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Caste, Shambuka and Marginalized Reinterpretations of The Ramayana

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  Emma Leiken  A tapasvi is to be venerated, whoever it may be. ~ Kuvempu, (Shudra Tapasvi) For many staunch devotees of Rama within the Hindu tradition, the Shambuka incident within The Ramayana is an illegitimate part of the canon. This is the case, because for many, the Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s standard Ramayana telling (which …

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Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi Struggles and Emerging Political Alternatives: BAPSA in JNU

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  Dalit, Adivasi and Bahujan Struggle in campuses and emerging BAPSA as a political alternative in JNU: Special reference to Rahul Punaram Sonpimple Joy Prafful Lakra Mr. Mahadev Toppo, a noted Adivasi writer has said that Adivasis have to take up ‘कलम, कूची और कैमरा’ (Pen, Paint Brush and Camera) to express themselves and extend …

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Demand for Revoking of Suspension Order of Prof. Guru

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  Prof. B .P  Mahesh Chandra Guru had made critical comments on the role of Rama in human rights protection when he delivered a talk in January 2015 at Academic Staff College, University of Mysore. He had ridiculed the behavior of Rama when he sent Sita to forest mercilessly and neglected his own children. It …

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Goebbelsian Doublespeak: B. R. Ambedkar and the RSS

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Dr. N. Sukumar  Abstract Historically, the philosophical roots of the RSS can be located in German National Socialism and the former has constantly strived to live up to the ideals of its mentors. This is best illustrated when the RSS indulges in Goebbelsian doublespeak to further its exclusivist nationalism. A lie spoken repeatedly becomes the …

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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 …