed in a legal manner and there should be mutual dialogue,” said the BJP president, also addressing election reform, reservations, GST and cow protection.
His election is a key element of the party’s strategy for the 2019 election, and its aftermath.
This movement may have ended, but leaders said they will continue to take up the struggle of landless Dalits everywhere.
As far Gujarat is concerned, the cases of atrocities against Dalits have increased post Una, so has the state repression.
Tamil Dalit feminist poet Sukirtharani opens up about her childhood, her Dalit identity in poetry and the Dalit women’s resistance.
As democratic institutions – cabinet, bureaucracy, media, presidency and judiciary – weaken, the Modi establishment is riding high on overconfidence. This is bad news for the Indian polity.
Tracking the incidents of lynching over cow slaughter and the possession and consumption of beef from September 2015 to July 2017.
Marking one year of the public flogging of Dalits at Una, the week-long protest will continue despite the police revoking permission, activists say.
“I am happy because it has exposed the real face of the society, that such a thinking is still prevalent…But I am pained because such issues are still being discussed.”
Members of the 14 other castes in Garagaparru village in West Godavari district have boycotted Dalits from the Mala community after a skirmish over an Ambedkar statue.
The Azadi Kooch, or freedom march, timed for the first anniversary of the Una incident when Dalit youths were assaulted by cow protection vigilantes, was to press for Dalit land rights in the state.
An FIR has been filed against the priest and his two sons, who allegedly denied the Dalit girls entry and hurled casteist abuses at them.
According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, one of the Dalit victims of the Una flogging was labelled a Muslim by an accused to rile others up further.
The Theresa May government, worried about upsetting powerful Hindu groups, is hesitating to go ahead with consultations on the caste discrimination issue.
K. Nagamma, the wife of a sanitation worker who died in a septic tank, and her daughters recount their struggles against a system that confines them – quite literally – to the gutters
The Sarvaiya family is still recovering from injuries and struggling to make ends meet, all the while waiting for justice that was promised to them a year ago.
But general statements that do not target specific individuals from the SC/ST communities would not be considered an offence, said the Delhi High Court.
In the third episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh speaks to eminent sociologist Vivek Kumar and senior journalist Tavleen Singh about representation of Dalits in Indian newsrooms.
Terming the forcible cancellation of the convention and subsequent arrests as “an attack on freedom of expression”, S.R. Darapuri said “The government is in a state of panic amidst the rising public voices against it.”
Citizens will hold a protest against the lynchings of Dalits, Muslims, and rationalists, calling upon the government and citizens to take a stand.
Hashmi went to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to hand over the award conferred to her in 2008, citing “total inaction, apathy and tacit support to the violent gangs by the government” as the reason.
In Mahuadand, a town in western Jharkhand, MNREGA contractors’ crimes are seen to stem from their religion, not from their trade.
Crack down on beef and leather trades has jeopardised the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Indian Muslims and Dalits, straining India’s social fabric and economy.
Despite his background, Kovind never raised any questions directly about atrocities against Dalits.
Ambedkar had argued that Dalits did not wish to be represented by others, much less nominated by them, and vehemently favoured separate electorates since it brought to the forefront of democratic practice the most oppressed.
Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?
The opposition missed out on a big opportunity to show its solidarity with Dalit movements across the country by not nominating a Dalit candidate of its choice before the Modi government did.
Ambedkar says the opposition parties can still make a real contest out of the presidential elections if they put forward the right candidate.
The true professor begins to exist only when we have freed her from all quantifiable evidence, from everything that can equally be manipulated and falsified.
The Dalit activists have said that the 15 accused are those who had a brief meeting with the Haryana chief minister to demand a fair probe into inter-caste clashes.
Shah’s remark not only reduces Gandhi’s status by identifying him only by his caste, but is also a stunning reminder of how pervasive caste prejudices are.
Rationalists have been trying to fight the ‘bhuvas’ who wield enormous influence in rural Gujarat.
Until recently, parai was an instrument almost always played during funeral processions – and always performed only by Dalits.
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.
Putul Daloi, whose husband died in November while cleaning a Delhi mall septic tank without any protective gear, talks about his ordeal and the aftermath of his death.
Last week, Dalit villagers in Uttar Pradesh were given soap, detergent and shampoo to ‘clean’ themselves before chief minister Adityanath came to their village. Poet Asang Wankhede responds to the government’s ‘gifts’.
The BAPSA criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre for its “anti-minority” policies.
‘Soap and shampoo only feed your ignorance/ not my stomach.’
Two senior police officers have been suspended and 30 have been arrested in connection with the violence.
In the fifty-sixth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in support of Bhim Army, and takes stock of the status of public healthcare in India.