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Interest in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar among academics outside India

The Popularity or (Un)Popularity of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar among academics outside India Ablaz Mohammed Schemnad Reading Ambedkar and practising Ambedkarism as a student in India gave me a feeling of strength and confidence among peers in university spaces. The ‘Jai Bhim’ slogans and posters asserting the oppressed unity, winning elections, and representing the whole student …

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Lack of support holds back Civil Service aspirants from Tribal Maharashtra

Rushikesh Kasabe ‘Bhika Vasave, who is a migrant and tribal student, comes from the village with a dream to become an officer, but more than 4 years have passed and he still can’t tell if anything will happen. “Many times, worrying about the future you wake up suddenly, and there is no guarantee of going …

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Hierarchy of caste distils down to hierarchy of body

Dr. Abhijit Khandkar Many Indians are getting offended by the picture of Australian cricketer, Mitch Marsh sitting with his feet perched on the Cricket World Cup Trophy. Since he has put his feet up, so it means disrespect. This concept of respect being equated with body parts is an exclusively Indian concept, stemming from Hindu …

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Beyond Boundaries: Strengthening Transgender Lives in India

Ganesh Pandit Introduction In Indian mythology, transgender individuals were highly regarded. However, in recent centuries, the transgender community has faced challenges. One contributing factor has been television, which has quickly influenced people’s perspectives. Nineteenth-century Bollywood films portrayed transgender people disrespectfully, leading to a change in society’s view of them and affecting the present generation. In …

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Memes and infographics on Instagram: How Dalit students are busting misinformation one post at a time

Nitin Kalyan It did not take the 23-year-old Prashant Randive too long to spot the bias and misinformation that infographics and memes flooding social media platforms were spreading. Prashant, a first-generation learner pursuing his masters degree and going by @Pashwords on Instagram, spends considerable time making infographics to counter misinformation around issues like reservations. He …

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‘Satya Mev Jayate’ (Truth Alone Triumphs): Locked and Chained

Hemangi Kadlak  This article is dedicated to the people who fought and are fighting to break different chains to make THE TRUTH ALONE VICTORIOUS. This article critically explores the symbolic connections aT the India-Pakistan border, the national emblem of India at this border, and the chain that is around the structure. Very recently, I got …

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The Social Exclusion of Dalits in India from 1950 to 2023

Jay Choudhari Introduction The Indian caste system is a deeply entrenched and centuries-old social structure, spanning over 3,000 years, if not more. This system has played a pivotal role in perpetuating discrimination and social hierarchies in India. Among the marginalized groups within this system, the ‘Dalits’, also known as ‘Untouchables’, have faced the most profound …

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Righteous, not a Reactionary, Prabuddha Bharat

Vruttant Manwatkar  “Religion emphasizes, universalizes social values and brings them to the mind of the individual who is required to recognize them in all his acts in order that he may function as an approved member of the society. But the purpose of religion is more than this. It spiritualizes them.[1]” – Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar …