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50 Years of Bangladeshi Independence and the Unresolved Question of the Lower Castes

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Mayur Kudupale Bangladesh is celebrating 50 years of independence from Pakistan. It has been a remarkable journey for this country that has set an ideal example in the Indian subcontinent. The independence of Bangladesh and post-independence development is directly associated with the India-Pakistan tussles. Soon after independence, Henry Kissinger had famously called Bangladesh a ‘Basket …

Events and Activism

White Strings

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Dr. R. Praveen Who are you? Where are you from? Which is your native place? What’s your religion? What’s your caste? While these questions loom around… Evoking prejudices that are kindled, depending on the answers.. Biological blobs held in framework of bones… Unicellular, aeons ago. Stand aside and look at anyone, They are no special… …

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The Long Exit: Conferences of the Depressed Classes During the 1930s

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  Gerard Baared [The long exit from Hinduism/Brahmanism for the ‘untouchables’ is naturally an ongoing movement, given the scale of the task, the multiple levels of responsibilities to understand, process and communicate people’s aspirations regarding their rights, and the complex logistic factors to be dealt with. The term exit predicates an imagined or real inclusion, …

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Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas

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  United Dalit Students’ Forum JNU (UDSF-JNU)  Remembering Babasaheb on his 61st Mahaparinivan Diwas 14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956 On this Mahaparinirvan day when we remember Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, we must not forget the dreams of an egalitarian society which Babasaheb envisioned. In the present day Indian society we witness crimes which vehemently …

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Caught in a Traffic jam: Liberation in Malayalam cinema

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  Rupesh Kumar The Malayalam movie ‘Traffic’ has the actor Sreenivasan essaying complex roles; narrator, convict and the hero. I find it significant to analyze his role transformations and examine the explicit and implicit messages being conveyed in the movie as a reflection of Malayali society.  The Narrator         Why was Sreenivasan chosen to be the ‘philosophical’ …