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Adivasis Are Not ‘Noble Savages’ – A Brief Reminder

Chhotelal Kumar The mainstream has always viewed Adivasis as ‘alien people’. In our common sense, they are ‘Noble Savages’ who live away from modern complexities in jungles. But while making such a point, we often forget to explore realities. The terming of Adivasis (who were classified as Scheduled Tribes during colonial times) as Noble Savages …

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Karnan : A powerful cinematic projection of Dalit Assertion and Anger

Vidyasagar

Vidyasagar “He did not hit us because we vandalized the bus. No, he hit us because we stood tall. He hit me because I, Maadasamy’s son, was named Duryodanan.” ~ (Dialogue from Karnan) Karnan is a Tamil language film which was recently released on Amazon Prime. Karnan is the second movie directed by the Periyerum Perumal …

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s 129th Birth Anniversary Commemoration

sujatha surepally aksc

  Ambedkar King Study Circle On Thursday April 16, 2020, the Ambedkar King Study Circle located in California, also known as AKSC, commemorated the 129th birthday of Babasaheb Dr. B.R Ambedkar. Due to the the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the nationwide shelter in place in order to prevent the spread, AKSC decided to commemorate the …

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This lockdown is completely against the Dalit-Bahujans

pradnyaj 2020

Pradnya Jadhav (SAVARI and Round Table India are doing a series to put together the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic) Anu: How are the people at home and the neighbourhood responding, and preparing for the prolonged lockdown due to the pandemic? Pradnya: I would say, uncertainty prevails. First of all, there is no clear …

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Muslim exceptionalism and the digital public sphere in India

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Umar Nizar Muslims in India form a significant minority, numbering almost 140 million. These Muslim belong to various denomination including, Sufi, Salafi and Sunni and the Jama’at-e-Islami. The public sphere in India has been caste and class ridden in a way that MN Srinivas (1989) observes in his work on Sanskritization, where people belonging to …

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When Rohith Vemula Meets Jignesh Mevani: Towards a Radical Democratic Imaginary

jignesh mevani

  K K Baburaj ‘Live dangerously’, told Nietzsche, one of the great counter-thinkers in the history of modern philosophy. KK Kochu, a well known Dalit writer and political activist from Kerala, in his collection of articles titled ‘Revolution and Culture’ published in the eighties, attempted to rewrite the slogan of Nietzsche as ‘act dangerously’. Such …

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विदेशों में बुद्ध और कबीर क्यों, राम और तुलसी क्यों नहीं?

Tulsidas-JAyanti

  संजय जोठे (Sanjay Jothe)  सनातनी षड्यंत्रकार जब अध्यात्म और धर्म की व्याख्या करते हैं तब वे चर्चा और प्रचार के लिए अपने पवित्र पुरुषों को नहीं चुनते। वे उन्हें तहखानों में सुरक्षित रखते हैं। धर्म प्रचार शास्त्रार्थ आदि के लिए वे आदि शंकर या तुलसीदास को नहीं चुनते बल्कि वे बुद्ध, गोरख, रविदास और …

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Against Brahminical Tradition: A Dalit Critique of Indian Modernity

kesava kumar

  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 …