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Kilvenmani Massacre 50th Remembrance Day, Fremont, CA

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  Ambedkar King Study Circle Mass violence and ideology of violence against the Dalits can be stopped only by mobilizing the progressive, democratic and secular forces, irrespective of caste identity, to challenge such violences. Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC) and San Jose Peace and Justice Center joined hands to screen the documentary ‘Ramiahvin Kudisai’ (The …

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Why is Our engagement a positive one

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Georgy Kuruvila Roy Oppression or freedom?  One should ask a very pertinent question to anyone who claims to be a representative of a movement or a theoretical discourse: do you believe in it because you base yourself on oppression or you base yourself on freedom? This question is pertinent because the answer can lead to …

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A Mass Movement for the Dalits? The VCK and party politics in TN

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  Hugo Gorringe & D. Karthikeyan, University of Edinburgh Speaking at a memorial to honour the memory of Dalits killed by casteist fanatics in Melavalavu last month, Thol. Thirumavalavan, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) called for ‘a mass movement’ to protect the rights and dignity of Dalits in the state. A catalogue …

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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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Dalit houses burnt & ransacked by Vanniyars

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  Joshua Isaac Dalits of Nadupatti colony have been facing atrocities committed by Vanniyars of Kariyampatti for some time. During October 2013, the Nadupatti colony Dalits left their houses and took shelter in a nearby hillock fearing attacks from Vanniyars following a temple festival dispute, where Dalit youth were attacked for wearing T-shirts with Ondiveeran’s …

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State’s Apathy towards Caste Based Violence

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  Jyotsna Siddharth The grisly incident that took place a couple of months ago in Jind, Haryana is a stark reminder of the State’s antipathy towards Dalits, which continue to downplay their concerns, many years after the Prevention of Atrocity Act came into being. It bring us back to the debate as to what sort …

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Living in a Barbaric Nation

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  Harish S. Wankhede We have adjectives like barbaric, heinous and violent in our regular usage. Are these modern civilized terms? No, these terms are related to the textual demonic medieval mythic orchestra that demonstrates the inhumane avatar of ‘non-humans/aliens’ who are blood thirsty and eat human flesh. A ‘barbaric’ ruler is one who is …