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BJP fumes over Bihar's former CM Manjhi for asserting that Lord Ram was a mythical character and 'not a god'
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BJP fumes over Bihar's former CM Manjhi for asserting that Lord Ram was a mythical character and 'not a god'

Manjhi had made the remark in Jamui district where he had questioned the practice of untouchability and pointed out that as per the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram partook of fruits offered by a forest-dwelling devotee, Shabari, whom Dalits consider a cultural icon

First Dalit in CPM politburo in 64 years: Who’s ‘backward’, Left or Right?
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First Dalit in CPM politburo in 64 years: Who’s ‘backward’, Left or Right?

Seven-time MP and the CPM Central Committee member from Bengal, Ramchandra Dome has been bestowed the honour of being part of the party’s highest decision-making body

Reclaiming Hindu identity, again: A Dalit journey in America
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Reclaiming Hindu identity, again: A Dalit journey in America

This is an unusual story of Aldrin Deepak, told in his own words. Deepak is a Dalit Hindu living in San Francisco, but for him ‘caste’ has not been part of his Hindu identity

Why Charanjit Singh Channi as Congress’ CM face is a double-edged sword in Punjab
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Why Charanjit Singh Channi as Congress’ CM face is a double-edged sword in Punjab

For the Congress, the surge of Dalit support will be negated by the upper caste Hindus and Jat Sikhs who will most certainly desert the party in large numbers

Punjab Assembly elections: Charanjit Singh Channi, a strategic CM face for Congress to secure Dalit votes
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Punjab Assembly elections: Charanjit Singh Channi, a strategic CM face for Congress to secure Dalit votes

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday opted for the incumbent chief minister over Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying ‘Punjab needs leader who can understand poor'

By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege
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By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege

Reality TV shows like Shark Tank India eulogise the ‘fairness’ of competition, and its implications as a cultural reform, rather than the historic impediments that have rigged and awarded the game long ago.

Rajasthan: Eight men booked for forcing Dalit man to consume urine
India

Rajasthan: Eight men booked for forcing Dalit man to consume urine

According to the victim Rakesh Meghwal, the accused used casteist slurs and other derogatory terms saying the Dalits would be taught a lesson for confronting them as all of them belonged to an 'influential' community

Why AAP may have caught people’s imagination but it doesn’t guarantee a win in Punjab
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Why AAP may have caught people’s imagination but it doesn’t guarantee a win in Punjab

There are too many political and social dynamics that are at play during the Punjab Assembly elections, and this makes any prediction a risky exercise

Head-on | Is Uttar Pradesh still an 80:20 contest, as Yogi Adityanath says, or have the odds shortened?
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Head-on | Is Uttar Pradesh still an 80:20 contest, as Yogi Adityanath says, or have the odds shortened?

The Samajwadi Party hopes to build a Yadav-Muslim-OBC rainbow coalition, unravelling Yogi Adityanath’s 80:20 formula

UP Assembly elections: Here's why OBC vote share may hold key to victory in Uttar Pradesh
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UP Assembly elections: Here's why OBC vote share may hold key to victory in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP believes it will not drop below 40 per cent vote share, and will form a government easily while the SP won’t cross the 30 per cent vote mark despite its best efforts and BSP will remain a factor with at least 20 per cent vote share in 2022

UP Elections 2022: Clash of poll models inevitable as Akhilesh Yadav takes cue from Mamata's Bengal formula
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UP Elections 2022: Clash of poll models inevitable as Akhilesh Yadav takes cue from Mamata's Bengal formula

Akhilesh Yadav is no firebrand but he will definitely have to rev up the trebuchet to tip the scales in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election next year

Kerala temple lifts centuries old ban that denied entry to Dalits
India

Kerala temple lifts centuries old ban that denied entry to Dalits

The scheduled caste people in the locality are not ready to openly challenge the discriminatory practices as some fear that it will 'provoke' the deity, others fear the local residents

Secularism 101: Punjab must always have Sikh CM, but India must elect non-Hindu PM
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Secularism 101: Punjab must always have Sikh CM, but India must elect non-Hindu PM

Secularism for Indian ‘secular’ intelligentsia has long been an engrossing game of shifting goalposts

Charanjit Singh Channi: Three-time MLA becomes first Dalit chief minister of Punjab
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Charanjit Singh Channi: Three-time MLA becomes first Dalit chief minister of Punjab

His selection assumes significance as the dissension-riven Congress faces the Assembly polls in less than five months and the fact that Dalit voters comprise 32 percent of the state's electorate

Amol Palekar, Rinku Rajguru on their ZEE5 film 200 Halla Ho, and how 'conspicuous silence' on social issues affects art
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Amol Palekar, Rinku Rajguru on their ZEE5 film 200 Halla Ho, and how 'conspicuous silence' on social issues affects art

"Wish to be a member of a ‘hundred crore & more’ club seems to be mutually exclusive with creating good cinema," says Amol Palekar, who believes "more films on issues of caste can get financial backing by OTT platforms provided the filmmakers wish to narrate those stories."

The world of Sonchiriya: Arid, claustrophobic ravines hold a mirror to a land of anarchy, injustice, and inequities
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The world of Sonchiriya: Arid, claustrophobic ravines hold a mirror to a land of anarchy, injustice, and inequities

What’s more menacing and sinister than the Chambal ravines is the discriminations and prejudices, inequities, and injustices they harbour, the caste divides, toxic masculinity and patriarchal codes that they run by and are shaped from.

200 Halla Ho movie review: Amol Palekar returns in a startling, unevenly recounted true-life tale of Dalit rebellion
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200 Halla Ho movie review: Amol Palekar returns in a startling, unevenly recounted true-life tale of Dalit rebellion

It is revealing that this rare contemporary Hindi film foregrounding Dalits, including Dalit women, is not about believable triumphs, but a believe-it-or-not, eye-popping revenge saga. Still, in a Bollywood that usually erases the community, this is a significant film.

Orissa HC quashing school mergers welcome move for marginalised, but systemic inequalities in education remain unresolved
India

Orissa HC quashing school mergers welcome move for marginalised, but systemic inequalities in education remain unresolved

Unity in diversity is the fundamental ethos of Indian culture, land and people but the education system seems to be heading in the opposite direction

The Suraj Yengde interview | 'With COVID-19 pandemic, it is high time we acknowledged Dalit labour'
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The Suraj Yengde interview | 'With COVID-19 pandemic, it is high time we acknowledged Dalit labour'

Dr Suraj Yengde, noted scholar and author of Caste Matters, spoke to Firstpost about how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed chasms in our social structure and why it is high time we as a nation acknowledged and addressed the discrimination towards India's marginalised.

BJP trying to mislead Matua with fake and arbitrary promises, claims Dalit TMC candidate Manoranjan Byapari
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BJP trying to mislead Matua with fake and arbitrary promises, claims Dalit TMC candidate Manoranjan Byapari

The prolific Bengali Dalit writer has been influenced by the work of Left labour leader Shankar Guha Niyogi and is also a disciple of noted Bengali author Mahashweta Dev