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Bhanubhai’s Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue

Bhanubhai’s Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning IssueBhanubhai Vankar died protesting the rampant injustice and apathy that continues against Dalits in broad daylight, re-packaged and marketed as the ‘Gujarat model’. Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor meet relatives of Dalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar. Credit: PTI Another soldier has given his life… Read More »

BJP MP in Jammu Accused of Using Taxpayer Funds for Brahmin-Only Facility

BJP MP in Jammu Accused of Using Taxpayer Funds for Brahmin-Only FacilityDespite a crematorium barely 20 steps away, Jugal Kishore Sharma has reportedly built the new shed under pressure from local brahmins. A view of the existing cremation shed, with the new ‘upper caste’ shed coming up in the background. Credit: Bivek Mathur Jammu: As… Read More »

Protests Erupt in Gujarat as Dalit Activist Immolates Self, Two MLAs, 200 Others Detained

Protests Erupt in Gujarat as Dalit Activist Immolates Self, Two MLAs, 200 Others DetainedDalit activist Bhanubhai Vankar immolated himself on February 15 and later succumbed to his injuries, following which Congress MLA Naushad Solanki, independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and other protestors were detained. Protesters burn a car at Vadaj, Ahmedabad on February 18. Credit: Damayantee… Read More »

Knocked-Out SP Tries Image Makeover to Get Combat-Ready for 2019 Lok Sabha Polls

Knocked-Out SP Tries Image Makeover to Get Combat-Ready for 2019 Lok Sabha PollsFormer chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s political fortunes in the 2022 UP assembly polls hinge on Samajwadi Party’s party’s performance in the general elections. File photo of Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav riding a bicycle, the election symbol… Read More »

‘Sarva Kahi Samashtisathi’, a Day-Long Literature Festival Celebrating Namdeo Dhasal’s Legacy

‘Sarva Kahi Samashtisathi’, a Day-Long Literature Festival Celebrating Namdeo Dhasal’s LegacyMany young political activists also used the space to discuss issues of atrocities and discrimination faced by Dalits and the need to launch a national movement. Disha Shaikh, a trans-rights activist and poet, at the festival. Credit: Namdeo Dhasal literature festival Mumbai: “The first ever… Read More »

The BJP Will Make Sure I Never Leave Prison: Chandrashekhar Azad

The BJP Will Make Sure I Never Leave Prison: Chandrashekhar AzadA friend and comrade of the Bhim Army leader writes about visiting him in jail. Bhim Army supporters hold a protest at Jantar Mantar. Credit: PTI I am writing this article about a Dalit rights movement knowing that the section of society it pertains to… Read More »

Rough Edges: Bhagwat is Not Insulting the Army, He is Boosting the Cult of Militarisation

Rough Edges: Bhagwat is Not Insulting the Army, He is Boosting the Cult of MilitarisationThe public has largely missed the most sinister thing that Bhagwat’s comments alluded to – the increasing militarisation of society where conformists drive dissenters into the shadows. The Sangh parivar has always been a militarised organisation, ready at the heels to… Read More »

Academics, Activists Condemn Police, RSS Outfit Violence Against Dalits in Kerala’s Vadayampady

Academics, Activists Condemn Police, RSS Outfit Violence Against Dalits in Kerala’s Vadayampady Dalits have been fighting against ‘a caste wall’ built around the community space in their neighbourhood in Vadyampady for over a year now. Representative image. Credit: PTI New Delhi: Around 50 academics and activists on Thursday released a statement condemning the police and Rashtriya… Read More »

Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release Is Becoming a Rallying Point for Dalit-Muslim Unity

Chandrashekhar Azad’s Release Is Becoming a Rallying Point for Dalit-Muslim UnityDalit and Muslim organisations gathered this week in Meerut to demand the release of the Bhim Army leader, who has been languishing in jail after the Adityanath government slapped charges against him under the National Security Act.  The protest meeting in Chaudhary Charan Singh park… Read More »