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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s 129th Birth Anniversary Commemoration

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  Ambedkar King Study Circle On Thursday April 16, 2020, the Ambedkar King Study Circle located in California, also known as AKSC, commemorated the 129th birthday of Babasaheb Dr. B.R Ambedkar. Due to the the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the nationwide shelter in place in order to prevent the spread, AKSC decided to commemorate the …

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The Substance of Higher Education in India

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  Nidhin Shobhana Any discussion on caste in Higher Education should include an overview of what constitutes higher education. In other words an overview of its substance. To begin with, how is higher education defined in India ? As per the Indian Standard Classification of Education, anybody who completes 9 months of formal study after …

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Social Justice and Student Activism Within the Brahmanical Educational System

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  Anoop Kumar I believe every educational institution in this country, especially the so called ‘national’ ones have been deliberately designed in a way to exclude the majority of Indians and to term them as ‘non meritorious’ at the expense of a very small upper caste English speaking elite.  It is a conspiracy. It is …

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The Story of Caste and Indian Campuses – II

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  Anoop Kumar Continued from here. His speech at the talk organised by the Ambedkarite Students’ Association at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, held on 22nd December, 2014. The speech has been transcribed by Valliammal Karunakaran. Now I would like to take you back to my engineering college days. I did my 10+2 …

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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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Why is Rohith Act Necessary?

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  Jadumani Mahanand Being born in an untouchable family, my life begins with multiple layers of discrimination – the degree of imposition in terms of discrimination, humiliation, oppression and exploitation make me an outsider within. All the worth of my individuality disappears or is abjected, and I continue to remain ‘undeserving’ to the world – …

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Rohith Act: An Ambedkarite Solution

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   The Conscious Four “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” ~ Tom Clancy Tom Clancy might be an espionage thriller writer, but then what he says above is just the protocol when …

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Death of Merit or Merit of Death

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  T. Sowjanya “I came here through reservations and I sustain myself through the political solidarity of my dalit community!” is my firm answer to questions such as “Are you a dalit?” “Do you belong to category?” “Do you have any reservation?” These are the questions any dalit invariably faces one time or the other at …

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Indian academic spaces remain ‘filter-kaapi’ publics: Sipping Chai, Reasoning Prof. Amartya Sen

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  Indian academic spaces remain ‘filter-kaapi’ publics: Sipping Chai, Reasoning Prof. Amartya Sen Dickens Leonard M I wish to write on a lecture that went undelivered, an appeal that never materialized! On 19th December, 2013, Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, was conferred, yet another, honorary doctorate at University of Hyderabad. The event was dramatic, colorful, …