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Caste discrimination in Institutions of Higher Learning: Lessons unlearnt

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Wesly Kumar Even though the Indian constitution has many safeguards and provisions, the Dalits are still being discriminated against, and excluded in the universities. The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, prescribe punishments for crimes against Dalits that are much more stringent than corresponding offences under the …

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Report on Recent Dalit Student Suicides at University of Hyderabad

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  “Raju-Venkatesh Solidarity Committee” Report on Recent Dalit Student Suicides at University of Hyderabad On 24th November 2013, Madari Venkatesh (student ID: 11ACPA02), a 3rd year PhD scholar, from Advance Centre for Research in High Energy (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad (UoH), committed suicide in his hostel room in the campus. Venkatesh came from a Dalit …

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The death of Anil Meena

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  Anoop Kumar (First published in The Indian Express in March, 2012, we’re reproducing this article on Dalit and Adivasi students’ suicides in India’s premier higher educational institutions to commemorate the death of Senthil Kumar, a student of University of Hyderabad, on 26th February, 2009) Suicides by Dalit and tribal students is a story of …

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The Death of Merit: Failure of India’s Premier Educational Institutions

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Gurinder Singh Azad Is it embedded hatred within elite institutes and their students and faculty against reserved category students, or it is merely coincidence, that of the students committing suicide in the premier institutes of this nation, the number belonging to the reserved category students is much higher? Once again, it is AIIMS that finds …

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AIIMS: A Death Trap for Aspiring Reserved Category Students

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Gurinder Singh Azad [Gurinder Singh Azad, of the Dalit & Adivasi Students’ Portal, was involved in the Death of Merit campaign against caste discrimination and suicides of Dalit, Adivasi students in India’s premier educational institutions. The tragic death of Anil Kumar Meena, a tribal student from a marginalized background, in AIIMS brings back memories of …

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On Jha’s Suicide Quote

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— Prabin Dhangada Majhi [ Prabin’s article is a response to senior journalist and editor Prem Shankar Jha’s comments in a 2007 CNBC discussion on reservations. The comments resurfaced again in online discussions over suicides of Dalit students in India’s elite educational institutions, recently. You’ll find some of Jha’s comments reproduced here . And you’ll …