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AAPSU reiterates stand against citizenship status to refugees

ITANAGAR, Feb 14: A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has reiterated its stand against the Centre’s purported move for granting of citizenship rights to the Chakma-Hajong refugees and implementation ...

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69th Republic Day: These 15 women helped to draft the Constitution of India

Did you know that the original Constitution of India was not in printed form but was handwritten with calligraphy in both English and Hindi? In 1950, the Indian Constitution came into being, 299 members deliberated for 2 years, 11 months ...

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Dalit Christians take out march

The capital witnessed a second consecutive day of protest on the issue of reservation on Tuesday as thousands of Dalit Christians took out a ‘reservation protection rally’ to the Secretariat. The rally, organised by the Council of Dalit Christians (CDC), ...

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MLA’s mock funeral held after offensive remark against Dalits

Belagavi: Dalit organizations observed bandh in Sankeshwar and Sadalaga towns in Hukkeri and Chikkodi taluks on Saturday, condemning the derogatory remark made against them by MLA Umesh Katti. In a video, which has gone viral on the social media, Katti allegedly addressed dalits as ‘holeya’. The use of ...

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The sound and fury of Anna Bhau Sathe’s words: An icon of Maharashtra’s Dalit literature

Editor’s note: Under the norms of the caste system, Dalits were denied the pen. Before the advent of Dalit literature in India, much of Dalit history was oral in nature. Their lives were not available to them in written form, ...

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Periyar’s Blinkers Made Him See Only the Brahmin Hegemon, None Else

Tamil Nadu’s public institutions have been exorcised of the Brahmin ghost and are now ruled by non-brahmins and non-Dalits. It is to hide this that a fake Brahmin-ghost is continuously being exorcised. P.A. Krishnan is an author in both English and Tamil. ...

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Periyar’s Detractors Are Misrepresenting His Words

Periyar problematised what freedom meant, who it benefitted and who it excluded. But that doesn’t mean he gave a clean chit to colonialism. Periyar (R) and B.R. Ambedkar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The antagonism of rabid Hindu right-wingers toward Periyar is ...

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In Mexico, scenes of desolation and hope as the death toll reaches 274

Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico’s deadly earthquake, which killed at least 274 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped. But a parallel drama transpired as the government announced ...

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Women safety an issue around world…Can’t be a free society if a large section is unsafe, says Sumita Misra

Misra, who is also the founder chairperson of the Chandigarh Literary Society and festival director for Literati, has previously published a book of poems in English titled A Life of Light and a book of Hindustani poetry Zara Si Dhoop ...

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Digital transaction under UPA grew at higher rate than under NDA despite Modi’s demonetization: Expert

By Our Representative A recent analysis of digital transactions has exploded the myth being spread by the Government of India about its spectacular growth. A 45% growth in 2016-17 in retail transactions in no way could be characterized as a ...

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From the Vedic age to the Mughals and the Raj: The colourful history of alcohol consumption in India

The alcoholic beverages that the neo Puritans heading various state governments seem intent on banning have been around forever. Despite all the shrill debates about Hindustan and its culture, its dramatic and suffering core – call it Hindustaniyat if you ...

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An open letter to ‘nationalist’ Arnab Goswami! The nation wants to know! #Republic

A few days back, while I was travelling to my office, a tweet from your yet-to-be launched news channel Republic took me by surprise. It was a tweet addressed to the Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi. And, I have to ...

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School is liberating young women, society is holding them back

On a sunny afternoon in April, Deepmala, Jyoti Maurya, and Priyanka Rai, made a triumphant return to the Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School in C block, Sangam Vihar — a year after they graduated as the toppers of their batch. ...

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Intellectual humility makes you a better person!

Showing ‘intellectual humility’ — recognising that you might be wrong about what you believe– is a reliable marker of how good people are at making choices and understanding, according to a new study. The Buddha says that ‘humility is a ...

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Second phase of reforms under AMRUT: Land title guarantee, ULB rating in focus

Steps proposed by the Centre include ensuring dispute-free property transactions, getting rid of bureaucratic red tape, asking cities to release credit rating status of their municipal entities and bringing professional staff in urban local bodies. First phase of the reforms ...

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BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who complained of bad food in camps, dismissed

19th April 2017, 04:50 PM IST The Border Security Force (BSF) dismissed a soldier, who took to Facebook to complain about the poor food at a camp along the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir in January, from service on ...

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Canvas on the wall

APRIL 18, 2017 01:02 PM IST Artists speak about their unique wall décor. What is that one gift which stands out, makes an impression and evokes a new thought process? A work of art for sure; it inspires, is aesthetic ...

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A tea for all times

18 Apr 2017,01:30 PM IST Despite the fast-developing chai scene in Hyderabad, some places stand the test of time; and Hotel Rumaan in Tolichowki is one of them, with its almost perfect formula for retaining patronage that spans generations. From ...

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Radhika Vemula on Bhim Auto:Let us Light a Candle for Rohith

8th March 2017,03:01PM ..The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote.  To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up ...

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Nice guys take bull by horns – Is jallikattu really about heritage and pride? Not everyone thinks so

 How the powerful OBC Thevars dominate the jallikattu sport while Dalits are largely kept away. Jan 20,2017 6:00 AM Chennai, Jan. 19: No list of the best-behaved boys will be complete in India if it does not feature Viswanathan Anand, ...

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Malkangiri child death continues: needed political will of local tribal leaders.

For last two months the most shocking death of innocent Tribal and Dalit children in the lap of helpless parents continues unabated in the poorest STs and SCs dominated district of Malkangiri in state of Odisha. By Manas jena, Bhubaneshwar ...

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28th November Death anniversary of JOTIRAO PHULE:

Tribute in memory of his great Social democratic vision for India                 By    Manas Jena JOTIRAO PHULE was born in 1827 in Satara district of Maharastra and he died today, on 28th November 1890.  He  was one of the ...

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Kharamungi: Vestige of feudal past

Gap in education is just the tip of the iceberg. The village has a feudal and violent past, remnants of which can still be seen on the walls of the Gadi (fort) from where feudal landlords once ruled.  |   ...

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Cinema and reality: What is wrong with India’s police?

After 1947, the Indian police have continued to be governed by the police laws framed in 1861 retaining its colonial character. Intriguingly, after gaining independence while democratic laws have been legislated, their instrument of implementation–the police–have continued to be authoritarian. ...

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Jhalkari Bai: The Indian Rebellion Of 1857 And Forgotten Dalit History

Jhalkari Bai: The Indian Rebellion Of 1857 And Forgotten Dalit History Dalit history, since decades, has been appropriated and erased to suit the twisted idea of the ‘nation’ and ‘national integrity’. A closer look at the discourse on Dalit history ...

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The dissent of Manoranjan Byapari

How a former Naxalite and rickshaw-puller became one of the most celebrated writers of Dalit literature in Bengali Shamik Bag Byapari at his home in Kolkata. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint in a shabby, refugee-dominated corner of Kolkata’s southern fringe, writer Manoranjan ...

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A new idiom of Dalit assertion

There’s a new turn in Dalit politics that entails taking charge of affairs in their own hands, and a widening of the terrain of struggle rather than restricting it to political power or religious conversion. Valerian Rodrigues There is a ...

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BIRSA MUNDA CONTINUES TO INSPIRE STRUGGLE OF ADIVASIS

The 142nd birth anniversary of national leader Birsa Munda is celebrated all over the country today. He was born on November 15, 1875 in Ranchi and died on June 9, 1900 in the Ranchi Jail. His 25 years of struggling ...

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Why an ex-journalist chose to document his Dalit culture in a food book

In ‘Anna He Apoornabrahma’, author Shahu Patole describes the food traditions of his community, its recipes and history. Image credit:  Courtesy: Shahu Patole Yesterday · 11:30 am   Aakash Karkare “Why does the food shown in television shows and newspapers ...

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The Dalit Voice is Simply Not Heard in the Mainstream Indian Media

It is the responsibility of non-Dalit journalists to be casteless and fight for equality in the country. By Jeya Rani on 15/11/2016 •   Students in Delhi protest against the death of Rohith Vemula. Credit: PTI This is the English ...

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Rohith Vemula To Kanhaiya Kumar: It’s Not Over Yet

Rohith Vemula’s death is not just an institutional death rather it is the systemic stratagem of a deadly design of caste within Indian educational institutions. His death has raised eye brows of the entire world, as it is the continuum ...

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Pune: In last 5 years, 2015 saw highest number of rejections of RTI pleas

According to SIC,  In last 5 years, 2015 saw highest number of rejections of RTI pleas Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published:October 20, 2016 3:03 am The annual report of the State Information Commission (SIC) reveals that ...

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Demonetization: Witless and Anti-People / by Prabhat Patnayak

Demonetization: Witless and Anti-People PRABHAT PATNAIK Wednesday, November 09,2016 NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi went on national television at 8 p.m. on November 8 to announce that from midnight of that very date, i.e. in a mere four hours’ time, 500 ...

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Despite India’s success story, the nation reels under caste…

The Asian Age  Despite India’s success story, the nation reels under caste… http://www.asianage.com/india/despite-india-s-success-story-nation-reels-under-caste-219 Nov 10, 2016 – Haider Abbas The caste system is the bane which will continue to bog us down, as despite we all moving upwardly mobile, yet ...

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A mirror unto her own life

The Hindu A mirror unto her own life http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/a-mirror-unto-her-own-life/article9317701.ece Shubhra Dixit It’s no surprise that Usha Bane’s one and only tryst with acting inCourtwas a such a standout one. She played a manual scavenger’s widow, whose life struggles resonated with ...

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Next act in Gujarat’s Dalit uprising: Plans for mass conversions to Buddhism

  A month after cow vigilantes assaulted four tanners in Una, more than 60,000 Dalits are set to quit Hinduism at five rallies across the state. 3 hours ago  Updated an hour ago AarefaJohari The dusty chowk in MotaSamadhiyala village ...

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How a trans man’s attempt at surgery went horribly wrong

  As I sat impatiently outside the waiting room to see the doctor who would finally do my top surgery, I took a look around. The doctor’s clinic was behind a post office in Borivali West, Bombay. Dr Neeta Patel ...

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 The Story of Bhagana’sDalits: Land Lost, Gangrape, Social Boycott

  The protests have gone on for four years, but the Jats insist the Dalits are making up the charges Posted byManira Chaudhary | Aug 30, 2016 in On one side of the village of Bhagana, near the area that ...

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There Must Be a Price to Pay for Wrongful Convictions

By Sumanta Banerjee on In refusing to compensate people who were incarcerated on false charges, the Indian judiciary displays a worrying lack of responsibility. A man walks past graffiti inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in New Delhi. Credit: ...

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Dress code repression: Kerala’s history of breast tax for Avarna women

As burkini controversy unfolds, a look at Kerala’s caste history, its focus on women’s bodies Even as media across the globe hotly debates on how much women should cover up – or should not – our own history has a disturbing and ...

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Nandigram’s women still wait for justice

The Hindu The martyrs’ memorial in Nandigram. Raped and assaulted, justice eludes the victims, while the perpetrators have returned with political patronage When the farmers of Nandigram came out to protest against the 2007 State government order acquiring 10,000 acres ...

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The great Dalit cauldron and why it matters

   Danish Raza, Sukhdeep Kaur, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times Updated: Aug 28, 2016 09:52 IST 1 People at a convention in Ahmedabad on July 31 to protest the flogging of Dalit men in Una. (Siddharaj Solanki/HT Photo.) GUJARAT IN ...

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Privilege reform: Why Indian govt must intervene to wipe out caste from non-Dalit minds

Sunday, August 14, 2016 – 16:43 N. Srinivas, India’s famed anthropologist, said, “caste is everywhere the unit of social action.” Human societies have been predisposed to hierarchies, but India is unique in notating caste as identity of people. Hinduism never ...

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The return of Dalit heroine in Malayalam cinema

ET Bureau | Aug 14, 2016, 11.30 AM IST   1 Dalit girl Anitha, played by ShruthyMenon, in Kismath. This was the year in which Rajinikanth read My Father Baliah by Dalit thinker YB Satyanarayana and referred to BabasahebAmbedkar in ...

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The skin I live in

  Mumbai Mirror | Aug 7, 2016, 03.22 AM IST Seven Dalits across the country talk about their tryst with India. 2016 has seen India’s fault lines, especially vis-a-vis its caste divide, erupt into a sociopolitical volcano. PhD student RohithVemula’s ...

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How powerful castes in Maharashtra plot against Dalit women sarpanches to grab control of panchayats

RahiGaikwad Upper castes in Bankaranja village in Beed recently ousted an elected Dalit sarpanch with a mind of her own and installed a pliable proxy instead. 1 Four men were seated in the gram sabha office in Bankaranja village in ...

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No country for equality

  While crimes against Dalits are increasing, the state has time and again let them down, with little action against the perpetrators. Written by BHALCHANDRA MUNGEKAR | Updated: August 2, 2016 10:57 am Atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are ...

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