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Statement of Solidarity for Dr. Maroona Murmu from the Faculty of Presidency University

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We, the undersigned teachers of Presidency University, Kolkata, are shocked to know about the recent attacks on Dr. Maroona Murmu, Associate Professor of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.  Dr. Murmu is an accomplished scholar, an activist, and an intellectual. She is an important voice of our time insofar as she regularly writes and speaks about the …

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Presidency University engages with Dr. Ambedkar

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Ekalavya Ravidas The historic Hindu College of Calcutta, later named as Presidency College and currently known as Presidency University, has conventionally been an academic space almost exclusively occupied by the upper caste Hindus. The minorities of India, particularly those who are now known as SCs, STs, and OBCs and those who constitute 85% of India’s …

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Liars Masquerading as Communists: The Curious Case of CPIM in Bengal

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  Mahitosh Mandal “Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” – Karl Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach” (1845) “In the twentieth century, we tried to change the world too quickly; the time is to interpret it again.” – Slavoj Žižek, “Don’t Act. Just Think” (2012) On the occasion …

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রিটার্ন টু আম্বেদকর (Return to Ambedkar)

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  Essay 4. ‘What Babasaheb Ambedkar Means to Me’ মহীতোষ মণ্ডল (Mahitosh Mandal)   অসুস্থতার কারনে ২০১৫ সালে রুবি হসপিটালে ভর্তি হই । জীবনের প্রথম অপারেশন ।জীবনে প্রথম হসপিটালে রাত কাটানো । স্বাভাবিকভাবেই তীব্র একাকীত্ব ও ভীতি ঘিরে ধরেছিল । সঙ্গে ছিল একটা ট্যাব আর তাতে আম্বেকরের কয়েকটা টেক্সটের পিডিএফ । ট্যাব ঘাঁটতে ঘাঁটতে খুলে …

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Hatred in the Belly: Book Launch in Kolkata

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  Round Table India It is our pleasure to invite friends in Kolkata to the book launch event to be held on: Date: Saturday, February 27 Time: 5:30 PM in UTC Place: Earthcare Books, 10 Middleton Street, Kolkata, India, 700 071 Organised by: Ambedkar Age Collective; Calcutta Research Group: Earthcare Books, The Shared Mirror Publishing …

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Casteism and Ways of Removing Casteism

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  Mahitosh Mandal Casteism is caste-based prejudice deriving from Brahminical values and giving birth to discrimination and violence against those belonging to the Dalit-Bahujan communities, the ‘marginalized majority’[1] of this country. This is a kind of simple definition. But this has layers of implication. Let us begin with an anecdote that would give us one …

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The Question of Reservation and the Future of the Dalit-Bahujanas in India

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  Mahitosh Mandal Everyone who feels moved by the deplorable condition of the Untouchables begins by saying: ‘We must do something for the Untouchables’. One seldom hears any of the persons interested in the problem saying: ‘Let us do something to change the Hindu’. ~ B R Ambedkar, ‘Untouchables or the Children of India’s Ghetto’ …

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How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?

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  Mahitosh Mandal Speak you too,speak as the last,say out your say. ~ Paul Celan, ‘Speak You Too’ I have not stated my question as ‘How DOES a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?’ Had I framed it this way, the answer would have been a factual one derived from real-life experiences. If we observe the …