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Dalitbahujan Renaissance

Chhatrapati Shahu’s Crusade against Untouchability – 2

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  B. D. Khane Maharaja was a champion of social justice and equal opportunities for all. He believed in protecting the weak against the strong. The aim of his measures was to raise the lower castes from their abject position in society by employing them and fitting them for hitherto closed avenues of life. For …

Assertion

Karnan : A powerful cinematic projection of Dalit Assertion and Anger

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Vidyasagar “He did not hit us because we vandalized the bus. No, he hit us because we stood tall. He hit me because I, Maadasamy’s son, was named Duryodanan.” ~ (Dialogue from Karnan) Karnan is a Tamil language film which was recently released on Amazon Prime. Karnan is the second movie directed by the Periyerum Perumal …

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“Axone” and the Question of Racism in India

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  Veewon Thokchom With the release of the Bollywood movie “Axone” directed by Nicholas Kharkonger, a debate on racism has been ignited. Though the movie could not have been worse than it is when it comes to racism, it at least has sparked off a discourse on racism faced by “Northeast” yellow people in Indian …

Assertion

Why and How the Government Fails to Remove Caste-Based Manual Scavenging in India!

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Ajay Rahulwad Introduction Manual scavenging is a caste-ridden occupation done by manual scavengers, workers who clean human excreta manually, meaning, with hands. If one would want to understand why these workers have to do this job, one has to look at its genesis in the caste-based occupational stratification in India. It is said that, “All …

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Remembering Bitter Truths on the way to Udupi

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  Dr C S Dwarakanath Jignesh Mevani, a young dalit leader who has inspired many across the country with his protests against the flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat, along with Lolaksha, a dalit intellectual from Karnataka and myself were travelling from Mangalore Airport to Udupi for the valedictory event of the Udupi Chalo Rally …

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Police firing on Adivasis & Dalits in Kandhamal: State Repression as Normalcy

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  Jadumani Mahanand I was born in a hill area of Kandhamal. In a small hamlet in a remote region surrounded by mountains, where there are no basic facilities which a modern state promises to ensure its citizens. There is no electricity, no proper road communication, no school to get education, no adequate work for wages …

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Building the Idea of India: Conserving Brahmanism and the Brahmanical State?

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  Pinak Banik (This is a three part essay dissecting the much celebrated ‘idea of india’ from an anti-caste perspective, attempting to lay bare the machinations of the Brahminical knowledge producers) Many of us have recently come across a haphazard, yet systematic procession of essays, articles, reports, lectures, coverage, debates broadcast on electronic and print …

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Seshachalam massacre: Murder as state policy

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  Twenty Adivasi, OBC and Dalit workers from Tamil Nadu were brutally killed by Andhra Pradesh police on April 7, 2015, in the Seshachalam forest region of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh under the pretext that they were smuggling red sanders logs, and were shot down in an ‘encounter’. A fact-finding team comprising of researchers …