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How quota helped me become what I am

The memories of the day are still intact in my mind when my brother Subhash sacrificed his savings to pay my school fees. Instead of buying shoes, he wore casual slippers in the scorching summer he

In Anandiben’s Gujarat, dalits are lining up to die

 At least a dozen youngsters from scheduled caste (SC) communities have attempted suicide this week in various small towns in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, protesting against the state governm

How India let down the dalits

Limp implementation of law seems to be the principal cause of the rising violence against dalits in different parts of the country with the situation now turning alarming. “The

That’s enough: Modi’s stern message to cow vigilantes

 "If you have a problem, if you feel like attacking someone, attack me, not my dalit brothers. If you want to shoot anyone, shoot me, not my dalit brothers," declared Modi in his ste

Won’t cow down to cow-protectors

How can people divided into thousands of castes be a nation?” This was a basic question raised by Dr BR Ambedkar during the freedom struggle. According to him, without annihilation of caste,

"If PM had expelled Telangana MLA, that would have sent a stronger message"

Dalit atrocity in Gujarat has highlighted the plight of people fighting with the social stigma even after seven decades of independence. In an interview with Jasleen Kaur

Jignesh Mevani on why the dalit movement cannot fail

When a group of upper-caste ‘cow protection’ vigilantes flogged four dalits for skinning a dead cow (and went on to even record a video clipping of the beating) in Mota Samadhiyala

Here is a spiritual opportunity for Modi

It’s different this time.” Jignesh Mevani also repeats that adage, that the dalit agitation in Gujarat this time is different. That it is unlike several campaigns in the state&r

Children of a lesser god

All that the dalits in Nagapattinam wanted was to participate in a ritual in which an idol of a diety is carried on a chariot. But, that was not to be. Worst affected in the December

“Discrimination prevails in hundreds of [Tamil Nadu] temples”

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) general secretary Ravi Kumar spoke to Shivani Chaturvedi on the issue of discrimination against dalits in Tamil Nadu. In which p

NHRC notice to Rajasthan govt on Gau Rakshaks killing man

The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued a notice to the Rajasthan government over the death of a man who was beaten up by Gau Rakshaks.   The ri

Is the government spending enough on dalits?

The Narendra Modi government has set aside Rs 52,393 crore in 2017-18 for the welfare of the dalits. On the face of it, the amount is substantial. However, an analysis of the past actual allocati

Not above caste, but about it

In our system, the president is the head of the nation and the first citizen; his role and powers are almost akin to that of the queen of England or, say, kings in some other countries – cere

“Young dalit leaders have age, situation on their side”

How do you see the rise of the Bhim Army in Uttar Pradesh?   During the last assembly elections in UP, it was a common consensus among many [dalit leader

The wolf and the lamb

At no other moment in the history of Indian national life after Independence the dalits are as oppressed as this moment: dalits are set ablaze, slaughtered like animals on the slaughtering bench of

The long road from Paraukh village

Ram Nath Kovind, whom the BJP has chosen as its candidate for India’s next president, was a prime dalit face of the party in Uttar Pradesh during the time of LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpaye

Mevani the vulnerable

 Jignesh Mevani is the sole leader from the Gujarat youthquake (more accurately, a castequake led by youth leaders) who has won an election on his own steam. He stood as an independent candida

Can we eradicate our caste templates?

When Hima Das won gold in the 400 metres sprint at the IAAF World U-20 Championship in Tampere, Indians demonstrated once again what’s on their minds the most – caste. On her day of glo

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