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The Supreme Indignity of being an Untouchable in India

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  Anshul Kumar “It is usual to hear all those who feel moved by the deplorable condition of the Untouchables unburden themselves by uttering the cry “We must do something for the Untouchables”. One seldom hears any of the persons interested in the problem saying ‘Let us do something to change the Touchable Hindu’. It …

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Who is Koonal Duggal, the “anti-university” activist from EFLU?

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  On 14th April 2016, on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Koonal Duggal, a Dalit PhD scholar in the Department of Cultural Studies, EFL University, and a guest faculty at the S N School of Fine Arts and Communication, UoH, for the first time learnt that he was no longer …

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Dalits and the Dogs: An Autobiographical Note

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  Mahitosh Mandal “‘What is it Kusum’, I said, ‘What are you thinking of?’  ‘Saar,’ she said, wiping her face, ‘the worst part was not the hunger or the thirst. It was to sit there helpless and listen to the policemen making their announcement, hearing them say that our lives, our existence, was worth less …

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The Killing Fields of Academia

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  N. Sukumar & Shailaja To those children whoIn coal mines, soot, and ash,Furnaces and masonry…….Bathe in the dust of sand, lime and cement,And carry the stinking leather from the bone mill;AndIn the modern social order—-In hotels, schools, hostelsAnd in the abode of the pseudo-religiousBecome a victim of abuse,And under the shadow ofPain, misery, vulnerability, …

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Four Deaths and five arrests– an elopement in Talao village

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An excerpt from ‘Courting Disaster: A Report on Inter-Caste Marriages, Society and State’, a People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) report published in August 2003. Talao in Jhajjar district of Haryana retains the appearance of a village despite being situated only three kilometers from the district headquarters. The village has a population of about 4000, with 600 …