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From Brahmanism to Ambedkarism: An Ongoing Ontological Expedition

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  Yashwant Zagade I was raised in the suburbs of Mumbai in the 90s, at a time when Hindutva politics reached its peak for the first time after independence. I still remember how this political atmosphere influenced my childhood — I grew up sloganeering “Tai, Mai-Aakka vichar kara pakka ani magach dhanushybaanavar mara shikka” (sister, …

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Why Should Dalit-Bahujans and Adivasis Do Research?

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  Yashwant Zagade During my masters programme, after class one day, I was having tea with my classmates. We were discussing about the research topic for our masters programme. An upper caste friend of mine expressed interest in working on the plight of Dalits. My other Dalit friend responded by asking, “Why don’t you rather …

Dr. Ambedkar

Remembrance of Maha Parinirvana Day: Homage to Boddhisattva Babasaheb

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  Dr. Shekhar Bagul Our Saviour was just 65 and nobody thought that he would leave us so suddenly. Everybody had great hopes of better future as he had shown us the way of the Buddha and gave us a new identity as Buddhist. The world to us was appearing a new, with new horizon, …

Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 9)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Well. These days the farmers have to subsist on a bit of leftover bhakri with some red chutney for breakfast; at noon fresh bhakris with some cooked balls of lentils or weak sauce of spiced lentils; at night some jawar or corn granules soaked in clear dal juice; in between, occasionally …

Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Part 8)

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Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar Chapter 4 We begin this chapter not by discussing at first the ruined and pitiable state of the toiling ignorant farmers who labour night and day on the land, but rather will give on the occasion an idea of the true condition of those arrogant parading, indebted ignorant Kunbis who, because …

Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Jotirao Phule: Shetkaryaca Asud (Introduction)

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  Translated by Gail Omvedt and Bharat Patankar A brief introduction to Phule: Jotirao Phule (1827-1890) is considered a founder not only of the anti-caste movement; in Maharashtra he is also looked upon as father of the farmers’ movement, the women’s movement, and a bahujan-oriented environmental movement. He was born in a Mali (gardener jati) …