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Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Chhatrapati Shahu’s Crusade against Untouchability

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  B. D. Khane  [Shahu was born in 1874 as Yeshwantrao ghatge, elder son to Appasaheb Ghatge. he was adopted by Anandibai, widow of Maharaja Shivaji IV of Kolhapur in 1884. In 1891 Shahu married Lakshmibai Khanvikar who gave birth to four children. Shahu took responsibility of the State in 1894 and died on May …


1921, Mappila and the idea of a nation


Bobby Kunhu Despite the extensive work by historians like K. N. Panikkar, the general consensus that the 1921 Malabar rebellion was a peasant rebellion and the fact that the Government of Kerala awards pension to those who participated in the rebellion and their spouses – there are strong attempts to portray the events of 1921 …


Life and Social Philosophy of His Divine Holiness Narayana Guru

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Harshkumar Kugwe It is commendable that the government of Karnataka is celebrating the birthday of the great thinker Sri Narayana Guru as an official ceremony. It is definitely a means of showing respect to the great religious thinker and social reformer. Unfortunately, though, the situation has become such that whenever governments celebrate birthdays, it is …


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 …


Jotiba Phule: Sine Qua Non for Social Revolution

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  Manikanta Bahujan BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association), JNU “There cannot be a ‘nation’ worth the name until and unless all the people of the land of King Bali – such as Shudras and Ati-shudras, Bhils (tribals) and fishermen etc, become truly educated, and are able to think independently for themselves and are uniformly …


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 …