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Criminalization of Dalit Thought and Action

Criminalization of Dalit Thought and Action

Assertion of Dalits and consciousness that began flowering in the second half of twentieth century was not to create submissive Dalits to any force of oppression. Its intention was very clear. Dalits said out loud that they had enough. They declared out loud that from then on, they would fight for their rights, dignity, history, culture, power and property. The[Read More…]

August 6, 2020 Annihilate Caste
No End to Humiliation of Dalits Even After Death

No End to Humiliation of Dalits Even After Death

Does anybody still remember the Dalits of Chakwara, a village around 50km from Jaipur in Rajasthan, who had launched a struggle to gain access to the pond in their village? It is more than 18 years since the Dalits, supported by human rights organisations, won that fight for water. Their undertaking had echoes with the historic struggle launched by Dr[Read More…]

July 22, 2020 Uncategorized
Caste Atrocities in Tamil Nadu in the wake of Covid-19 Pandemic

Caste Atrocities in Tamil Nadu in the wake of Covid-19 Pandemic

Humanity, which aspires to move to the moon to expand its empire by virtue of its so-called scientific advancement is forced to learn an indelible lesson taught by the virus Covid-19. The invisible tiny virus has completely overturned our perspectives of high and low; haves and have nots; rich and poor; black and white; male and female; educated and uneducated;[Read More…]

July 10, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Corona, caste discrimination and the lives of Sanitation Workers

Corona, caste discrimination and the lives of Sanitation Workers

Calamities are the occasion when nations and societies unlearn many things and build bridges in the greater interest of humanity.  Corona crisis would have turned into a great opportunity for countries like India to overcome historical baggage of deep rooted prejudices and respect the dignity of the work and contribution of those who have made our homes, offices, cities and[Read More…]

July 10, 2020 India
Shadow of Laxmanpur Bathe on Bihar Election

Shadow of Laxmanpur Bathe on Bihar Election

The outlawed Ranvir Sena—the private army of upper caste landlords of Bihar—is in the news again. It recently threatened the Bihar chief of the Bhim Army, Gaurav Siraj, and one of its activists, Ved Prakash, through a Facebook post. The so-called army has “ordered” its “sainiks” to “arrest” him dead or alive. The sena is apparently peeved over how the[Read More…]

July 8, 2020 India
Should Shudras And Dalits Suffer In The Age Of George Floyd?

Should Shudras And Dalits Suffer In The Age Of George Floyd?

Following the brutal police killing of Georg Floyd, an African-American Citizen of US, an unprecedented wave of movement for black rights is sweeping all over the world. The powerful message of Black Lives Matter has been conveyed through mass rallies, demonstrations, and more forcefully by setting fire to the Minneapolis Police Department building and, in some places by toppling the[Read More…]

July 3, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Social Inequality in a Political Democracy

Social Inequality in a Political Democracy

In spite of India’s perceptible economic and social development, the caste system still obstructs and isolates the section of its population, the Scheduled Caste (SC) also called as Dalits and Scheduled Tribes (ST). The Dalits, who form around 16.6 per cent of Indian population[1], undergo systemic discrimination, and excluded from the development process even after 72 years of independence is[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 Annihilate Caste
A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128th anniversary in the times of rising the neo-liberal Hindutva

A tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his 128th anniversary in the times of rising the neo-liberal Hindutva

             “If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country No matter what the Hindus say. Hinduism is a menace to liberty, equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost.”  (Dr.  BR Ambedkar)  The political parties, civil society intellectuals belonging[Read More…]

April 15, 2019 Annihilate Caste
New York Times Calls Modi’s Silence “Shameful”

New York Times Calls Modi’s Silence “Shameful”

  One doesn’t often see a respected international media house asking a democratic republic’s prime minister to break his silence in an editorial. Even more rare is it to see this “silence” tagged with the adjective “shameful”. The New York Times did exactly that today, 4 August 2016. The editorial forewarns Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, of the bleak[Read More…]

August 5, 2016 India
An Open Letter To Ravish Kumar

An Open Letter To Ravish Kumar

Dear Ravish Kumar ji, Namaskar. This is a season of open letters. Recently you wrote one to Journalist-turned-minister M. J Akbar and then your colleague  in NDTV Barka Dutt wrote one to Smrit Irani. Now, before you think this is coming in defense of them, let me tell you I’m neither writing about it nor do I belong to the[Read More…]

July 16, 2016 Annihilate Caste
A Conversation With Bhagwan Das

A Conversation With Bhagwan Das

Bhagwan Das is one of the most prominent faces of Ambedkarite movement. He worked with Baba Saheb Ambedkar and brought out the unpublished work of Baba Saheb : Thus Spoke Ambedkar. An excellent narrator, Bhagwan Das wrote numerous books including his famous ‘ main bhangi hoon’, narrating the conditions of person from manual scavenging community. In this conversation with Vidya[Read More…]

June 20, 2016 Annihilate Caste, Video
Re-Reading Dr BR Ambedkar’s Earliest Paper On Caste 100 Years Later

Re-Reading Dr BR Ambedkar’s Earliest Paper On Caste 100 Years Later

It is hundred years since Dr B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) wrote, CASTES IN INDIA: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development, a Paper he presented on 9th May 1916 at an Anthropology Seminar at Columbia University. That was one of his earliest significant works, a scholarly work ; written by the scholar when he was 25, much before he became a politician. In[Read More…]

June 18, 2016 Annihilate Caste
Dalit Assertion – Strategic Considerations

Dalit Assertion – Strategic Considerations

Paper presented at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – Sessions: Caste Oppression Today, University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) By Dalit Assertion, I mean: The right to influence, assert, demand, express frustration, offer alternatives, and strategically align actions to achieve the overall objective of creating an inclusive society where caste is not a barrier or a discriminatory factor[Read More…]

June 18, 2016 Annihilate Caste
Visioning Bahujan Rashtra Against Hindu Rashtra: BSS vs RSS

Visioning Bahujan Rashtra Against Hindu Rashtra: BSS vs RSS

This is a monograph of an organization which is involved in reclaiming the Bahujan’s historical legacy of resistance and struggle for right to dignity for all Bahujans and creating knowledge, based on Buddha, Charvak, Kabeer, Basavanna, Phule-Ambedkar, Shahu and Periyar’s ideology. Predominantly it is talking about Bahujan Rashtra and countering the concept of Hindu Rashtra. The organization consistently following the[Read More…]

June 18, 2016 Annihilate Caste