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

How poverty is disproportionately experienced in scale, intensity by socially excluded communities

By Edwin Daneil, Hannah Johns and Deepak Nikarthil* Despite substantial progress made in poverty reduction, India remains home to the largest number of poor in the world. However, this poverty disproportionately affects the Dalits and the Adivasis as is evident from data of successive Census of India, the House listing data, National Sample Survey Organisation … More How poverty is disproportionately experienced in scale, intensity by socially excluded communities

Violence against Dalits particularly becomes virulent when they challenge caste domination

By Battini Rao* Fifty five Dalit houses were burnt down during the afternoon of May 5 in Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur in northern UP. Attackers belonged to the dominant Rajput community of the area. They were armed with swords, spears, and lathis, and numbered about three thousand. Several other houses were looted, and fifteen motorcycles were burnt. … More Violence against Dalits particularly becomes virulent when they challenge caste domination

Anti-Dalit violence in Shabbirpur: Initiate long-term preventive action, peace-building measures

Shabbirpur – Saharanpur, UP Violence against Dalits on May 5, 2017: Text of the Fact Finding Report by National Dalit Movement for Justice – NCDHR: That the Hindus most often succeed in pulling down Untouchables is largely due to many causes. The Hindu has the Police and the Magistracy on his side. In a quarrel … More Anti-Dalit violence in Shabbirpur: Initiate long-term preventive action, peace-building measures

Several features of caste-based segregation in UP village Saaraspur akin to US’ racial segregation

By Shamsher Singh* This paper is a case study of how the residential segregation of Scheduled Castes (Dalits) in a village is associated with deprivation in access to adequate housing and basic amenities such as domestic electricity, piped drinking water, lavatories, common open spaces, street lighting, and drainage. The case study, based on Saaraspur village, … More Several features of caste-based segregation in UP village Saaraspur akin to US’ racial segregation