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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 …

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‘Nirbhaya’, New Delhi and Priyanka, Khairlanji

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  Priyadarshi Telang It is debatable whether capital punishment will curb rapes in Delhi. Nonetheless, it’s good that the Delhi high court has convicted all four accused and given capital punishment. I am not trying to compare the Delhi gang-rape and the Khairlanji cases, both were heinous. I am trying to reflect on the responses …

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The Ashis Nandy Controversy: Inside the Mind of One ‘Intolerant’ Dalit

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  Anoop Kumar Vaibhav Diwakar Ghadge, a post-graduate from TISS (Mumbai), got married on 20th January, 2013. Two days later, he left his village Kulakajai in Maharashtra’s Satara district, along with his wife, to visit a nearby temple. On the way, the couple got waylaid and was brutally assaulted, robbed, molested and then thrown down …

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Delhi Gang Rape Case: Some Uncomfortable Questions

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  Anand Teltumbde The brutal attack and gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in Delhi on 16 December 2012 provoked countrywide angry reactions and foregrounded the issue of increasing incidents of sexual assaults on women in general and rapes in particular. It compelled the otherwise apathetic administration to take several exceptional measures such as …

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Wherever Dalits assert themselves, there is a massacre!

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  Ravi Chandran All the atrocities committed on Dalits are a result of Dalit assertion. This was also exposed on the intellectual level recently, when some Dalits theorized on the Ambedkar cartoon and the non-Dalit intellectuals joined hands for an all out war against them; in this too they found a few amenable Dalit intellectuals …

Thought

Khairlanji Dalit Massacres: Justice for the Victims Aborted

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  A K Biswas (First published in ‘Mainstream Weekly’ in September 2010) Part I “If someone takes someone’s life (deliberately and not accidentally) then he forfeits the right to his life”. ~ John Stuart Mill The judgment delivered by a Division Bench in quadruple murders of members of the Bhotmange family, village Khairlanji, district Bhandara …