2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

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 … More 2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

Kemat Gawale, a Dalit rights activist’s seminal contribution in the field of education

By Rahul Banerjee*  Horrendous caste oppression will not end and Dalit emancipation will not happen only if a few well-meaning and diligent Savarna officers do their duty as depicted in the much-hyped film “Article 15”, but will be possible only if there are militant Dalit activists in large numbers who can lead their community in … More Kemat Gawale, a Dalit rights activist’s seminal contribution in the field of education

The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

By Sumeet Mhaskar* On 2 October 2014, the Government of India launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) ostensibly to fulfil Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India. To achieve this objective, the central government planned to eliminate open defection through construction of new latrines, and connecting toilets to the sewers. The media … More The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

Manual scavenging, social exclusion of past even today play crucial role India’s sanitation outcome

Excerpts from the paper “Where Bharat Goes” by Diane Coffey of the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE): Why have government latrines been rejected by villagers for at least the last seventy years? The social scientists at the 1956 Ministry of Health conference discussed many possible reasons, including the fact that villagers’ beliefs about cleanliness … More Manual scavenging, social exclusion of past even today play crucial role India’s sanitation outcome

Scheduled Caste wealth share worse than tribals: It’s 7-8% of total, 11% less than its population share

Excerpts from the research paper “Wealth Inequality, Class and Caste in India, 1961-2012”, by Nitin Kumar Bharti, World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics: India is a very peculiar country with a complex and regressive caste system. Unfortunately past unequal distribution of wealth along caste lines has never been corrected. A simple depiction is the … More Scheduled Caste wealth share worse than tribals: It’s 7-8% of total, 11% less than its population share

Need to make students aware of Ambedkar’s ideas on Indian conditions and his futuristic vision

Text of the letter by  RB Sreekumar, IPS (Retd), former DGP, Gujarat, to Pinarayi Vijayan,Chief Minister of Kerala, on the need for  “actualization of the vision of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and implementation of Ambedkarism”: All major political parties of India have been appreciatingly acknowledging the unique and laudable position of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar … More Need to make students aware of Ambedkar’s ideas on Indian conditions and his futuristic vision

Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village

Kantilal Parmar, a senior Dalit rights activist, has written a letter* to Gujarat revenue minister Kaushik Patel, insisting on the need to allocate land for a separate cremation ground for the Dalit community of a village in North Gujarat. Text of the letter: We belong to a Scheduled Caste (SC) community, are citizens of India, … More Caste-based discrimination for cremating those who pass away in this North Gujarat village