Social Issues

Hunger: A Serious Problem under Contemporary Capitalism

THIS month the International Food Policy Research Institute has released the Global Hunger Index, 2015. The index clearly shows that even though the levels of hunger have declined since the turn of the last century, the number of hungry people in the world remains enormously large particularly in Africa, South of the Saharas and South Asia. Worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organisation projects that there are 795 million hungry people, ie, one in every nine persons is hungry.

Founding Conference of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (Delhi-NCR) Held

THE founding conference of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (Delhi-NCR) was held on November 29, 2015.

Dr Asim Bala, co-convener of the All India DSMM inaugurated the conference by garlanding the picture of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. A three-member presidium consisting of Brahmjeet Singh, Rampal and Sonia Verma was elected to conduct the proceedings. A one member-credentials committee consisting of Maimoona Mollah and a one member-minutes committee consisting of Puran Chand was elected as well.

Historic Dalit Convention held in Bengaluru

A HISTORIC dalit convention was held in Bengaluru on December 5-6 under the banner of Dalit Hakkugala Samiti-Karnataka (DHS-K), affiliated to the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM). The two day convention has opened up a new chapter in the dalit movement in Karnataka, one of the major centres of the movement in the country. The convention assumed importance in the backdrop of growing incidents of atrocities against dalits in Karnataka as well as in different parts of the country.

Special Sitting of Parliament: An Empty Talk

THE Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) at a press conference held in New Delhi on November 28, has expressed its deep disappointment over the outcome of the two day special sitting of parliament on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar who dedicated his entire life to the just cause of downtrodden sections of our society. His tireless fighting against caste discrimination and for social justice has now been put under tremendous pressure.

Convention on Dalit Rights Calls for Fighting Caste Oppression

A STATE level Dalit Rights Convention against caste based discrimination, oppression and exploitation and for social justice was held in Hisar on November 29, 2015. The venue was the Sant Kabir Hostel. The convention was attended by over 1300 delegates coming from all over the state. The participation was beyond the expectations of the organising committee which underlined the urgency and need of such an exercise.

DSMM Submits Memorandum on the Special Sitting of Parliament

The following is the memorandum sent to Venkaiah Naidu, minister for parliamentary affairs and Rajnath Singh, minister for home, Government of India on November 24, 2015 by the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch regarding the issues to be raised in the special sitting of parliament held on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar.

THE proposed beginning of the winter session of parliament with a special sitting on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar is a welcome step by the government.

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