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Horrific Maharashtra cop video shows how the New Dalit is threatening old system

In the shocking video, a Maharashtra policewoman is seen talking about beating up Dalits to vent her ire against them.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Yogi says Hanuman is Dalit, but will Hindu temples now stop being Brahmin monopoly?

Ambedkar has argued that like any other profession that has rules and regulations, priesthood should also be regulated.
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How a chemical engineer became the ambassador of international Dalit movement

Be it installation of Ambedkar statue in London or organising protests at UN against Dalits atrocities, Rajkumar Kamble led many efforts.

Kaala is not just about Rajinikanth. It is about land, fascism, Ramayana & the Dalit gaze

Kaala is filled with references to Babasaheb Ambedkar, Buddha, Bheem chawl, beef shop, Lenin and Bheemji.
Amit Shah in Karnataka

Dalits show love for the Congress in Karnataka, but slightly more for the BJP

While the state’s Dalits have traditionally been Congress voters, they have also aligned with the BJP in the past, and produced a photo finish this time. New Delhi: The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had a neck-and-neck fight on seats reserved for Dalit candidates in the Karnataka assembly elections. Of the 36 seats reserved for Scheduled Castes, the BJP won 14, but the Congress finished only marginally behind with 13 seats. Seven went to the JD(S), one to its ally Bahujan Samaj Party, and one to an independent candidate.   Dalits in Karnataka politics At 23 per cent of the population, Dalits have been playing a decisive role in Karnataka verdicts over the years. However, there has been a lot of variation in Dalit voting patterns — while they have traditionally been Congress supporters, they have also aligned with the BJP in the past. This is despite the fact that the state...
Dalit groups protesting during the Maharashtra Bandh | PTI

Understanding the new Dalit identity: Radical, angry, urgent and international

To understand the life of Dalits, Indians need to be re-educated. The categories of Dalits as change-making rebels is the least apprehended terminology.

The ‘Bahujan unity’ model is the only way to counter the BJP-RSS at national level

If you follow Phule and Ambedkar’s vision, it is clear that top-down approach of Indian leftists and liberals, who consider caste to be merely a part of culture and not a fundamental base, won’t work.
Arunthathiyars protesting against wall built by Paraiyars in a Madurai village

It is time to break the silence around casteism among Scheduled Castes

The experiences in the ongoing protest in Sandaiyur, Tamil Nadu, expose the casteism present within the Scheduled Caste population.
Ambedkar memorial

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’.
Keshav | The Hindu

Last Laughs: The pursuit of Ambedkar and damage control after Unnao, Kathua

The best Indian cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.


A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.