An open letter by activists, G Israel, Shiva Shankar, S Subramanian, Mari Marcel Thekaekara, Tathagata Sengupta, E Asaithambi, A Isaiah and Arul Ganesh, addressed to all the ministers of Central and state governments on sanitation, justice, and self-interest: This is a letter addressed to all organs of State and Society, to all of our fellow … More Time to break caste transmission of sanitary work from mother to daughter, father to son
On the Republic day eve, January 25, Gujarat’s premier Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, will be releasing Constitution House, an 8 inch X 6 inch X 6 inch wooden structure, in order to explain the the basic fundamentals of the Constitution of India. The Constitution House will be introduced at 11:30 am at the Dalit … More The story of the Constitution of India as a House Building: To be told on Jan 25 at Dalit Shakti Kendra
By Dr Ravichandran Bathran* At the outset, untouchability or caste is never an issue until it takes lives. Similarly, the wall is in discussion, also, only due to the lives it took. The collapse of the 20 feet high and 80 feet long wall in #Nadoor, a small village situated in Mettupalayam, has attracted a … More Untouchability wall in Mettupalayam: Segregating SC/MBCs from caste Hindus
By Martin Macwan* Historically, for Dalits to be on crossroads is a new phenomenon. They have, with their own labour and sweat, gradually progressed through a most difficult journey, unique in the world, from being treated and sanctioned as ‘untouchable’ to being equal citizens. And yet, the fact is, their enemies have been more powerful … More Amidst tall claims of development, we have failed to abolish untouchability, a root cause of atrocities
By Krishnan Nandela* Gandhi is widely criticized as a proponent of the Varna-ashrama system. Yes, Gandhi was a proponent of the Varna system and belief in the varna-ashrama system was a cardinal qualification to be a Hindu according to Gandhi. However, Gandhi’s Varna system had internal flexibility and the varnas were mutually tradable in the … More Munusmriti-imposed rigid varna system and socio-religious disabilities were not acceptable to Gandhi
By Charul Agrawal* “Urfe Aalo” a play by the Whistle Blower Theatre group, forces its audience to confront the harsh reality of manual scavenging – an occupation which is no less oppressive than bonded labor. It talks about Nilesh, a Valmiki trying to get out of the caste imposed occupation. Nilesh while in school was … More Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers
By B Jeetesh* The Madhya Pradesh assembly passed a bill on the 23rd of July which would improve the OBC quota in government jobs and education from 14% to 27%.  This is just but one of the numerous quota bills that have been passed in India in the past 70 years. Upon independence, B.R … More Are bandages enough to heal the stab wounds that are caused by caste discrimination?