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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 …

Policy

Why are we afraid of the caste census?

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  Bhanwar Meghwanshi The entire debate is centred on removing the caste column in the census questionnaire while the real problem is caste itself. Why is no one talking about annihilating caste? Caste census:Crucial for identification of weakers sections of society. Photo: AP In rural India, even today, the first words uttered by way of …

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Selective Violence & Selective Justice

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  P. Manikanta “Virtue has become caste-ridden and morality has become, caste- bound.” ~ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar The Patna high court verdict on the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre has once again made the Bahujans think about the Brahminical state which is actively preventing India from achieving the state of democracy that had prevailed in Buddhist …

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From Khairlanji to Haryana: Do Dalits have human rights?

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  Karthik Navayan (This is a slightly revised version of an article written in 2006) The publicity that was given to the incidents of burning of five railway bogies and vandalizing of a hundred bus windows was not extended to the massacre of four members of a single family. The upper caste media widely, and …

Atrocities

What happened on the evening of 15 October 2002?

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(An excerpt from ‘Dalit Lynching at Dulina: Cow – Protection, Caste and Communalism’, a report on the lynching of Dalits in Jhajjar, Haryana, published by People’s Union for Democratic Rights in February 2003) The accounts of the incident narrated by the family and the police varied from each other on significant points. According to the families …

Atrocities

Lynching of Dalits at Jhajjar, Haryana- 1

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(Published in January 2003 in the PUCL Bulletin) A Report by Academics On hearing the reports of lynching of five dalits by a frenzied mob at police chowkie of Duleena near Jhajjar on Dussehra day, a group of University teachers, writers from Janvadi Lekhak Sangh and social activists visited Badshahpur on 20th November to meet …

Atrocities

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 …