The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

By Sumeet Mhaskar* On 2 October 2014, the Government of India launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) ostensibly to fulfil Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India. To achieve this objective, the central government planned to eliminate open defection through construction of new latrines, and connecting toilets to the sewers. The media … More The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

Manual scavenging, social exclusion of past even today play crucial role India’s sanitation outcome

Excerpts from the paper “Where Bharat Goes” by Diane Coffey of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE): Why have government latrines been rejected by villagers for at least the last seventy years? The social scientists at the 1956 Ministry of Health conference discussed many possible reasons, including the fact that villagers’ beliefs about cleanliness … More Manual scavenging, social exclusion of past even today play crucial role India’s sanitation outcome

Scheduled Caste wealth share worse than tribals: It’s 7-8% of total, 11% less than its population share

Excerpts from the research paper “Wealth Inequality, Class and Caste in India, 1961-2012”, by Nitin Kumar Bharti, World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics: India is a very peculiar country with a complex and regressive caste system. Unfortunately past unequal distribution of wealth along caste lines has never been corrected. A simple depiction is the … More Scheduled Caste wealth share worse than tribals: It’s 7-8% of total, 11% less than its population share

Need to make students aware of Ambedkar’s ideas on Indian conditions and his futuristic vision

Text of the letter by  RB Sreekumar, IPS (Retd), former DGP, Gujarat, to Pinarayi Vijayan,Chief Minister of Kerala, on the need for  “actualization of the vision of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and implementation of Ambedkarism”: All major political parties of India have been appreciatingly acknowledging the unique and laudable position of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar … More Need to make students aware of Ambedkar’s ideas on Indian conditions and his futuristic vision

Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Kantilal Parmar, a senior Dalit rights activist, has written a letter* to Gujarat revenue minister Kaushik Patel, insisting on the need to allocate land for a separate cremation ground for the Dalit community of a village in North Gujarat. Text of the letter: We belong to a Scheduled Caste (SC) community, are citizens of India, … More Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Bringing Shudras, ati-Shudras on one platform: Consultation for a new neo-Dalit movement

The People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCRC), a Varanasi-based NGO, proposes to organize consultation for the creation of of a neo-Dalit movement on August 9, the Quit India day. Lenin Raghuvanshi, who heads the NGO, in a statement, says that the consultation, to be held at Moolgadi Kabirchaura Math, Kabirchaura, Varanasi, is meant to … More Bringing Shudras, ati-Shudras on one platform: Consultation for a new neo-Dalit movement

Brutal suppression of dissent in the name of curbing anti-national threats and Maoist terror

National Alliance of People’s Movements statement condemning the arrest of pro-people activists Shoma Sen, Advocate Surender Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police, demanding their immediate and unconditional release: At around 6 am on the 6th of June, Professor Shoma Sen – Head of the English Department in Nagpur University and a … More Brutal suppression of dissent in the name of curbing anti-national threats and Maoist terror