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A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Swachh Bharat toilets without sanitation is why Dalits are at the receiving end

Modi government needs to extend the scope of the Swachh Bharat campaign and improve sanitation keeping in mind that many sanitation workers are Dalits.

Viral video of Dalit youth being thrashed splits open caste divide in Haryana village

Bajana Kalan: The viral video of a Dalit youth being stripped and beaten in a rural Sonepat shed brought swift action by Haryana Police, but it has also ripped open the caste divide in the village for all to see. Bajana Kalan, a village about 27 km from Sonepat, is a settlement of about 300 Dalit households. The incident in question, the assault on a 19-year old Dalit youth Ankit, took place on 2 June, but the video was widely circulated on social media only this week, prompting police to arrest two Jat men, identified as Mohit Kadyan and Jitendra Kadyan, from the same village. “We came to know of this video only when police visited us,” said Ankit's mother Sheela, 37, who lives in a small house that accommodates five joint families. “We did not see the video. We do not even want to see it. Our neighbours have come...
File photo of protest against a spate of assaults against Muslims and Dalits in New Delhi | Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Why India’s politicians get away with casteist slurs and abuses on Dalit leaders

India is full of Savarna leaders who defame professional and social background of Dalit-backward politicians without facing any backlash.
Ambedkar

Columbia University teaches Ambedkar’s biography, but few in India have even read it

A casteist and ideological bias has ensured that Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography is a celebrated work while Ambedkar's memoir is hardly known.
PM Narendra Modi bows in front of B.R. Ambedkar's portrait on Ambedkar Jayanti in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

You can be a Hindu nationalist and an Ambedkarite both

It would be a disservice to the legacy of BR Ambedkar if the present generation of Communists is allowed to monopolise Ambedkarism.
Agra protests

Hundreds march for ‘justice for Sanjali’, the 15-yr-old Dalit girl burnt alive in Agra

Students said the protest wasn’t about caste or community, but about women’s safety and getting justice for the murdered girl, Sanjali Chanakya
Supreme Court

Centre blames 20 March order for Dalit atrocities, top court says no stay on verdict

SC refuses to refer the controversial order to a larger bench as well; the original petitioner says court had based its decision on a ‘forged FIR’.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.