The Street Vendors and Marginality: A Field Study in Panvel, Mumbai

Gaurav Kawalkar Abstract The marginalization of street vendors in Panvel, a city in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is examined in the paper. In India’s informal economy, street vendors are the one of most marginalized urban groups. India’s economy comprises the formal and informal sectors, with more than ninety percent of the workforce in the …




Chanchal Kumar In this technological age, we have to ask the question, Is it worth moving towards an Ambedkarism that is more rooted in our time, and embodies all the changes that the year 2023 has brought? There has been multiple covid waves, apart from a bunch of other international maladies, that have broken the …


Trading pearls for sand: BJP and the Panchamasali reservation struggle

Trading pearls for sand[i]: BJP and the Panchamasali reservation struggle ಛಲಬೇಕುಶರಣಂಗೆ, ಪರಧನವನೊಲ್ಲೆನೆಂಬ;ಛಲಬೇಕುಶರಣಂಗೆ, ಪರಸತಿಯನೊಲ್ಲೆನೆಂಬ;ಛಲಬೇಕುಶರಣಂಗೆ, ಪರದೈವವನೊಲ್ಲೆನೆಂಬ;ಛಲಬೇಕುಶರಣಂಗೆ, ಲಿಂಗಜಂಗಮಒಂದೇಎಂಬ;ಛಲಬೇಕುಶರಣಂಗೆ, ಪ್ರಸಾದದಿಟವೆಂಬ;ಛಲವಿಲ್ಲದವರಮೆಚ್ಚನಮ್ಮಕೂಡಲಸಂಗಮದೇವ. Fortitude is needed for the Sharana (devotee) to declare: “I don’t want another’s wealth” Fortitude is needed for the Sharana to declare: “I don’t desire another’s wife” Fortitude is needed for the Sharana to declare: “I will not believe …


‘Matto Ki Saikil’: How there’s no hope for Dalits in upper caste cinema

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Neeraj Bunkar Cinema is being refined in many ways due to the rapid technological advancements and emergence of other platforms for disseminating film messages. However, in the visual cultural space, this approach of modernism, liberalism, and assigning assertive agency to characters is only limited to ‘upper caste’ characters but not to Dalit characters. Aside from …


What is it like to be a young Dalit, Swaero, first-generation learner?

Madhuri Kamtam Key words: SWAEROES, TSWREIS SWAEROES: The term SWAEROES was coined by Dr. R.S. Praveen Kumar, IPS, who served as the secretary for the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) from 2013 to 2021. Students who attend these institutions are referred to as SWAEROES. SW stands for Social Welfare, while Aeroes is …


Playing the Savior: Hindutva and Muslim Women’s Rights

Bobby Kunhu “Patriarchy is a kind of shirk (or idolatry)… stemming from the Satanic notion of istikbar (thinking of oneself as better than another)….”                                – Amina Wadud, Inside the Gender Jihad: Women’s Reform in Islam Muslim communities, like every other theistic or atheistic social system, are hegemonic and patriarchal. But, in a virulently Muslimophobic world, …