Where can one find Ambedkar? Does it make sense to look for him in the hallowed grounds of academia or in political ideologues?
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.
Periyar flourished his sword mostly in conferences and during grand speeches, rather than while he was forwarding his political agenda.
A small beginning towards the reconstruction of the myriad ideas that mirrored – and shaped – Ambedkar’s thought-world in the 1940s.
Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
The caste system has always been based on collusion between multiple hegemonic forces. Periyar failed to recognise that.
Periyar problematised what freedom meant, who it benefitted and who it excluded. But that doesn’t mean he gave a clean chit to colonialism.
The structures of power that surround the marginalised require them at every step to prove their legitimacy, self worth and even their right to exist.
Adopting the language of 12th century vachanas, S. Anand has a dialogue with Gauri Lankesh. He tells her how wolves whistle over the stilled lioness.
Unlike the Modi government, coalition cabinets from 1977 to 2014 have been based on a quota system in which no prime minister has had the privilege of choice, perhaps not even within his own party.
In ‘Why Gandhi Still Matters’, Rajmohan Gandhi helps us understand the Mahatma’s legacy and analyses his ideas of ahimsa, Hindu-Muslim unity as well as his changing stand on the issue of caste.
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.
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.
At least 12 Dalits were seriously injured and up to 55 houses were burnt after clashes with the Thakur community – but the authorities are deflecting attention by comparing the Bhim Army to Naxals.
If the aggressive anti-rights stand of the government in the Aadhaar case triumphs, the march towards an authoritarian state will be swift.
An exhibition by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S. Anand looks at inter-caste unions that society has shunned.
Ambedkar worked tirelessly for the rights of the oppressed, providing radical solutions that put him at odds with national figures like Mahatma Gandhi.
Having witnessed B.R. Ambedkar in person, Ramesh Tukaram Shinde’s collection of books and acute memory of a long-gone era are a gift for both scholars and the public.
Today’s leaders present themselves as Ambedkar bhakts but will not dare follow his path for if they did, this would lead not just to a change in society but to a change of society.
If cow protection entails the joining of forces between the moral and the state police, the law will simply allow lawlessness in its name.
Poetry that listens to history can contribute to the recovery of the past, of the many pasts that make up the fragmented memory of this nation.
When political sensibility degenerates into political indoctrination, studentship receives a severe blow. Growth stops, the mind becomes closed, rigid, deterministic and hence, violent.
The Supreme Court has held that the governor has the required discretion to meet exigencies like the current one, and delay the swearing in till he is satisfied she will not be disqualified by the impending judgment in the disproportionate assets case.
Dalits have become a bargaining force in Punjab politics but they have failed as a credible political front. Jat Sikh dominance is unlikely to be impacted in the upcoming polls.
In the face of new social conservatism drawing from militant nationalism and global capitalism, Gandhi’s philosophy may hold lessons even for his left-Ambedkarite critics.
Limits on the number of parliamentary sittings has allowed the executive to avoid demonetisation-related queries, undermining the legislature’s power.
The converts said their decision was driven by protracted discrimination, superstition, inequality and the attacks by gau rakshaks in Una earlier this year.
In an interview, the 2016 Magsaysay Award winner discusses the struggles of India’s sanitation workers and the reasons why the country has yet to end the barbaric practice of manual scavenging.
Discussing Gaia-politics, the BJP’s myth about identity and the transformation of Indian local politics with one of the most prominent thinkers of our time.
Trying to erase Nehru’s imprint on the country is a tall order because he is part of modern India’s DNA. Throw Nehru out of the equation and you end up undermining India.
The Supreme Court’s refusal, in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, to strike down the anachronistic colonial offence of criminal defamation is wrong. Criminalising defamation serves no legitimate public purpose; the vehicle of criminalisation – sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) – is unconstitutional; […]
Gokhale being too rational and far-sighted did not arouse those deep, compelling, and divisive passions essential to mobilise people and to keep narrow versions of nationalism alive.
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With the Sangh Parivar extolling Ambedkar as part of its political agenda, it is important to debunk the myth of him being anti-Muslim. With excerpts from Ambedkar on Muslims by Anand Teltumbde, published by Vak Publication.
To ensure the promise of India is accorded to all her people, it is imperative to pay heed to Gandhi’s insistence on a socio-political revolution to affect an organic transformation in India’s social consciousness and to Ambedkar’s faith in the State as a means to guarantee not only equality of opportunity but also of outcome.
A conversation on the ideas of truth and violence between Ambedkar, Fanon and Gandhi.
During the anti-colonial struggle, nationalism made people think about ways to oust (colonial) injustice. Today, nationalism is being asked to play the opposite role: Prevent people from thinking about questions of justice.
‘Private and secret’ memo in the South African diplomatic archives reveals an astonishing proposal that India made in 1949.
To the eternal credit of our founding matas and pitas in the constituent assembly, they refused to replace India with Bharat despite pleas by some members. The BJP’s call today to make the chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ the test of patriotism is not a way of upholding the constitution but of undoing it.
The lesson of the last century, a lesson obtained through the ashes of millions of lives lost, was to not let the light of free thought be snuffed out ever again in the name of anything, be it race, nation, territory, language, religion.