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

How Dalits from villages across India protested the Hathras crime with a funeral ritual

By Aathira Konikkara In October, Martin Macwan, a Dalit activist organised a tribute to the 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gangraped and assaulted in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. Macwan is one of the founders of a Gujarat-based non-profit, Dalit Foundation, which works for the empowerment of Dalit communities. In a programme named Bhim Kanya, people across … Continue reading How Dalits from villages across India protested the Hathras crime with a funeral ritual

Glimpses of ‘haldi-tilak’ rite on Hathras girl’s image across 1,000 villages across India

Over 30,000 people, among them Dalit women in large numbers, participated in performing a symbolic last religious rite across 1,000 villages of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Karnataka as a mark of respect to the Hathras teenage girl, who … Continue reading Glimpses of ‘haldi-tilak’ rite on Hathras girl’s image across 1,000 villages across India

In coversation with a leading figure of Ambedkarite movement in United Kingdom

Chakravarty Gautam is one of the founders of Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organizations in the United Kingdom (FABO UK). He was born in Gujarat and migrated to the UK in 1969. He established himself as a business person and also linked to various Ambedkarite groups working in the UK. He became one of the … Continue reading In coversation with a leading figure of Ambedkarite movement in United Kingdom