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Tribute to Raja Dhale: Panther Who Once Set Bhagwad Gita on Fire

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  Pardeep Attri Born on 30 September 1940, Raja Dhale, one of the founders of the Dalit Panthers, died today (16 July 2019) at his residence in Mumbai. He was 78. His life struggle is as inspiring as that of many other Dalits who struggle and fight against the caste system enshrined upon us by …

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Countering ‘Jai Sri Ram’ with ‘Jai Bhim’

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  Pardeep Attri On Tuesday (18 June 2019), when Asaduddin Owaisi, member of parliament from Hyderabad and president of AIMIM, approached to take oath in parliament slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ were shouted by sitting BJP MPs, creating nuisance and intimidation. Such provoking and intimidation of a leader …

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Did caste kill ‘Elvis of Punjab’ – Amar Singh Chamkila?

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  Pardeep Attri While growing up in Punjab, I was reminded by many not to listen to ‘Chamkila’. I could never understand the reasons behind those advices at that time and never cared to ask anyone as I was not a song loving person. Hence, those advices didn’t matter to me. After moving to England …

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Appropriating Guru Ravidas – Ignorance is bliss for Hindu Education Foundation, USA

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  Pardeep Attri In its recent demands of edits to the Instructional Quality Commission (which acts as an advisory body to the State Board of Education. California), the Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) sought that the Bhakti saints like [Guru] Ravidas and the Alvars be added to the list of examples. As per HEF, this was …

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Bhagvad Gita – What kind of morals does it preach?

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  Pardeep Attri Few days back, Akram Hussain’s painting of Krishna that was on display at Ravindra Bhavan in Guwahati’s State Art Gallery was taken off after protest from right wing groups. The painting portrays Krishna standing by a bar and getting intimate with some bikini clad women. I have never been interested in reading …

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Why Dalit History Matters

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  Pardeep Attri If you want to destroy a society, destroy its History and the society will get destroyed automatically – Dr. Ambedkar Nobody till now has questioned winners; neither will anyone in the future ask them, how have they won? Fiction is “generally accepted falsehood” or “non factual literature”, whereas the History is “systematic …