The caste system has always been based on collusion between multiple hegemonic forces. Periyar failed to recognise that.
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.
Gujarat has only 2.33% of India’s Dalit population but ranks fourth on atrocities against the community. Rights activist Martin Macwan explains why.
“People hire ‘upper’ caste workers for the kitchen and ‘lower’ caste ones for other purposes.”
A senior government scientist in Pune has complained to the police that her cook ‘lied about her caste’.
“At times we get justice when we complain, but on most days discrimination is a way of life for us.”
Though promised much by the ‘Hindu’ west after Partition, Dalits who crossed over from East Bengal got the opposite of a warm welcome.
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.
Given Kovind’s views on social justice and empowerment, choosing a leader like him as the presidential candidate was a more natural choice for the Sangh parivar than any radical shift in its traditional position on the caste system.
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.
Without functioning hand pumps or any government intervention, villagers are being forced to drink contaminated water, exposing them to skin infections and diseases.
A large number of economically disadvantaged people appear to have missed a chance to benefit from a provision in the Right to Education policy.
While there will be three major changes under the Modi government’s new OBC commission, it won’t transform how we approach caste-based inequalities.
The victim’s community has refused to accept his body until all the accused are arrested.
While companies are increasingly aware of the need for a ‘feminist’ narrative within the organisation, the corporate sector as a whole ignores the reality of caste and the effect this has on the workplace.
The pride that Jallikattu evokes is clearly associated with people from a particular dominant caste, often at the forefront of violence against Dalits.
In Rohith Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar’s Writings, an Extraordinary Power to Connect With Ordinary People
From Bihar to Tihar and Caste is Not a Rumour both demonstrate the privileges and pitfalls of belonging to certain castes, classes, institutions, locations and politics.
The message from the ‘upper’-caste villagers was clear: we can destroy everything you’ve achieved in one evening.
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.
It is the responsibility of non-Dalit journalists to be casteless and fight for equality in the country.
Ammal worked extensively on genetic crosses, and lived and worked in London and Wisley, reportedly having been forced to leave India because of discrimination based on her caste and gender
The decision to hold a public consultation on the law, which has already been passed by parliament, has come under criticism, and many are blaming the Hindu lobby for the delay in implementing the law.
“Power has tall citadels, culture has a level stage. The tall citadels need to be brought down; the ignored artistic traditions brought on to the proscenium stage.”
Bharat Nat and his wife were headed for their daily farm labour when a village shopkeeper, Ashok Mishra, encountered them with an axe.
Data demonstrate that discrimination against the SCs and STs in education, employment and property ownership continues despite affirmative action policies.
Swaraj Abhiyan sent students from urban areas to drought-affected villages, giving them an opportunity to study the situation there.
In challenging Brahmanical hegemony, and class and gender norms, Sairat reflects Ambedkar’s vision of a just and egalitarian society.
The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the international community promise to ‘leave no one behind’ but by omitting any mention of caste, they have cast aside the dalits