As we remember Abhay Xaxa's steel, determination, and his intellect to think beyond the reasonable, we also need to remember that he fought hard to break notions, build bridges and strengthen a stoic image of the marginalised communities in India.
Yashica Dutt on her decision to come out as Dalit: 'The truth was out, I didn’t feel the need to hide'
Journalist Yashica Dutt speaks about writing Coming Out As Dalit, the weight of pretending to be upper caste, and the pain that accompanies revisiting old memories
Dalit Sikhs in Punjab unite to press NOTA in final phase of Lok Sabha election, say community has lost faith in govts
Landless Dalit labourers in Punjab's Malwa region have decided to press the NOTA button when the 13 constituencies of Punjab go to polls on 19 May to protest against the failure of successive governments to ensure proper implementation of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964
AMU, BHU bear witness to rising violence, polarisation as political parties invade campuses to spread their ideologies
Both the BHU and the AMU have been witness to 'academic interference', giving space for outsider and anti-social forces to create a disruptive environment in India's educational hubs
What really happened at the meeting with Twitter's Jack Dorsey: An open chat, not a planned attack on Brahmins
The statement is a little disappointing because, while business concerns are real for a company like Twitter, elsewhere in the world they stand up for what’s right.
The Relli community, like other marginalised communities in India, face structural and occupational discrimination even today
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad's release from jail victory for citizen's rights, shows tactic to isolate him didn't work
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was released from jail on 13 September after being arrested under NSA a year ago, calls himself 'Ravan' to identify with those aspects of our culture that others may see as repulsive
'Against freedom of speech and democracy': Opposition leaders back Lois Sofia in face-off with Tamilisai Soundararajan
Leaders and spokespersons of regional and national parties condemned the Tamil Nadu government for the arrest of Lois Sofia for raising 'anti-BJP' slogans at the Tuticorin airport in front of state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Lois Sofia, who shouted 'fascist govt down, down' at Tuticorin airport, is a writer and a vocal RSS-BJP critic
Louis Sophia, a Tamil Nadu student who was arrested at the Tuticorin airport on Monday for raising 'anti-government slogans' in front of Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, has been an active left-wing voice on social media
The government will issue an ordinance to uphold the rights of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes if the Supreme Court does not go back on its judgment deleting the provision of immediate arrest on complaints from Dalits, says Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who asserts that the Constitution too will be amended if need be.
Karnataka elections 2018: Dalit's major demand is implementation of Constitution, says RPI's R Mohan Raj
Republican Party of India's Karnataka president R Mohan Raj, who is contesting from Udupi in the upcoming Assembly election in the state, says lack of proper implementation of the Constitution has led to the rise in violation of Dalit rights
Karnataka polls: A secular party in power only way to uphold Dalit rights, says activist Indudhara Honnapura
In Part-3 of a five-part series on prominent Dalit activists who have a deep influence on the politics of Karnataka, Indudhara Honnapura, editor of Samvaada, says that people from the community should support any political party that is not linked to BJP
Karnataka polls: Dalit activist Chetan Ahimsa calls Siddaramaiah progressive, says Congress doesn't want visionaries
Dalit activist Chetan Kumar aka Chetan Ahimsa takes a jab at Congress criticising the party over not giving opportunities to grassroots workers and those who lack money to spend on elections. Excerpts from the interview
Ambedkar Jayanti: By crediting Babasaheb for his rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a potent message to Dalits
Speaking at Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary in Chhattisgarh’s Dalit-dominated Bijapur, the prime minister sent a befitting reply to the Opposition trying to corner the government by terming it anti-Dalit
Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History book review — JV Pawar documents facts, fanaticism and a movement against caste oppression
Translated to English from Marathi, JV Pawar's Dalit Panthers: An Authoritative History, is the first-hand documentation of how and why the movement of Dalit Panthers took shape in Maharashtra and how it spread across several Indian states from south to north
Ambedkar Jayanti updates: Dalit activists to observe Protect Constitution Day, demand ordinance to protect SC/ST Act
On 14 April, the 127th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Amebdkar (also known as Ambedkar Jayanti), Dalits across the country will observe "Protect Constitution Day" in order to assert their rights guaranteed under the Constitution
Dalit leaders demand ordinance to restore status quo of SC/ST Act, to launch 'Protect Constitution Day' on 14 April
Leaders of various Dalit organisations have demanded that the Centre immediately bring an ordinance to restore the status quo of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Dalits will not bite BJP's outreach bait: Inter-dining was a powerful trope decades ago, they've seen through it
Narendra Modi's measures to woo Dalits infantilise them. He presumes Dalits are still stuck in the past and will feel assured and charmed at having a BJP leader spend a night or two in their village and break bread with them
One of the problems in unifying Hindus is that there is a natural constituency for BJP, and that is the Hindu upper caste. This core constituency is fundamentally opposed to Dalit rights.
Dalits, Muslims in India need leaders who can champion their rights despite backlash from hegemonic forces
Leaders don’t have to be Muslim or Dalit to espouse their cause. Perhaps, a true sign of democracy and progress in India would be a nationwide Hindu leader championing equality and rights for Muslims, or a Brahmin leader fighting to abolish the caste system