Dalits

September 19, 2019
In today's talk, Teesta Setalvad talks about the row over Hindi as the official language, demolition of the 500-year old Sant Ravidas Temple and the Dalit agitation over it and the subsequent arrests of 50+ people including Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. The question is 'Do we want a thriving multi-partied parliamentary democracy'?  
September 18, 2019
Translation is not just about words, it is about carrying a culture, a history, a whole world into another language. Translations do not just bring languages closer to one another, they also introduce us to diverse modes of imagining and perceiving different cultures. To mark the International Translation Day, celebrated on 30 September, the Indian Cultural Forum...
September 17, 2019
The eighty-plus year old was first booked for inciting violence at Bhima-Koregaon on January 1, 2018, which resulted in the death of one; charges against him were thereafter diluted The Bombay high court (HC) on Monday directed the Pune Police to complete its investigation into the alleged involvement of 85-year-old activist Sambhaji Bhide in the Bhima-Koregaon riots and submit its report...
September 17, 2019
The incident occurred on Monday at a Gollarahatti, a village dominated by the backward Yadava community. The BJP’s Chitradurga lawmaker A Narayanaswamy was on a visit to the village to discuss drinking water problems. The Hindustan Times reports that a member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), A Narayanaswamy was denied entry into a village in Karnataka’s Pavagada taluk...
September 16, 2019
Several key leaders and activists including Chief Chandrashekhar Azad remain incarcerated Dalit- Ambedkarite outfit Bhim Army has called for a Press Conference condemning the “fascist actions of the BJP Government” against the activists who participated in protests opposing the demolition of the Ravidas temple in Delhi and have targeted subsequently. It said, “Despite our repeated...
September 12, 2019
If there is one man who deserves to be called a renaissance figure in dalit literature and art, it is Raja Dhale. Many may have heard of him only recently, when he passed away in July, 2019. Dhale was a remarkable poet; an occasional but refined translator; a fiery yet incisive critic of the subject at hand; a radical Buddhist philosopher; and a ruthless advocate of ethical politics. But most...
September 6, 2019
Some years ago late J Jayalailthaa, then chief minister of Tamil Nadu passed an ordinance on religious conversion making it subject to state approval. This came in the wake of conversions in Mennakshipuram and other places of Dalits to Islam, and elsewhere to Christianity. Late Atal Behari Vajpayee was a strong votary of this, but could not carry his government on it as some notable...
September 4, 2019
Research on colonial Indian cartoons and biographies of cartoonists is quite scant in India. Although cartoons provide an alternative visual history, they are often overlooked by academicians. Even premier institutions in India do not consider colonial cartoons a part of visual art history, nor encourage research on them. As a result, it is comics like Amar Chitra Katha and Chandamama that are...
August 29, 2019
Translated by Catherine Thankamma Pulayathara by Paul Chirakkarode (1939-2008) explains how different an idea 'home' is, for the Pulayas and Paraiyars of Kerala, the supposed 'lower' castes of the land. 'Home', for them, is an ever changing, fragile, and ambiguous entity, for it is where their 'upper' caste 'masters' permit it to exist. 'Roots' then, in this context, becomes a symbol...
August 29, 2019
On August 10th, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on the orders of Supreme Court, demolished a Sant Guru Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad on the grounds that the land belonged to the Government.   This 15th century temple located in a forested area has been dedicated to Sant Guru Ravidas, a spiritual saint and a poet highly revered by many people and especially Dalit communities in...