Delink scheduled caste status from religion, make SCs fully religion-neutral like scheduled tribes

Excerpts from the report, “Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India”, by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal government commission created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA): Article 17 of the Indian Constitution officially makes the practice of “untouchability”—the imposition of social disabilities on persons … More Delink scheduled caste status from religion, make SCs fully religion-neutral like scheduled tribes

Emergent ideological trends and patterns of identities among Dalit middle classes in India

By Shraddha Jalan and Swapnil Dhanraj* Review of the book, “Dalit Middle Class: Mobility, Identity and Politics of Caste”, by Gurram Srinivas; Rawat Publications, 2016, Jaipur, 230pp., Rs 799, ISBN: 978-81-316-0688-9 (Hardcover). The emergence of the term ‘Dalit middle class’ should be considered as an important development in the discourse of caste and Dalit politics … More Emergent ideological trends and patterns of identities among Dalit middle classes in India

Power comes from knowledge, and not by being born in a particular caste, religion or class

By Manjula Pradeep* “Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person, whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. One, whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind … More Power comes from knowledge, and not by being born in a particular caste, religion or class

A determined fight against caste-based atrocities, including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration

By Raju Solanki First time in the history of Dalit protest in Gujarat Dalits from as many as ten villages have come together, formed a united platform called ‘Pratirodh’ and launched a determined fight against caste based atrocities including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration. They all are on indefinite hunger strike for justice. On … More A determined fight against caste-based atrocities, including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration

University authorities seemed to be targeting Rohith, other Dalit students from political position

Excerpts from the report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad, prepared by Justice K Chandru, retired judge, High Court, Madras; Prof Ghanshyam Shah, formerly professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Prof Govardhan Wankhede, formerly professor and dean, Tata Institute of Social Science , Mumbai:   The … More University authorities seemed to be targeting Rohith, other Dalit students from political position