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Help Keep Dalit Murasu Alive– An Appeal

Dear friends

I write this to solicit your support for sustaining a 15 year old Tamil monthly that has consistently reported on dalit politics, culture and activism from Tamil Nadu. This is Dalit Murasu, published from Chennai. With Punitha Pandian as editor and a team of people supporting it, by way of writing, photography, design, the monthly is one of its kind. It has taken a dalit lens to questions of economic, social and political injustice, and in turn, sought to link dalit concerns to the concerns articulated by various peoples’ movements.

Dalit Murasu has also set new standards in political journalism: it is well-designed, the articles are carefully proof-read and the monthly has featured a range of expressions: interviews with dalit leaders, activists, cultural actors, book reviews, translations of important documents to do with dalit concerns into Tamil, translations from dalit writings available in English, coverage of important large scale events, including events in central India, the Gujarat carnage, Koodangulam, the war in Sri Lanka, on the Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 (a series of articles that discussed the act, case law etc), articles on dalit history… Further, it carries every month an extract from Dr Ambedkar’s writings. Dalit Murasu has also published the Tamil translation of The Annihilation of Caste, among other things.

Today, this monthly is in danger of having to stop publication due to a paucity of funds. We need to keep Dalit Murasu alive for several years. I request all of you to contribute what you can.

Please circulate this far and wide and request your friends, comrades and whoever can assist to contribute generously. We welcome any support, however modest.

People wishing to transfer money electronically may do so to the following account:

R. Ramaprabu

A/C 13041000019317 , R. Ramaprabu, HDFC Bank, Ambur Branch

People who wish to send cheques may do so to:

Mr Ramaprabu: 18, Pudumanai IInd st, Kaspa – B, Ambur.Vellore dt, Tamil Nadu. 635 802 Cell : 09443104443

(Mr Ramaprabu who writes under the pseudonym, Yaazhan Aadi is a well-known poet, and photographer. He is on the editorial board of Dalit Murasu).

Best wishes

V. Geetha

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