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Social Media and Bahujans: Some Concerns and Reflections

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  Aditi Priya If we do not struggleIf we do not persist in our struggleThe enemy would finish us with his bayonetsAnd pointing to our bones he would tell the rest of the worldLook, these are bones of slaves!Look, these are bones of slaves!!— A Hindi Couplet My dear Ambedkarites, From dawn to dusk, in …

Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Dnyanajyoti Savitribai Phule – I

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  Prof. Hari Narke (This is the first part of his essay ‘Dnyanajyoti Savitribai Phule’, published in the NCERT booklet on the ‘Savitribai Phule First Memorial Lecture’ in 2008)   “More than Jotirao, his wife deserves praise. No matter how much we praise her, it would not be enough. How can one describe her stature? She cooperated …

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A Life Lived Well, and Lessons Thereof

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Braj Ranjan Mani Jotirao Phule, and his wife Savitribai, declared war on brahmanic-casteist culture and religion. This Maharashtrian couple presented the first major anti-caste ideology and led a mass activism against the ascriptive norms and values. Their distinct brand of socio-cultural radicalism was based on uniting all the oppressed, whom they would call stree-shudra-atishudra. (Literally, …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 11)

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APPENDIX A So-Called True Maratha Just while I was taking up some other work after finishing the second part of Asud, a gentleman with a wide Brahman turban, seating himself upon a bolster in front of me, started intensely inspecting everything around him. I was wondering whether to call this gentleman a Marwari, but he didn’t have three …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 9)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Well. These days the farmers have to subsist on a bit of leftover bhakri with some red chutney for breakfast; at noon fresh bhakris with some cooked balls of lentils or weak sauce of spiced lentils; at night some jawar or corn granules soaked in clear dal juice; in between, occasionally …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 4)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 2 Since the white government bureaucrats are mostly in a stupor due to their life of luxury, they have no way of getting any information about the true condition of the farmers, and their overall carelessness allows Brahman employees to dominate all the government departments. Between the two, the farmers …

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Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 2)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 1 Due to the dominance of the selfish Bhat-Brahmans in all government departments, they have been able to so deceive the ignorant farmers with the sham of their self-interested religion that they have no resources left to send their tiny children to school, and even those who …