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Land is worth dying for! Protect a Madiga family’s right to their land

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  Dr. B. Karthik Navayan Land is worth dying for! Brahmin-savarnas see land as property, but land is a livelihood for Dalit Bahujan Adivasis.  When Brahmin-savarna thugs defraud Dalits and Adivasis of their lands, they take away the livelihood of Dalits and Adivasis as a property in own their names on papers. Taking away the …


The six things Aakar Patel learnt in NGOs remind you of four things

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  Dr. B Karthik Navayan I have bigger things to say about Aakar Patel and Amnesty International India, but my dispute with them is sub judice before the court. Therefore, I am waiting for the court to decide. I will write about it after the court decision. Without mentioning the issue that is sub judice …


Caste & Communal Dimensions of Death Penalty – Tsunduru vs Chilakaluripeta

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  Dr. B Karthik Navayan (This article is the updated version of my speech delivered in the meeting organised by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Alternative Law Forum (ALF) in Bangalore on 28 July 2018) ‘Raktakshetram’, the place where nine of the Tsunduru martyrs were buried, right in the heart of the village …


Remove the Hate filled Instagram account ‘meme_yahi_banayenge’

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  Dr. B Karthik Navayan The Instagram account, meme yahi_banayenge is uploading hate filled memes insulting father of constitution of India, Dr B R Ambedkar, Ambedkarite communities and Muslim community.  Please sign the petition demanding the removal of the page here: According to The News Minute article, the Instagram page called Meme Yahi Banayenge, …


Unlawful construction of ash pond for power plant in Raigarh

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  Amnesty International India The construction of an ash pond for a thermal power plant in Nawapara Tenda village, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh without informing or consulting local Adivasi villagers violates their right to free, prior and informed consent, said Amnesty International India today. TRN Energy, a subsidiary of ACB (India) Power Limited, operates a 600 MW …


The human rights lies of Coal India Limited

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  Dr. B. Karthik Navayan In August, Coal India Limited – the world’s largest coal miner – published a ‘sustainability report’ for 2016-17, as part of its compliance with reporting guidelines set up by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent international organization. GRI’s stated aim is to help businesses understand and communicate their impact …


Dalit Human Rights Lawyer Faces Fabricated Charges, Threats

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  Amnesty International India 18 October 2017 Authorities in Haryana must drop fabricated charges against Rajat Kalsan, a Dalit lawyer and human rights defender, and ensure that he receives adequate protection against violence by dominant caste members, Amnesty International India said today. “Attacks on human rights defenders in India are becoming an everyday phenomenon,” said …


Rest in power, Bojja Tharakam Sir!

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  Karthik Navayan Bojja Tharakam (1939-2016). From Radical Students Union (RSU), Scheduled Castes Federation (SCF), Scheduled Castes Students’ Federation (SCSF), Ambedkar Yuvajana Sangham (AYS), Rythu Coolie Sangham (RCS – Farm Workers’ Union of which he was an advisor), Republican Party of India to Andhra Pradesh Dalita Mahasabha. From a student leader organising a month long …


Remembering Guda Anjanna – The signature song of Telangana’s Dalit Revolution

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  Karthik Navayan  The first time I heard about Guda Anjanna (1 November 1955 – 21 June 2016), through my classmate and Anjanna’s nephew (brother’s son) Guda Rajendar, in 1989, when I was studying in 8th class. Anjanna belongs to Lingapur village of Dandepally Mandal in Adilabad District. At the time, I was studying in the …