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Create Dalit Economy the way Dalit Sahitya was created: Chandra Bhan Prasad

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad and Pushpendra Johar in a discussion: this is a part of the series of interviews, talks, articles that SAVARI and Round Table India are trying to put together to gather the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the second part of the discussion; the first part is here.  Pushpendra: …

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The dignity of the underclass is the first casualty: Chandra Bhan Prasad

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad and Pushpendra Johar in a discussion: this is a part of the series of interviews, talks, articles that SAVARI and Round Table India are trying to put together to gather the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic.  Date: 17 April 2020 Pushpendra Johar: Welcome to the discussion. I would like to …

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How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?

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  Mahitosh Mandal Speak you too,speak as the last,say out your say. ~ Paul Celan, ‘Speak You Too’ I have not stated my question as ‘How DOES a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?’ Had I framed it this way, the answer would have been a factual one derived from real-life experiences. If we observe the …

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Why Madhusudan Refused to Play it Safe

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  Devesh Kapur, D Shyam Babu and Chandra Bhan Prasad Born to an indentured laborer father in a Dalit family where food mattered more than studies, Mannam Madhusudan Rao began as a construction worker. Today, he runs his own construction company that is completing a township worth Rs 250 crore. This is the story of …

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In capitalism, you can buy a Merc and hire a Brahmin driver

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  Arati R Jerath The launch of the first Dalit venture capital fund was a red-letter day for Dalit entrepreneurs. But can the rise of a handful of Dalit billionaires empower a historically oppressed and exploited community? Dalit intellectual and writer Chandra Bhan Prasad believes it can. Defending the market as a liberating force, he …

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‘Capitalism is changing caste much faster than any human being. Dalits should look at capitalism as a crusader against caste’

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  Shekhar Gupta interviews Milind Kamble and Chandra Bhan Prasad   Milind Kamble (left) and Chandra Bhan Prasad In this Walk the Talk with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Milind Kamble, founder of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), and Chandra Bhan Prasad, its mentor, say “the nation should know Dalits are …

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“I am not for Ashis Nandy’s arrest, I want to expose him”

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  Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes [Ravi Chandran, of the video news journal ‘Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes‘, interviewed Dr K. Satyanarayana, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) on Prof. Ashis Nandy‘s recent comments On Dalit Bahujans at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Here’s the second and final part of …

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To empower dalits, do away with India’s antiquated retail trading system

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  Chandra Bhan Prasad & Milind Kamble A couple of months ago, the UPA government cleared Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. It is a politically risky step. But for once, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showed both spine and spunk biting the bullet. Since then, both Left parties and the BJP have expressed serious reservations …

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NCERT book blanks out Ambedkar’s role as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee

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Chandra Bhan Prasad Are Dalits turning intolerant? Are they emotional and scornful to reason? These are some of the questions the mainstream media asked, following the controversy over publication of an Ambedkar cartoon in an NCERT book. In the process, a new stereotype on Dalits may have been created. The authors of the NCERT book, …