Recognising moral energy, prodigious skill in movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

Text of the statement by the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award board of trustees while choosing Bezwada Wilson, convener, Safai Karmachari Andolan, as a recipient of what is popularly called the Asian Nobel Prize: Manual scavenging is blight on humanity in India. Consigned by structural inequality to the dalits, India’s “untouchables,” manual scavenging is the work… More Recognising moral energy, prodigious skill in movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

Representation to Governor: Dalits have lost faith in Gujarat govt, see suicide as a form of protest

By Pratik Sinha* A 14 member delegation from Jan Sangharsh Manch visited the Governor of Gujarat,  Om Prakash Kohli on Friday the 22nd of July, 2016, to submit a memorandum with a list of demands with respect to the increasing atrocities on Dalits and minorities in Gujarat and especially regarding the recent events in Una… More Representation to Governor: Dalits have lost faith in Gujarat govt, see suicide as a form of protest

Gujarat Dalits look forward to impartial, just and fair investigation under NHRC chairman

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Gujarat unit, has submitted a memorandum to National Human Rights Commission chairman HL Dattu on incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the state in the wake of the recent Una incident, in which four Dalit youths, tied with an SUV, were beaten up with iron rods. The memorandum… More Gujarat Dalits look forward to impartial, just and fair investigation under NHRC chairman

Salidarity note: HDRC ad was meant to promote constitutional values of equal opportunity for all

An advertisement issued on April 6, 2016 by an Ahmedabad-based NGO, Human Development and Resource Centre (HDRC), recently turned into a full-blown controversy in Gujarat two and a half months later, because it called for giving preference to a non-reservation category person for the post of cleaner. It led to violent attacks (click HERE to read)… More Salidarity note: HDRC ad was meant to promote constitutional values of equal opportunity for all

While Dalit houses were burned in Odisha, govt machinery remained deliberately inactive

By Pramodini Pradhan* The PUCL is deeply concerned at the growing caste atrocities on dalits by the upper caste communities in the state, particularly in the rural areas. Of more concern is the deliberate inaction by the government machinery in providing protection to the dalit communities and making a mockery of the Prevention of Atrocities… More While Dalit houses were burned in Odisha, govt machinery remained deliberately inactive

Emphasize on Ambedkar’s inputs for empowering people instead of running after mirage of reservation

Text of the speech delivered by Dr Anand Teltumbde* at a seminar on “Dr Ambedkar’s Relevance Today and in the Future” on June 16, 2016 to mark the centenary of Dr Bhimroa Ramji Ambedkar’s arrival at the London School of Economics: Mahatma Gandhi once observed that Dr Ambedkar would never let history ignore him. For… More Emphasize on Ambedkar’s inputs for empowering people instead of running after mirage of reservation

Interim fact finding report on the brutal murder of a Dalit in village Jusari, District Nagaur, Rajasthan

Jaipur-based Centre for Dalit Rights’ interim fact finding report on the brutal murder of Dalit Prabhuram Bawari of village Jusari, Police Station Makrana, District Nagaur, Rajasthan: On the receipt of the information of the brutal murder of Prabhuram Bawari at the hands of Ghanshyam Sharma, Dhirendra Singh Anand Singh, Daulat Singh, Manish and others over… More Interim fact finding report on the brutal murder of a Dalit in village Jusari, District Nagaur, Rajasthan