Martin Macwan on how India can take inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement

By Johanna Deeksha* Despite the raging pandemic that is threatening our life, the African-American community took over the streets of the United States protesting for a freedom that the world had assumed they had won in 1865. Too many from the community had been murdered, abused, exploited, robbed, harassed and threatened for too long, and … Continue reading Martin Macwan on how India can take inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement

Dalit Foundation creating young brigades to continue struggle with a positive approach

Forum Asia interview with Pradip G More, Deputy Director, Dalit Foundation, and member, Forum Asia, on his human rights journey with the Dalit community and how he works to inspire and nurture the new generation of changemakers: How did you become involved with human rights? And how did you become involved with Forum Asia? During … Continue reading Dalit Foundation creating young brigades to continue struggle with a positive approach

Support the call for the removal of the statue of Manu from the Rajasthan High Court

Well-known human rights activist Raju Rajagopal has started a petition to all Indians who oppose caste system, stating that the public statue of the author of the infamous Manusmṛiti in Rajasthan High Court premises has no place in India’s pluralistic society: We support the call for the removal of Manu from the premises of the Rajasthan High Court. We … Continue reading Support the call for the removal of the statue of Manu from the Rajasthan High Court

Remove Manu’s statue, his law stands in total contradiction to the Indian Constitution

Letter written by Dalit rights leader Macwan Macwan, founder, Navsarjan Trust, signed by over 600 concerned citizens, asking Congress president Sonia Gandhi to intervene for the removal the statue of Manu from the Rajasthan High Court premises: We are writing this letter because we believe that as the President of the Indian National Congress which … Continue reading Remove Manu’s statue, his law stands in total contradiction to the Indian Constitution

Plain Speaking – A Sudra’s Story: A belated review, with IITs and OBC reservations in mind

Book Review: “Memoirs of: A.N. Sattanathan”; Edited by: Dr. Uttara Natarajan; Published by: Permanent Black 2007 By Raju Rajagopal* I grew up in a privileged upper caste family where caste prejudices were on display every day. But a class reading of Basavanna’s vachanagalu on caste and class had left a deep impression on me as a middle-schooler. … Continue reading Plain Speaking – A Sudra’s Story: A belated review, with IITs and OBC reservations in mind

Dalits feel suffocation in India just as the Blacks and the coloured people do in US

Human rights activist and founder, Navsarjan Trust, Martin Macwan, recipient of the prestigious Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award for the year 2000, has drafted an open letter toPresident Donald Trump following the turn of events in the light murder of George Floyd. Seeking signatures for the letter, Macwan asks people to light a lamp … Continue reading Dalits feel suffocation in India just as the Blacks and the coloured people do in US

US Dalit rights group stands in alliance with Americans who demand justice for all individuals

Statement by Dil Bishkarma (D.B. Sagar), President, International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), Washington DC, on  George Floyd’s murder , calling it an inhumane act, insisting, “black lives matter”: The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) condemns the recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on the 25th of May, 2020. Police brutality and … Continue reading US Dalit rights group stands in alliance with Americans who demand justice for all individuals