Anecdotes from Well-to-do Dalit Homes

Shewli Hira
Anecdotes from well-to-do dalit homes do not match with the experiences in well-to-do uppercaste homes as our households were not ruled by manusmriti principles. Thanks to Dr C.S. Mead, the Christian missionary and Harichand-Guruchand Thakurs, the propounders of Matua Dharma, that also helped the dalits retain their community traits of creative thinking, respect for women and courage to fight social evils of a caste-ridden society.
The man-woman relationship was more of a partnersh…

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So, you think you can dance?

Pradnya Mangala
One of my cousins is a terrific dancer. She would pick up Bollywood songs and dances by watching it just once or twice on the television. From a young age, my cousin wanted to get formal training in dance. But my aunt (her mother) never encouraged her desire to dance. However, she did secretly appreciate her daughter’s exceptional dancing talent. I always wondered why my cousin was not allowed to learn dancing when my brahmin/savarna classmates took Bharatnatyam and Kathak dance…

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Muslim and Pasmanda Education: Affirmative Action Issues

Naaz Khair
This article was first published here on Round Table India
Muslim population (172 million) is the second largest in the Country, followed by Christian (27 million) and Sikh (20 million) populations (see Table 1).

Muslim literacy rates (MLR) and levels of education from the latest census (Census 2011) have been analyzed to present the status of Muslim education in this article.

While Jains have the highest literacy rate (94.9%) with the least gender gap (difference between its…

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"ನಮ್ಮ ನೋವು, ಅವಮಾನಗಳು ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್‍ವರಿಗೆ ಕಂಡಂತೆ ಅವರ ನೋವುಗಳೇಕೆ ನಮಗೆ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ?"

Chaithra M G

ಹಿಂದೂ ಸಮಾಜದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ತಳಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿರುವುದೇ ಕೆಳಸಮುದಾಯಗಳು ಶತಶತಮಾನಗಳಿಂದಲೂ ಈ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳು ಸವರ್ಣೀಯರಿಂದ ಅಸ್ಪøಶ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿವೆ. ಇಂತಹ ತಳ ಸಮುದಾಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನಡೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಅಸಹ್ಯ ಅಸ್ಪøಶ್ಯ ಪದ್ಧತಿಗಳಿಂದ ನಲುಗಿ ಹೋಗಿರುವವರಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಕೂಡ ಒಬ್ಬಳು.

ಅಸ್ಪಶ್ಯ ಸಮಾದಾಯಗಳ ವಿವೋಚನೆಗಾಗಿ ಅಜೀವ ಪರ್ಯಂತ ಹೋರಾಡಿದ ಧೀಮಂತ ಅಂಬ್ಕೇಡರ್ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಭಾರತದ ಸಂವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಸಮಗ್ರ ದೇಶ ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡು ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಬದ್ಧತೆಯನ್ನು ಘೋಷಿಸಿದ್ದರೂ ಸಹಸ್ರಮಾನಗಳ ನಾಚಿಕೆಗೇಡಿ ಚರಿತ್ರೆ ಇರುವ ಈ ಜಾತಿಪದ್ಧತಿ ಎನ್ನುವ …

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An urban adivasi’s perspective on Newton

Nolina Minj
This article was first published here on Round Table India.
India’s official entry to the Oscars, Newton, has done well for itself in the box-office. Critics have described it as ‘brilliant, subversive and one of the finest political satires we have seen in the last couple of years.’ With all this acclaim, I was curious to watch the movie, especially as its selling point was its setting in the Maoist-ridden forests of Dandakaranya, Chhattisgarh.

I wonder what criteria lay the he…

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Tribute: K J Inayammal (1953 - 2017)

Praveena Thaali

K J Inayammal passed away on 26 Septmeber 2017 at Kottayam. SAVARI pays tribute to this Dalit woman leader from Kerala. Below, Praveena Thaali remembers her.

കേരളത്തിലെ ദലിത് സ്ത്രീപക്ഷ രാഷ്ടിയ ചർച്ചകൾക്ക് തുടക്കം കുറിച്ചവരിൽ പ്രധാന പങ്കുവഹിച്ച ആളായിരുന്നു ഇനയമ്മാൾ. ചേച്ചിയുടെ നിര്യാണ വാർത്ത വളരെ ഞെട്ടലുണ്ടാക്കി. 2006 ൽ സി ഡി എസി നു വേണ്ടി ചെയ്ത ഒരു പ്രോജക്റ്റിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി ചേച്ചിയെ ഇന്റർവ്യൂ ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. മുമ്പ് പലവട്ടം കേട്ടിരുന്നു എങ്കിലും അന്നാണ് ആദ്യമായി കണ്ടത…

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In search of a “Dalit”!

Pradnya Jadhav
I now begin to feel that there is a fundamental rupture in my understanding of what it means to be a Dalit. I perhaps need to pose questions such as “Should I get excited if I meet an educated Dalit, particularly an English-speaking Dalit, who asserts their Dalit identity and glorifies their achievements?” The next few questions naturally follow: “How does a Dalit look like? How should I know if I came across a Dalit on a crowded street? Are they not capable of getting an educati…

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Why Not Janeu Under My Kurta?

Rahmath E.P.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a ‘by the Brahmin for the Brahmin’ movie to propagate the Savarna definition of the ‘oppressed women’. The whole movie gives you a clear picture of the story of women’s assertion on their personal and sexual liberation through brahminical patriarchal narration filled with Islamophobia by projecting Muslim men as a symbol of oppression and misogyny.

Many of you might have seen this controversial women-oriented movie. The story is about four women in a …

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गाय, ‘पिछड़ापन’ और ‘बहुजन’ महिलाएं

आशा सिंह (Asha Singh)
(This article was first published on Round Table India. An English translation can be found here).
बिहार के भोजपुर जिले में पड़ने वाले मेरे अहीर जाति-बहुल गाँव में सातवीं तक स्कूल है. इसके बाद जो पढ़ना-लिखना चाहते हैं उनका नाम दूसरे गाँवों या आरा टाउन के स्कूल में लिखवा दिया जाता है. लड़के तो स्कूल जाते हैं लेकिन लड़कियां साल में केवल दो बार, एक बार नाम लिखवाने के लिए और दूसरी बार परीक्षा देने के लिए जाती हैं. बल्कि पिता या भाई या किसी पुरूष परिजन द्वारा ले जाई जाती हैं. साल …

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Field Notes: A day in Kabirnagar

Pradnya Jadhav
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…

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