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Myth making in India: The story of Teachers’ Day

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  Amar Khade Teachers’ Day is celebrated across many Nations to pay respect and appreciate the works done by Teachers in shaping the next generation citizens. Different Nations celebrate Teachers’ Day in accordance with their local socio-politico-cultural setup. International Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th October every year. Nearly 100 countries with Membership with UNESCO …

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Caste Attacks on Buddhists in Nashik (Part 2)

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  Amar Khade What actually happened in Talegaon? According to reliable sources, this is what happened: around 8.30 to 9 pm on 8th October 2016, after finishing his dinner, the alleged perpetrator (a Dalit boy aged 14 years) was chatting with his two Maratha friends near his house. The victim, a minor Maratha girl, was the …

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Caste Attacks on Buddhists in Nashik

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  Amar Khade  On Sunday, 9th October 2016, rumour spread across social media like Whatsapp that a 14 year old Dalit boy molested a minor girl in Talegaon (Nashik district, Maharashtra). It was later reported by the guardian minister of Nashik, Girish Mahajan, that the medical authorities have reported that rape has not occurred, and …

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Demolition of “Ambedkar Bhavan”: Historical Facts and Current Controversy!

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  Amar Khade  On 25-06-2016, some parts of Ambedkar Bhavan situated in Dadar area of Mumbai were demolished by the current Trustees of the “The People’s Improvement Trust”. The said structure is under the control of “The People’s Improvement Trust”. In Maharashtra, the political movement among the Ambedkarites is fractured and has many factions. And …

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Massacre of Ambedkarites at Ramabai Nagar by State Machinery!

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  Amar Khade On 11 July 1997, the Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force under Sub-Inspector Manohar Kadam, started firing on unarmed Ambedkarite protesters in Ramabai Nagar. In the police firing, 10 Ambedkarite were massacred. Their names are as follows: (1) Sukhdev Kapadne (2) Sanjay Nikam (3) Bablu Verma (4) Anil Garud (5) Kishore Kataranwar (6) …

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India upholds Caste System at the UN

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Amar Khade [A compilation of news and commentary] Recently the Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsák, of United Nations Human Rights Council Published a report on minority issues. The report was presented and discussed in the UN Human Rights Council on 15th March 2016. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues was …

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Havells’ Ad: Another instance of Stereotyping of Reservations Policy in Media

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  Amar Khade  The offensive Havells Fan television commerical has been removed from Youtube and the company’s Facebook page, and also apparently from television, thanks to the vociferous opposition expressed by Ambedkarites and others. Congratulations friends! But the structures of prejudice that gave birth to it need to be constantly critiqued, as this article does …

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What happened in University of Hyderabad yesterday

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  Amar Khade The Chronology of the events that took place at University of Hyderabad on 22-03-2016 Date: 22-03-2016 Time: 08.40 am Registrar’s Office, University of Hyderabad notifies “Prof.Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor, resumed the charge in the Forenoon of March 22, 2016” on the website of the University of Hyderabad. Time: 09.00 am The news of …

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Revisiting Mahad Satyagraha in 21st century India

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  Amar Khade The Ministry of Social Justice, Government of India, declared “20 March” as “Social Empowerment Day” to commemorate Mahad Satyagraha by Dr B R Ambedkar, in the press release of 20 March 2003. Brief History of Mahad Satyagraha The Mahad Satyagraha was launched by Dr B R Ambedkar under his organization Bahishkrit Hitakarini …