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On the Anxieties surrounding Dalit Muslim Unity


  Ambedkar Reading Group Delhi University  Recently we saw the coming together of Dalits and Muslims at the ground level, against a common enemy – the Hindu, Brahminical State and Culture – in many instances. It was a unification of lower caste groups and Muslims that we witnessed in the struggles of Ambedkar Students Association …


Hunger Strike by HCU Suspended Professors and Supporters

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  [Via Karthik Bittu Kondaiah] Day 4. Update: The suspension of Prof. K.Y.Ratnam and Dr. Tathagata has been revoked.   The teachers of the University of Hyderabad intensified their struggle on the fourth day of the hunger strike by Dr. K.Y. Ratnam and Dr. Tathagata Sengupta by conducting a dharna in front of the University administrative …


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 …


An Inquest into the Death of Rohith Vemula


   Panchendra Kumar Naik “Pankaj” Abstract: The article is an attempt to conduct an inquest into the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar at the University of Hyderabad. It argues why the death must not be analysed in isolation and hence calls for a framework by considering a broader socio-political context that guides …


Who is Koonal Duggal, the “anti-university” activist from EFLU?

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  On 14th April 2016, on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Koonal Duggal, a Dalit PhD scholar in the Department of Cultural Studies, EFL University, and a guest faculty at the S N School of Fine Arts and Communication, UoH, for the first time learnt that he was no longer …


‘The police acted as Appa Rao’s personal security guards’

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  Muhammad Ali Jauhar Turbulent protests followed after the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, a bright Dalit research scholar in the University of Hyderabad. The university gained normalcy when the VC, who was the primary culprit in Rohith’s death, had no other option than to leave. Another VC was appointed, but he also had to …


Dontha Prashanth: It is Appa Rao who is anti-national!

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  This is a transcript of the speech delivered by Dontha Prashanth at Velivada in the University of Hyderabad campus after his release from jail on March 29, 2016; it was transcribed by Vinay Shende. The speech has been captured in two videos: Prashanth‘s speech starts at around the 26:15 minute in the first video, and …


Learning from Ambedkar: Who’s really standing with the Dalits now?

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  Nilesh Kumar “The reason for their anger is very simple. Your behaving on par with them insults them”.~ Dr. Ambedkar Recent history The University of Hyderabad (UOH) student Mr. Rohith Vemula (26), PhD scholar committed suicide on 17th January 2016. Hailing from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Rohith came from a marginalized poor Dalit …


Prof Ratnam: Appa Rao has no moral right to be on the campus!

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  This is a transcript of the speech delivered by Prof K Y Ratnam at Velivada in the University of Hyderabad campus after his release from jail yesterday; it was transcribed by Vinay Shende. Prof Ratnam’s speech starts at around the 17th minute of the video which can be found here. Any discrepancies or errors …