Defeating the Peshwa army in 1818 was a question of defeating those who imposed hundreds of years of untouchability on the Mahars.
In conversation with the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president about his time in jail under BJP rule in Assam, the issues in the state, his organisation’s plans to venture into electoral politics and more.
This week: The little-reported, often-missed perspectives on protests in India, Palestine and Iran.
With the electorate no longer allowing itself to be beguiled with the promise of ‘achhe din,’ the BJP has now taken to spreading fear about the return of “caste politics.”
The Centre for Women’s Development Studies’ 2018 calendar revolves around two women members of the constituent assembly – Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
Two brutal attacks just a week apart in Bhagalpur, and the very different political receptions they have got, say as much about Bihar’s caste politics as the assaults themselves.
In Hindi cinema, the Dalit, as a person, remained distant from the normal imagination of a civilised person. Newton , and some films before it, have attempted to break this cycle.
As part of the peace-building movement, groups will travel to sites of mass violence and lynchings to urge people to stand by the minorities and the most vulnerable.
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.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended the Congress MPs for 5 days on grounds of “highly unbecoming conduct” during their protests over lynchings.
Successive governments have acknowledged the problem of ‘excessive’ undertrial detention but have not done enough to address it, Amnesty said.
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.
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
Narendra Modi has said his visit will focus on economic co-operation with the Netherlands, but an advocacy group has urged the Dutch prime minister to also address India’s deteriorating human rights situation.
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.
Kovind also said that he had ceased to belong to any political party after he became governor of Bihar in 2015.
Until recently, parai was an instrument almost always played during funeral processions – and always performed only by Dalits.
Without functioning hand pumps or any government intervention, villagers are being forced to drink contaminated water, exposing them to skin infections and diseases.
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.
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.
Students and alumni have alleged that this is the latest attempt of the director general K.G. Suresh, who is associated with the Sangh, to promote the Hindutva agenda in the institute.
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.
Due to its negligent drafting, the Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Act is unlikely to benefit the workers in the unorganised sector.
As the powers that be in Sipasarubali, Odisha work to take over forest land to build a beach resort, villagers who are trying to fight them are under attack.
After the brutal assault on the professor, he was promptly arrested by the local police and an FIR filed against him.
Community managed rice banks which have replaced defunct government managed rice banks in several areas of Patna district in Bihar have released hundreds of Dalit families from the exploitative practices of powerful landlords by ensuring food security during the lean season
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.
This week’s column looks at some of the different ways people think about hard work – in the US, in India, as white or blue-collar workers, as Dalit women – and the varying importance of it in their lives.
The victim’s community has refused to accept his body until all the accused are arrested.
Dalit Mahila Samiti members are far from impressed with the decline in public services and safety that accompanied Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.
The Scheduled Castes Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan have been replaced by ‘allocations for welfare of SC and ST.’
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.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
Telangana police detained journalist Sudipto Mondal, Radhika Vemula and several students who were a part of a memorial protest at the University of Hyderabad.
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.
“I always was rushing,” Rohith Vemula wrote, “Desperate to start a life.” But the beginning could never take place, it was fatally elusive.
In response to Mbembe’s piece, ‘The age of humanism is ending,’ a conversation on how there may not be a novelty about this dystopic era that he has named as “first”.
Both the BJP and Prakash Ambedkar have claimed that demonetisation was B.R. Ambedkar’s brainchild. But a closer look at his writing proves otherwise.
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.