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Emergence of Bahujan-Muslim political force in Maharashtra’s General Elections – Part Two

The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, while promising a new political articulation of the socially marginalised communities of Maharashtra, has also sparked a sharp debate. Their refusal to forge an alliance with the Congress-NCP in the state is being seen by a section of people as ‘aiding fascism’, that is, effectively ensuring electoral victory for the BJP. […]


Emergence of Bahujan-Muslim political force in Maharashtra General Elections – Part One

On 7th April, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) in Maharashtra – an alliance between Adv. Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, and the Asaduddin Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) – published its electoral manifesto. The forging of this platform is an important intervention in the upcoming elections in Maharashtra – a state which faces not […]


An Academy of Chowkidars: Caste and Gatekeeping at IIT Kanpur

If academia is going to take itself seriously it must first prove itself capable of exorcising its own demons, starting with the spectre of caste-based discrimination, writes Umar Sathe.     On April 1, 2019 The Indian Express reported that the Senate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur (IITK) has voted to revoke […]


‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’: An Attempt to Erase a Long History

In order to decide the meaning of ‘Economic Backwardness’, Modi Government set up no Commission, or undertake any comprehensive study across the country, unlike what the apex court had stipulated in the Indra Sawhney case (1992). But the present arbitrariness of a blanket 8 lakh per annum slab for economic backwardness for the ‘forward classes’ […]


Remembering Dalit Panthers on the Death Anniversary of their First Martyr

10th January marks the martyrdom of Bhagwat Jhadhav, the first martyr of the Dalit Panthers Movement, a militant anti-caste  struggle that shook Maharashtra during the 70s. Like every year, several anti-caste, cultural organisations and political parties including the Kabir Kala Manch, Samta Kala Manch, Republican Panthers and the Republican Party of India organised meetings in […]


‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’: What is New and What is Not

On the day when millions of workers across the country struck for Minimum Wage, the Parliament almost unanimously passed the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill, introducing reservation for the socially and educationally forward classes. Coming to be called the ‘Upper Caste Quota Bill’ in common parlance, this Bill is being seen as Modi Government’s last minute […]


২৫ ডিসেম্বর “মনুস্মৃতি দহন দিন”: ব্রাহ্মণ্যবাদ বিরোধী লড়াইয়ের মাইলফলক

২৫ ডিসেম্বর “মনুস্মৃতি দহন দিন”। ১৯২৭ সালে এই দিন ডঃ আম্বেদকারের নেতৃত্বে মনুস্মৃতি পুড়িয়ে ডাক দেওয়া হয় চতুর্বর্ণ ব্যবস্থাকে নির্মূল করার। এত বছর বাদে আজও এই দেশে জাতিবিরোধী আন্দোলন অসম্পূর্ণ, এবং বহুক্ষেত্রে তথাকথিত নিম্নবর্ণ সমাজের উপর বর্তমান সময়ের ব্রাহ্মন্যবাদী শাসকশ্রেণীর সঙ্ঘবদ্ধ আক্রমণ নতুন আকার ও বিদ্বেষের মাত্রা নিয়ে হাজির। আজকের রাজনৈতিক প্রাসঙ্গিকতার প্রেক্ষিতে ডঃ কে […]


Lakhs of People gather to remember BR Ambedkar at Mumbai, blacked out by Media

6th December for Indian mainstream media means one whole day of baying for blood on the question of Ram Temple, “special coverage” and “breaking news” of VHP-RSS-Shiv Sena’s calls for justice for Hindus in this country, and so on. What the media completely blacked out however is one of the country’s biggest single annual gatherings […]


Erasure of Beef from the Indian Menu

Notions of purity, pollution and caste have always been embodied in food practices of Hindu society. Recent attacks on religious minorities and marginalized castes in the name of cow-vigilantism is only the newest form of historical State control over a fractured society through the politics of food and animal slaughter. The current regime’s active role […]


Spiralling Caste Killings Across Telangana, and Protests Calling for Justice and Love

Within the last month and half there have been a series of caste killings in Telangana – often narrated as “honour killings” – murders of young dalit and OBC men for marrying in defiance of caste hierarchies. While the ruling party maintains a stoic silence with upcoming Assembly elections, people are coming together to protest. […]



Revolutionary Lokshahir Shantanu Kamble: A red star in the blue sky

Shantanu Kamble is one of the most powerful yet one of the least discussed shahirs of our times. His songs are about the Dalit lives and Dalit struggles, the history of discrimination and exploitation and the call for resistance. In these times when anti-caste political workers are being hounded by the State, when poets and […]


There is Nothing ‘Spiritual’ in Cleaning Sewage and Carrying Human Excreta

In his book Karmayog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of manual scavenging as a ‘spiritual experience’. He gives this sermon even while manual scavenging is banned by law in India. At least one person dies every day while cleaning sewers and septic tanks. Besides risk to human health and life the occupation employing thousands of […]



Dalits Will Ensure BJP’s Rout in 2019 : Says Released Bhim Army Chief

After his release from Saharanpur jail, Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad has spoken out against the BJP and has appealed to everyone in the country not to vote for BJP in 2019 under any circumstances. A GroundXero report.   Earlier today, NSA charges against Bhim Army leader Advocate Chandrasekhar Azad Raavan were dropped by the […]