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Where Oppression is Social, Can Salvation be Personal?

A Political Critique of Asuran, A Tamil Movie, by the TNLabour Team. First published in TNLabour.   (Spoiler Alert: there might be discussions that will reveal plot scenes)   Creative work doesn’t merely entertain a weary population but also stimulates our thought, deepens our relationships, and allows us to dream of a better future. In […]


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 […]


Punjab University Students force authorities to retract notice on ‘dress code’

Immediately after electing the first ever woman President in the history of the University, women students of Punjab University forced the authorities to remove a notice imposing dress code. On the same day, Vinod Jakhar became the first ever dalit President in the history of Rajasthan University Students’ Union. Recent landmarks in Indian student politics […]


Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy: “Kis Kis ko Qaid Karoge?”

Workers, activists, students, lawyers and human rights organisations come together in Mumbai on the first death anniversary of Gauri Lankesh, to protest against state homicides, state violence and state-sponsored socio-political oppression at every level in India. “Whom all will you arrest? Kis kis ko qaid karoge?” – the protestors demand. A GroundXero report.     […]


Reservation for SC/STs only in home state, says Supreme Court

In a landmark judgment passed on 31st August, the Supreme Court ruled that caste and tribe-based reservation will be limited to the home state and union territory. “A person notified as a Scheduled Caste in State ‘A’ cannot claim the same status in another state on the basis that he is declared a Scheduled Caste […]


“We have attacked the breeding ground of Sangh’s politics”: Bhim Army National Convener Vinay Ratan Singh

The Allahabad High Court recently extended the incarceration of Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Ravan under NSA, by 3 months. Ravan will be held in jail now for at least till 2nd November. Chandrasekhar was arrested by the Yogi Government on charges of ‘rioting’ in the context of the violence that broke out in Saharanpur in UP […]


Struggle Committee for Annihilation of Caste meets in Hyderabad

Speaking at the 6th Hyderabad district committee meeting of the Kula Nirmulana Porata Samiti (Struggle Committee for Annihilation of Caste), Bandaru Laxmaiah, State President of KNPS, spoke of the wave of dalit organising in the wake of the Karamchedu massacre in 1985, led by the Dalit Mahasabha, and subsequent formation of KNPS in 1998. Addressing […]