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‘Lal Salaam aur Nila Salaam’: A call for new pathways to social movement

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  Suhas Bhasme Comrade Kanhaiya’s last words in the speech given at JNU before he was arrested under the sedition act were ‘Lal Salaam aur Nila Salaam’. The slogan denotes a significant ideological shift that the country has been witnessing in the last few years and in particular, the last few months, after the incident …

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Death every night: Travails of an Ambedkarite in the Corporate Sector

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  The Guilty Warrior To begin with, I work in the so-called “Corporate” sector in India. I was brought up in a small town, in a Mahar stronghold in Maharashtra and grew up under the strong influence of the philosophies of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. I was fortunate in academics to do well, mostly with the …

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Bhagana’s Dalits: From struggle for justice to conversion to Islam

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  Bhanwar Meghwanshi For nearly four months they were subjected to social boycott, economic blockade and mental torture. They were not allowed to fill water from public taps, they couldn’t use the common space for defecation in the village, the only non-Dalit doctor had stopped their treatment, and they could not use the village land …

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Politicising the personal: Who am I, Who are ‘we’ as people?

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Sinthujan Varatharajah Few diasporans will today come to talk about how caste practices in regards to marriage respond to larger political dynamics and power relations. Endogamy, as the most common marriage practice amongst Hindus, necessarily leads to social exclusion and discrimination. Marriage is traditionally assumed to be the foundation of a political institution, the family. …

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Voices of dissent in atrocities-ridden Beed

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Yogesh Maitreya In April 2014, Beed district in Maharashtra seemed to plunge into political campaigning for the forthcoming national elections. The strong waves of politics are apparent everywhere – on its roads, flags of political parties, posters, flex hoardings with peculiar faces printed on them caught the eye. And, in the local newspapers, busy with …

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Chithralekha’s dharna draws wide support

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  April 24, 2014 Today Chithralekha, the Dalit woman autodriver, who has been fighting the CPM/CITU in Kannur from 2005, entered the fifth day of her dharna, in front of the Kannur collectorate. Her sit-in dharna in front of the collectorate was able to draw the attention of various Dalit, Muslim and Human Rights Organizations …