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

Time to break caste transmission of sanitary work from mother to daughter, father to son

An open letter by activists, G Israel, Shiva Shankar, S Subramanian, Mari Marcel Thekaekara, Tathagata Sengupta, E Asaithambi, A Isaiah and Arul Ganesh, addressed to all the ministers of Central and state governments on sanitation, justice, and self-interest: This is a letter addressed to all organs of State and Society, to all of our fellow … Continue reading Time to break caste transmission of sanitary work from mother to daughter, father to son

The story of the Constitution of India as a House Building: To be told on Jan 25 at Dalit Shakti Kendra

On the Republic day eve, January 25, Gujarat’s premier Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, will be releasing Constitution House, an 8 inch X 6 inch X 6 inch wooden structure, in order to explain the the basic fundamentals of the Constitution of India. The Constitution House will be introduced at 11:30 am at the Dalit … Continue reading The story of the Constitution of India as a House Building: To be told on Jan 25 at Dalit Shakti Kendra

Untouchability wall in Mettupalayam: Segregating SC/MBCs from caste Hindus

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