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Rant against the ranters (aka Why I no longer talk to ‘upper castes’ about caste?)

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Vivek Singh It boils my blood when you sneerMake faces and whisper ‘reservation’. What exactly is your frustration, your critique, what is the devastationThat it brings in your life that you hate it so? Or is it the idea of me sitting next to youThat makes you say no? What is it that your frail …

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In Memory of Sant Ramanand Ji

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Ram Dayal Ahirwar Political and social theorists are in support of subaltern theoretical development in India as an emancipatory project for the socially, religiously, gender-wise, and regionally marginal. But within the strand of Dalit politics, there are lots of contestations, there are independents, groups of activists and public intellectuals who have problematic dispositions towards words …

Features

Assam Assembly Elections: The Hills Do Not Speak

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Rakhee Naiding “Lama hemhishining jaya, lama slamma bo nangdu”(It is not enough we tread the path, we have to create them too)- A Dimasa saying Recently the Assam Assembly elections concluded, and the results were evidently a shock to many, especially after the anti CAA upheaval. All the same, people seem to have quickly accepted …

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Unfinished legacy of Dr Ambedkar and the Plight of the Oppressed in South Asia

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Hemangi Kadlak [A Speech on the Occasion of 130th Birth Anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.] Jai Bhim, First of all, I would like to thank the Ambedkar Society for South Asia for inviting me as a speaker for this webinar to celebrate the 130th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar. Today’s webinar topic is the ‘Unfinished …

Thought

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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Palasa 1978 – A story of Revolt-Reform-Revenge, and beyond that

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Sudhanshu Singh Palasa 1978 is an excellent and rare example of Bahujan culture and agony depicted in mainstream cinema. There have been movies before that have depicted lives of the working class but none depicts their lives as well as culture with explicit truthfulness and a message that is like a ‘fusillade of pistol shots’. …

Features

A question from Kashmir: What is freedom and how does one attain it?

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  Ifrah Mushtaque Khan As I narrate this article to my brother over a phone who lives outside Kashmir where internet is luxuriously available, the very implications of the problem are apparent. I can’t email the article directly to Round Table India, because the internet is down. A couple of months ago, even this phone …

Features

Kabali: A Story of the History of Caste Globalisation and Caste Struggle

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  Vidyanand Thombare Rajinikanth’s recent film Kabali has received a great response. Certainly brand Rajani can’t be factored out for this grand reception like most of his erstwhile releases. Does Kabali’s success attribute only to Thalaiva or are there other things too which had connections with this success? Of course Rajinikanth himself carries a Hugovion …