Social Issues

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.The state-wide yatra was organised by KVPS, an organisation fighting against caste-based discrimination.

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).

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.

JHARKHAND: Horrific Lynching Case in Balumath

The following is the text of the memorandum submitted to the Jharkhand chief minister Raghuwar Das on March 22, 2017 by Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and former MP, GK Bakshi, CPI(M) Central Committee member and Jharkhand state secretary, Prakash Viplavi, Sanjay Paswan, Praful Linda, Suphal Mahto, CPI(M) state secretariat members.THIS is to draw your attention to and request your intervention to bring justice in the case of  Majlum Ansari (32 years old ) and Imtiaz Khan (12 years old)  who were brutally beaten and hanged to death on March 18 in Balumath, Latehar.

Rail Budget Fall Short of Expectations

The following is the statement issued by the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) on February 25, 2016.The executive committee of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) finds that the rail budget presented in the Lok Sabha today falls far short of the expectations of the disability sector.While we welcome the promise made by the minister that all railway stations that are “under redevelopment” will be accessible to persons with disabilities, the minister has not addressed the question of making the overwhelming majority of the other

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.

AARM Leaders Write to Chhattisgarh CM Over Harassment of Lawyers

Below we reproduce the letter to Raman Singh, chief minister of Chhattisgarh written by Brinda Karat, former MP and vice-president of the Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, Jitendra Choudhury MP, treasurer and Bal Singh, central executive member of AARM on the harassment of lawyers in Bastar and the continued functioning of vigilante groups like 'Salwa Judum', in the state in violation of the Supreme Court Judgement.


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