As a staunch critic of the western brand of modernity, Ashis Nandy has garnered immense fame and repute in the academic circles of social sciences. In his scholarly writings, he has unapologetically criticizes the elite political class for the growing socio-political and economic ills as they are hooked to the secular rationality of the West and undermines the ethical/spiritual goods of the religious society.
Before the National Commission for SC/ST, New Delhi
C.Umashankar IAS., (1990 batch)
C.Umashankar,a well known Dalit IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was suspended from the service recently by the Tamil Nadu Government,alleging him of producing a fake caste certificate.Umashankar earned reputation by taking an unflinching position against corruption and nepotism which has irked the prominent Dravidian parties of the state. Pragoti presents a translation of an article written in Theekathir about this in detail highlighting the brazen caste discrimination that exist behind the rationalist facade of DMK and the deepening of the crony capitalism in the state. Translation courtesy, Karthik.
A complaint filed by Shri.Umashankar against the Tamil Nadu Government in front of the National Commission for SC/ST is also uploaded here.
(Pragoti commemorates the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar by reproducing his book "Untouchables or The Children of India's Ghetto ". This is a 208-page MS. The whole MS forms an independent book by itself. It has a ' Table of Contents ' divided into 4 parts, which are further sub-divided into 14 chapters. Slight modifications had to be made in the arrangement of the chapters to bring them in conformity with that of ' Table of Contents '. Except few corrections in the titles of the chapters, the text is untouched by the author.)
There are many who claim that modern-day discrimination is based solely on economic terms, not on caste or communal lines. But the view from Kamatchi Devi’s house in the Kodungaiyur garbage dump in Chennai is different. Where there is hazardous waste you will only find dalit and other backward castes. Like trash, some people are still considered disposable. Writes Nityanand Jayaraman.
Courtesy: Infochange India
The Khairlanji case is not a private concern of Bhotmange. It is, instead a mirror of the caste-based discrimination that continues to stalk the villages across the country and a reminder that Article 17 of the Constitution abolishing untouchability and caste based discrimination is a far cry even after almost six decades after India became a Republic.
V. Krishna Ananth, assesses the Khairlanji verdict and compares it to the judicial intervention of the Supreme Court in the Sohrabuddin-Kauserbi murder case in which Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi were shot dead by a team of the Gujarat Police led by DIG D.G.Vanzara and thereafter described this act of cold-blooded murder as one of an encounter.
An emancipatory politics cannot liberate unless it confronts the patriarchy within.
Two accounts of Dalits in Pakistan and the demand to make caste bias a criminal offence.
Where the executive is making intolerant orders and the courts are routinely upholding them, it is imperative that Parliament acts.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Moggallan Bharti's evocative report on a recent incident of caste abuse and violence in Delhi.