Field Notes: A day in Kabirnagar
I had been waiting for a long time to meet Jamanabai and her daughter Sangita, and today I was going to meet them. Almost everyone who I have met in the past few days regarding my research has suggested me to meet Jamanabai and Sangita. Finally, I managed to meet them today. They live in the nearby Osmanpura area. When I was a child I used to go there along with my mother whenever she had to make visits to inspect the municipality corporation’s vocational training centers. I love…
'Perspectives': Social Experiment or Caste Conservation?
In February this year, a young Savarna woman from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, created a photo-project that went viral. It was hosted by fifty different kinds of media portals. Recently it was recycled by an e-zine called Storypick for public consumption. Its creator called the album ‘Perspectives,’ and it was meant to be an assignment submission for a course she was taking. Her college happens to attract the most elite of the Brahmin-savarnas from all ove…
'What Babasaheb Ambedar Means to Me' - Book Release
We are happy to share the release of the second book published by The Shared Mirror. ‘What Babasaheb Means to Me’ is an edited volume that compiles articles by authors on Round Table India and Savari.
Here is an excerpt from the preface of the book.
“… This is our purposeful and responsive pursuit to articulate and place truths, struggles and express our creative spirit in autonomous spaces such as Round Table India, Savari and The Shared Mirror during this time in history. We remind ourse…
Babasaheb on Maternity Benefit Bill in 1928
Recently, the Indian Parliament approved an amendment to the Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 that raised maternity leave to 26 weeks from 12 weeks for women working in the organized sector. Maternity Benefit was legally introduced in India for the first time in the Bombay Legislative Council. Dr Ambedkar supported and defended it. It is instructive to revisit his arguments in the Bombay Legislative Council in 1928.
Celebrating his 126th Birthday, we reproduce a section from Volume 2 of Dr. Babasa…
Brahmin Feminism sans Brahmin Patriarch
This article was first published here on Round Table India.
It has almost become common sense that feminism has been shaped exclusively by a class of women that came from Brahmin-Savarna castes in India, to the extent that even trashy Brahminical platforms like The Quint have also had to recently float articles admitting the same when it was no longer possible to be seen as “progressive” without acknowledging this. Anyhow the proposition was easily verifiable by the social locations o…
An Appeal from Ligimol CK
Ligimol C K
I am Ligimol C K. One year ago I was residing in a rented house owned by Mr. Johnson in Eloor. After some days he stormed to my room along with his wife to beat me and he abused me a lot and moreover insulted me by calling my caste name. Many a times he abused me and called me with caste name. Several times he peeped at me while I am taking bath and he often put mirror in angle to watch me while I am washing clothes. He cut my drinking water connection using hacksaw blade. Even thou…
Wherever Caste exists in the World, Ambedkar and Marx will remain Irreconcilable
Dr Manisha Bangar
This article was first published here in Round Table India.
In India, and wherever in the world Caste exists, Ambedkar and Marx will remain Irreconcilable.
Starting from the incidents in Hyderabad Central University in August 2015 when the students of ASA were ostracized, and more so after the Institutional murder of Rohith Vemula in January 2016, after the Una atrocity in July 2016, and in the ongoing victimization and institutional and non-institutional atrocities on Mus…
Empowered by Babasaheb's Words
I think my first introduction to Babasaheb Ambedkar came from my father’s ramblings on long drives back from my mother’s night classes. Undoubtedly I had none of the patience a 10-year-old could afford to have for old men trapped in history books and the monologues of equally old fathers! But it was interesting to see my father actually enjoy talking about something for once, even if he knew his audience had no clue what he was saying. Times were really tough for us financially, eve…
Bhima's Force shall Keep Growing...
This article first appeared here on Round Table India.
Babasaheb’s people have held him in their hearts in high regard without waiting for him to die and appear in any textbook. The supreme form of Ambedkarism is reflected in the songs about Babasaheb, are popularly known as Bhimgeete, composed and sung long before he became a subject of intellectual interest. The masses deprived of education were the first people to understand Ambedkar. They honoured him with the respectful n…
A Boy Comes to See You
This article was first published here in Round Table India and has been translated by Rahi Gaikwad
How should one feel when a boy comes to see you? Today, he came to see me.
What exactly does this mean? When a girl ‘comes of age,’ she is deemed too young to engage in romantic relationships or friendship with the opposite sex, but capable enough to marry and lead a married life. Her father or a male head of the family (yes male, because women do not have this right) looks for a groom…..