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Bloody untouchable: Stories of an assertive Ambedkarite Dalit – Part 2

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  Sanjay Patil So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.~ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar I was truly humbled by the response my last RTI article elicited. I will not be lying if I say that I had written many articles …


Dalit Capitalism and Dalits in Businesses: Learning from Facts and Black experiences

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  Sankalp Jayant On December 29th, 2015, DICCI (Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), on its tenth anniversary, organised  ‘National Conference for SC/ST Entrepreneurs’ to boost entrepreneurship among young Dalits. Previously, DICCI had taken the initiative of setting up an Entrepreneur Incubation Centre and a Venture Capital fund to promote SC/ST entrepreneurs. Chandra Bhan Prasad, …


Lathicharge on students for demanding Reservations in Private sector

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Hariram A Co-ordinator Bahujan Vidyarthi Sangha (BVS) India being a very complex state, has witnessed the subjugation of the human in every form, discrimination and subjugation of people in the name of the caste has been in practice in India since ages. The caste based discrimination has denied the basic opportunities for the indigenous communities …


Maha Rally Held at Jantar Mantar to Support Dalit Agenda

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  All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations New Delhi, 16 December, 2013. A massive rally was held today at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, in which a large number of SC/ST employees and sympathizers from all over the country,  under the banner of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, participated. The rally was mainly held for …


Who’s here for the tribals?

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  Babulal Marandi In recent times, the issue of coal block allocation has seen unprecedented discussions in the media, Parliament and legislative assemblies of various coal-bearing states. But amidst the heated political discussions, what has clearly been missed, is a serious effort or thinking in setting things right. While CAG’s revelation vis-a-vis allocation of coal …


The Reservation Debate and the Hypocritical Misuse of Article 335


Devi Dayal “Article 335 of our constitution states that the claims of the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall be taken into consideration, consistently with the maintenance of efficiency of administration, in the making of appointments to services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of a …


On Reservation Policy for Private Sector


Sukhadeo Thorat (First published in June 2004) Given the range of economic discrimination against marginalised groups like SCs, STs and OBCs the reservation policy for the private sector ought to cover not only employment, but also markets, agricultural land, capital, consumer goods, education, housing, government contracts, etc. Faced with caste related discrimination against and deprivation of marginalised …


Nationalists versus people of India?

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Chandra Bhan Prasad  (First published in October 2001) My Dalit scholar friend HL Dushad keeps coming up with ideas. This time he suggested, “The ultra-nationalist forces, the Left parivar and the Sangh should dissolve into their original Varna identities. That way, the people of India could fight them.” I asked, “Just what has got you …


Corporate class and its “veil of ignorance”


Gopal Guru (Published in Seminar magazine in May 2005) THE recent debate on the issue of reservation in the private sector in India is significant for more than one reason. This demand comes in the wake of a growing restiveness marking unemployed dalit youth in particular, and non-dalits in general. And it seems to provide …