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Reading Dalit literature changes established accounts of nationalism, colonialism & modernity

Reading Dalit literature, we encounter an India that the urban upper-caste readers choose to ignore, or a definition of India we would rather not learn.
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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Can you be a true democracy & let go of caste, Ambedkar asked Indians. We are yet to reply

Ambedkar was optimistic about constitutional democracy working in India. However, by 1953, he had lost hope.
Transgendered Dalits

Where are the archives of our Dalit Trans foremothers and forefathers?

Dalit transgender people are at the intersection of caste and diverse notions of gender, and are always the last people who make it into the annals of history.
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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.
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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 as part of Dalit History Month.  Earlier this month, the nationwide Dalit protests against the dilution of the prevention of atrocities Act by the Supreme Court were coordinated in less than two weeks and without any central leadership, mostly thanks to Dalit networks on WhatsApp and Facebook. The digital world is opening new avenues for Dalit politics and connecting the youth of the community in new ways. Protests, which in the past remained restricted to a few urban pockets, can now swiftly reach multiple cities. Is social media a game changer for Dalit politics? I argue that its transformative effects notwithstanding, Dalit politics’ digital footprint remains limited. Digital Dalits On Dalit websites and discussion forums, members of the community from across India and abroad are building their own public...
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’.

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.
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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.

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.