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The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: For Whom and By Whom?

Ankush Pal On October 2, 2014, the Government of India launched the nationwide campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or the Clean India Mission. The declaration of this campaign was much appreciated, and to this day, we see everyone, from celebrities to university students, picking up a broom for cleanliness drives. One of the primary aims was …


End Political Reservation

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Dr Jas Simran Kehal It is said that if we can learn from our mistakes and not let them rob us of our boldness or hope, then we can grow. It was perhaps this boldness which emboldened Dr B R Ambedkar to vigorously pursue the cause of real political representation of the depressed classes after …


Charisma without Organizational Leadership is Abortive for Dalit Politics

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Rahul Sonpimple Charisma is elusive yet the most common term to define leadership. Charismatic leadership is usually perceived as essential and assenting, specifically in politics. However, the history of charismatic leadership may not allow one to continue with such romanticism. Nazism led by Hitler and Italian Fascism led by Mussolini are the two most discussed …


Metonymical Representation of Dalit in Ray’s Sadgati

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Chandrakant Kamble Famous Hindi writer Munshi Premchand’s (1881-1936) story Sadgati  (‘deliverance’ in the religious sense of the term) was picturized by legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) in a 1981 movie with the same name. India is celebrating Ray’s 100th birth anniversary in 2021. In academia and curriculum, Ray’s many films are considered masterpieces and …


The Brahmin Is Back!

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  S. M. Dhabarde Once upon a time there was a Brahmin journalist. Let us call him Happy Sage. Happy Sage was extremely happy with his own life. Why wouldn’t he be –he was born with knowledge! As a journalist, Happy was extremely pained and distressed to see the ‘degraded’ status of his caste fellows …