A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

A Wedding Far Removed From Hypocrisy

Brahmanical weddings are replete with rituals that smack of hypocrisy and inequality, and are designed to show the bride’s side as inferior. On the other hand, Buddhist and Arjak weddings are based on equality. There is no place for hypocrisy or pomp in them. Anoop Patel was witness to this stark contrast.   Recently, I…

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

“BSP is the only alternative at the moment to defeat the forces of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh”

Bhanwar Meghwanshi is an incisive and forthright contemporary voice of the progressive Dalit movement in Rajasthan.  He has untiringly participated in campaigns and movements across the country, creating awareness on communalism, casteism, gender violence, globalisation, displacement and so on. Born on February 25, 1975 in village Siridiyas in Bhilwara district into a Dalit weaver family,…

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…

The Shivaji Legend

The Shivaji Legend

Anirudh Deshpande (Introduction to Govind Pansare’s Shivaji by Anirudh Deshpande published by LeftWord Books.) This little book has a remarkable history. Titled Shivaji Kon Hota? in the original Marathi, Who was Shivaji? is based on a popular speech delivered by one of Maharashtra’s foremost Communist leaders, the late Govind Pansare, in Kolhapur – an important centre…