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Coronavirus may leave soon, but when will the caste virus leave?

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Keerthi Nathan During the first week of April, there was a news report about a man who was reportedly killed for allegedly marrying outside his caste. The incident was reported to have taken place in a village in Tiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu. This alleged honor killing was carried out when the state was amidst …

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Caste System and Mechanization of Human Feelings

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Hemangi Kadlak Caste is not only the mechanism that runs Indian society, but it also turns human feelings mechanical. We have been becoming less human and more machines as we watch, hear about atrocities on other human beings but there is no alert system to prevent or punish the culprits. Rapes are seen as daily …

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They Ask Me, “Do You Face Caste Discrimination?”

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Shivani Waldekar Before starting to write my words I want to give one disclaimer here that whatever I am writing comes from my personal lived experience, so if anyone is hurt because of that, I apologise. If you are unable to digest the facts and thoughts I hereby state, please feel free to build your …

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UoH SC/ST Faculty Forum’s Reply to VC’s Response to their Resignations

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  UoH SC/ST Faculty Forum Press Release from the SC/ST Faculty Forum in Reply to VC’s Response to Resignations from SC/ST faculty We reiterate our collective decision to resign from administrative positions for the following reasons:  The Forum represents the collective will of the community. Its decision is not reducible to individual members of the …

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Question Collectors and SPs about Atrocities

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  Vaibhav Chhaya The recent rise in the atrocity cases has been most disturbing, and alarming. Casteism is crossing all its earlier limits, and is now a malignant tumour. To counter this, we must strengthen the atrocity law. And to strengthen the atrocity law must be one of our most urgent priorities. We have little …

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Panthers, fear and guns: About the long march from Pune to Kharda

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  Pramod Mandade One and half months ago I read in the news about Nitin Aage, the 17 year old Dalit boy who was brutally murdered in Kharda village in Ahmednagar. It made me feel helpless and I wanted to protest it. Nothing was really happening, I heard from a friend about a Long March that was …

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Caste justice and Dalit resistance: Retracing Sanjay Khobragade’s struggle

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  Nilesh Kumar There has been a steep rise in the number of atrocity cases in Maharashtra. Khairlanji in 2006, Kharda on 28th April 2014 in Ahmednagar district where a Dalit boy Nitin Aage (17) was killed by dominant castes, Manoj Kasab a Sarpanch from Matang (third largest in population among the Scheduled Castes in …

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Tsunduru says: ‘You just fight back’

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  Unnamati Syama Sundar [This graphic narrative on the Tsunduru massacre follows Syama Sundar’s earlier brilliant work on Karamchedu. Chunduru remains one of the biggest, and most vicious organized attacks on Dalits in independent India’s history. There are varied accounts of how many people were actually killed in the attack, and after the attack (due …

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First Day at the ‘National Tribunal – Violence Against Dalit Women in India’

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The National Tribunal – Violence against Dalit Women in India (on 30th September and 1st October, 2013, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi) was conceived in the hope that it would be ‘one small step in the long and arduous journey of Dalit women for reclaiming their rights‘. Asha Kowtal very succinctly expressed the …