Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
With no helpline or information centre to go to, parents from economically weaker sections wanting to admit their child in a private school through the Right to Education Act struggle to gather basic information about the policy.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
Urmi Nanda Biswas, an applied social psychologist, talks about her recent comparative study on female foeticide in Orissa and Gujarat.
The mid to late 1980s were a point of transition in Gujarat. As the Congress’s hold on power had weakened, the winner in this upheaval was the BJP – and the figure of Latif provided it with the perfect foil.
Nina Sabnani, a filmmaker, illustrator and researcher in ethnography of numerous indigenous artist communities across India, talks about how stories must be constantly retold to keep them alive.
Invoking people’s power as a force higher than state power, as the prime minister appears to be doing, is highly dangerous.
To oppose the forest department’s plan to limit open grazing, the pastoral community is formally pursuing their collective land rights through the Forest Rights Act.
It may seem to be an articulation of equality that transcends caste, but the ‘economic criterion’ simply allows upper caste groups to monopolise state power – something that the reservation scheme was meant to counter.
Jashubhai Chaganbhai Gangadia from the Valmiki community lost his life after he entered a manhole to clean it without any safety gear.
Prabhatbhai Parmar died after consuming poison when the government paid no heed to Dalit villagers demanding that agricultural land be allocated to them.
There have been ten alleged murders and at least two suicides in Maharashtra, and eight alleged murders and one suicide in Gujarat since the RTI Act came into force.
The converts said their decision was driven by protracted discrimination, superstition, inequality and the attacks by gau rakshaks in Una earlier this year.
Jignesh Mewani has warned that the agitation will move ahead if the talks, scheduled for October 5, are found to be a “gimmick of the government”.
The surplus land taken from feudal landlords in the past is required to be distributed among the landless in Gujarat. However, until now the allotment has only been done on paper.
The court considered the submission of amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve and SIT chief R.K. Raghavan, who is a former CBI chief, that the trial court should be granted more time as it has to examine nearly 300 witnesses.
Persons with disabilities want tangible change such as jobs with the government, not a new term like ‘divyang’ to identify with.
A nervous Gujarat government does not want to take any chances while Narendra Modi is visiting the state to celebrate his birthday.
He is said to have been placed under preventative detention ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Gujarat.
The complete control exercised by the dominant religious and caste groups cannot go on for ever; when the pressure gets too much, the victims hit back
PAAS supporters in saffron caps barged into the venue where legislators of the Patel community were to be felicitated by Shah.
The International Finance Corporation has funded projects in India that have caused large scale violation of environmental and social laws.
Thirty petitioners – some Dalits, some not, some representing sex workers and others who say eating beef is part of their food culture – are challenging Maharashtra’s ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks and the consumption of beef of cattle slaughtered in Maharashtra.
The victims claimed that the attackers wanted to “avenge” the arrest of 12 people in connection with the Una incident.
Prohibition has never worked anywhere; ordinary people suffer and only liquor mafias and law enforcement forces benefit.
The former IPS officer is now leading the Dalit movement in Gujarat. In an interview he discusses the BJP’s implicit support of gau rakshaks, the condition of Dalits in India and where the Una movement is heading.
The recent assault on Dalits by cow vigilantes in Una has opened the floodgates of memory, narration and protest.
The prime minister’s measured comments on ‘gau rakshaks’ comes at a time when the Sangh parivar is desperately trying to consolidate in Gujarat and bring Dalits and other backward Hindu communities within its fold.
India Today TV has exposed how Dalits are not allowed to enter Hindu houses of worship.
With rising social tensions in the state and a looming assembly poll, the BJP is hard-pressed to ensure it does not lose Gujarat. Changing the chief minister is a short-term damage-control measure at best.
Assam Child Rights Body Chief Allegedly Being Pressurised to Change Report on Trafficked Minor Girls
Runumi Gogoi is reportedly being pressurised by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to change her report on the status of the 31 tribal girls taken by RSS-affiliated organisations from Assam to Gujarat and Punjab last year, if she wishes to continue with the organisation.
Patel announced her decision in a Facebook post.
The protestors have planned a ten-day march, headed to reach Una on independence day.
An RSS affiliated organisation allegedly arm twisted parents to send their daughters away for indoctrination, activists say
Two incidents, within two days of each other, are a small window into the cycle of violence, legitimised by the idea of “cow protection”, that led to the protests.
Incidents of violence were reported late last night in Rajkot and Mehsana, while protest marches were today held in Limbdi and Surat, police said.
Protestors demonstrated their anger against an incident of violence against Dalits by ‘gau raksha’ vigilantes last week.
The cabinet expansion reflects caste calculations to fix emerging weaknesses in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It hardly has anything to do with merit even as there is consensus that the cabinet suffers from a considerable talent deficit.
Most political observers view the reshuffle as a palliative exercise aimed at specific caste and community groups before upcoming elections.
Sea water intrusion from the Bay of Khambhat has destroyed several hectares of agricultural land and affected the livelihoods of fisherfolk.