The path to sabka saath, sabka vikas is paved with authoritarianism
There is fear. Places of worship are desecrated. Religious minorities live in fear. Dalits live in fear. A Dalit is damned if he does (skins a carcass) and damned if he doesn’t (refuses to skin a carcass). Rohith Vemula wrote “My birth is my fatal accident”. Girls live in fear of harassment if they are seen with boys or wear jeans or have a drink at a bar. Tribals live in fear that they will be deprived of their land and forest rights.
When India proposed a casteist solution
Going further, Rau stated that “Indians who went to South Africa did not belong to the best type and that, as in Burma, they may have exploited the local population and given India a bad name”. He added that the way the South African government treated them “might be fully justified and that in fact India would not mind discrimination against our local Indian community if only it was not based on racial lines”.
How India's education system is breaking the country
Education-seeking migration has become a matter of pride for families and those who are left behind are considered the least civilised or capable. A very common family phenomenon of the hills is one old pensioner from the Army supporting the entire joint family, bringing all the grandchildren of the household to nearby towns for English and private education, while the parents of the children struggle to revive the defunct agriculture at villages.
From Poor Boy to Elite Lawyer
India’s law profession is extraordinarily elitist – heavily dominated by affluent, Hindu upper caste males from big cities with family in the profession. India’s 18 elite law schools – the National Law Universities or NLUs (similar to the Russell Group in the UK), which charge a tuition of about Rs 200,000 per year (£2,450). The average wage for skilled employees in India is about Rs 50,000 a month (£619), while for unskilled employees it is Rs 11,900 a month (£147).
Journey into India's heart of darkness
Nagada is part of the Sukinda block of Odisha’s Jajpur district, home to vast mineral wealth. But not many had been aware of the miserable condition of the 71 Juanga tribal families living there till a little girl died of malnutrition in June last year. In total, 19 children in Nagada died of malnutrition in 2016. Photos: Asit Ranjan Mishra.
B.C.C was very fond of British rulers and never considered them as people who loot India, and he preached that ‘Muslims are our sole enemy’. His love for British masters could be seen in the last lines of Anandmath, where when some of the sanatan cadres who have succeeded in overthrowing Muslim rulers now wanted to fight against Britishers, a mystic leader appears and pacifies them that the sanatan virtue could only be restored under the rule of Englishman as King.
An Unending Tale of Fear and Humiliation
While Dalit men are quitting their jobs of skinning animal carcasses, it is the women who have taken the responsibility of being the bread earners of their family. These women in rural Gujarat have come out of their homes to not only participate shoulder to shoulder with men in the rally, but have also managed their role of a homemaker alongside their fight for ‘asmita’.
Dalit Student Movement Won't Be Silenced
For far too long, Indian universities, especially publicly funded ones, have functioned as safe houses for the privileged -- by caste, class, gender. But as inexorably as time, change has arrived. The glacially slow deepening of democracy in India is now reaching its tipping point and manifesting in the gradual change in the composition of the student body in both universities and professional colleges.
Days of Identity in Dalit are Over
We are witnessing the repression of Dalits more vigorously. The Dalit movement is also losing some of its innate fervor. It appears befuddled, and many a time, seems to lack clarity about whom it is standing with. It is unable to discern between friends and foes. Dalals who have sprung within the community have distorted the fundamental spirit of the movement. Most of the Dalit leaders are in the twilight of their careers. The challenges are new but their methods are old. The new generation Dalits want something different, but a direction seems to elude them
The Cashlessness of Dalit Bahujans
This financial year, 2016-17, it is estimated that all Indian households would spend around 89 lakh crore rupees on consumption (or Rs 24,400 crores approx, per day). How much of this would be the Bahujan share? To arrive at that figure, we need to calculate how much does the Bahujan spend, which is a very difficult task but we do have the means to arrive at a reasonable estimate now, thanks to the truncated but nevertheless somewhat useful caste census.
Remembering Dharthi Aba Irsa Munda
It's really disgraceful that the Indian history (written by savarnas) deliberatly ignores the importance of Tribal Munda's revolt against colonial forces. It also black-outs the other tribal revolts like Kols revolt of 1831-32, Bastar revolt of 1910, Warli revolt of 1940 and many more similar kinds of revolts against . But the Indian historians never forget to repeat the significance of Gandhi's Non-violent struggle ad infinitum and the importance of other savarna militant groups of Bengal and other parts against British.
Savitri Bai's Life is an Inspiration
All her life she and her husband, Jyotiba Phule, fought social evils and discrimination towards women and children, even as she battled abuse and isolation because she worked to educate girls and untouchables. In many ways, she inspired a generation of young women across India to never give up the fight for their rights. On her birthday, here are some important lessons we can learn from her.
Why Crime is Rising Against Dalits
India Today's investigative crew found out the anti-Dalit discrimination ran much deeper in the land of the Father of the Nation. The team observed untouchability, outlawed after independence, remains sanctified by religion. Disguised as regular visitors, India Today's reporters toured several temples in the state. They noticed almost all of them nursed the ancient notions of purity and pollution, the bedrock of untouchability. Temples were found to be shunning Dalits brazenly to preserve the so-called piety of the faith's upper-caste elders.
‘Should We Dalits Not Fall In Love?’
Travelling across Punjab, it is not unusual to come across singers in towns and cities whose names you may never have heard, but who enjoy a level of popularity thanks to a “cut CD” or “music video” they have made. After all, the reputation of the state’s contemporary music scene is not for nothing.That all of them live in Valmiki Colony is thanks to the many top-rate Dalit songwriters and Valmiki bhajan singers who have been their neighbours and who helped hone their voices and repertoire as they were growing up.
Gujarat's History Of Oppressing Dalits Is Now Up Against Social Media
For the men who thrashed four young Dalits in Gujarat for skinning a dead cow, uploading the video of the assault a few weeks ago was a self-awarded trophy. But it was social media that rounded them up, provoking national outrage and politicians who headed in quick succession to Una to express their solidarity with the victims.
Lessons From Kandhamal
When we look back on one of the worst communal violence against Christian communities in the history of modern India, what lessons can be learnt from Kandhamahal? When I marched with a sea of people through the streets of Raikia, the Hindutva citadel in Kandhamal and the nerve centre of the 2008 violence, I thought “Kandhamal will not happen again”.
Why I Changed My Name To Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
No nation can survive without the basic production of food, service goods and cultural instruments. Those who are involved in these occupations do not depend any more on those castes that did not – and do not – do any fundamental productive work. These castes only have hatred towards the productive soil and mud but they consider it a matter of their right that they should take a bigger share of the food that is produced out of the labour of those they look down upon. The productive class needs to begin by adopting names in a language that allows them to connect with each other and thus enjoy social respectability they have been denied. The only way left for the Dalit-Bahujans in the globalised world is to trump Sanskrit with English. Though not many among them are well educated in English language, they must adopt and own English as their language – in all aspects, from their names to addressing God in their prayers
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