By Dr Ravichandran Bathran* At the outset, untouchability or caste is never an issue until it takes lives. Similarly, the wall is in discussion, also, only due to the lives it took. The collapse of the 20 feet high and 80 feet long wall in #Nadoor, a small village situated in Mettupalayam, has attracted a … Continue reading Untouchability wall in Mettupalayam: Segregating SC/MBCs from caste Hindus
By Martin Macwan* Historically, for Dalits to be on crossroads is a new phenomenon. They have, with their own labour and sweat, gradually progressed through a most difficult journey, unique in the world, from being treated and sanctioned as ‘untouchable’ to being equal citizens. And yet, the fact is, their enemies have been more powerful … Continue reading Amidst tall claims of development, we have failed to abolish untouchability, a root cause of atrocities
By Krishnan Nandela* Gandhi is widely criticized as a proponent of the Varna-ashrama system. Yes, Gandhi was a proponent of the Varna system and belief in the varna-ashrama system was a cardinal qualification to be a Hindu according to Gandhi. However, Gandhi’s Varna system had internal flexibility and the varnas were mutually tradable in the … Continue reading Munusmriti-imposed rigid varna system and socio-religious disabilities were not acceptable to Gandhi
By Charul Agrawal* “Urfe Aalo” a play by the Whistle Blower Theatre group, forces its audience to confront the harsh reality of manual scavenging – an occupation which is no less oppressive than bonded labor. It talks about Nilesh, a Valmiki trying to get out of the caste imposed occupation. Nilesh while in school was … Continue reading Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers
By B Jeetesh* The Madhya Pradesh assembly passed a bill on the 23rd of July which would improve the OBC quota in government jobs and education from 14% to 27%.  This is just but one of the numerous quota bills that have been passed in India in the past 70 years. Upon independence, B.R … Continue reading Are bandages enough to heal the stab wounds that are caused by caste discrimination?
By Tanvi Khandelwal* Last month I watched a movie named “Article 15” which is based on caste discrimination and inequality among various ladders of society. The storyline of film revolves around IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (played by Ayushman Khurana) and how he unravels cases of caste discrimination such as gang rape, untouchability and physical tortures … Continue reading Social status of Dalits men has improved marginally with time, but condition of women is standstill
Excerpts from the chapter “Ministry / Department wise priority to schemes for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes” in the report "Dalit Adivasi Budget Analysis 2019-20", published by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolon: In the budget speech of 2017-18, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had introduced outcome-based monitoring for Schemes for … Continue reading 2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation