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Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan: Man who wears azadi with swag
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Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan: Man who wears azadi with swag

Ravan is pugnacious and confrontational, even as he assiduously sticks to the Dalit rhetoric and a familiar script

JNUSU Elections 2019: BAPSA-Fraternity alliance a step against Islamophobia, challenges monopoly of Brahmanical Left and Right in JNU politics
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JNUSU Elections 2019: BAPSA-Fraternity alliance a step against Islamophobia, challenges monopoly of Brahmanical Left and Right in JNU politics

The BAPSA-Fraternity alliance in the JNUSU elections 2019 is a historic episode in the JNU campus where both savarna Brahmanical Left and Right have had a monopoly for decades in terms of institutional and political access

Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines
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Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines

The fact that some of the dominant Dalit communities engage in unleashing violence on the members of the scavenger community points at the limitations of the endorsed political ideologies of Ambedkarism, Marxism and feminism/womanism for scavengers

Cracks in cult of Mayawati: Return to Kanshi Ram’s alliance formula shows BSP chief’s larger-than-life image has begun to crumble
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Cracks in cult of Mayawati: Return to Kanshi Ram’s alliance formula shows BSP chief’s larger-than-life image has begun to crumble

Bahujan Samaj Party had hoped to fashion a single, national leadership for Dalits across India. Win or lose in Uttar Pradesh, that dream is dead. Ultimately, Behenji has discovered cult followings can be fickle

Lok Sabha Election 2019: How Agra, Ambedkar's favourite city, evolved into a battlefield of political thought
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: How Agra, Ambedkar's favourite city, evolved into a battlefield of political thought

Dr BR Ambedkar made his last, stirring speech in Agra in which he expressed his anguish at educated Dalits taking up government jobs

Shunned by regional satraps, Congress woos young leaders like Chandrashekhar Azad to regain ground
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Shunned by regional satraps, Congress woos young leaders like Chandrashekhar Azad to regain ground

A successful entry into the Uttar Pradesh’s political game, via Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, may give Congress a formula that it could execute to good effect in other states

Chandrashekhar Azad: The politics of a non-politician in Uttar Pradesh
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Chandrashekhar Azad: The politics of a non-politician in Uttar Pradesh

Chandrashekhar Azad, the 'great Dalit hope', says that he will not contest polls. But he continues to be seen as a threat by political parties

Rahul Gandhi meets Kaala director Pa Ranjith: An outreach to the Dalit vote bank in Tamil Nadu?
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Rahul Gandhi meets Kaala director Pa Ranjith: An outreach to the Dalit vote bank in Tamil Nadu?

At a time when every star or director in Kollywood shows interest in plunging into politics, Ranjith has the right credentials to succeed. No wonder Rahul Gandhi spent two hours with him.

Violence against Dalits: Fresh reports of atrocities highlight growing anger, outrage in community
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Violence against Dalits: Fresh reports of atrocities highlight growing anger, outrage in community

Young leaders of a nascent group of middle-class Dalits think and act differently from veteran leaders when it comes to the violence they face.

Gujarat Elections: Tired of Congress and BJP, Dalits seek to shift narrative to development, rise above caste politics
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Gujarat Elections: Tired of Congress and BJP, Dalits seek to shift narrative to development, rise above caste politics

The Gujarat Assembly Election is likely to see Dalits rising above caste politics and vote for development as the community realises the need for political empowerment and not just political representation

Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Congress likely to receive boost as OBC leader Alpesh Thakor accepts invitation to join party
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Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Congress likely to receive boost as OBC leader Alpesh Thakor accepts invitation to join party

Thakor, the convenor of the Gujarat OBC Ekta Manch and leader of the local Thakor Sena, has considerable influence among backward classes.

Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar says poll about ideology, not 'Dalit vs Dalit'
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Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar says poll about ideology, not 'Dalit vs Dalit'

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Tuesday said she would contest the election on the basis of ideology not caste, stressing that her plank would be destruction of the caste structure and protection of democratic values.

RSS says Dalit icon BR Ambedkar never represented any caste, favoured religion and was pro-Vedic
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RSS says Dalit icon BR Ambedkar never represented any caste, favoured religion and was pro-Vedic

In the latest of the many "correct the past" assertions, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) recently stated that contrary to what is believed, Ambedkar was never opposed to the Vedic religion and didn't represent any caste,

Rohith Vemula's death anniversary: Dalit politics in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has been sidelined
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Rohith Vemula's death anniversary: Dalit politics in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has been sidelined

Had he been alive, Rohith Vemula would have passed out as a PhD degree holder in Social Sciences with distinction in October 2016.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: Mayawati alleges BJP of Dalit discrimination
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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: Mayawati alleges BJP of Dalit discrimination

A day after reports emerged of deposits worth Rs 100 crore in old notes of Rs 1,000 made in Bahujan Samajwadi Party bank account, party chief Mayawati hit back alleging that the Narendra Modi-led BJP central government is targeting her because of she is a <em>dalit</em>, and a key to the upcoming UP Assembly Election 2017.

RPI's Ramdas Athawale: The dilemmas of an insecure Dalit leader
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RPI's Ramdas Athawale: The dilemmas of an insecure Dalit leader

By tomorrow, Ramdas Athawale, leader of the largest Dalit faction in Maharashtra, will have to decide whether he will join the ministry in Maharashtra or hope to join the Modi government in Delhi.

'Dictatorial' Anna Hazare is not about lasting social change
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'Dictatorial' Anna Hazare is not about lasting social change

Team Anna might train its guns on the Congress but it's not just Congresswallahs who are speaking up against the Gandhian. After the Mumbai letdown, some former comrades are saying "I told you so."

Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician
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Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician

Rahul Gandhi's gawkiness as a politician is only matched by his cynical exploitation of caste and communal identities that masquerades as empathy for the underprivileged.