Reversing the upper-caste gaze: Rajesh Rajamani on his vision for The Discreet Charm of the Savarnas
Conventionally, caste has been a sombre topic in pop culture that chiefly deals with Dalit characters. Rajesh Rajamani reverses the gaze on Savarnas, and inserts humour into his film.
From Khayal gayaki's glorious past to its changing future, tracing the trajectory of this ancient form of classical music
The story of Khayal's origin meanders just like the interpretative practice it calls for. The art form is ailed by growing commercialisation and a decrease in innovation, but practitioners are hopeful that a new generation of musicians will expand its scope
Abolition of caste-based reservation untenable as long as Dalits suffer atrocities, prejudice; a rebuttal to Justice Katju
Discrimination against Dalits continues even today in the form of honour killings, and other caste-based crimes like untouchability, etc.
Bengaluru violence: 'We are everybody's punching bag,' says SDPI leader as Karnataka govt mulls banning party
The SDPI in its attempt to match the RSS, Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad has allegedly drifted from promoting positive politics committed to empower the Muslims, Dalits and deprived communities
As Eru Veyyil gets an English translation, Perumal Murugan revisits his 1991 classic tracing deterioration of rural idyll
In Rising Heat one can spot traces of the author’s unflinchingly honest and poignant narrative produced years before the terrible controversy around One Part Woman led him to make the sorrowful announcement that ‘Perumal Murugan, the writer, is dead.’
Jailed poet Varavara Rao isn't a mercenary; he should receive justice, not just sympathy, writes Padmaja Shaw
The truth is, time and again, Indian Republic that guarantees free speech and calls itself a socialist and secular democracy incarcerated Varavara Rao for his political beliefs.
The undying beat of the Dappu: How a traditional drum signifies dignity, revolution for the Madiga community
To upper caste communities, the Dappu is an untouchable's instrument, a drum to be played only at funerals. But for the Madigas, who are the only ones to create and play this instrument, it is a tradition with roots in folklore, an integral part of their lives, and a way of protesting oppression
Coronavirus outbreak has foregrounded India's inequalities; country must re-examine social order when pandemic abates
In transmission, the coronavirus seems to follow principles of equality, but in so doing exposes with absolute clarity the distinctions between privilege and the lack thereof
Tamil Nadu Dalit farmers say hydrocarbon projects snuffing out hopes of brighter future, vow to carry on fight
After the Tamil Nadu government acquired land for hydrocarbon projects, Dalits lost access to it
Chandra Shekhar Azad launches political outfit Azad Samaj Party; party to contest 2022 UP Assembly polls
Azad said the Bhim Army will run parallel to the party and continue to fight for Dalit rights and enrol new members.
The Bombay Inferior Village Watans Abolition Act, 1958 aimed to protect Dalits' access to land. Over 6.28 lakh acres of 'watan' land was awarded to Mahar and Ramoshi communities across Maharashtra. But the intended beneficiaries have been locked in a long and uphill struggle to lay claim to this land.
Deep mistrust in Muslims, fear of violence, mixed signals from the government keep Dalits away from anti-CAA protests
Keeping the condition on the ground in mind, it is only natural that the sudden appeal from the Muslim community to the Dalits to join the protests have had little or no impact on them.
'Will take revenge wholeheartedly': Masked man attacks Dalit woman in UP's Mangta village week after Thakur mob assails Dalit families
This morning, a middle-aged woman from Mangta village in Kanpur Dehat was going to a farm to relieve herself when she was attacked by a masked man with a "poisonous powder" that caused her to pass out.
Kalakshetra rescinds permission for TM Krishna's book launch in Chennai auditorium, cites possibility of instigating 'political, social disharmony'
Sebastian and Sons, TM Krishna's upcoming book, was to be unveiled on 2 February at Kalaksheta's Rukmini Arangam auditorium. Following this development, however, an alternative venue has been found at MS Subbulakshmi Auditorium, Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai — on the same date and time (6.45 pm).
In Chandra Shekhar Aazad, supporters see a new leader to spearhead Dalit movement, fill space left vacant by Mayawati's diminishing popularity
Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad was greeted with a loud cheer by hundreds of supporters as he stepped out of Tihar jail on Thursday
'Not the first ridiculous statement he has made': Asaduddin Owaisi hits out at CDS General Bipin Rawat's 'de-radicalisation' comments
Hitting out at the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who said de-radicalisation camps are operating in the country, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has questioned who would deradicalise attackers of Muslims and Dalits
Those opposing CAA are 'anti-Dalit', 70-80% beneficiaries from community, says BJP working president JP Nadda
The Dalit leaders who are opposing the citizenship amendment act should be exposed, said JP Nadda, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 'biggest protector' of the community.
Constitution of India is only as good as those executing it; Executive clings to letter more than spirit of document
To name two instances, the Indian Constitution has been weaponized since the 1950s against Kashmiris, as AG Noorani shows us over several volumes, and against Dalits
In Flowers on the Grave of Caste, author Yogesh Maitreya's characters are subjected to a constant threats in a Brahminical environment. But these characters' main trait is self-respect which permeates their very being, thus making it not a collective claim but an individual one — a notion Dr Ambedkar eloquently put forth in the Constituent Assembly debates