Marx in Ambedkar’s Thoughts

Marx in Ambedkar’s Thoughts

This is an excerpt from the valedictory address of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar at the study camp of All India Trade Union Workers held from 8-17 September 1943. The title of his speech was “Labour Parliamentary Democracy”. He further said, “But the labouring classes will not give them the attention they deserve. Instead, labour has taken…

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

Is our President Ramnath Kovind a Dalit?

The presidential election in the country became a Dalit vs Dalit contest after the Congress-backed Opposition pitted former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against the BJP-led NDA's presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind. In an interview with NewsClick, Professor Gopal Guru, a political scientist, explains what does the word Dalit means. He says this category (Dalit) is…

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Eminent Dalit writer Mohandas Nemishrey highlights the biases and prejudices prevalent against the marginalised communities in state funded intitutions such as the Sahitya Akademi. He discusses his experiences as a writer, and the continued discrimination against writers on the basis of their caste which limits their participation on such platforms, and generally excludes their works from what the state sponsors…

Bezwada Wilson on Eradicating Manual Scavenging

Bezwada Wilson on Eradicating Manual Scavenging

This is a talk organised at Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) in collaboration with Indian Writers Forum (IWF) on 'Eradicating Manual Scavenging: Join the Struggle'. Bezwada Wilson talks about the need to eradicate manual scavenging, the reasons given by the government for implementing demonetisation, its impact on the poor of the country and the lack of political will…

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

The following statement from Nayantara Sahgal was read out at the programme "Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein" in Gandhi Bhavan, Lucknow, December 28, 2016: The dangers we face today come from the fact that this Government is destroying the meaning of India, and step by step, stealthily and openly, is converting our secular…

In Conversation with Bhagwan Das

In Conversation with Bhagwan Das

Mr Bhagwan Das was a reputed scholar on Ambedkarism and the issue of human rights of the Scheduled Castes. Widely traveled, Mr Das addressed throughout his lifetime, various national & international platforms on the conditions of dalits in India and the best ways of their emancipation. In freewheeling conversation with Vidya Bhushan Rawat, he speaks…

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

Report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad

The tribunal was organized by the concerned teachers, writers, and lawyers of Hyderabad. It was chaired by Justice  K. Chandru (Retired judge, High Court Madras). Prof Govardhan Wankhede (TISS, Bombay) and Prof Ghanshyam Shah (formerly Prof, JNU) were the members. The brief to the tribunal was to examine the circumstances leading to the suicide of research scholar…

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

A Nation Filled with Anti-Nationals!

I thought the Muslims were the only anti-nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning the Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti-nationals. They are not the only ones outside the community of Muslims, though. Over 11,000 NGOs in India are restricted from the…

A Secular Case for a Common Civil Code

A Secular Case for a Common Civil Code

The news regarding Muslim Personal Law Board and other Muslim organisations’ adamant stand on the issue of triple talaq and the BJP-led union government’s attempt to push for a Universal Civil Code (hereafter UCC)1 has energised the debate on reforms in Muslim personal laws verses a UCC. A section of Muslim women along with the Bhartiya…

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Nefarious Agenda of the RSS

An interview with civil rights activist and writer Anand Teltumbde, on the appropriation of B.R. Ambedkar by right-wing forces in the country. According to Teltumbde, the RSS believes in maintaining the supremacy of the upper castes, and wants to govern society on the basis of regressive texts such as the Manusmriti, whereas Ambedkar staunchly criticises the same. Teltumbde also discusses…

Dalit Asmita Yatra | A Photo Essay

Dalit Asmita Yatra | A Photo Essay

Dalit Camera On Day 7, Gadhada to Dhasa to Damnagar to SavarKundla. You might not have joined the ‪#‎DalitAsmitaYatra‬ yet but this photo essay on the Yatra's progress will take you through the massiveness of this movement led by the Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti. #ChaloUna! Jai Bhim! Meeting at Dhasa, Shankarpura "Modi, when you…

Clean India, Unclean Indians Beyond the Bhim Yatra

Clean India, Unclean Indians Beyond the Bhim Yatra

Paul D'Souza via Wikipedia The Safai Karamchari Andolan traversed 500 districts of the country with the message "stop killing us". The participants, manual scavengers who clean dry latrines, sewers, and septic tanks, are forced to carry on this dehumanising work despite laws against it. Will the Swachh Bharat campaign succeed in addressing the issues connected…

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume 2

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume 2

This volume includes: Part I: Dr Ambedkar in the Bombay Legislature (1927-1939) Part II: Dr Ambedkar with the Simon Commission (Indian Statutory Commission) Part III: Dr Ambedkar at the Round Table Conferences   Released by the Ministry of External Affairs.  Published by the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The works of…

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume I

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches: Volume I

This volume includes: Castes in India Annihilation of Caste Maharashtra as a Linguistic Province Need for Checks and Balances Thoughts on Linguistic States Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah Evidence before the Southborough Committee Federation versus Freedom Communal Deadlock and a Way to solve It States and Minorities Small Holdings in India Mr. Russell and the Reconstruction…

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

Anand Teltumbde on Current Student Struggles

The Malayalam weekly Madhyamam asked Anand Teltumbde, a writer, scholar of peoples’ movements, civil rights activist with CPDR Mumbai, inter alia, two questions relating to student movements. Here are his answers: Your article in the Economic & Political Weekly in October 2015 has succinctly captured the perils of raising memorials of Dr B.R. Ambedkar while…

Periyar and Ambedkar on Bhagat Singh

Periyar and Ambedkar on Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was hanged to death on March 23,  1931, in Lahore.  We reproduce here two articles, “Bhagat Singh” by Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, first published on March 29 that year, and “Three Victims”, an editorial by B.R. Ambedkar published on April 13, 1931. Jackson Pollock / MoMA Bhagat Singh Periyar E.V. Ramasamy Editorial in Periyar’s…

Make harassment and discrimination crimes under the law: Prakash Ambedkar

Make harassment and discrimination crimes under the law: Prakash Ambedkar

Courtesy Sabrang Amendments in the Central University law as well as all the statutue(s) under which Central Universities have been established, to ensure that discrimination and harassment are defined crimes punishable under the Indian Penal Code are urgently required, says Prakash Amdedkar, in an interview to Teesta Setalvad. Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar, grandson of Dr Babasaheb…

If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Then Who?

If Not Now, Then When? If Not Us, Then Who?

Rohith Vemula, a bright, intelligent, young scholar from Hyderabad Central University, hung himself in his hostel room on Sunday, 17 January 2016. Hounded and ostracised by university authorities and the rightwing ABVP, after his participation in a protest the previous year, Rohith committed a suicide that seems to be no less than an institutional murder. “Dear Friends…