Maharashtra Dalit arrests are a blatant violation of citizens’ right to freedom of expression, dissent

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Maharashtra, statement condemning the arrest of Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rana Jacob on 6th June 2018: PUCL strongly condemns the vindictive and arbitrary arrest of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Mr. Sudhir Dhawale, Mr. Rona Wilson, Ms. Shoma Sen, Mr. Mahesh Raut and Mr. … Continue reading Maharashtra Dalit arrests are a blatant violation of citizens’ right to freedom of expression, dissent

Police had advance information of April 2 Bharat bandh, why was there no preventive measure?

By Dr VA Ramesh Nathan, PS Krishnan IAS (retd)* The National Coalition for Strengthening Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act strongly condemns the caste based atrocity unleashed on Dalits in in several parts of the country including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh on April 2, 2018, which resulted in nine Dalits … Continue reading Police had advance information of April 2 Bharat bandh, why was there no preventive measure?

Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) statement condemning police brutality against peaceful demonstrations of Dalits in India on April 2: The International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), a global policy advocacy organization, along with hundreds of its associates strongly condemns police brutality against peaceful demonstrations collectively organized by Dalit Organizations, Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes (SC/STs) and Other … Continue reading Police used ‘exclusive force’ against Dalits’ peaceful demonstrations across India on April 2

Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Dalit protestors’ voices must not be suppressed, says Amnesty International India: “State governments must ensure that Dalit protestors are not denied their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression”, Amnesty International India said today. State police must not detain anyone simply for claiming their rights, and must bring to justice those responsible for attacking … Continue reading Stifling peaceful protests, blocking Dalits from claiming their rights will undermine govt legitimacy

Concern over police brutality unleashed by Kerala Police against Dalit Atmabhiman Convention

Social activists, writers, film makers, academicians and members of the civil society have condemned the police brutality unleashed by the Kerala Police against the Dalit Atmabhiman Convention organized by the Dalit Bhoo Avakasha Samara Munnani (Dalit Land Rights’ Organisation) in Vadayampadi, Kochi on 4th February. Prominent signatories include Aruna Roy, Prafulla Samanthra, Kavitha Srivasthava, Teesta … Continue reading Concern over police brutality unleashed by Kerala Police against Dalit Atmabhiman Convention

Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) statement demanding high level judicial probe, release of all innocent dalit-bahujan youth detained /arrested by Maha police, action against those fanning communal hatred:  Bhima Koregaon, widely regarded as one of the most significant historical markers of Dalit resistance against the Peshwai feudalism in Maharashtra, witnessed an unprecedented wave of … Continue reading Bhima Koregaon violence: In solidarity with the energetic struggles of dalits, minorities, youth

Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat

Excerpts from the paper “Neo-liberal Political Economy and Social Tensions Simmering Dalit Unrest and Competing Castes in Gujarat”, published in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (September 2, 2017) by Prof Ghanshyam Shah*, examining the possible factors responsible for the simmering strife attacks on Scheduled Caste (SC) tanners by gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) on 11 July … Continue reading Dalits’ economic assertion, fight for wages, land rights main causes of caste violence in Gujarat