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Dalit studies: Human Dignity, Equality and Democracy

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  Call for Proposals The rise of Dalit studies has provided the necessary platform for a new set of scholarly enquiries in the social sciences and humanities. The Dalit Studies International conference (2008) was an attempt to bring together academics and intellectuals for a productive conversation on new research agendas. This initiative resulted in the …

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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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If Dalits do not support Arundhati Roy, they are all pro-hindutva?

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  K. Satyanarayana [This is a comment on the recent article by Dr. N. Sukumar (Dalit Revolution and Hindutva Counter Revolution in Indian Politics) on Round Table India which questioned the new discourse in the opinion columns of mainstream media on how the Dalit movement has supposedly taken a ‘rightward’ shift. Thanks Dr Satyanarayana for keeping the …

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‘No Alphabet in Sight’: Understanding Caste Formulations After 1990s

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  Understanding caste formulations after 1990s: Review of ‘No Alphabet in Sight: New Dalit Writing from South India’ (This review is a part of the theory course taught by Dr Bhangya Bhukya, Department of Social Exclusion Studies, English and Foreign Languages University) Karthik Navayan Caste is interpreted in different schools of thought in different ways; …

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Countering Academic Questions through Policing in EFLU

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  Thahir Jamal KM On 29th of April, the whole non-teaching staff along with some students started agitations in front of the administrative block demanding compensation for the deceased contract employee, who fell down from the fourth floor of the academic block of EFLU. All of a sudden, around 200 armed policemen rushed into the …

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Death of a Student: Personal Tragedy or National Shame?

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  Asma Rasheed, K. Satyanarayana and Uma Bhrugubanda The suicide of Mudasir Kamran, a Kashmiri research scholar at the EFL University, Hyderabad has been described as “a personal issue” both by the university administration as well as other sections of society. Far from being so, we argue, his death is a symptom of a failure …

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The question of casteism still remains

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  K. Satyanarayana The controversy around Ashis Nandy’s casual remarks at the Jaipur Literature Festival did not address a number of important questions of public concern. The frenzied ‘Save Nandy’ campaign that followed has actually foreclosed any productive discussion. His supporters have been trying to explain and contextualise Professor Nandy’s flippant remarks through references to …