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On Political Reservations for the Scheduled Castes: Reserved but Unequal?

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Hugo Gorringe & Suryakant Waghmore In a recent interview with The Hindu1, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar suggested the abolition of political reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) “as the people have started voting for Dalit candidates in elections without any bias”‘ (The Hindu, 9 Oct 2014). In this, and other aspects of the …

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A Mass Movement for the Dalits? The VCK and party politics in TN

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  Hugo Gorringe & D. Karthikeyan, University of Edinburgh Speaking at a memorial to honour the memory of Dalits killed by casteist fanatics in Melavalavu last month, Thol. Thirumavalavan, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) called for ‘a mass movement’ to protect the rights and dignity of Dalits in the state. A catalogue …

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Interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK (Part 3)

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  This is the third and final part of the interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK – Chennai, 26th September 2012 (Please read the second part here and the first part here) [This interview was first published in Vol 2, No 1 (2013) issue of ‘The South Asianist’] Hugo Gorringe: Where was …

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Interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK (Part 2)

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  This is the second part of the interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK – Chennai, 26th September 2012 (Please read the first part here) [This interview was first published in Vol 2, No 1 (2013) issue of ‘The South Asianist‘] Hugo Gorringe: Just a quick question. Is it right that parties …

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Interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK

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  Interview with Gowthama Sannah, Propaganda Secretary of the VCK – Chennai, 26th September 2012 [This is the first part of the interview first published in Vol 2, No 1 (2013) issue of ‘The South Asianist’] Hugo Gorringe The compromised and ‘failing’ position of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Republican Party of India, led one …