Ambedkar enacted Buddhist strategies,wanted dalit women to be leaders of their struggle

By Yogesh Maitreya* Even before I was born, in my house there were images of the Buddha and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. My grandmother, I vividly remember, used to light incense sticks and candles in front of their images in the early morning and late evening. She also used to attend daily prayers at the Buddha … Continue reading Ambedkar enacted Buddhist strategies,wanted dalit women to be leaders of their struggle

Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

By Yogesh Maitreya* “Majhi aaji manhayachi Ovi hee jatya warr, Bhim banala sawali Koti koti chya mathywar” (My grandmother used to sing This couplet while working the stone grinder Bhim has become a shelter Over the heads of millions.) The lines above are from Majhi Aaji, a poem by Kiran Sonwane, whose most popular version … Continue reading Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Excerpts from the Jaccha Baccha-Survey (JABS) of pregnant and nursing women in rural India conducted in June 2019, coordinated by Jean Drèze, Reetika Khera and Anmol Somanchi The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each … Continue reading Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Statement by Pragna Patel and Janaya Walker of Southall Black Sisters and Gita Sahgal and Maryam Namazie of the One Law for All head of the 12/13 November intervention in a case (Akhter v Khan) in United Kingdom  and call for protest outside the Court of Appeal on those days at 9.30 am: As part … Continue reading Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

Excerpts from Oxfam report “Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea: An agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”: Assam’s women tea workers are doubly marginalized – firstly as isolated and unassimilated descendants of migrant labourers, and secondly as women. Oxfam’s experience suggests that traditionally people with low … Continue reading Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

By Nutan* Love has sexuality. It comes with conditions and it is impenetrable to homophobic minds — which includes your family too — mother, sister, brothers all gang up to end the pursuits of your life. I was born in a male body. But nothing else made me feel like a male. My feelings were … Continue reading My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly

Excerpts from the chapter “Gender and Police” in the recently released report, “Status of Policing in India Report 2019”, Published by Common Cause & Lokniti – Centre for the Study Developing Societies (CSDS), which is based on a countrywide sample of 2416 (20%) women out of the total of 11836 police personnel interviewed: The representation … Continue reading Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly