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Did caste kill ‘Elvis of Punjab’ – Amar Singh Chamkila?

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  Pardeep Attri While growing up in Punjab, I was reminded by many not to listen to ‘Chamkila’. I could never understand the reasons behind those advices at that time and never cared to ask anyone as I was not a song loving person. Hence, those advices didn’t matter to me. After moving to England …

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Police lathi-charge protesting Dalits, bury Sankar’s body by force

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  Note compiled by Joshua Isaac Azad On 13.3.16, Sankar was murdered by a caste Hindu group for his inter caste marriage. His wife was seriously injured and now in stable condition in hospital. Sankar’s body was brought yesterday (14.3.16) to his native Komaralingam, Udumalaipettai from Coimbatore after post mortem. Dalits refused to bury his …

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We have cleansed our eyes and tongues: On diasporic denials and revisionism

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  Sinthujan Varatharajah He sat down in the crammed living room of a flat in a low-income suburb in Toronto, Canada. Every weekend he would travel to the other end of the city to enter the 12th floor of a high rise complex in the immigrant area. He would arrive at 11 AM and sit …

Atrocities

Another ‘Dharmapuri’ in Theni district: Dalit colony attacked for inter-caste marriage

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  தமிழ்வாணன், VCK – Theni District Secretary April 9th. Melmangalam village, near Periyakulam, Theni district. A Dalit youth Suresh (30) eloped with a caste hindu girl Muthulatchumi (25) on 30th March, 2014. Fearing for their life, it is said they fled to Kerala. No complaint was pressed by the girl’s family, instead the caste hindu …

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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 …

Atrocities

Dharmapuri atrocity – preliminary report

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Preliminary Report by  Evidence, God’s Mercy Illam, 9B, P.T. Rajan Road, (Near Singarayar Colony), Madurai – 625 002. Tamil Nadu.On 14.11.2012 ~ Initiate action who indulged in torching Dalit homesIncidents of attack on Dalit residential areas rising in Tamil Nadu4 villages, 60 Dalit homes were torched and 120 houses got damaged ~ Natham colony is within …

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Dharmapuri Burning: Letter to National Television Channels

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  Please send the letter posted below to all the National Television Channels mentioned (by inserting your name in the place of the sender) and share and circulate it widely. [Via P. Dayanandan] ~~ To: Times of India, vivek.narayan@timesgroup.com; info@timesnow.tv; CNN-IBN, editor@ibnlive.com; Headlines Today, info@aajtak.com; NDTV, feedback@ndtv.com; CC to: Justice Markandey Katju; justicekatju@gmail.com Dear Sirs, We are writing to you …