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Sarpatta Parambarai: A punch in the face of Savarna Parampara

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JS Vinay “Be thy own light- Atta Deepa Bhava” ~ Buddha “You must abolish your slavery yourselves. Do not depend for its abolition upon god or a superman. Remember that it is not enough that people are numerically in the majority. They must be always watchful, strong and self-respecting to attain and maintain success. We …

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Palasa 1978 – A story of Revolt-Reform-Revenge, and beyond that

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Sudhanshu Singh Palasa 1978 is an excellent and rare example of Bahujan culture and agony depicted in mainstream cinema. There have been movies before that have depicted lives of the working class but none depicts their lives as well as culture with explicit truthfulness and a message that is like a ‘fusillade of pistol shots’. …

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Kilvenmani Massacre 50th Remembrance Day, Fremont, CA

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  Ambedkar King Study Circle Mass violence and ideology of violence against the Dalits can be stopped only by mobilizing the progressive, democratic and secular forces, irrespective of caste identity, to challenge such violences. Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC) and San Jose Peace and Justice Center joined hands to screen the documentary ‘Ramiahvin Kudisai’ (The …

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Progressives do Regressive best!

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  Benson Neethipudi Recently, one “important-looking (restaurant) manager type“ at the elite Bangalore Club dared to speak above his pay grade and confront the president of the Editors Guild of India regarding a dress code violation. Pained by the indignity, senior “journalist sir” aptly responded with an op-ed bemoaning the colonial hangover at elite country …

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The cold glint of saffron madness is upon us

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  Dr. Sylvia Karpagam (Please read an earlier article in Round Table India by Gee Ameena Suleiman for background information on the brutal eviction of poor residents from EWS quarters in Ejipura, Bengaluru, by the government) The day before yesterday, women and activists screamed as the bulldozers advanced. The intent was single-minded – to raze …

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Popular Culture and Ideology: The Phenomenon of Gaddar

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  P Kesava Kumar (First published in February 2010) The cultural sphere has its own advantage over politics in terms of pulling people into its fold. Through his songs and cultural performances, Gummadi Vittal Rao, popularly known as “Gaddar”, the Telugu poet singer, maintains the historical continuity of people’s lives and their struggles. He brings politics into everyday life situations and …