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The God: Clashing Visions of the Jews and Brahmins

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    Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd The Idea of The God The idea of God even in the twenty first century rules the global human mind more than the state, and the constitutional laws. There is also fear and reverence of God more than just the idea of God. Though rationalism, secularism and liberalism emerged as a …

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Create Dalit Economy the way Dalit Sahitya was created: Chandra Bhan Prasad

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad and Pushpendra Johar in a discussion: this is a part of the series of interviews, talks, articles that SAVARI and Round Table India are trying to put together to gather the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the second part of the discussion; the first part is here.  Pushpendra: …

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The dignity of the underclass is the first casualty: Chandra Bhan Prasad

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad and Pushpendra Johar in a discussion: this is a part of the series of interviews, talks, articles that SAVARI and Round Table India are trying to put together to gather the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic.  Date: 17 April 2020 Pushpendra Johar: Welcome to the discussion. I would like to …

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Black Independence Day

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  Raja Dhale (In an interview first published in the Marathi journal Khel, Raja Dhale (1940-2019) recounted the history behind his surname ‘Dhale’: soldiers that were historically the standard bearers and advance guards at forts. True to this personal history, Raja Dhale stood at the vanguard of the Dalit consciousness and articulation in Maharashtra in …

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Community Struggles Towards Democracy – Part 2

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KK Kochu Sri Moolam Praja Sabha Among the princely states of British India, it was in Mysore that the first regional representative body was formed. In Travancore, the legislative council came into existence on 15th August 1888, during the rule of Sri Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma (1885-1924). The council consisted of six official members and …

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Modern Historiography fits Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Indian Nationalistic Perspective

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  Jaspal Singh Sidhu “That history always has a purpose. That history is always about power. That history is never innocent but always ideological.” ~ Keith Jenkins, ‘Rethinking of History’, Routledge Classics. Of late, a majority of historians including those subscribing to the Left ideology have attempted to portray Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a 19th century …

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The word “Dalit”, Appropriate or Not

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   Adv. Dr. Suresh Mane (Bahujan Republican Socialist Party)      (This piece was first published in Dainik Lokmat’s editorial section, Nagpur edition on 11th September 2018. http://www.lokmat.com/editorial/words-dalit-are-incorrect-or-inappropriate/)  After the decisions delivered by the Bombay High Court’s Nagpur Bench and Madhya Pradesh High court prohibiting the usage of ‘Dalit’ word in government proceedings; subsequently the central government …