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In India, there is no film which is casteless: Pratik Parmar

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  Pratik Parmar An abridged version of this interview, conducted by Kanika Katyal through Whatsapp (my preferred medium, so the exchange would be documented in a written form), was first published in INDIANCULTURALFORUM.IN. It was about my participation in the First Indigenous Film Festival, Bhubaneswar. I was asked several questions but in the published piece …

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Caste isn’t a Dalit question, it’s a Brahmin question: Rahul Sonpimple

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age, Round Table India talks to Rahul Sonpimple, leader of BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association), an active political platform of Bahujan students. In the interview, Rahul shares his experiences & views on a variety of subjects–from his childhood in a Nagpur slum, his early …

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The Great Gamble: Dr Ambedkar on Parliamentary Democracy (With transcript of his 1953 BBC interview)

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  Prameya M Why did parliamentary democracy collapse so easily in Italy, Germany and Russia? Why did it not collapse so easily in England and the U.S.A? To my mind, there is only one answer. It is that there was a greater degree of economic and social democracy in the latter countries than existed in …

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How UPSC snatched 3 IAS seats from SC to reserve them for upper castes?

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  S Kumar Three IAS seats may look small in the total of 1099 finally selected candidates but let’s look at statistics to understand how big 3 IAS seats are. A total of about 11 Lac candidates applied for the UPSC Civil Services 2016 examination and finally, 1099 successful candidates were selected. Every applicant applying …

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Interview with Prof Vivek Kumar on the Bahujan Movement

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age series, Round Table India talks to Prof Vivek Kumar, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.  In the interview, Prof Vivek Kumar touches upon a vast range of subjects, including the contours of …

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Bojja Tharakam (1939-2016): ‘I think of myself as both an Ambedkarite and a Marxist’

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  We thank Prof K. Satyanarayana for sharing this note with Round Table India.  [Senior Advocate, Poet, Writer, Activist and Public intellectual Shri Bojja Tharakam (77) passed away last night (September 16th) around 10.45 pm in his flat in Ashok Nagar, Hyderabad. He has been under treatment for brain tumour for the last two years. …

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The cow as a tool of politics against Dalits

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  Gurinder Azad Dalits of Gujarat have set an example by replying in their own assertive way to the brutality done on four dalit youth who were carrying a dead cow. They have denounced their ‘traditional’ occupation as a revolt against the Brahminical system. A march has been organised from Ahmedabad to Una where the …

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FYUP will create a new caste system: Dr. N. Sukumar

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  Neel Kranti Media Gurinder Azad of Neel Kranti Media, interviews Dr N Sukumar, Prof, Delhi University on the ongoing protests against the new FYUP system in Delhi University. Teachers and students from Delhi University and elsewhere have been analyzing the implications of the FYUP on SC, ST and OBC students and have come together …

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“I am not for Ashis Nandy’s arrest, I want to expose him”

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  Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes [Ravi Chandran, of the video news journal ‘Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes‘, interviewed Dr K. Satyanarayana, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) on Prof. Ashis Nandy‘s recent comments On Dalit Bahujans at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Here’s the second and final part of …