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From ‘Black Nationalism’ to ‘Bahujan Nationalism’

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  Satvender Madara In the last two centuries, in many parts of India, struggles started against the thousands of year old Brahmanical Caste System. In Eastern India, it was led by Harichand and Guruchand Thakur, by Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar in Western India, in the North by Babu Mangu Ram, Swami Achutanand and in the South by Narayana …


Why did Saheb Kanshi Ram’s movement fail after him?

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  Satvendar Madara On 9th October 2006, when the sad news of Saheb Kanshi Ram’s death reached his well-wishers throughout India and abroad, several questions rose in their minds. The glorious heights he took the caravan of Babasaheb Ambedkar–what will be its future? As, after the demise of Babasaheb on 6th December 1956, his movement …


Reception Histories of Bahujan Narrative Identity: The Many Forms of Non-Brahmanism

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  Saket Moon Introduction The trope of the unity of the Non-upper caste, Non-Brahman as the vanguard of the socio-political revolution has one that has, at least since Phule, been an important part of the Maharashtrian discourse. So much so that on the eve of the formation of Maharashtra as a state of independent India, …

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‘It’s no alliance’

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  Zafar Agha Uttar Pradesh is the cradle of Brahminism: Kanshi Ram BSP supremo Kanshi Ram spoke to Special Correspondent Zafar Agha from his Escorts Heart Institute bed in Delhi. Excerpts: Q. When did your relations with Mulayam Singh Yadav reach a turning point?A. The panchayat elections were the turning point. There was rigging, booth-capturing, …


January 3rd – National Teachers’ Day

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  Bahujan Students’ Front   Go, Get Education Be self-reliant, be industrious Work, gather wisdom and riches, All gets lost without knowledge We become animal without wisdom, Sit idle no more, go, get education End misery of the oppressed and forsaken, You’ve got a golden chance to learn So learn and break the chains of …

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A paradigm shift called Kanshi Ram


  Kancha Ilaiah [This article was first published in two parts, ‘A paradigm shift called Kanshi Ram’ and ‘Dalits and the horizontal ladder’, in 2003; we have combined the two parts into one single piece of writing. We, along with our readers, celebrate the memory of Manyawar Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary- Round Table …

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“We want permanent change” – An interview with Kanshiram


  (This interview with Manyawar Kanshi Ram Saheb was first published in The Illustrated Weekly Of India on March 8, 1987)  Question: Why are you so hostile to all the national parties, especially the communists? Kanshi Ram: To my mind, all parties represent the forces of status quo. For us, politics is the politics of …