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Utkal Divas or Celebration of Brahmin Hegemony

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  Jitendra Suna Orissa as a separate state was established in 1 April 1936. There is widespread celebration of Utkal Divas among the Oriyas1 in Orissa and as well as outside Orissa. The academic spaces are not free from this. Oriya students from various campuses such as JNU, Hyderabad, Pondicherry and other universities also celebrate this …


ଗୁମୁଡୁମାହ ହତ୍ୟାକାଣ୍ଡ: ଲୋକତନ୍ତ୍ର ଉପରେ ଆକ୍ରମଣ

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  ଯୋଗାନନ୍ଦ କୁମ୍ଭାର (Yogananda Kumbhar) ଗୁମୁଡୁମାହ ହତ୍ୟାକାଣ୍ଡ ରାଜ୍ୟ ନିୟୋଜିତ ଆତଂକବାଦଇତିହାସ ରେ ଆଉ ଏକ କଳଙ୍କ ଅଧ୍ୟାୟ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଛିା ପୋଲିସ୍ ପ୍ରଶାସନ ଦ୍ବାରା ଘଟାଯାଉଥିଵାନରସଂହାର ଓଡିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟ ପାଇଁ କିଛି ନୁଆ ନୁହେଁ, ଏହାର ଇତିହାସ ବହୁ ପୁରୁଣା ଏବଂ ଲମ୍ବା ଅଟୋ କଳାହାଣ୍ଡି ର ଜଗସାଇପାଟନା, କନ୍ଧମାଳର ମାଦାଗୁଡା, ଯାଜପୁର ର କଳିଙ୍ଗନଗର ଇତ୍ୟାଦିର ବିଭତ୍ସ ହତ୍ୟାକାଣ୍ଡ ଚର୍ଚିତ କୁଖ୍ୟାତ ଘଟଣାବଳି ପୁଲିସ-ପ୍ରସାଶନ ର ପାରିବା ପଣିଆର ନଗ୍ନ ନିଦର୍ଶନ ଅଟୋ …


Ambedkarite Movement in Kalahandi, Odisha: Some Reflections


  Bansidhar Deep Recently in Kalahandi, Odisha, Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary was celebrated on a big scale. This celebration was deliberated and pre-planned by the Ambedkarite groups at Kalahandi. Ironically, the right wing forces were also celebrating Ambedkar on their platforms for vote bank and other political purposes. Kalahandi is one of the backward districts …


From Victimhood to Power: Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra at Hyderabad

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  Pradnya Jadhav Dalit women’s battle to survive with dignity and security is extremely challenging. Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra has been initiated by All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) as an attempt to bring to the notice the realities of Dalit women; it is a quest for justice. It is a broad set of …


First Day at the ‘National Tribunal – Violence Against Dalit Women in India’

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The National Tribunal – Violence against Dalit Women in India (on 30th September and 1st October, 2013, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi) was conceived in the hope that it would be ‘one small step in the long and arduous journey of Dalit women for reclaiming their rights‘. Asha Kowtal very succinctly expressed the …


Authorities must ensure justice for victims of Kalinganagar shootings six years ago

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Amnesty International Public Statement [AI Index: ASA 20/001/2012 1 January 2012 (embargoed for release at 0001 GMT on 1 January 2012)] Authorities in Orissa should no longer delay justice for the victims and survivors of the Kalinganagar police shootings six years ago when 12 adivasis (Indigenous people) were killed and 37 others injured, Amnesty International said today. …


Killings in the name of witchcraft


Karthik Navayan [A February, 2010 article in Oneworld South Asia gives us an idea about the scale of the problem of ‘witch-hunting’ in rural India: ‘Statistics on witch-hunting crimes compiled by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) are a cause of concern. The NCRB reported that in 2007, 177 cases of witchcraft-related murders were reported …


What the EXPLOSIVE Kandhamal tribunal report says


Vicky Nanjappa A report of the National People’s Tribunal on the 2008 riots in Kandhamal, Orissa, is out. The report that runs into 197 pages points out that the brutality of the violence falls within the definition of ‘torture’ under international law, particularly the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. According to the tribunal, …