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Atrocities

Atrocity on Dalits in Ramojipeta, Telangana: A fact-finding report

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  On the day of Dussehra, Ramojipeta, a village in Illanthakunta Mandal of Sircilla district from where the Chief Minister’s son, Mr. K Tarakarama Rao (KTR), was elected, witnessed a tragic Tsundur-like (in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, 1991) and Laximpeta-like (Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, 2012) Dalit atrocity. In the ghastly attack, nine Madiga Dalits were injured, 14 …

Assertion

Land is worth dying for! Protect a Madiga family’s right to their land

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  Dr. B. Karthik Navayan Land is worth dying for! Brahmin-savarnas see land as property, but land is a livelihood for Dalit Bahujan Adivasis.  When Brahmin-savarna thugs defraud Dalits and Adivasis of their lands, they take away the livelihood of Dalits and Adivasis as a property in own their names on papers. Taking away the …

Features

Against Brahminical Tradition: A Dalit Critique of Indian Modernity

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  Dr. P. Kesava Kumar ‘I don’t know when I was born/but I was killed on this very soil thousand years ago/ ‘dying again and again to be born again’/ I don’t know the karma theory/I am being born again and again where I was dead.’1 ~ Kalekuri Prasad History!/ all these years how could …

Features

Nagaraju Koppula, an unfinished inspirational painting

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  Gurram Seetaramulu During the draconian Emergency era, the youth of those days felt that an alternative politics was the imperative need of the hour. This was followed by a new consciousness that urged students to ‘go to the villages’. With the arrival of Mandal, the universities turned into a battleground between those who opposed …

Features

The Semiotics of Fandry

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  Nilesh Kumar “Wisdom is born in pain, suppression and insult. Experiences lead to the creation of best works” Kannada poet Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy said in a speech at Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Madikeri, early this year. Director/writer Nagraj Manjule too, in his debut feature film ‘Fandry’ (pig in Kaikadi language), with his indelible …

Features

Indefinite Hunger Strike at University of Hyderabad over Suicides

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  S Swaroop Sirapangi I As a response to the non-stop suicides in the campus, especially among the Dalit students, over the past few years, various student organisations and concerned active University students have come under the platform of ‘Raju-Venkatesh Solidarity Committee’ and started an indefinite hunger strike from the morning of December 06, 2013, …

Educate, Agitate, Organize

Dalit Information And Education Trust: New Waves in Dalit Discourse

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Sujatha Surepally (The Annual meet of D.I.E.T was held on 5th May, 2012, in Hyderabad. We thank Sujatha Surepally for sharing this report on the event) Dalit Information and Education Trust’s (DIET) Annual meet was held on 5th May, 2012 at Hotel Grand plaza, Nampally, Hyderabad. It was a memorable event. Though it was titled …

Thought

History of Karamchedu and what actually happened ?

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  Kathi Padma Rao Written on 26th Anniversary of the Karamchedu massacre (on July 17th, 1985 ) in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.    Karamchedu village is located 7 km off from Chirala in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh State. The village was a big Panchayat with 16 wards. Kammas, the landlord community, lived in eight …

Features

‘Without BSP-like working culture, political power for the Dalitbahujans would be a dream! An illusion!’ – Karthik Navayan

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Karthik Navayan, young lawyer, human rights activist, Dalit writer and poet, shares his insights on how Dalitbahujans can work towards attaining political power in an interview with Telugu News channel TV 1.     Interviewer: Karthik Navayan, who tried to raise Dalitbahujans consciousness through his poetry and writing, is now with us. We’ll discuss what needs to …