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

Epic war against caste system is the constitutional responsibility of an elected government

Edited by well-known Gujarat Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan, the book, “Bhed-Bharat: An Account of Injustice and Atrocities on Dalits and Adivasis (2014-18)” (available in English and Gujarati*) is a selection of news articles on Dalits and Adivasis (2014-2018) published by Dalit Shakti Prakashan, Ahmedabad. Preface to the book, in which Macwan seeks to answer … Continue reading Epic war against caste system is the constitutional responsibility of an elected government

Your Lordship, with due respect… You are not Lord Almighty. What about caste prejudice in judiciary?

By Martin Macwan* To protect innocent citizens against false criminal cases is a noble principle of any caste on earth and it is not a new principle that India has discovered. However, the element of ‘innocence’ is a subjective perception in a society where the origin, preservation and protection of the caste system manifested through … Continue reading Your Lordship, with due respect… You are not Lord Almighty. What about caste prejudice in judiciary?

As state remains indifferent, social tension around Dalit landownership is snowballing in Gujarat

By Martin Macwan* The problem of land ownership, as it is being framed after the self-immolation of Bhanubhai Vankar in February, covers less than even the tip of the iceberg. For the Gujarat government, it is politically convenient to describe this incident, and many others, of violence against Dalits as an “atrocity” rather than to … Continue reading As state remains indifferent, social tension around Dalit landownership is snowballing in Gujarat

Cow vigilantes, a political tool to silent democratic dissent: Have we entered a lawless state?

By Martin Macwan* The year 2016 brought new perpetrators for Dalits—the cow vigilantes. Absence of preventive measures to curb such violence by the state has been the gauge of its complicity. Unfortunately, such violence in the silent presence of the law and order machinery has not yet been the subject of suo motu judicial purview. … Continue reading Cow vigilantes, a political tool to silent democratic dissent: Have we entered a lawless state?