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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 […]


Fire breaks out in Mahul

  Today morning 8’o clock, Mahul MHADA (Mumbai Housing and Area Development Authority) Building number 14 caught blazing fire, allegedly from an electricity short-circuit. The fire engulfed as many as 3 floors of the building, affecting 100 families (each floor with 34 flats). The people stuck in the fire were rescued by the residents of […]


Mumbai Bus Operators’ Historic Struggle to save Public Transportation from Big Business

The (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) BEST workers’ recently concluded total bus strike for 9 days has brought back to the city memories of the historic Bombay Mill Workers’ strikes of the 1980s and the Railway Workers’ Strike of 1974. Going beyond mere economic demands of minimum wage, etc., the city’s public bus transportation employees […]


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 […]


Mahul residents occupy Azad Maidan in Mumbai demanding Proper Rehabilitation

On the 50th day of their ongoing agitation demanding proper rehabilitation, Mahul residents marched to Azad Maidan in Mumbai and occupied it. As the sit-in continues despite threats from the police, the Maharashtra CM still refuses to meet with the protestors. Rohit Pandit and Aabha Joshi report from Azad Maidan, Mumbai. Rohit is one of […]


Evicted slum residents take out rally in Mumbai demanding Right to Housing on Int’l Human Rights Day

On 10th December, the International Human Rights day, the residents of Mahul in Mumbai, led by the children took out a rally from their dharna site next to the VidyaVihar Tansa pipeline, demanding right to life and right to housing. The ongoing dharna of thousands of people asking for relocation to proper rehabilitation quarters stepped […]


Bhim Army Chief Urges Dalits to Stay Away from Ram Temple Movement.

In a press conference in New Delhi, the Bhim Army chief threatened to enter Ayodhya to remind the administration of its constitutional duties. This comes at a time when the people in Ayodhya and its surrounding areas are in the grip of tension, fearing an outbreak of communal violence in the backdrop of massive mobilisation of […]


Women Lead Mumbai Anti-Eviction Struggle: Four Interviews

The fight of  Mumbai’s slums against forceful eviction and deadly “rehabilitation” continues. As the Maharashtra Government and the Bombay Municipal Corporation continue to violate a High Court order mandating proper and just rehabilitation for the slum residents evicted last year from all along the Tansa water pipeline, the protests have now spilled onto the streets.  […]


Mahul Residents Continue Protest, Demand Rehabilitation for All, Show Black Placards to CM Fadnavis

The dharna of residents of Mahul in Mumbai, demanding proper rehabilitation of all the evicted families entered the 8th day. They are currently occupying the footpath in Vidyavihar opposite to the demolished jhoparpatti from where they were originally evicted and forcefully dumped into Mahul which they describe as “Mumbai’s toxic hell”.  A report by GroundXero from the protest […]


Evicted Mumbai slum residents occupy footpath as protest

The fight of Mumbai’s slums against forceful eviction and deadly “rehabilitation” continues. As the Maharashtra Government and the Bombay Municipal Corporation continue to violate High Court order mandating proper and just rehabilitation for the slum residents evicted last year from all along the Tansa water pipeline, the protests have now spilled onto the streets. On […]


আওরঙ্গাবাদে পরিকল্পিত দাঙ্গা বিষয়ক তথ্য অনুসন্ধানী প্রতিবেদন

“এটা কোনো দাঙ্গা ছিল না। ছিল একটি নির্দিষ্ট জনগোষ্ঠীর ওপর এক পূর্বপরিকল্পিত হামলা এবং পুলিশ, স্থানীয় প্রশাসন ও রাজনৈতিক নেতারা এ হামলায় অংশ নিয়েছিল”: ভীমা কোরেগাঁও শৌর্য দিন প্রেরণা অভিযান-এর করা অনুসন্ধান। আওরঙ্গাবাদ হাঙ্গামার কারণ ও প্রেক্ষাপট জানতে,  মহারাষ্ট্র ভীমা কোরেগাঁও শৌর্য দিন প্রেরণা অভিযান এক তথ্য অনুসন্ধানী কমিটি গঠন করে। ১৯ ও ২০ মে তারিখে […]