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The Brahmin Files: Why atrocities on Brahmins remain one of the best-kept secrets in independent India
India

The Brahmin Files: Why atrocities on Brahmins remain one of the best-kept secrets in independent India

From Maharashtra where Brahmins were killed and their homes and hearths selectively destroyed after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, to Tamil Nadu where being a Brahmin became a challenge post DMK victory in 1967 — the list is long and disturbing

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results 2022: BSP ends with one seat, and about 13% vote share
Politics

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results 2022: BSP ends with one seat, and about 13% vote share

However, the BSP has managed to secure the third-highest vote share by bagging 12.9 per cent of the total votes polled in the state elections, according to the Election Commission figures.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results 2022: From 206 in 2007 to 1 in 2022, how Mayawati’s star has fallen
Politics

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results 2022: From 206 in 2007 to 1 in 2022, how Mayawati’s star has fallen

The BSP has put up its worst performance to date, with winning just one seat. The once powerful and first female Dalit chief minister now faces an existential crisis

Behenji’s canny card in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, or is she being arm twisted?
Politics

Behenji’s canny card in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, or is she being arm twisted?

Surveys are giving the BSP anywhere between 15 and 20 seats. So why is Mayawati still relevant in Uttar Pradesh?

Why 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections may mark the end of Mayawati’s illustrious political career
Politics

Why 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections may mark the end of Mayawati’s illustrious political career

Mayawati and her Bahujan Samaj Party seem to have reached a point of terminal decline from where a political comeback appears highly improbable

UP Assembly elections: BJP minister and 4 MLAs’ exit from party puts spotlight on caste equations in the state
Politics

UP Assembly elections: BJP minister and 4 MLAs’ exit from party puts spotlight on caste equations in the state

OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya, along with MLAs Brijesh Prajapati, Roshan Lal Varma, Vinay Shakya and Bhagwati Sagar, delivered a jolt to the BJP when they announced they were quitting the saffron party ahead of the upcoming elections

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

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

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.

RSS strong supporter of reservation, it should continue as long as inequality exists, says Dattatreya Hosabale
India

RSS strong supporter of reservation, it should continue as long as inequality exists, says Dattatreya Hosabale

Underlining that the history of India would be "incomplete" without the history of Dalits, Hosabale said they have been at the forefront of social change

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

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

How the Savarna construction of reservation vs merit binary has stalled progress of Dalits across sectors
India

How the Savarna construction of reservation vs merit binary has stalled progress of Dalits across sectors

Creating economic resources and social unification for the oppressed sections of society will help in flattening the brahmanical hegemonic theory of caste and merit.

Reversing the upper-caste gaze: Rajesh Rajamani on his vision for The Discreet Charm of the Savarnas
Entertainment

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
Arts & Culture

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
India

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
Politics

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
Arts & Culture

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
India

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
Life

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
India

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