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Caste and access to public spaces: A field study in Suburban Mumbai

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  Vanshree Vankar In India, the historical context of oppression through occupation has given birth to social stratification via caste culture which includes notions of purity and impurity. This brutal history of thousands of years of discrimination restricts the utility of public space in ways both physical and psychological. In turn, these constraints on the …


Open Letter to the CM of Maharashtra – Immediate Assistance to COVID-19 affected Slums

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  Date: 1st April, 2020 To,Hon’ble Chief Minister and Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister,Government of Maharashtra Subject: Immediate Assistance for COVID19 affected people in Mumbai slum areas The novel COVID19 i.e. Coronavirus infection has spread at a very fast pace all over the world. Even if the government has taken all appropriate steps from time to …


Black Independence Day

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  Raja Dhale (In an interview first published in the Marathi journal Khel, Raja Dhale (1940-2019) recounted the history behind his surname ‘Dhale’: soldiers that were historically the standard bearers and advance guards at forts. True to this personal history, Raja Dhale stood at the vanguard of the Dalit consciousness and articulation in Maharashtra in …


Kanshiram Memorial Lecture

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  Till the time we won’t be successful in politics and not able to have power in our hands, the social and economic transformation is not possible. Political Power is the key to success. (Manyavar Kanshiram, 1998) On the occasion of the 85th Birth Anniversary of Manyavar Kanshiram Saheb, the Organizing Committee of Kanshiram Memorial …


In solidarity with TISS students: Dr. Ambedkar Society, SOAS

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  Dr. Ambedkar Society, SOAS In solidarity with TISS students fighting the onslaught of castiest forces on access to education  Dr. Ambedkar Society, SOAS, condemns the casteist onslaught on Dalit, Adivasi and OBC students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) campuses across India by denying them access to Post Matric Scholarship. We stand in …


Students’ Strike in TISS Mumbai

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  21st February 2018. TISS, Mumbai, observes 100% university strike against privatisation of higher education and withdrawal of financial aid to SC-ST-OBC(NC) students TISS students union gave a call for university strike on 21st February 2018 against the recent notification of TISS admin to withdraw financial aid to GOI-PMS students from SC/ST category across all …