Bharat Patankar: Annihilation of caste should be Ambedkarites’ top agenda

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* Mr Bharat Patankar has been a leading intellectual as well as political activist in Maharashtra with around fifty years of experience. His parents were part of the freedom movement and hence he was acquainted with their activities as well as meeting numerous political leaders and activists. Though he was a medical … Continue reading Bharat Patankar: Annihilation of caste should be Ambedkarites’ top agenda

Bezwada Wilson on why it is needed to actively lobby for sanitation workers’ rights

By Rudril Pandey* No person in the world would tout the practice of manual scavenging to be beneficial to society or a desirable outcome to be pursued. Many people would feel nauseated just by thinking about the activity. With an exceedingly low approval amongst the masses, one would think that manual scavenging would have been … Continue reading Bezwada Wilson on why it is needed to actively lobby for sanitation workers’ rights

A voice for the voiceless who attempted to revive Self-Respect Movement

By P Arun Pandian* “India cheers Dalits riding donkeys, but fears Dalits riding horses” – A sad reality that the privileged often reject, ignore or pretend to ignore Unlike other leaders, why is Ambedkar’s statue caged? Is a question that needs to be answered before starting any debate about Dalits and the policies being framed for … Continue reading A voice for the voiceless who attempted to revive Self-Respect Movement

Manual scavenging: Rooted in caste system, blot on Indian society

By Dhruv Pachauri* If you cannot modify something you have to destroy it completely and rebuild. We need to destroy the whole caste system – Bezwada Wilson While scrolling through YouTube, a documentary made by Samdish Bhatia on Manual scavengers in Mumbai stunned me. Immediately, multiple questions were in front of me. What is manual … Continue reading Manual scavenging: Rooted in caste system, blot on Indian society

Dalit Foundation intervention in Tamil Nadu helps rescue 35 bonded labourers from Sivakasi

By Pradip G More* As many as 35 bonded labourers, belonging to Pithora tehsil of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, have been rescued from a factory at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. This happened after Dalit Foundation activists Rajim Tandi and Devendra informed me about their detention in the factory and physical assault by the owner. They were forced to … Continue reading Dalit Foundation intervention in Tamil Nadu helps rescue 35 bonded labourers from Sivakasi

Manual scavengers: Unsung heroes who are treated as slaves of the modern era

Piyush Arya* Despite the constitution abolishing untouchability in the country, I am asking you, people, do you shake hands with them? The answer is no. That is the way we are going on.  – Arun Mishra, Supreme Court judge on manual scavenging The term 'manual scavenger' is defined as "a person engaged or employed … … Continue reading Manual scavengers: Unsung heroes who are treated as slaves of the modern era

Need to struggle on multiple fronts by disabled of lower strata of society

By Sheshu Babu "Caste is another name for control. Caste puts a limit on enjoyment. Caste does not allow a person to transgress caste limits. In pursuit of his enjoyment. That is the meaning of such caste restrictions  as inter-dining and intermarriage...” -- Dr BR Ambedkar in “Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition” Caste … Continue reading Need to struggle on multiple fronts by disabled of lower strata of society