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Articles that are part of the Dalit History Month series

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In Western UP, Dalit-owned hospitals are starting a new social revolution

The newest revolution is the number of hospitals owned by Dalit doctors that are springing up everywhere in the country, posing a powerful counter to the centuries-old stigmas.
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Digital Dalits: Is social media a game changer for Dalit politics?

Besides amplifying Dalit protests, social media has lowered the barriers to entry into the political discourse for Dalits. ThePrint is publishing articles on Dalit issues...
Members of the Dalit community stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' call by Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of SC/ST act | Representational Image | K Asif/India Today

Agarwal, Gandhi, Oberoi: But where are the Dalit surnames in Indian history & pop culture?

The history of caste Hindus is a narrative of self-success which has been steeped in the very marrow of caste Hindu culture. 
Devotees of Ambedkar buy posters in Mumbai.

If Ambedkar & Lohia met: How history missed a crucial moment in social justice politics

Social justice political forces have kept the ideas of Ambedkar and Lohia as separate legacies. This imposes limitations on contemporary politics.
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In his last years, Ambedkar said he could do nothing for rural dalits

Ambedkar knew the importance of land in the emancipation of dalits, but he also knew it would not be easy to secure it for them, writes Anand Teltumbde in a new book titled ‘Republic of Caste: Thinking Equality in the Time of Neoliberal Hindutva’.
Dalit activists protest against the alleged 'dilution' of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes act | PTI

Hard fact: Despite quotas, Dalits, tribals are nowhere in Delhi’s corridors of power

Even OBC representation in higher bureaucracy is no more than 2.89 per cent; retired officers claim Dalits & tribals continue to face discrimination in career.
Guru Ravidas

Ravidas was a Dalit guru who ran a business, dressed lavishly and made a queen his disciple

Guru Ravidas, born a ‘social impure’ chamar, spoke to the practising Hindus about purity of conscience.
Members of Dalit community stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' in Lucknow|

Dalits in BJP are angry as party doesn’t have a single SC office-bearer despite rule

Dalit leaders in the ruling party say the party has ignored them and does not have a senior SC leader to manage the protests in the heartland states.
K.G Balakrishnan

No Dalit judge in the country’s top court that passed order on SC/ST Act

After K.G. Balakrishnan’s retirement in May 2010, no Dalit judge has been elevated to apex court; even not a single Dalit chief justice in 24 high courts.
Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani

Dadasaheb Gaikwad is my Dalit icon because he did what Ambedkar couldn’t: Jignesh Mevani

My fascination for Dadasaheb Gaikwad has its roots in the failures of our own land struggle. Like me, he too was called a Communist stooge.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

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On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.