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Did caste kill ‘Elvis of Punjab’ – Amar Singh Chamkila?

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  Pardeep Attri While growing up in Punjab, I was reminded by many not to listen to ‘Chamkila’. I could never understand the reasons behind those advices at that time and never cared to ask anyone as I was not a song loving person. Hence, those advices didn’t matter to me. After moving to England …

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Appropriating Guru Ravidas – Ignorance is bliss for Hindu Education Foundation, USA

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  Pardeep Attri In its recent demands of edits to the Instructional Quality Commission (which acts as an advisory body to the State Board of Education. California), the Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) sought that the Bhakti saints like [Guru] Ravidas and the Alvars be added to the list of examples. As per HEF, this was …

Atrocities

‘They couldn’t stand us!’: Fact Finding Report On Dalit Family set afire in Haryana village

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  They couldn’t stand us!1 Fact Finding Report On Dalit Family set afire in Village Sunpedh, Ballabgarh, District Faridabad, Haryana  Written by  NDMJ-NCDHR Fact Finding Team  Adv. Mangla Verma – HRLN  Ms.Tanvi, Programme Officer– HRLN  Mr. Rajesh Kumar – Haryana State Coordinator NDMJ – NCDHR  Adv. Balwant Singh – NDMJ-NCDHR  Ms. Abirami – National Programme Coordinator, NDMJ NCDHR …

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I want to motivate our students to join universities: Narinder Jakhu

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Neel Kranti Media (First published in the ‘Dalit and Adivasi Students’ Portal’ in 2010) Narinder Jakhu, age 31, is pursuing his PhD at Department of Political Science, Punjab University, Chandigarh and is also teaching there as a guest faculty. He is a JRF scholar working on the issue of Dalit Assertion, Mobility and Atrocities in …

Atrocities

Fact Finding Report: Gang Rape of Dalit Girl in Dabra, Haryana

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Fact Finding Report: Gang Rape of Dalit Girl by Dominant Caste Youth and Suicide of Girl’s Father (Dabra Village, Hisar, Haryana) That the Hindus most often succeed in pulling down Untouchables is largely due to many causes. The Hindu has the Police and the Magistracy on his side. In a quarrel between the Untouchables and …

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Questions of name

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Gail Omvedt “Dalit”, “Scheduled Caste”, “Ex-Untouchable” and “Harijan”. These are only some of the many words used to refer to the most oppressed sections of Indian society, “untouchable” in the traditional caste order, performers of the most degrading task, and still today caught in the throes of poverty, discrimination and the remnants of untouchability. “Dalit” …

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The Death of Merit: Failure of India’s Premier Educational Institutions

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Gurinder Singh Azad Is it embedded hatred within elite institutes and their students and faculty against reserved category students, or it is merely coincidence, that of the students committing suicide in the premier institutes of this nation, the number belonging to the reserved category students is much higher? Once again, it is AIIMS that finds …