Atrocities

Abusing Dalit by his caste in private interaction not an offence: Court

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Abusing a Dalit by his caste in private interaction is not an offence, a Delhi court has said. The court’s observation came while acquitting a principal of a government school of charges of passing some derogatory remarks against his junior, belonging to a Scheduled Caste. To drive home the guilt of the accused, such incidents …

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Dalit intelligentsia must act responsibly

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by Chandrabhan Prasad During my last visit to Hyderabad, a young Dalit got rather upset with my view that the British rule had helped emancipate the community. So passionate was he that he wouldn’t even listen to Karl Marx’s views about the positive impact of British rule in India.  Ultimately, when I presented him with …

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Varnas only celebrate their intelligence

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad A few years ago, a former foreign secretary had said, “Dalits don’t fit into the Indian Civil Services’ culture.” What the retired (Varna) civil servant seemed to be saying was: a civil servant is meant to govern people and not serve them.  This seems to be the culture of the Varna …

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All the myths about Kerala

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  Chandrabhan Prasad Brahma Satyam, Jagat Mithya: This is one of the three slogans the Adi Guru Shankaracharya had offered while according “religious” cover to the Chaturvarna order in the early ninth century in India.  Shankaracharya was born in Malayali land and was an accomplished myth maker. According to him, “The world is not real, …

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Chinna breaks the fellowship fortress

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by Chandrabhan Prasad It was the morning of January 30, 2000, and the place was Rashtrapati Bhawan. We, a group of Dalit writers and a host of non-Dalit intellectuals, along with the editor of The Pioneer, were walking out of Rashtrapati Bhawan after having presented the first copy of the Dalit Millennium, a 12-page supplement …