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The Dalit Diaspora in the US and the Struggle against Caste Discrimination: A Report

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  Harish S. Wankhede The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) has organized the “Global March against Caste Discrimination” in Washington DC on the 21st June 2014. In solidarity with the march, many community organizations, American Dalits and anti-caste social activists took independent initiatives and joined the march in New York, San Francisco and Los …

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Caste Atrocities and the Quest for Justice

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  Harish S. Wankhede In any normal political chat, the general upper caste tendency is to accuse the Dalits of politicizing the lower caste identity against the nationalist concerns of citizenship and secularism. This is an easy option to hide the actual domination of brahmanical culture over the public institutions. The social psyche of ‘governamentality’ …

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Living in a Barbaric Nation

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  Harish S. Wankhede We have adjectives like barbaric, heinous and violent in our regular usage. Are these modern civilized terms? No, these terms are related to the textual demonic medieval mythic orchestra that demonstrates the inhumane avatar of ‘non-humans/aliens’ who are blood thirsty and eat human flesh. A ‘barbaric’ ruler is one who is …

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The Emergence of Right-wing Caste Politics in Tamil Nadu

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  Harish S. Wankhede  Ilavarasan and Divya eloped and got married. Divya’s father killed himself a little while later because his daughter had married a Dalit youth. A few days ago Ilavarasan’s body was found next to the railway tracks near Dharmapuri. It is, as yet, unclear if his death was a murder, accident or …

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Greatest Indian Debate: Gandhi versus Ambedkar

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Harish S. Wankhede Greatness is a loaded and complex term, especially in a country like ours, it has sheer subjective meaning. Recently a heated debate has gripped the social networking sites over the CNN-IBN and History Channel initiated hunt for ‘the Greatest Indian after Gandhi’. Some of the Dalit groups are agitated over the fact …