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Mythifying History: A Response to Anand Teltumbde's Reductive Interpretation of Bhima Koregaon

Mythifying History: A Response to Anand Teltumbde's Reductive Interpretation of Bhima Koregaon

  Gaurav Somwanshi I'll save the trouble of rhetoric and get straight to the points. Though I'm posting paras and countering them, I'll keep in mind the context too which the author refers to in his article.  1. Anand Teltumbde: "But when Babasaheb Ambedkar painted the Battle of Bhima Koregaon as the battle of Mahar soldiers against their caste oppression in Peshwa rule, he was creating a pure myth. As myths are required...

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Of Brahminism and Everyday Politics

Of Brahminism and Everyday Politics

  Deepika Parya & Sahil Barhate The presence of caste discrimination in Indian Universities predates independence. The introduction of National Law Schools was necessitated by the dearth of competent legal professionals in the country. However, inaccessibility to these institutions is not only marked by the so-called 'entrance tests' but also the unjust structures that are replicated herein. This piece comes in the wake of multiple students speaking up about incidents of caste...

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Supreme Court's Man-Maani Baat

Supreme Court's Man-Maani Baat

  S. Kumar PM Narendra Modi started his Mann ki Baat i.e. Straight from the Heart, program in Oct’ 2014. It is often called Mann-Maani Baat i.e. arrogant self-made decision, in Hindi to define it as one-way communication. The term Mann-Maani Baat coined by people applies well to the Mann Ki Baat program.   During the program, widely telecasted by Government owned media and private owned live channels including radio channels, PM speaks...

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Events and Activism

Several attempts to break the Mahar Maraṭha brotherhood

Several attempts to break the Mahar Maraṭha brotherhood Several attempts to break the Mahar Maraṭha brotherhood
   Dipankar Kamble In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Bajirao 2 the Peshwa of Pune executed  Manu Smiriti in the most extreme manner in his regime, The Untouchables (Mahars, Chambhars,...
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Bhima-Koregaon: contact list of lawyers working to release arrested youth

Bhima-Koregaon: contact list of lawyers working to release arrested youth Bhima-Koregaon: contact list of lawyers working to release arrested youth
  Round Table India As the media continues the blackout of the massive numbers of arrests of young men who the police have identified as Buddhists and or Ambedkarites from Dalit communities all...
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'We are one': an appeal to act with sensitivity

'We are one': an appeal to act with sensitivity 'We are one': an appeal to act with sensitivity
Gaurav Somwanshi This is for the international and non-Maharashtrian activists/academics/journos only. Currently, the situation across Maharashtra is extremely diverse depending upon place...
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In solidarity with Lalu

In solidarity with Lalu In solidarity with Lalu
  Abhay Kumar Differences with Lalu Shouldn't Lead One to Blow Hindutva Sankh (Conch) I was surprised to receive the reactions against Lalu, following his conviction in the second fodder scam case...
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What the National Law Schools don't teach

What the National Law Schools don't teach What the National Law Schools don't teach
  Swagat Baruah Law as a profession has been often ridiculed for its lack of integrity, greed, and immorality. Justice as a profession has been criticized for the joyous self-exiles of its people...
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Perspective

Is Fascism knocking at the door?
10 Jan 2018 11:25 - Mudnakudu ChinnaswamyIs Fascism knocking at the door?

  Dr. Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy Valedictory Speech delivered at Vidrohi Sahitya Sammelana held on 24-12-2017 in Shahada, Nandurbar district, Maharashtra Hon. President of the Sammelana, the dignitaries on the Dais and the august literary audience before me. I am extremely happy to be present he [ ... ]

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Rights

Unlawful construction of ash pond for power plant in Raigarh
30 Nov 2017 17:03 - Amnesty International IndiaUnlawful construction of ash pond for power plant in Raigarh

  Amnesty International India The construction of an ash pond for a thermal power plant in Nawapara Tenda village, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh without informing or consulting local Adivasi villagers violates their right to free, prior and informed consent, said Amnesty International India today.  [ ... ]

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Educate, Agitate, Organize

Critical Analysis of Indian Historians' Writings on Buddhism - Part 2
26 Feb 2017 14:12 - Ratnesh KatulkarCritical Analysis of Indian Historians' Writings on Buddhism - Part 2

  Ratnesh Katulkar Continued from here. It was during the Mauryan period, particularly at the time of Asoka, that India reached its zenith. There was an advanced stage of development in the field of architecture (which is visible in the remains of the Asokan inscriptions), science and techno [ ... ]

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Dr. Ambedkar

Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949
26 Nov 2016 15:42 - Dr. AmbedkarBabasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949

  Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's speech in the Constituent Assembly on 25th November 1949 Sir, looking back on the work of the Constituent Assembly it will now be two years, eleven months and seventeen days since it first met on the 9th of December 1946. During this period the Constituent A [ ... ]

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Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Maulana Ali Hussain 'Aasim Bihari': Father of the first Pasmanda Movement and Freedom Fighter
06 Aug 2017 13:43 - Faiyaz Ahmad FyzieMaulana Ali Hussain 'Aasim Bihari': Father of the first Pasmanda Movement and Freedom Fighter

  Faiyaz Ahmad Fyzie Maulana Ali Hussain "Aasim Bihari" was born on April 15, 1890, in Mohalla Khas Ganj, Bihar Sharif, Nalanda district, Bihar, in a devout but poor Pasmanda weaver family. In 1906, at the young age of 16, he started his career in the Usha organization in Kolkata. W [ ... ]

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