Social Issues

Dalit Law Student Violently Raped and Killed

In a horrific incident unheard in the history of the state, a dalit woman pursuing her LLB at Eranakulam Government Law College was brutally raped and killed. The body of Jisha (29) was found in her single room home in Perumbavoor in a gruesome condition on May 28th night. In a shameful manner, Kerala police and state administration did not act for many days and finally two persons were taken into custody only after a massive protest was mounted all over the state by Left students, youth and women’s organisations.

125-ft Ambedkar Statue OK, What about Burial Grounds for Dalits?

ISSUES concerning social justice surfaced strongly during the celebrations of 125TH birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. This emerged in response to BJP and Sangh Parivaar's ongoing efforts to reinstate predatory and obscurantist opinions and ideology, and out of the struggle against these efforts. The concrete expression of such a resistance is visible in the movements in University of Hyderabad (UoH) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi among others.

Raghavulu Calls for United Struggle to Realise Demand of Reservation in Private Sector

MARGINALISED sections of society should be ready to wage a united struggle so as to realise their demands of reservation in jobs in private sector and put end to caste-based discrimination, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu said at a public meeting in Ongole in Andhra Pradesh to mark the conclusion of Samajika Chaitanya Yatra, a social awareness drive.

Justice for Delta Meghwal

A meeting was organised on April 2 in Jaipur to condemn the rape and murder of Delta Meghwal, a 17-year-old Dalit student in Rajasthan. On March 29, the body of Meghwal was found in the water tank of Jain Adarsh Teacher Training Institute for Girls in Nokha, Bikaner where she was studying. Police took her body to hospital in a civic garbage carrying vehicle without video-graphing the whole process.

Inequality and the ‘Class Divide’ in ‘Dalit’ Politics

THE analysis below looks at the question of class formation in selected states which have historically been important for both dalit and Left politics. It analyses the trends in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (important centres of Ambedkarite politics), Tamilnadu (which has pioneering movements in radical dalit politics like Panthers) and West Bengal and Kerala (important centres of Left politics). Through such an analysis in an all India context an attempt is made to correlate the problem of disparities within the dalits with the trends in dalit and Left movements.


DSMM to Observe April 14 as ‘Social Justice Day’

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, in a statement issued on April 11, has called upon the people to observe the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar on April 14 as ‘Social Justice Day’. Dr Ambedkar is a pioneer who strived relentlessly for achieving social justice in the country. On this occasion, the DSMM has demanded the government that it take up steps to ensure the eradication of untouchability, to ensure the protection and development of dalits and pave way for social justice, which were the dreams of Ambedkar and not just confine itself to merely praise him.

The Social Counter Revolution and JNU Crackdown

THE ‘undeclared emergency’ by the Modi government and the onslaught of Hindu Right against Jawaharlal Nehru University have brought into focus the challenge of how to intensify the ideological campaign that is being waged against a democratic and progressive idea of India. Liberal and democratic public opinion has correctly highlighted the authoritarian nature of the fascistic government and the attack by the BJP on the character and autonomy of central university.


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