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Toilet woman of India: The woman Narendra Modi is scared of

Aniket Kumar & Sabha Beaten, sexually assaulted and yet kept struggling: the story of Pragya Akhilesh, also called the ‘Toilet woman of India’ and ‘Omvedt of Bihar.’ On the streets of Araria and Begusarai, she scares not only the SBM officials with her record breaking data on toilets showcasing 1.3 lakh dry toilets in only …

Events and Activism

Documentary on Gail Omvedt-Bharat Patankar: An Appeal for Crowdfunding

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  Somnath Waghamare I am Somnath Waghamare, a documentary filmmaker and a research scholar at the School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Before this, I have worked at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. I am associated with the anti-caste, progressive and social movement in Maharashtra. I am interested …

Educate, Agitate, Organize

Critical Analysis of Indian Historians’ Writings on Buddhism – Part 2

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  Ratnesh Katulkar Continued from here. It was during the Mauryan period, particularly at the time of Asoka, that India reached its zenith. There was an advanced stage of development in the field of architecture (which is visible in the remains of the Asokan inscriptions), science and technology, literature, administration and above all the emergence …

Thought

Diwali and Bali Pratipada

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  Gail Omvedt Diwali, or the “Festival of Lights,” comes in the period after the harvest, as days begin to get shorter. The first day is for honoring cows and buffalos. The second day, in Brahmanic culture, commemorates the killing of Mahisasura: this symbolizes the struggle between “devas” and “asuras.” In the legends, both are …

Thought

Ambedkar Needs No Introduction

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  Gail Omvedt Gail OmvedtBook: The Annihilation of CasteAuthor: BR AmbedkarPublisher: NavayanaPages: 415 pagesPrice: Rs 525 The annotated edition of Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is prefaced by an article by Arundhati Roy entitled ‘The Doctor and the Saint,’ which takes up one aspect of Ambedkar’s theoretical and philosophical work. Roy’s essay is listed as an …

Thought

Caste And Hinduism

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Gail Omvedt (Written in November 2003) M V Nadkarni’s recent article “Is Caste System Intrinsic to Hinduism?: Demolishing a Myth”, (EPW, November 8, 2003) comes as a follow-up to his earlier article “Ethics and Relevance of Conversions: A Critical Assessment of Religious and Social Dimensions in a Gandhian Perspective” (Januay 18). Both articles show the fundamental stamp of Hindutva ideology, …

Thought

Ambedkar and the Left

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Gail Omvedt (From her blog ‘seeking begumpura‘) An article by Anand Telbumbde, “Not Red versus Blue” has been recently arousing controversy. Dalits have attacked it. In attempting to “mediate” between Ambedkarites and Leftists, Teltumbe according to many has fallen into the trap of turning Ambedkar into a semi-Marxist. In fact, Teltumbe does distort Ambedkar in …