Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) statement condemning police brutality against peaceful demonstrations of Dalits in India on April 2: The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), a global policy advocacy organization, along with hundreds of its associates strongly condemns police brutality against peaceful demonstrations collectively organized by Dalit Organizations, Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes (SC/STs) and Other … More Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Dalit protestors’ voices must not be suppressed, says Amnesty International India: “State governments must ensure that Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Amnesty International India said today. State police must not detain anyone simply for claiming their rights, and must bring to justice those responsible for attacking … More Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Concern over police brutality unleashed by Kerala Police against Dalit Atmabhiman Convention

Social activists, writers, film makers, academicians and members of the civil society have condemned the police brutality unleashed by the Kerala Police against the Dalit Atmabhiman Convention organized by the Dalit Bhoo Avakasha Samara Munnani (Dalit Land Rights’ Organisation) in Vadayampadi, Kochi on 4th February. Prominent signatories include Aruna Roy, Prafulla Samanthra, Kavitha Srivasthava, Teesta … More Concern over police brutality unleashed by Kerala Police against Dalit Atmabhiman Convention

Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) statement demanding high level judicial probe, release of all innocent dalit-bahujan youth detained /arrested by Maha police, action against those fanning communal hatred:  Bhima Koregaon, widely regarded as one of the most significant historical markers of Dalit resistance against the Peshwai feudalism in Maharashtra, witnessed an unprecedented wave of … More Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat

Excerpts from the paper “Neo-liberal Political Economy and Social Tensions Simmering Dalit Unrest and Competing Castes in Gujarat”, published in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (September 2, 2017) by Prof Ghanshyam Shah*, examining the possible factors responsible for the simmering strife attacks on Scheduled Caste (SC) tanners by gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) on 11 July … More Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat

How a reluctant Gujarat government agreed to allow Dalit rally with India’s largest national flag

By Rajiv Shah In an unusual move, the Gujarat government on August 11 agreed for a rally — albeit “silent” — starting at Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) in Nani Devti village, not very far from the upcoming industrial hub of Sanand in Ahmedabad district, to about 50 km away, Gandhinagar, the state capital. The decision … More How a reluctant Gujarat government agreed to allow Dalit rally with India’s largest national flag

Mission 2047: Agitation for untouchability free India by 100th anniversary of Independence

Gujarat’s well-known Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, is holding an agitation on July 15, 2017 under the banner Mission 2047, exhorting authorities to declare India untouchability free by 2047. Details: It is true; India can take pride for the development, progress and international trade it has been able to achieve post-independence. But it is equally … More Mission 2047: Agitation for untouchability free India by 100th anniversary of Independence