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…

They Chose Death over Humiliation

They Chose Death over Humiliation

  Vidhya & Tilak Tewari   A year ago, death knocked on the doors of a university in Hyderabad. Rohith Vemula, a 27 year old student, chose death over a life of humiliation. “My birth is my fatal accident”, he said in a note that exposed an unequal society. His death woke us from our…

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…

Ayodhya or Saket: The Politics of Ram Temple

Ayodhya or Saket: The Politics of Ram Temple

This documentary by Vidya Bhushan Rawat, on the Ayodhya issue and how it affected the communal harmony of India, is pertinent in the context of the resurgent Hindutva programme in India which catapulted Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister in 2014. It is being republished, since the subject Rawat tackles is all the more significant…

Assaults on Reason and Institutions

Assaults on Reason and Institutions

Idea of India Conclave During the two years of the Narendra Modi government, there has been an all-round attack on various established institutions in the country, whether educational or cultural. There have been attempts to interfere with curricula, the way these institutions are run, as well as their mandate and autonomy. The Idea of India…

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 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…

गुजरात में दलित विद्रोह – स्वागत, इस सामाजिक क्रांति का…

गुजरात में दलित विद्रोह – स्वागत, इस सामाजिक क्रांति का…

अरविंद शेष  image via catchnews गुजरात में दलितों का विद्रोह खास क्यों है? यह इसलिए कि जिस गाय के सहारे आरएसएस-भाजपा अपनी असली राजनीति को खाद-पानी दे रहे थे, वही गाय पहली बार उसके गले की फांस बनी है। बल्कि कहा जा सकता है कि गाय की राजनीति के सहारे आरएसएस-भाजपा ने हिंदू-ध्रुवीकरण का जो…

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान एक परदा है : बेजवाड़ा विल्सन

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान एक परदा है : बेजवाड़ा विल्सन

 Courtesy: Youth ki Awaaz हाल ही में सफाई कर्मचारी आंदोलन की ओर से आयोजित ‘भीम यात्रा’ डिब्रूगढ़ से शुरू होकर तीस राज्यों और पांच सौ जिलों से होते हुए दिल्ली में पहुंची। सबरंग इंडिया शुरू से ही इस यात्रा के साथ रही। यह देशव्यापी जागरूकता अभियान का समापन एक बड़ी रैली के रूप में हुआ…

कैराना का खुला भाजपाई फर्जीवाड़ा अब सामने है

कैराना का खुला भाजपाई फर्जीवाड़ा अब सामने है

चार्वाक Courtesy: Indian Express साक्षी महाराज या साध्वी प्राची जैसे नफरत की आग उगलने वाले लोगों की बेलगाम बातों को अब तक भाजपा उनकी व्यक्तिगत राय बता कर दिखने के लिए खुद को दूर करती रही है। हालांकि अब सब जानते हैं कि ये बेलगाम हिंसक बयान किस राजनीति का हिस्सा हैं, लेकिन अब वह…

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…

The Tall Claims of the Foreign Education Bill

The Tall Claims of the Foreign Education Bill

The government is all set to allow foreign universities to set up campuses in India and allow them to repatriate profits from operations here. Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the NITI Aayog to study all reports regarding setting up of foreign universities and the reasons it could not move forward. The NITI Aayog…

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

India Upholds Caste System at the U.N.

Amar Khade, Round Table India El Greco, 'Laocoön' / Wikipedia A compilation of news and commentary.  The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, recently published a report on minority issues. The report was presented and discussed at the UNHRC on 15th March 2016. The mandate of the Special…

Bhim Yatra

Bhim Yatra

The ‘Bhim Yatra’, a 125-day-long bus journey organised by the Safai Karamchari Andolan covered more than 35,000 km across 500 districts in the country’s 29 states.  It was launched on International Human Rights Day to commemorate B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, and culminated in Delhi at Ambedkar Bhavan on April 13.  The yatris are family…

Remembering the Real Ambedkar

Remembering the Real Ambedkar

ICF Team Image courtesy Sabrang Celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti this year has to go beyond the usual formal gestures. On his 125th birth anniversary, we need to recall—and renew—the challenges Dr. B.R. Ambedkar made to a caste-ridden Hindu status quo. We also need to hold fast to the vision he had for an equal India. Remembering…

A Portrait of Dontha Prashanth

A Portrait of Dontha Prashanth

Anisha Seth Image: The News Minute Dontha Prashanth patiently answers questions about everything that has happened in the six days he spent in jail, and the events that led up to it. But there is a small part of that story, which he glosses over: an emotional moment when his father came to visit him….

Statement from Concerned Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University on the Police Crackdown at HCU

Statement from Concerned Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University on the Police Crackdown at HCU

Rembrandt van Rijn / Art Details We, concerned faculty from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, strongly condemn the police brutality at the University of Hyderabad on 22nd March 2016, after the return of Prof. Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor accused of abetting the suicide of the Dalit Research Scholar Rohith Vemula. As an…

Caste systems violate human rights and dignity of millions worldwide: U.N. report

Caste systems violate human rights and dignity of millions worldwide: U.N. report

Syed Haider Raza / ArtKonsult Click here for a pdf of the full report. At least 250 million people worldwide still face appalling and dehumanising discrimination based on caste and similar systems of inherited status warned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, during the presentation of the first comprehensive UN report…

International Statement of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad by academics, activists, artists and writers

International Statement of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad by academics, activists, artists and writers

Ram Kumar / ArtKonsult We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus. The…

A Fig Leaf Called ‘Vandalism’

A Fig Leaf Called ‘Vandalism’

Statement by the SC and ST Faculty Forum and Concerned Teachers of the University of Hyderabad Egon Schiele, 'Bare Tree Behind a Fence' / WikiArt For the past three days the news media has been widely circulating stories about ‘vandalism’ by students of the University of Hyderabad that led to the police crackdown. Surprisingly little…

Interim Report of the Independent National Fact-Finding Team into the Violence on March 22 at Hyderabad Central University

Interim Report of the Independent National Fact-Finding Team into the Violence on March 22 at Hyderabad Central University

Members of the Fact-Finding (FF) Team: Henri Tiphagne, Human Rights Defenders Alert–India Tara Rao, Amnesty International Burnard Fatima, International Movement against all forms of Discrimination and Racism Kuffir Nalgundwar, Round Table India Kiruba Munusamy, Supreme Court Lawyer Beena Pallical, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights Ramesh Nathan, National Dalit Movement for Justice Asha Kowtal, All…

‘Hyderabad: Students and Faculty Arrested for Protests Must Be Released’

‘Hyderabad: Students and Faculty Arrested for Protests Must Be Released’

Amnesty International Image via JAC-UoH Press release, March 25, 2016. Amnesty International India condemns the police crackdown on peacefully protesting University of Hyderabad (UoH) students and faculty and demands their immediate release. There should be an independent investigation into allegations of excessive use of force by the police. On 22 March, the Telangana police assaulted…