Agitation against any regime is easy. However, to sustain a movement and give an ideological alternative to the existing system is a whole different proposition.
Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV is not only a problem but also a symptom of a much bigger, scarier disease plaguing the media industry.
Declaring that ‘Tamil Nadu media’ asked Mevani to leave is inaccurate. The aborted interaction was certainly not a consensus decision by mediapersons present there, leave alone the state’s media.
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.
If the non-dalits use this historic opportunity to humanise themselves, the Second Battle of Bhima Koregaon of January 1, 2018 will have served some purpose.
Leaders like Jignesh Mevani, Shehla Rashid, Umar Khalid, Akhil Gogoi, Kanhaiya Kumar, Richa Singh, Manoj Manzil and many others said they will continue to hold nation-wide protests.
Rally brings together young leaders from Gujarat to Assam and Delhi to demand release of Dalit leader, jobs for the youth.
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The rally, to be held on January 9, is against the Modi government’s failure to generate jobs and the right-wing crackdown on Dalits and Muslims.
Bound by a common cause, as Maharashtra’s Dalits begin to assert themselves, BR Ambedkar’s grandson finds himself in a unique position.
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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 incident occurred in Bhima Koregaon in afternoon when people were heading towards a war memorial in the village, the police said.
While disruptive majoritarianism has destroyed many of our values this year, it has also spurred individual acts of dissident disruption.
This is a moment full of possibility for the articulation of a Dalit-Bahujan oriented left-wing politics – not just in Gujarat but elsewhere in the country.
Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee.
With Congress and AAP declaring their support for Mevani, and activists from various parts of the country campaigning for him, will the Dalit leader make the cut?
The Varachha road constituency which is the centre of Surat’s diamond trade has been slipping out of the BJP’s hands since the area saw massive violence and arson in 2015.
To neutralise hostility against it, the BJP machinery has pushed aside its slogan of vikas and is focussing on polarisation tactics. But will this be enough?
Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses the political landscape in Gujarat, the rise of young leaders and election strategies of various parties with The Hindu’s deputy editor Vikas Pathak and political analyst Abhay Kumar Dubey.
The AAP chief’s tactical shift could well be a precursor to the realignment of political forces in the 2019 polls.
In conversation with political analyst Achyut Yagnik on what to expect from the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, the rise of the BJP and more.
In an open letter, Mevani has alleged that the controversy was a conspiracy against Patel, a strong challenger to the BJP government in Gujarat.
Gujarat’s minorities may have a common enemy in the ruling party and government for now. However, the state’s recent history provides many instances of clashes between these sections of the population.
As political tides take a new turn every day, the BJP seems to be in an uncomfortable position in the state it has ruled for two decades.
This movement may have ended, but leaders said they will continue to take up the struggle of landless Dalits everywhere.
As far Gujarat is concerned, the cases of atrocities against Dalits have increased post Una, so has the state repression.
Marking one year of the public flogging of Dalits at Una, the week-long protest will continue despite the police revoking permission, activists say.
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.
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.
Movements like the Bhim Army are easily cast into narratives of Maoism, Naxalism and terrorism by the government. However, the Ambedkarite movement is also building its own counter-narrative against Brahmanical oppression.
The Bhim Army and its leader, Chandrasekhar, say their fight is against caste oppression and the ‘saffron terror’ of the Hindutva forces.
At IIT Gandhinagar, Dalit artist-activist Shambhaji Bhagat and his troupe sang songs of protest, turning performance into resistance.
Not only were women’s day rallies cancelled so as to not disrupt the prime minister’s visit, anyone seen as a possible ‘protestor’ was detained by the police.
Our live coverage of the citizen’s march to parliament against ABVP’s violence in Ramjas college of Delhi University.
Dalits have been subjected to vicious caste violence for years in Gujarat.
Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch leader Jignesh Mevani was arrested along will several others after delaying the Rajdhani Express at the Kalupur railway station for 20 minutes. They have since been released on conditional bail.
Days after the Dalit rally ‘Chalo Udupi’ rally concluded, Sangh parivar-affiliated youth group Yuva Brigade carried out a shudhikalasham (purification) ceremony in the surroundings of the Sree Krishna temple in Udupi alleging it was rendered ‘impure’ due to the presence of Dalits.
Prabhatbhai Parmar died after consuming poison when the government paid no heed to Dalit villagers demanding that agricultural land be allocated to them.
In the past two months, Gujarat has witnessed a massive Dalit agitation, protests by Ahmedabad Municipal Transport System (AMTS), and an organised movement by sanitation workers of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).