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On the ‘Urban Maoists’

On the ‘Urban Maoists’

Even in these times of growing sense of hopelessness in the country under the present regime, the arrests of the five activists by Maharashtra’s Pune Police had stunned people all over the world by the blatancy of misuse of power and impunity it reflects. The continuing spate of condemnation by scores of people within and outside India would not affect[Read More…]

Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

Bhima Koregaon violence: Shifting narrative and fading public memory as 2019 approaches

On June 6, many of us who knew one or few of the five people arrested, supposedly in connection with the ‘violence’ at Bhima Koregaon, woke up with hasty messages of unexpectedarrests. I received a message that Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was ‘picked up’ and had been taken to the Govandi police station in Mumbai. A huge crowd gathered outside[Read More…]

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Dalit Social Memories: Countering In Their Own Way 

Since social memory and myth are used as tools of social dominance, they have a very significant role in politics of assertion. Different sections of society have diverse kinds of memories and myths related to their caste and prescribed indentures, sentimental remembrance of their past as well as their ancestors’ tales of heroic deeds. These social reminiscences have been manipulated[Read More…]

Bhima Koregaon Incident And Rightwing Propaganda

Bhima Koregaon Incident And Rightwing Propaganda

Recently, there was violence in Maharashtra on 1st January 2018 as persons carrying saffron flags attacked people at Bhima Koregaon. In the violence a person died, many injured and vehicles were damaged. The propaganda by rightwing media is to attribute the violence to ‘instigating speeches’ by younger activists who had gathered. The saffron attempt at depicting violence in Bhima Koregaon[Read More…]

Bhima-Koregaon And Continuing Atrocities Against Dalits And Minorities: Open Letter To Prime Minister Of India

Bhima-Koregaon And Continuing Atrocities Against Dalits And Minorities: Open Letter To Prime Minister Of India

Open letter to Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India 200 ANNIVERSAY OF THE BATTLE OF BHIMA- KOREGAON AND CONTINUING ATROCITIES AGAINST DALITS AND MINORITIES IN INDIA This open letter by UK organisations listed at the end call on you, the Prime minster of India, to take action against the perpetrators of violence against Dalits. We also call on you[Read More…]

What Really Happened In Bhima Koregaon – Fact Finding Report

What Really Happened In Bhima Koregaon – Fact Finding Report

On January 1, 2018, thousands of Dalit families that had gathered at Bhima Koregaon to pay homage to the Dalit Mahar martyrs of the Anglo-Maratha war of 1818, were targeted and attacked by members of extreme right wing Hindutva groups. The saffron goons not only pelted the Dalit gathering, where there were thousands of women and children, with large stones,[Read More…]

​Zainul Abedin's Painting, 1971

Dalit Resistance And Violence

From past few days we have been witnessing on our television channels or social media news portals debating over just and unjust forms of protest. But the moot able theme that underlies all these debates and news reporting is how we construe, what is Resistance? And what is Violence? A common dictionary meaning of Resistance is: the act or power[Read More…]

Bhima Koregoan – The Latest Battlefield Of Dalit Resistance

Bhima Koregoan – The Latest Battlefield Of Dalit Resistance

The incidences of Bhima Koregoan have come up as yet another battleground of Dalits’ liberation movement against a Hindutva fascist state run by caste system. The incidences and the videos have been rolling around is just shocking. The symbol of yester-century’s valiant and brave battle and victory over the atrocious ruling Peshwas by a small unit of 500 Dalits (Mahar’s),[Read More…]

Bhima Koregaon—One History, Two Hundred Years Apart

Bhima Koregaon—One History, Two Hundred Years Apart

Whether we are aware of it or not, we stand to witness now what will be history tomorrow. A history that will do its provenance proud, in fact, leaving it a lot more glorious. Even the xenophobic right who asked for this new chapter in the first place, are left with no ‘foreign conspiracy’ theory to tout. For ‘Bhima Koregaon[Read More…]

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Understanding Bhima Koregaon Celebrations And The Subsequent Violence Unleashed Upon Dalits

Ambedkarites are agitated all over the country as the despicable attempts of the Hindutva affiliated organisations in Pune attacked the massive assembly of people who had come to pay their respect to 800 brave Mahar soldiers who with the help of British had defeated the then powerful army of the Peshwas which numbered around 30,000  at the battle of Bhima[Read More…]

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The Pot, Broom And Battle of Koregaon:Its Significance And The Rattling Rhetoric

The Bicentennial celebration “Elgaar Parishad” of the Battle Koregaon by the Dalits, Muslims, Christians and Bahujans, both by organizations and individuals, at the Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31, followed by a march toward Bhima Koregaon 40 km from Pune, have seen opposition from the right-wing organisations. These organizations had the audacity to call the event, and the organizations[Read More…]