In an interview with The Wire, Ornit Shani talks about the efforts of the bureaucracy, the administration and the participation of ordinary people that led to the realisation of electoral democracy in India.
An excerpt from Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy about Ambedkar’s analysis of the affinities of Buddhism with democracy that led to his conversion.
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.
A small beginning towards the reconstruction of the myriad ideas that mirrored – and shaped – Ambedkar’s thought-world in the 1940s.
“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.
A committee of artists, academicians, researchers, lawyers and social activists has been formed to not only raise awareness about the Dalit group but also extend legal help for Bhim Army activists.
While Ram Nath Kovind, in his independence day address, talked about Nehru’s efforts to strike a balance between the traditional and the modern; Amit Shah, a few days earlier, had said Nehru “borrowed western ideas” and ignored India’s glorious past.
While the government can justify various anti-profiteering measures based on socialist principles, the rules and methodology need to be clearly stated.
At a time when political actors are seeking to replace Ambedkarite ethics with the Hindutva doctrine, it is pertinent that Dalits make an ethical choice between Hindutva and Ambedkarite politics.
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.
The BJP is making inroads among Dalits but at the same time, Dalits come together when they are attacked by upper castes
In conversation with Sadanand Fulzele about his association with B.R. Ambedkar, his involvement in the Deekshabhumi, the state of the Republican Party of India and more.
The government plans to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti with much fanfare. But what is missing is an effort to bring people closer to his ideas and his works.
Everything that Ambedkar was firmly opposed to is being used to hypocritically subvert his message.
Indore’s relatively small size, the rapid urbanisation of its villages and the high rate of pre-existing latrine coverage make its open-defecation free status unique.
Recent events show that Babasaheb Ambedkar’s fears of democracy giving way to dictatorship if the authority of its leaders remains unchecked may not have been unfounded.
Sachin Mali, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court on January 3, spoke to The Wire about his experiences in prison, his ideology, the caste system, and his relationship with his wife and son while imprisoned.
In Hindutva or Hind Swaraj, U.R. Ananthamurthy sets out to prove that V.D. Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva is dangerous to the idea of India but ends up situating him as an important and respectable thinker alongside Gandhi.
From long pending arrears to health and safety measures, Mumbai’s conservancy workers have a series of unmet demands
The RSS has been very picky about which parts of Ambedkar they praise and quote, careful to ignore his repeated and detailed criticisms of Hinduism.
Dalit women leaders have their own rich tradition of protest, dissent and self-assertion. It is time for history to do them justice.
As India turns 70, C.P. Surendran measures the limits of freedom in India. Have we done enough to realise the promises made in the Constitution?
The film was denied certification because it has “sensitive gay scenes, use of derogatory words against women and vulgar dialogues”.
Through Rajnikanth’s portrayal of a conscious underclass hero who understands the nuances of Ambedkar donning a three-piece suit, the symbol of assertion has entered the Tamil film industry, heralding a major revolution.
A close look at the seemingly progressive alignment of Bharatiyata with the post-liberal world order reveals its inherent inconsistencies.
Popular not just in Punjab but also North India and beyond, the Dalit singers of Amritsar’s Valmiki Colony tackle issues of concern to their community – illiteracy, superstition, drugs and reservations.
In challenging Brahmanical hegemony, and class and gender norms, Sairat reflects Ambedkar’s vision of a just and egalitarian society.
Indian cities are on slow but sure paths towards religious- and caste-based crises. To ensure just and harmonious social growth, it is vital to reverse current trends.
How this JNU professor became a powerful figure of dissent against the Hindu right-wing.
Given the source of Gurgaon’s new name, one is forced to ask – can respect for Ambedkar and the Constitution co-exist with the veneration of the casteist Dronacharya as the ideal guru?
In conversation with Sunil Khilnani on his new book, Incarnations, and what he hopes this work will mean for how India and the world perceive Indian history.
The Left parties must be alert to the risk of making Kanhaiya lose his freshness if he is made a poster boy of election rallies in West Bengal elections
In his quiet, poised manner (quite unlike his passionate public speeches), he talked about his inspirations, the future of left and democratic politics, and the movement in JNU.
The moral universe we inhabited as children thanks to the Gita Press carried an unambiguous message: that what we as Hindus stood for was far superior to all else
S. Anand listens closely and intently to Kumar Gandharva breeze through Nirbhay Nirgun and marvels at how breath can be held with just one lung