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

Assess, audit of all current schemes for Dalits to support access to social and economic rights

Excerpts from “Joint Stakeholder Report on Caste Based Discrimination in India” to the 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council – India (III UPR Cycle- May 2017), Submitted by National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR): The Indian Constitution prohibits discrimination in employment and commits to promoting the economic … More Assess, audit of all current schemes for Dalits to support access to social and economic rights

Complaint to NHRC chairperson on social boycott of Dalits in three North Gujarat villages

By Kantilal Ukabhai Parmar* Justice HL Dattu, chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has been asked to intervene immediately and take steps against human rights violation of scheduled caste people in Par village, Santalpur block, Patan district, where several Dalit families have been forced to migrate and is currently sitting in front of the Patan … More Complaint to NHRC chairperson on social boycott of Dalits in three North Gujarat villages

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