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Dalit Capitalism: Is it the Way to Emancipation?

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  Vishal Thakare The recently concluded national conference of SC/ST entrepreneurs on ‘Dr. Ambedkar’s Thoughts and Ideas on Industrialization and Entrepreneurship’ poses many questions. The message given in the conference raises many concerns for dalits as to whether they should embrace its version of ‘Dalit capitalism’, what DICCI calls ‘Be Job Givers’, or continue their …

Gender

Pushpa Balmiki: I decided to fight

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– An interview with Pushpa Balmiki [This interview was first published as “My restlessness grew and started taking form quite early” in the March-April 2005 issue of Insight magazine. R. B. Rawat conducted the interview] Pushpa Balmiki is the founder of Adharshila, an NGO working in the Tarai Region of UP. She has represented Dalit …

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Popular Culture and Ideology: The Phenomenon of Gaddar

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  P Kesava Kumar (First published in February 2010) The cultural sphere has its own advantage over politics in terms of pulling people into its fold. Through his songs and cultural performances, Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as “Gaddar”, the Telugu poet singer, maintains the historical continuity of people’s lives and their struggles. He brings politics into everyday life situations and …