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The Meteoric Rise of L. Murugan, the new BJP Chief of Tamil Nadu

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Keerthi Nathan The past week, BJP unit of Tamil Nadu was suddenly brimming with a lot of activity after being dormant for a few months. Mr. L. Murugan had been appointed the President of the BJP State unit of TN much to everyone’s surprise. Mr. L. Murugan is also the Vice Chairman of the National …

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What Bihar means for Dalit parties and their narrow vision

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  Ravi Chandran The Bihar election is a blow to the ruling BJP and the Hindutva parties associated with it. It should further upset those who came with the exit poll results, including the CSDS. The media, especially the English press and electronic media should be ashamed of talking against the alliance of RJD, JD …

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The Unclean Politics behind Swachh Bharat

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  Ravi Chandran The Swachh Bharat (Clean India) campaign has raised a few critiques questioning the credibility of the campaign. Most of the debates are responses to the pictures where Mr. Narendra Modi is shown holding a broom and posing for pictures. This article is a small response to the proposed programme. Brief Outline The …

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On Political Reservations for the Scheduled Castes: Reserved but Unequal?

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Hugo Gorringe & Suryakant Waghmore In a recent interview with The Hindu1, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar suggested the abolition of political reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) “as the people have started voting for Dalit candidates in elections without any bias”‘ (The Hindu, 9 Oct 2014). In this, and other aspects of the …

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A Mass Movement for the Dalits? The VCK and party politics in TN

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  Hugo Gorringe & D. Karthikeyan, University of Edinburgh Speaking at a memorial to honour the memory of Dalits killed by casteist fanatics in Melavalavu last month, Thol. Thirumavalavan, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) called for ‘a mass movement’ to protect the rights and dignity of Dalits in the state. A catalogue …

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Vanniyar mob attack Dalit cheri in Chidambaram after polls

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  Joshua Isaac Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. An organized mob of around 300 Vanniyar men attacked a Dalit Cheri, Vadakumangudi, in Chidambaram Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu, in the late hours of the evening today, April 24, 2014. According to eye witnesses, Vadakumangudi Cheri was attacked this evening at 7 pm by a Vanniyar mob …

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VCK leaders protest BJP cadres’ attempt to disrupt Ambedkar Jayanti

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  Salem. On 14th April, 2014,  Salem district Liberation Panthers (VCK) took out a procession from Mulluvadi to Cherry road and garlanded revolutionary leader Ambedkar’s statue present there. At the same time, around 50 BJP cadres came to garland Ambedkar’s statue. Liberation Panthers raised strong objections to BJP cadres and staged a road roko. BJP …

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Dalit youth murdered by Vanniyar gang

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  [Via Joshua Isaac] Walajabad, Kanchipuram dist. Chitiyampakkam village: Dalit youth Dhinesh Kumar (23) was murdered last night (18th December, 2013) at the petrol bunk he was working in. The murderers came in as customers, woke him up & attacked with sickles; he died on the spot. Local Dalits informed the Liberation Panthers about an issue …

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‘Power is not only our legitimate right but also an asset’: Thol. Thirumavalavan

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Speech delivered by Thol. Thirumavalavan, M.P., and President, Liberation Panthers Party (VCK) at ‘South Asia Parliamentarians’ Conference on Dalit Concerns’ ~Enabling Equity & Inclusion~ on 8th -9th December 2013, in Kathmandu, Nepal ~   Respected Chairperson Mr. Paul Divakar, Co-chairperson Mr. Yam Bahadur Kisan, Respected Panel Members of this session – Mr. Ranendra Barali, Mr. …