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The Indian state and illusory healthcare for the Bahujans

  Kuffir A few notes on the recent budget, and other events, to examine how they promote/subvert Babasaheb’s ideals of ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’. ~ One of Gaddar’s popular songs goes something like: India is a land of good fortune, There is no dearth of any (natural) wealth here, There are fields that yield golden …

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Covid-19 plus Ramayan: Adding insult to injury

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  Amarnath Sandipamu & Deepu Myneni  (Round Table India is doing a series to put together the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic) Anu Ramdas: It is well known that pandemics can and do facilitate totalitarian regimes to accelerate their ideologies when society is under the threat of the disease. We wanted to document the …

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Mythifying History: A Response to Anand Teltumbde’s Reductive Interpretation of Bhima Koregaon

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  Gaurav Somwanshi I’ll save the trouble of rhetoric and get straight to the points. Though I’m posting paras and countering them, I’ll keep in mind the context too which the author refers to in his article.  1. Anand Teltumbde: “But when Babasaheb Ambedkar painted the Battle of Bhima Koregaon as the battle of Mahar …

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Bahujans and Brahmins: Why their realities shall always collide, not converge

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  Kuffir My grandfather,The starvation deathWhich occurred during the drought when men were sold;My father,The migrant lifeWhich left home in search of work to pay off debt;I, in ragged shirt and shorts,The salute to the flag hoisted in school.*  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. It’s been over 25 years since …

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Bahubali: Celebrating the grandchildren of Nehru and Savarkar

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  Kuffir ~ Social and individual efficiency requires us to develop the capacity of an individual to the point of competency to choose and to make his own career. This principle is violated in the Caste System, in so far as it involves an attempt to appoint tasks to individuals in advance—selected not on the …

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Hindu nationalism and Muslim nationalism co-produce each other: Khalid Anis Ansari

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age series, Round Table India talks to Prof. Khalid Anis Ansari, Director, Dr. Ambedkar Centre for Exclusion Studies & Transformative Action (ACESTA), Glocal University, Uttar Pradesh. The interview focuses on the Pasmanda movement, on the issues of secularism/communalism and on the upper caste hegemony in …

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Interview with Dr Manisha Bangar on Current Issues & the Mulnivasi Bahujan movement

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  Round Table India In this episode of the Ambedkar Age series, Round Table India talks to Dr Manisha Bangar, Vice President, BAMCEF. In the interview, Dr Manisha Bangar talks about a wide spectrum of current issues, and the Mulnivasi Bahujan perspective on them. She explicates the conceptual underpinnings of the Mulnivasi Bahujan movement, traces …