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Cast(e) in Paris: Some Anecdotes and Observations

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  Pranav Kuttaiah “[Caste] is a local problem, but one capable of much wider mischief, for as long as caste in India does exist, Hindus will hardly intermarry or have any social intercourse with outsiders; and if Hindus migrate to other regions on earth, Indian caste would become a world problem.”1 ~Dr. B. R. Ambedkar …

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Statues of Dr. Ambedkar and Immanuel Sekaran desecrated

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Joshua Isaac Statues of Revolutionary Ambedkar & Martyr Immanuvel Sekaran at Madurai airport & Chinnaodaippu village, Madurai, have been desecrated by unidentified persons last night. State wide protests by Liberation Panthers. Hundreds arrested protesting before Ambedkar statue at Thallakulam. Tension prevails.

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Protest Demonstration at Uttar Pradesh Bhawan

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On Saturday, August 4th, 2012, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Uttar Pradesh Bhawan, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi Ever since SP came to power in UP in March 2012, ruthless onslaught on Dalits Bahujans is perpetuated with alarming speed. Having scrapped welfare and empowering schemes meant for marginalised sections of the society, the …

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Ambedkar Cartoon, Dalit Objections and Indian Left Liberals – I

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    Ravi Chandran, of the video news journal ‘Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes‘, interviewed Dr K. Satyanarayana, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) on the recent Ambedkar cartoon controversy. Here’s the first part of the transcript of the interview: Ravi Chandran: Sir, how do you see the division …

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The cartoon controversy: Inside the mind of one ‘fanatic’ Dalit – I

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Anoop Kumar ‘I have an open mind, though not an empty mind. A person with an open mind is always the subject of congratulations. While this may be so, it must, at the same time, be realized that an open mind may also be an empty mind and that such an open mind, if it …

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Mayawati, statues and three types of ‘political’ Indians

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— Bodhi DSR ( via Anoop Kumar) There are three types of ‘political Indians at this juncture in history –  – the politically sophisticated,  – the politically unsophisticated – and the politically apolitical.  Each of these ‘tribes’ have their own take on the statues built by Mayawati. 

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Why many statues of Dr.Ambedkar in India?

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“Learning the use of symbolic means: Dalits, Ambedkar statues and the state in Uttar Pradesh” is a nice paper written by french scholar Nicolas Jaoul which explains the sociel theory and rationale behind the ever increasing no of statues of Dr Ambedkar in India. Nicolas Jaoul is a research fellow at the Centre d.Etudes de l.Inde …