The first campaign of a girl, soon to begin her teen age

Niharika By Martin Macwan* The day was March 20, 2021. The Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) was holding the first programme to launch its sustained campaign against untouchability. People from different villages of 14 districts had come with their own donations in the form of 501 kilo Gram of brass utensils. There were no speeches. After … Continue reading The first campaign of a girl, soon to begin her teen age

BHIM RUDAN: 1111… 1 Country 1 Nation; Please repeat, 1 Country 1 Nation…

By Martin Macwan* Should we be content with the fact that Dr. Ambedkar has been posthumously awarded the ‘BHARAT RATNA’ and that his portrait is hung on the wall of the Parliament? In fact what Dr. Ambedkar desired was the annihilation of Caste, and least his glorification. Has Dr. Ambedkar’s dream fulfilled? How long are … Continue reading BHIM RUDAN: 1111… 1 Country 1 Nation; Please repeat, 1 Country 1 Nation…

Prof Pheroz Tehmurasp Contractor: Silent, unnoticed warrior against casteism

Phillibhai leading a Dalit rights rally By Martin Macwan* [inputs: Gagan Sethi] It was the month of May 1976 and I had just appeared for the old SSC board exams. A friend of mine in Nadiad had asked me to join him in a training program on social awareness to be held in Mount Abu. … Continue reading Prof Pheroz Tehmurasp Contractor: Silent, unnoticed warrior against casteism

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