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?
By Tanvi Khandelwal* Last month I watched a movie named “Article 15” which is based on caste discrimination and inequality among various ladders of society. The storyline of film revolves around IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (played by Ayushman Khurana) and how he unravels cases of caste discrimination such as gang rape, untouchability and physical tortures … More Social status of Dalits men has improved marginally with time, but condition of women is standstill
Excerpts from the chapter “Ministry / Department wise priority to schemes for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes” in the report “Dalit Adivasi Budget Analysis 2019-20”, published by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolon: In the budget speech of 2017-18, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had introduced outcome-based monitoring for Schemes for … More 2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation
By Rahul Banerjee* Horrendous caste oppression will not end and Dalit emancipation will not happen only if a few well-meaning and diligent Savarna officers do their duty as depicted in the much-hyped film “Article 15”, but will be possible only if there are militant Dalit activists in large numbers who can lead their community in … More Kemat Gawale, a Dalit rights activist’s seminal contribution in the field of education
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