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Post Ideological in Popular Dalit Discourse

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Rahul Sonpimple The post-Ambedkar Dalit discourse can be broadly outlined through three key developments in the Dalit movement: 1) the struggle for constitutional rights, 2) the mission for political autonomy, and 3) the quest for alternative culture through Ambedkar’s Buddhism. While mainstream Dalit politics has largely remained fragmented, there is noticeable strengthening in both non-political …

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‘12th Fail’ Movie and Manoj Kumar Sharma’s Biography ‘12th Fail’: the discrepancies

Vaibhav Kharat Many UPSC aspirants may have started their UPSC preparation this year with strong resolutions, like Manoj Kumar Sharma’s Har Nahi Manunga, after watching Vidhu Chopra’s recently directed and produced ’12th Fail’ movie, starring Vikrant Massey. The film portrays the journey of a 12th fail boy who later goes on to become an IPS …

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Dalit Visions for the future: Where do we go from here?

Sumeet Samos Hundred years ago, to walk on many public streets would have been unimaginable for Dalits in this country; to drink water from public sources would have been met with physical violence; and to sit near caste Hindu students in a public school would have been opposed publicly. These were the established norms of …

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Why Ashraaf Failed to Read the Writing on the Wall?

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Dr. Ayaz Ahmad Javed Anand’s article titled Why Muslims should have gifted away the Babri Masjid: The mandir that could have been published in the Indian Express on January 20, 2024, poses more questions than it answers. Riding on the hindsight validation of the position that he took in October 1991 article published by the …

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Sanghamitra Summer School: Preparing for the Modern Economy

Nikhil Bhagat and Prayag Dhanvij “Education is the milk of a tigress. Whoever drinks it can’t stay without roaring.” – B.R. Ambedkar We, the Bahujan people, have faced caste-based discrimination and restrictions for centuries, which have hindered our progress. Lack of education made us vulnerable to being enslaved by so-called upper-caste individuals. Education has played …

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Bureaucratic Hijack of Social Justice and Reservation Policies in India

Sagar Kamble Two major incidents have raised concern for the inherent social justice angle attached to reservation policies in India: the recent reservation claims by regional ruling castes such as Maratha, Jat, and Patel and the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) reservation for upper castes. Reservation policies are enshrined in the Indian constitution as a part …

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The Sudra Zombie and the Brahmin Vampire

Umar Nizar The allegation that was levelled against Socrates was that of corrupting the young. Similarly present day philosophers such as Zizek and Badiou has a huge following among the youth. But there are controversially radical figures like Jordan Peterson who dehumanises victims of violence, who also attract the minds of the young in large …

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Movies and People of Theatre and Music in the life of Dr. Ambedkar

Dr. SPVA Sairam            Many books and articles have been written on the emancipatory deeds of Dr. Ambedkar that touched the lives of millions, but very little information is available, at least in English, about the private life of Babasaheb. In this article, I will explore an exciting aspect of his …

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The Formulae of the Buddha: Need for Decoding the Tipitaka

Ratnesh Katulkar The Tipitaka is believed to be a collection of teachings preached by the Buddha and some of his main disciples. It is therefore considered to be the complete knowledge and philosophy of the Buddha. However, most people are unaware that, apart from the teachings preserved in the Tipitaka, the Buddha has also shared …