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How Gandhi made Ambedkar a villain in his fight to be the real representative of Dalits

When he did not get his way, Gandhi began his fast from prison. This was completely against his own maxims of satyagraha – it was pure blackmail.
Customers browse cloths inside a store in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Can a Dalit wear Armani and Zara? Why most Indians would still say no

Ambedkar wanted to challenge the very idea of how a Dalit should look and, thus, chose to wear suits.
VARANASI, INDIA - APRIL 23: Young Indian Hindu Brahmins training to be priests perform yoga on a ghat on the Ganges River, holy to Hindus, at sunrise on April 23, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Upper class Hindus gave caste to us and now they want to be leaders of anti-caste movements

When Savarnas question Kanhaiya Kumar’s caste being a topic of discussion, they are worried about upper caste losing the leadership role.
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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.
Rajnikanth

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.
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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.

On Camera

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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.
elections

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.

Defence

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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.