Building counter cultural narrative is the lone alternative to Brahmanical hegemonic polity

Source: By Vidya Bhushan Rawat The election verdict 2019 has send shock waves among the Ambedkarite-Bahujan activists all over the country particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where people expected huge gains... Read more »

Disaster for Democracy: How The Modi Wave Has Flooded India With Fascism

Source: By Pieter Friedrich “In the west, we have labels,” commented journalist François Gautier on WION TV, during a panel about the results of India’s 2019 general election. “Right, left. Far-right, far-left.... Read more »

The Elephant in the Mud: Crisis of Identity Politics and BSP

Source: By Skand Priya The BSP, SP and RLD pre election alliance in UP was formed keeping in view the percentage numbers that these parties had secured in the previous general elections... Read more »

A “dangerous” trend: Upper caste rulers of higher education resorting to torture

Source: By Sheshu Babu ‘That the caste system must be abolished if the Hindu society is to be reconstructed on the basis of equality, goes without saying. Untouchability has its roots... Read more »

How NRC legitimised xenophobia and chauvinism in Assam

Source: Co-Written by Parag Jyoti Saikia and Suraj Gogoi As soon as the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released, an image went viral across media platforms in... Read more »

Proposed amendment to Indian Forest Act may “displace” traditional forest dwellers

Source: By Santosh Gedam  Reserve and protected forest ideas evolved during colonial period to allow British government unfettered access to further its interests by trampling rights of forest dwellers.  Forest governance... Read more »

Uttar Pradesh 2019 Projection: Seven Phases, 144 Million Voters, Key Issues, One Ballot

Source: By Aruna Handique, Zoya Wahi, Raheel Khursheed and Narendra Nag May, 20: In 2014, people in Uttar Pradesh voted across caste lines, choosing a future that wasn’t rooted in their past.... Read more »

Assam against itself: A response to Sanjib Baruah

Source: By Suraj Gogoi  In response to Professor SanjibBaruah‘s article ‘Stateless in Assam‘ which discussed a new focus on detention camps for ‘stateless citizens’, SurajGogoi, Gorky Chakraborty and Parag JyotiSaikia reflect on the implications of reducing people to... Read more »

In India’s Holiest City, Modi Not As Omniscient As Before

Source: By Revati Laul Varanasi and Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh): “I don’t fake things. Sometimes, if I don’t want to speak the truth, I can tell you the extended truth. But I don’t lie.”... Read more »

The Politics of Silence on the ‘Minority Questions’ in 2019Polls

Source: By Badre Alam Khan As the last phase of 2019 election campaign is just going to be concluded within a few days,political parties are now busy in scrambling for the votes... Read more »

Why Yadavs-Jatavs are voting together — BJP responsible?

Lucknow, May 16 (IANS) The SP-BSP alliance, even at the fag end of the elections, remains an enigma for many and political pundits remain sceptical about its future. The seeds of the future... Read more »

UN ‘Disproportionately high death sentences against Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims’

In their joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee to meet for the listing of adoption of list of issues at its 126th session, July 1-26, 2019, top Dalit rights organizations... Read more »

A Step towards substantive Equality: SC upholds Karnataka law on Reservations in Promotions for Govt. employees

Source: By Sushmita The 135 page judgment by Judges UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud talks about producing a just social order, inclusive governance and efficiency based on providing equal opportunities to all... Read more »

Why India Must Move Policy Away From Population Control

Source: By Oommen C Kurian New Delhi: As India prepares to become the world’s most-populous country by 2024, family planning–the ‘Family Welfare’ in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare–continues to get... Read more »

BJP “ignores”, Congress “downplays” land distribution to Dalits, Adivasis, Backwards

Source: By PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd) Almost all analysts who have commented on political parties’ manifestos have ignored the scheduled caste) SC, scheduled tribe (ST) and socially and educationally backward class... Read more »

Top Govt of India institute told to withdraw report calling onion, garlic, eggs “tamasik”

Source: A group of signatories — 10 organizations and 94 individuals* — including activists, academicians, lawyers, doctors, journalists and researchers, have sent an open letter to scientists of the National Institute... Read more »

Being Dalit means being casteless

Source: Dalit History Month began in 2015 inspired by the ‘Black History month’ in the US. April is observed as the Dalit History Month which is also the month in which... Read more »

Incarcerated for ideological beliefs, prison walls, iron bars couldn’t suppress Nirmalakka

Source: By Sheshu Babu Prison walls or iron bars can’t hide truth, torture or harassment can’t detain anyone for long… That was proved on April 3, 2019 when a brave woman ... Read more »

Depriving government school children of tasty and nutritious food because of certain religious beliefs

Source: Several reports in the media had highlighted the violations of prescribed menu by Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in supply of food under Mid-day Meals (MDM) scheme in Karnataka, by refusing... Read more »

USCIRF report finds in India “deteriorating religious freedom conditions” and “politicization of religion”

Source: Mai 9, The just-released United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF’s) “2019 Annual Report” has said that India is one of the dozen-odd countries where USCIRF has found “deteriorating religious freedom... Read more »