Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dance of politicians





Dance of politicians: Savarna can mean an astrologer, or a son of a Brahmin man and a Kshatriya mother, or of the same colour, appearance, caste or tribe. That was in ancient Sanskrit; more recently it has come to mean upper-caste. The word for one belonging to the lowest caste was shudra; but it dropped out of use because of its negative associations. Ambedkar initially used bahiskrit (bahishkrit in Sanskrit), which means thrown out or excluded. The British used depressed classes; but after the castes were listed in a schedule of the Government of India Act 1935 (the precursor of the Indian Constitution), they were renamed scheduled castes. Gandhi called them Harijan - god's people - but the name did not catch on.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Day of uproar at Rajasthan Assembly over Dalit, other issues

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Day of uproar at Rajasthan Assembly over Dalit, other issues: The Rajasthan Assembly today witnessed an uproar over the issues of farmers and law and order when the Congress and an independent MLA boycotted the Question Hour while a ruling party MLA cornered the BJP government over atrocities on

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Dalits are collateral victims of Hindutva, says eminent French scholar

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Dalits are collateral victims of Hindutva, says eminent French scholar: Christophe Jaffrelot says proponents of Hindu nationalism have not transcended caste differences in spite of their efforts to promote unifying sense of belonging

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A critique on literary critics





A critique on literary critics: Kiran Nagarkar is a man of few words. Nudge him about the current political order or the climate of intolerance, and you see a visibly distressed man, holding his head in his hands.

Monday, 5 February 2018

6 arrested for harassing Dalit woman

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6 arrested for harassing Dalit woman: Six people have been arrested for allegedly harassing a 22-year-old Dalit woman here and attacking her family, police said today.
In the incident, which took place on Saturday at Buwada village, the woman and four of her family members were

Sunday, 4 February 2018

COUNTERVIEW: BJP rulers' decision to cancel foreign funding to ...





COUNTERVIEW: BJP rulers' decision to cancel foreign funding to ...: Christophe Jaffrelot By Our Representative Well-known French academic Christophe Jaffrelot has suggested that a major reason why the ...

Friday, 2 February 2018

Ambedkar statue damaged in Jind

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Ambedkar statue damaged in Jind: A statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in the Rani Talab area here was allegedly damaged by some unidentified persons, police said.
The police were informed about the matter today by members of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Dr B R Ambedkar Welfare