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Dalit Militancy and the Brahmanic Centre

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  Vaibhav Wasnik Some years ago, my uncle in Bhayander and some of his Ambedkarite friends decided to open a small office so that meetings of like-minded Ambedkarites etc., could take place. Just the next day the Congress party representative came to make enquiries. This too, without any advertising of any kind about this endeavour. …

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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Khairlanji massacre protests 2006: Remembering the outrage of Ambedkarite youth

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  Pranali Garud Caste is a disease that affects people of India in different ways. It treats its victims differently from its beneficiaries, but the preamble of the constitution of India endorses an undifferentiated fraternity. Though we are all Indians, caste does not allow us to live with the single identity of being Indian. You …

Assertion

Remembering Khairlanji: Trail of Dalit atrocities in Maharashtra

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  Daisy Katta When the Dalits in Maharashtra were still reeling from the Ramabai Nagar Massacre of 1997, in 2006, Maharashtra was jolted with news of another massacre, this time it was in Bhandara district. In Khairlanji village of Bhandara district four members of the Bhotmange family were lynched by a caste Hindu mob. 29th …

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Dalits and mainstream media in Maharashtra

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  Sunil Dudhe The elections are over and we have a reactionary, nationalist and totalitarian believer as our ruler. And soon after the elections we had an outburst of caste atrocities all over the country. And particularly in Maharashtra, which has a tradition of reporting bias in events of caste atrocities, such incidents have been …

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Long March Against Dalit Atrocities in Maharashtra

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  Sunil Dudhe This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the book ‘Annihilation of Caste’ by Dr. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar fought with perseverance till his death against the caste system in Indian society. For this cause he incorporated the ideals of democracy, freedom, equality and brotherhood as fundamental principles in the constitution. …

Thought

Of Caste Massacres and Judicial Impunity: Bloodstains in Bathani Tola and Laxmanpur Bathe…

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  Anand Teltumbde (Text of the Third Comrade Naveen Babu Memorial Lecture, delivered by Anand Teltumbde)  At the outset let me thank DSU for giving me this opportunity to pay my homage to comrade Yalavarthi Naveen Babu, who was martyred at the young age of 35 in Andhra Pradesh. I personally knew Naveen as a …

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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 …