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Bahujan collectives cannot survive without trust and gratitude

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  Tanoj Meshram I still remember the simplistic example I used to give to myself and others from my college days about “collective” tea-making (of course with milk and sugar as it is often consumed in India!) to underscore the point that underprivileged Bahujan students or people can survive and progress only by encouraging collectives. In my example, …

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The six things Aakar Patel learnt in NGOs remind you of four things

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  Dr. B Karthik Navayan I have bigger things to say about Aakar Patel and Amnesty International India, but my dispute with them is sub judice before the court. Therefore, I am waiting for the court to decide. I will write about it after the court decision. Without mentioning the issue that is sub judice …

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Hi Goshta Tevhachi Ahe: This is a Story of those Times

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  Disha Shaikh On 15th of February, ‘Sarva Kahi Samashtisathi’ — a day-long literature festival commemorating the life and contribution of Marathi writer, poet and one of the founding members of ‘Dalit Panther’, Namdeo Dhasal — was organized at the JJ School of Arts in Mumbai. 15th February is the birth anniversary of Namdeo Dhasal. …

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Affirmative action in workspaces – the tick box phenomenon

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  Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Large organizations working on human rights and development programs have a massive amount of resources and the luxury of separate departments for each aspect of administration and program implementation. These organisations are often proverbial ‘ivory towers’ that maintain strict overt and covert codes of gate-keeping that either allow a warm and …

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Inclusion or Illusion: My experiences at the World Conference on Youth

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Swati Kamble As I read the article ‘India denies ‘caste’ as factor of gender inequality‘ by Meena Menon, in The Hindu, I was reminded of my experiences at the World Conference on Youth. Below is my account of the incidence. The World Conference on Youth started on 6th May 2014 with a grand inauguration ceremony in …

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Does ActionAid International support caste discrimination?

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  Karthik Navayan In India there is no escape from the Brahmanical caste structure, it is a story that needs no retelling. It has been the case since ages, and, quite distressingly, it will be so for at least few generations to come. My 18-month tenure in ActionAid Hyderabad Regional Office and my subsequent year-long …

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Lessons from the Laxmanpur Bathe massacre

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Sylvia Karpagam The Laxmanpur Bathe case has been discussed and dissected by dalits, activists, academicians and experts. In the meantime, for the intended audience of these discussions, dalit rapes, massacres and violations are as significant (or insignificant) as what the cat brought in that day. The Brahmin scholar aka academician, after hearing about the acquittal …

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Towards the annihilation of imposed Genders

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  Towards the annihilation of imposed Genders- Recommendations to the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment ~ Recommendations to the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on Policy for Transpeople [via Satya Rai Nagpaul and Gee Ameena Suleiman] ~ Opening Remarks: A Brief note on Transgender Persons with specific reference to Trans Masculine …