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Nagraj Manjule: Exposing Merit – A Hoax of the Caste Society!

utkarsh manav

Utkarsh Manav If a person from an ex-untouchable community becomes a well known personality in any field or makes his presence felt in any sector, these days he gets a prefix attached to his profession and that prefix is ‘Dalit’1. The insertion of this prefix seems to imply this community was not meant to be …

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What demands the sacrifice of a Bahujan body in India?

jyoti nisha

  Jyoti Nisha What’s common between the fisherman’s son Parshya from Nagraj Manjule’s film Sairat, and the real life of a 24-year-old Pranay, a Bahujan from Mala community from Telangana, Hyderabad who was hacked to death in front of his 21-year-old pregnant wife who belonged to the Komati caste (who claim to be Vaishya), an …

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Kaala: Construct of Ambedkarite leadership by Pa Ranjith

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  Mahipal Mahamatta If we look at the history of more than 100 years of Indian cinema, we will find that Caste has been blatantly sidelined from it. Kancha Ilaiah had staid that mainstream history of India, is a history of the upper castes and there is no space for Dalits and Bahujans in it. …

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Why Sairat is different

Vidyanand Thombare

  Vidyanand Thombare Love has universal value. It’s eternal and thus doesn’t recognise any boundaries that our social structure tries to impose on it – it exists beyond all boundaries. This universality has been widely expressed in many forms, especially through films in our society. In India, cinema and cricket are two religions on their …

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Dalit: Identity or Commodity for Savarnas?

gaurav somwanshi

  Gaurav Somwanshi Consider the following three instances: 1. Until just a few years ago, the mere mention of the word ‘Dalit’ aroused scorn from even the most veteran progressives and media outlets that countered it with “we’re all humans”. That hypocritical silliness of “we’re all humans” argument is still there, but now almost every …

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How patriarchy benefits the men from different castes

Atul 1

  Atul Anand When a testimony of Sunita Manjule appeared on an English news portal in the first week of June[1] about domestic violence and abuses by her ex-husband Nagraj Manjule, it shocked a lot of people. I was one of the people who believed there would be a huge backlash in media against Nagraj …

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Why Manjule succeeded where the Benegals have failed

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  Vaibhav Wasnik Now for starters, I have not seen this movie Sairat. But as will be obvious, everything I have written below will remain the same after I see the movie. The fact that the director Mr Manjule is from our Ambedkarite community, working in a medium with hardly any representation from us dalits, …