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Gender

The Origin of Dalit Feminist Literature: Mukta Salve, the First Voice of Dalit Feminism

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  Shivani Waldekar 165 years ago, one young Dalit girl strongly criticised brahminical hegemony and the hierarchal oppressive social structure. She questioned and critically examined caste, class, gender and religion and that empirical data continues to remain very relevant today, as they were in 1855. She strongly believed that education is the only path which …

Assertion

‘Enlighten’, the film: Caste is not an issue, it is reality

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  Round Table India Name of the Film – EnlightenDirection – Omey M AnandCamera – ShardulEditing – Jameer Attar ‘Enlighten’, is a short film based on three basic issues faced by the current generation. And the basic origin of conflict between dalit castes. When the leadership of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar emerged in India, every …

Dr. Ambedkar

From the pages of Bahishkrit Bharat

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  Bahishkrit Bharat (Untouchable India) The following is from an editorial (translated from Marathi) written by Babasaheb Ambedkar for one of the issues of the newspaper Bahishkrit Bharat published in 1927! This translation was first published in July 2010 by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Institute in Social Growth, Kolhapur. Translated by Dr. B.R. Kamble. ~ …

Gender

The linked caste slavery of the Kolhatis and the Bedias

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  Rupali Bansode During my field work for research on female Tamasha artistes, I was fascinated by a few interesting links I found between the two communities: Bedias and Kolhatis. In a recent conference, where I presented my paper on Tamasha dancers, I pointed out the link between these communities and was questioned on its …

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 …