BEING children of the nature, adivasis are the protectors of environment, and not its destructors. They are patriots. Tribal people’s contribution to Indian culture, language, society and economy is immense. But, negating their noble contribution, they are being ill-treated, neglected and subjected to inhuman treatment.
THE Delhi-NCR committee of Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) organised a protest demonstration at Haryana Bhawan on May 27, against the shameful incident in Bhusthala village of Kurukshetra district where a dalit groom was attacked by the upper caste men for the crime of daring to ride a horse-drawn carriage in his wedding. The groom’s procession was attacked in spite of the police presence. Numerous dalit families have had to face such attacks in the past few years due to the casteist, feudal mentality.
THE National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has written to prime minister Narendra Modi on May 25 urging him to withdraw the notification renaming the department of empowerment of persons with disabilities as the “department of empowerment of persons with disabilities (divyangjan)”. They had written to him earlier on January 22, 2016 urging him to shelve any plan that the government may have to use the term “divyang” to address people with disabilities.
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.
THIRTY members of dalit families in Sigaranahalli in Holenarasipur taluk (of Hassan district in Karnataka) on Sunday (April 24) morning offered prayers in Basaveshwara Temple in the village. For the last eight months, the dalits have been demanding entry into the temple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.