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Institutional murder of Dalit engineering student Ajith Kumar

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  Note compiled by Joshua Isaac Ajith Kumar, age 21, was studying in second year of B.E Civil Engineering in St. Joseph College of Engineering, Pennalur village, Kanchipuram district. He was the youngest son of Gnanamani, age 56, a daily wage laborer from Allur village, Sethiyathopu post, Cuddalore district. Ajith was staying at the St. …


Happy or Hapless: Dalit students with Dalit professors

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  B. Prabakaran Rohith Vemula’s ‘social death’ has had a disastrous impact on students, scholars, professors and the Dalits in general across Tamil Nadu. It has opened doors for having debates to understand the plight of Dalit students who study Masters and Ph.D, at the higher educational institutions of India. My friend and research scholar, …


Another Dalit Student Killed by the Casteist UoH Administration

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  United Dalit Students’ Forum (UDSF) Jawaharlal Nehru University UDSF strongly condemns the caste-based harassment and torture by the University of Hyderabad (UoH) faculty and administration which led to the death of a Dalit student in the university. This is the third killing of a Dalit student by the administration and faculty in the university. …


Life was beautiful, but…


  A Dalit Student Ends his Life in University of Hyderabad Campus Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen (Shuja) Date: 24/11/2013 ‘Suicides on the campus are a failure of the system and steps that have been suggested in order to address the serious issues of the student community need our immediate attention’ ~ Registrar, University of Hyderabad. Mr. …


No More Student Suicides, No More Caste Discrimination, No More Dropouts

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  Forum Against Caste Discrimination in Education Acknowledging the widespread caste discrimination prevalent across the Indian campuses and in solidarity with the ongoing protest by Dalit, Adivasi and Backward caste students of the School of Germanic Studies, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, more than 200 students, teachers and professionals from across the country …


‘Feminist movements were sympathetic, but never took up caste related issues’

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  – An interview with Du Saraswathi (First published in the Dalit students’ magazine ‘Insight Young Voices’ in 2005 as “Coalition is the philosophy and need of the hour”) Du Saraswathi is a Bangalore-based writer, poet, artist and an activist. Since her student days, she has been involved with women’s groups, the DSS, peace movements and …