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Beauty, like the economy, is determined by politics

dr amritpal kaur

Dr Amritpal Kaur Women have gained many legal and reproductive rights, as well as more freedom to pursue higher education and enter previously male dominated professions through a long, hard and honourable struggle. The more legal and material obstacles women have broken through, the more severe and heavy the backlash, in the form of detrimental …


Crossroads of Covid: Time for Theological Transition

dr anuradha bele and dr jas simran kehal

  Dr Anuradha Bele & Dr Jas Simran Kehal Reading about Mahavir and Buddha with my son in his class VI ICSE history textbook took us back to the 6th century BC. The chapter explained state of affairs that led to rise of a new religious revolution. The causes enumerated in the textbook forced me …


Myth of Brahmin Merit: Refutation of Superiority


  Pranav Jeevan P We have been hearing arguments that try to justify the superiority and monopoly of Brahmins and savarnas in the fields of education and governance based on genetics. Their argument is that generations of endogamy and access to education has created a group of people who are better at learning (Brahmins). They …


Bhima Koregaon and Dalit Bahujan Movement

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  Swati Kamble I began writing this piece over a month ago at the dawn of January 5th, after ruminating and having constant monologues with self about the violent attacks against Dalits in Bhima-Koregaon and the hunting down of protesting Dalit youth that followed in the next few days. I struggled to scribble down my …


Mahisha Dasara Festival in Mysuru City

gurumurthy and mahesh sosle

  Guru Murthy and Mahesh Sosle Dalit Students Federation, University of Mysore The progressive thinkers, cultural personalities and social activists gave a new dimension to the history of Mysuru by celebrating ‘Mahisha Dasara’ on September 29, 2016 organised by Dalit Welfare Trust in association with Backward Class Association, Mysore University Dalit Students and Research scholar Federation …


ಬುದ್ಧನ ನಂತರದವನೇ ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣ


  ರಘೋತ್ತಮ ಹೊಬ (Raghottama Hoba) ಕೆಲದಿನಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ”ಬುದ್ಧಿಸಂನ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಅಂಶಗಳು ಭಗವದ್ಗೀತೆಯಲ್ಲಿವೆ”ಎಂಬ ದೇವನೂರ ಮಹಾದೇವರ ಈ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಯ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ’ಬುದ್ಧನ ನಂತರ ಕೃಷ್ಣ?’ ಎಂದು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ (ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ) ಓದುಗರೊಬ್ಬರು ಕೃಷ್ಣನ ಕಾಲಾನಂತರ ಬುದ್ಧ ಜನಿಸಿದ್ದು ಎಂದು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ ವಾಸ್ತವ? ಈ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ದೇವನೂರರ ಈ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಗೆ ಪೂರಕ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರರ ಬರಹದಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರಕುತ್ತವೆ. ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ “ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ಮೂಲ ಸಂಪಾದಿತ ಕೃತಿಯು ‘ಜಯ’ ಎಂಬುದು ಮತ್ತು ಅದನ್ನು ಸಂಯೋಜಿಸಿದವರು ವ್ಯಾಸ. ಅದರ …


Onam for Adivasis: Celebration of exclusion, betrayal and exploitation?

narayanan sankaran

  Narayanan M Sankaran (Translated from Malayalam by Joseph Antony) ‘Onam is the National festival of Malayalis’. It is a sentence one learns or is rather made to learn to write and speak from school days onwards. During my childhood, and for many years after that, Onam stood for exciting times for the sole reason …


Blood under Saffron: The myth of Dalit-Muslim confrontation

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  Raju Solanki    Raju Solanki is an activist and poet based in Gujarat. This is the second part of his notes on Gujarat, the state of Dalits, minorities and other marginalized sections under Moditva (please read the first part here). This part of his notes exposes the hollowness of the myth of Dalit-Muslim confrontation …