Articles by Yogesh Maitreya
Mar 29, 2019
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd on his new memoir, the importance of Dalits sharing their own stories, and ‘productive castes'Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd's autobiography, From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual: My Memoirs, provides the reader with a blueprint of his arguments and how they came into being.
Mar 09, 2019
The Ferment book review: Nikhila Henry presents thorough study of youth uprisings through individual storiesIn The Ferment, Rohith Vemula’s suicide is the incident which triggers inquiry into and the mapping of students' protests, their assertions through literature and through their sheer numbers
Feb 04, 2019
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: Adarsh Shinde takes forward third-generation legacy of Bhim GeeteAdarsh Shinde was born into the tradition of Shinde-Shahi which spans three generations in his family. He embodies the change that the world of Ambedkari shahiri has undergone
Jan 15, 2019
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: Kadubai Kharat sings of Ambedkar in bastisIf we listen carefully, Kadubai’s voice does not make us emotional. It puts to rest the confusions and incertitude within the anti-caste movement.
Jan 06, 2019
Bojja Tharakam's 'Mahad': An educative experience not just for readers, but for seekers and writers of history as wellMahad: The March That’s Launched Every Day by Bojja Tharakam — a renowned human rights lawyer, writer and a poet — is published in 2018 by The Shared Mirror Publishing House.
Jan 04, 2019
The Radical in Ambedkar studies Babasaheb in context of global resistance, but is limited by privileged perspectivesThe Radical in Ambedkar argues for a possible solidarity between the Dalit and African-American struggles against racist, castiest oppression by discussing similarities and differences between these two movements
Nov 26, 2018
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: Sambhaji Bhagat takes Ambedkar to the worldAt a time when technology has enabled the propagation of Brahminical values at a mass scale, Sambhaji Bhagat continues to perform in slums and neglected neighbourhoods across Maharashtra
Nov 09, 2018
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: In Suresh Bhat's ghazals, a fight against oppressionSuresh Bhat, who had failed his exams and faced humiliation because of a deformed leg, found the strength to fight because of the Ambedkarite literature he read
Oct 22, 2018
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: Vilas Ghogare sang of Ambedkar with his iktaraVilas Ghogare portrayed the dreadful life of the workers that he observed up close, since he was a worker himself in Mumbai. He also spoke of his life as a Dalit — a life that he had inherited.
Sep 21, 2018
Dalit shahirs of Maharashtra: Arjun Hari Bhalerao's perseverance amid adversityDespite creating a body of influential work and being one of the Dalit shahirs who took Ambedkar and his ideas to some of the most marginalised people in villages, Arjun Hari Bhalerao's work is still not known to many today