Traditional birth attendants play a central role during pregnancies, childbirth in remote areas. But due to the government’s push towards institutional deliveries, younger women have stopped taking up the profession.
The celebrated Tamil writer looks at the manner in which caste hierarchies operate at the level of the everyday.
Periyar and his legacy can always be problematised. But a necessary pre-condition for this is that he must not be decontextualised.
Affirmative action can only be one, albeit extremely crucial, link in a chain of policies that need to be designed to battle caste disadvantage.
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.
The incident is the third such attack on Dalits in Gujarat since September 25.
A National Institute of Nutrition survey has found that in an urban sample, 32.4% of SC and 32.6% of ST boys under five were underweight, compared to 25.8% of OBCs and 21% of others.
Eight accused, all Patels from Bhadraniya village, have been arrested after the attack, police said.
Periyar problematised what freedom meant, who it benefitted and who it excluded. But that doesn’t mean he gave a clean chit to colonialism.
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s terming of upper-caste traders as ‘smugglers’ who do not have any empathy for the lower-caste poor has not gone down well with the Arya Vysyas of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Gujarat has only 2.33% of India’s Dalit population but ranks fourth on atrocities against the community. Rights activist Martin Macwan explains why.
Activists question the tough action against the Bhim Army when several members of the dominant castes have been let off the hook.
“At times we get justice when we complain, but on most days discrimination is a way of life for us.”
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.
Recent events in the state show how easily social coalitions, which have been the hallmark of Bengal society for decades, can break down, with class-based issues being relegated.
Though promised much by the ‘Hindu’ west after Partition, Dalits who crossed over from East Bengal got the opposite of a warm welcome.
Nitish has always been careful to ensure that his amenable secular conscience does not come at the cost of his government.
Ram Nath Kovind’s presence in Rashtrapati Bhavan will not make any difference to the ongoing atrocities against the Dalits. What can Mayawati do to keep the struggle going?
“I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” Mayawati said.
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.
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.
This week: The ingredients of a successful protest, why condescension and criticism don’t get along and a personal piece to remind us of what’s at stake.
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.
Narendra Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi to say that violence in the name of the cow was not acceptable.
“We hope that the government will understand our feelings and make efforts to resolve the issues of the oppressed and weaker sections of society by restoring the atmosphere of peace and trust…”
Lynching is a modern form of tribalism, where enemies – differentiated by religion, race, caste or ideology – are bracketed for elimination.
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.
They think it is difficult to keep their men from drinking. At the same time, they don’t think the shops should be banned, only that they should be moved away.
Rationalists have been trying to fight the ‘bhuvas’ who wield enormous influence in rural Gujarat.
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.
‘Soap and shampoo only feed your ignorance/ not my stomach.’
“The hut leaks when it rains, and we have to seek shelter in the corners of the hut all night. We don’t have any money to buy a tarpaulin,” said Keshri Devi, adding, “the two bars of soap are not going to last forever.”
The BJP is making inroads among Dalits but at the same time, Dalits come together when they are attacked by upper castes
A number of health and education schemes aimed at some of India’s most vulnerable groups have been slashed in this year’s budget estimates. Why?
A recent survey has revealed that tackling the lack of awareness on reservations among those entitled to it is critical to improve the policy.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
There were no grease marks on the Dalit youth’s chest when two teams of doctors examined him, how did they appear later? asks forensic expert Dr. Sampath Kumar in an exclusive interview to The Wire.