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Dear Dalits, Beware of the ‘Toilet Woman of India’!

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Dhamma Darshan Nigam This write-up is in response to the interview titled ‘Toilet woman of India: The woman Narendra Modi is scared of’ published on our prestigious platform, the Round Table India (RTI), on January 15, 2022. The woman interviewed was Pragya Akhilesh.  I am not here to challenge the claims that she is the …


Toilet woman of India: The woman Narendra Modi is scared of

Aniket Kumar & Sabha Beaten, sexually assaulted and yet kept struggling: the story of Pragya Akhilesh, also called the ‘Toilet woman of India’ and ‘Omvedt of Bihar.’ On the streets of Araria and Begusarai, she scares not only the SBM officials with her record breaking data on toilets showcasing 1.3 lakh dry toilets in only …


Providing ‘free’ safety kits to sanitation workers is not a favour: An open letter to Arvind Kejriwal

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  Dear Arvind Kejriwal, In the workshop organized by Delhi Jal Board on 15/7/2019 at Talkatora Stadium1 you said that you feel “dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers” and that “we are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that …


How Singaara Chennai killed Mr Palanichamy, a sanitation worker and an Arunthathiyar

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  Murali Shanmugavelan and Kadhiravan Chennai floods have spontaneously moved people from ‘all walks of life’ to help each other: users of social media; the otherwise not-so-socially-conscious-middle-class; Chennai celebrities; film actors; Indian army; and the questionable mainstream media joined hands to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of Chennai flood.   People and Celebrities opened their …


Manual Scavenging at JNU

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Chennai based Forum Against Manual Scavenging (FAMS), who can be contacted at A documentary, ‘Sahar se Pehle’ (Before the Dawn), on sanitation workers in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in New Delhi was made by few students of the university. The JNUSU has been consistently raising the issue of abysmally bad condition of …