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Independence from Caste!

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Milind Thokal Anniversaries are occasions for remembrance and renewal: these are the stock taking moments, we must introspect our achievements and failures. On this day we must ask ourselves whether we are truly Independent? Does this Independence belong to all of us equally? Has this Independence unfolded its wings to the lower strata of our …


ದೇವರಾಜ ಅರಸು ಸಮಾಜ ಪರಿವರ್ತಕ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ

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  ಶಂಕರ್ ಎನ್ ಎಸ್ ದೇವರಾಜ ಅರಸು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ 1972 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಯಾದರು. 77ರವರೆಗೆ ಪೂರ್ಣಾವಧಿ ಆಡಳಿತ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ನಂತರ ಮತ್ತೆ 78ರಲ್ಲಿ ಎರಡನೇ ಬಾರಿ ಅದೇ ಹುದ್ದೆಗೇರಿದರು. 1980ರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಇಂದಿರಾಗಾಂಧಿಯವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ವಿರಸ ತಲೆದೋರಿದ ಕಾರಣ ಅವರು ಪದವಿಯಿಂದ ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿಯಬೇಕಾಗಿ ಬಂತು.ಅಂತೂ ಈ ನಾಡಿನ ಸೌಭಾಗ್ಯ- ಎಂಟು ವರ್ಷ ಕಾಲ ಸತತವಾಗಿ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಚುಕ್ಕಾಣಿ ಹಿಡಿದು ಆಡಳಿತ ನಡೆಸುವ ಅವಕಾಶ ಅರಸರಿಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತು. ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಅಂಥ ದೂರದೃಷ್ಟಿ, ದಕ್ಷತೆ, ಸಂಕಲ್ಪ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ …


Voices of dissent in atrocities-ridden Beed

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Yogesh Maitreya In April 2014, Beed district in Maharashtra seemed to plunge into political campaigning for the forthcoming national elections. The strong waves of politics are apparent everywhere – on its roads, flags of political parties, posters, flex hoardings with peculiar faces printed on them caught the eye. And, in the local newspapers, busy with …


Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims – Part 10

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  Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims – Part 10: Transformations in the Colonial Period Continued from here. Masood Alam Falahi (Translated by Yoginder Sikand for [Part 10 of Masood Alam Falahi‘s Urdu book Hindustan Mai Zat-Pat Aur Musalman (‘Casteism Among Muslims in India’)] ~ Caste and Religion With the onset of British …


Disturbing Aspects of Kerala Society

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  Gail Omvedt Arundhati Roy’s prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things, focuses on the most socially explosive of all relationships in India, a love affair between a dalit man and a high-caste woman. It ends with the brutal murder of the man by the police, “history’s henchmen,” and the woman’s banishment — punishments for …