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Friday, January 24, 2020

Suraj Yengde

This writer is with the department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Caste in a green room: A fictionalised account
Sun, Jan 12, 2020

Cheerfully acknowledging the intrusion of a world-renowned journalist, Devika invites him for a talk. The cameras flash as she takes him to the green room behind the stage...

Dalitality: Hindu, Muslim, and the nonsense of it
Sun, Dec 15, 2019

The Hindu-Muslimisation of India’s past and present falls well into the trap of Brahminical rhetoric of theocratic nationalism that wants the world, and Indians in particular, to believe in this dichotomy and not about the grand legacy of Buddhism and the internal violence of caste.

Dalitality: In India love is not free. It is strictly put in chains, bound for generations
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

This world is so beautiful that one who is privileged to have such childhood often wants to live in it. The child wants to freeze the time zone of that journey. However, as soon as it notices the child living in her wildest imagination of possibilities, society seizes this from her.

Dalitality: How Kanshiram’s politics took shape as cultural activism, angled its fate
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Untouchable India refused to fit into the Brahminical story-writing samples of magazines. It challenged the nationalist narratives and asked the Dalits to self-examine their subordinate slave status in society.

Creation and innovation sit at the crux of Dalits’ secret to survival
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Taking a stab at his first ever journalistic piece, Babasaheb Ambedkar lamented the recklessness of newspapers in manhandling Dalit issues.

Raja Dhale’s words and work stirred sleeping souls, gave expression to simmering Dalit anger
Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Dhale’s early Dalit Panthers phase is nectar for the contemporary radical Dalit consciousness. In spite of the voluminous contribution, Panthers like Dhale and others could not get a chance to personally connect with other revolutionaries like the Black Panthers or the global workers’ movement in their lifetime.

Why we need Dalit
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

The term seeks to change structures of oppression, rather than adjust to them

Perils of Gandhiplomacy
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Why there are protests against Gandhi’s statue in Ghana University

Casteist India is becoming for Dalits what Western Europe was for Jews
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Rohith’s death has highlighted social injustices of Dalit students. It is an epochal moment where #DalitLivesMatter becomes a priority and #CasteMustFall reiterates our commitment to the Indian constitution