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Will change in names of caste-based localities change their realities?

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Mayur Kudupale The Maharashtra government has initiated steps to change names of localities, awards and to remove the word ‘Dalit’. For changing the name of localities the government is attempting to remove the stigma attached to the names of the localities; it has also changed the name of award Dr Balasaheb Ambedkar Dalit Mitra Puraskar …


Mahatma Phule’s Thoughts on Caste-Patriarchy: A Critical Evaluation

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  Sachin Garud It is a well-known fact that at the time of India’s national movement, there was another movement known as the movement of social engineering or social revolution, led by Mahatma Phule, who had pioneered the foundation of a social revolution in India. Although contemporary thinkers like Ram Mohan Roy, Justice M.G. Ranade …


ಭಾರತದ ಮೊದಲ ಮಹಿಳಾ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕಿ ಮಾತೆ ಸಾವಿತ್ರಿಬಾಯಿ ಫುಲೆ

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  ಸವಿತಾ ಹೊಸಮನಿ (Savita Hosamani)   ಭಾರತದ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಸ್ಪೃಶ್ಯರಷ್ಟೇ ಶೋಷಣೆಗೆ ಒಳಗಾದ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ವರ್ಗವೆಂದರೆ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು. ಮನುಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಮಹಿಳೆ ವಿದ್ಯೆ ಕಲಿಯಲು ಅರ್ಹಳಲ್ಲ. ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹರಣದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಭಾಗ ವಿದ್ಯೆಯೇ ಆಗಿತ್ತೆನ್ನಬಹುದು. ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಮಹಿಳೆ ಯಾವತ್ತಿಗೂ ಅಡಿಯಾಳಾಗಿಯೇ ಇರಬೇಕೆಂಬುದು ಮನುವಿನ ಮಸಲತ್ತಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಬಾಲ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ತಂದೆಯ, ಯೌವ್ವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಗಂಡನ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಪ್ಪಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಗ ಅವಳನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಬೇಕೆಂಬುದು ಮನುಶಾಸನವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಹೆಣ್ಣನ್ನು ಅಬಲೆ ಎಂಬ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಳನ್ನು ಗುಲಾಮಗಿರಿಗೆ ನೂಕಲಾಗಿತ್ತು. ವೇದಕಾಲದಿಂದಲೂ ವಿದ್ಯೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಕೆಲವೇ ಜನರ …


The ‘Dirt’ in The Dirty Picture: Caste, Gender and Silk Smitha – Part 2


Jenny Rowena Continued from here. My only preparation was to constantly tell myself that I love my body. And I was going to use it as a tool to get what I wanted in life and I was not going to be apologetic about it. So that was what Silk is for me. Therefore there is …


The ‘dirt’ in The Dirty Picture: Caste, Gender and Silk Smitha


Jenny Rowena On first or second Saturday coming after the Hindu New Year’s Day (Gudhi padawa), the devadasis, who are mostly dalitbahujans, were openly sexually enjoyed in public, about hundred years ago. This is now replaced by another tradition called “Okali”, which was in vogue till 1987. It is a festival like ‘Rang Panchami’. The …


The Dalit liberation Movement in Colonial Period

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Gail Omvedt & Bharat Patankar [First published in February 1979. This is the first part of a pathbreaking article on the Dalit movement in the mainstream media. It was pathbreaking because mainstream discourse had until then consistently denied or tried to studiously ignore the existence of the Dalit movement and its vital role in Indian …