Features

Echoes of stillborn histories

default image

by thedeathofmerit admin What can we learn from this documentary, ’The Death of Merit’? Bal Mukund Bharti was determined to become a doctor. And his teachers were also very determined: ‘you’ll never pass MBBS’, they told him. Bal Mukund didn’t give up, nor did his family. Father, mother, married sister, uncle, aunt– they were all determined to …

Features

‘The Death of Merit’: A Documentary

default image

  On Suicides of Dalit Students in India’s Premier Educational Institutions Linesh Mohan Gawle, a second year PhD student from National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, committed suicide in his hostel room on 16 April 2011. He belonged to a Dalit family from Dindori Tehsil in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh). Linesh’s suicide is just one more addition in the growing list of Dalit …

Features

Dr. Suryakant Waghmore: Subalterns have a role in making of civil society

suryakant waghmore

  Dalit and Adivasi Students’ Portal (First published in the ‘Dalit and Adivasi Students’ Portal’ in 2010) Dr Suryakant Waghmore is an Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Justice and Governance, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. He has been recently awarded with his Doctorate degree from University of Edinburgh, Scotland …

Atrocities

Rise in Atocities on Scs

default image

As per statistics provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, total number of cases relating to offences of atrocities against Scheduled Castes, registered by Police in the country during the calendar years 2007, 2008 & 2009, under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, were …

Atrocities

The State of Human Rights in India in 2010 (Part V)

default image

INDIA: Democratic pretentions and administrative follies — Asian Human Rights Commission Conclusion Combating violence has to begin within government agencies. Strict action must be taken against state agents, in particular officers of the police force and the forest department, who commit crimes against innocent civilians. But so far no such action has been taken. In …

Atrocities

The State of Human Rights in India in 2010 (Part IV)

default image

INDIA: Democratic pretentions and administrative follies — Asian Human Rights Commission Extremists exploit democratic failures In two separate incidents on 7 April 2010 and 17 May 2010, the Maoists operating in India killed 98 Central Reserve Police officers and 11 civilians in Chhattisgarh state. In at least one incident that resulted in the murder of …

Atrocities

The State of Human Rights in India in 2010 (Part III)

default image

INDIA: Democratic pretentions and administrative follies — Asian Human Rights Commission  Purpose of the Bill and the definition of ‘torture’: The Preamble of the Bill states that the purpose of the Bill is “… to provide punishment for torture inflicted by public servants or any persons inflicting torture with the consent or acquiescence of any …

Atrocities

The State of Human Rights in India in 2010 (Part II)

default image

INDIA: Democratic pretentions and administrative follies — Asian Human Rights Commission  Custodial violence and torture On 23 May 2010, police officers, including a woman police constable tortured and abused a mother and her 12?year?old son in Rajouri Garden Police Outpost in Delhi. The officers forced Mala (name changed) to strip naked in front of her …