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What Mooknayak was for Ambedkar, YouTube is for Dalits today

YouTube channels run by Dalits have millions of subscribers. Is this a new segregation in India or the emergence of a much-needed diversity in media ownership?
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt’s handling of Chandrashekhar Azad & Kanhaiya Kumar shows who is the bigger threat

Kanhaiya Kumar is no threat to ‘ghar ghar Modi’ and BJP. But a Dalit leader standing with the Constitution on the steps of Jama Masjid is.

Historians’ silence on Bhima Koregaon allowed BJP to brand it as ‘urban Naxalism’

For Dalits, Bhima Koregaon wasn't just a battle between British and Peshwas but a reclamation of their prestige following centuries of caste discrimination.
CAA: Protest at Jama Masjid in New Delhi

India’s Muslims an excuse. Modi govt also wants to take away Bahujans’ power with CAA & NRC

Babasaheb Ambedkar used to say that he won't be dead as long as India's Constitution is alive. Time has come to save it from Modi government.
Lyricist Shailendra

Shailendra — the Leftist poet and Dalit genius whose lyrics define beauty of simplicity

Shailendra, the prolific lyricist, who straddled the worlds of communism and Bombay’s film industry, wrote over 900 songs.
Ambedkar

A new TV show on B.R. Ambedkar raises questions of responsible representation

To be launched later this month, Hindi serial Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar indicates a mainstreaming of the leader's identity.
B.R. Ambedkar

Parsis in Baroda berated Ambedkar for his caste. But Naval Bhathena changed everything

B.R. Ambedkar met Naval Bhathena at US' Columbia University in 1913, where he was studying on a scholarship given by Baroda's Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya | PTI

A Dalit laid first brick for Ram Mandir. Now, Modi must appoint a Dalit woman as its priest

Modi knows the importance of symbolism. The whole process of Ayodhya closure lacks his signature touch.
Illustration: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

KR Narayanan — the President who didn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade

On his death anniversary on 9 November, a look at the former President’s journey from a village in Kerala to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Karnataka MP A. Narayanaswamy | Facebook

Data shows Dalit MPs battle parties, voters and prejudice even in reserved seats

The Chitradurga MP’s experience exemplifies how upper castes respond to Dalit politicians, even in 2019.

On Camera

Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | PTI

Mumbai is now India’s national Covid epicentre, but it is not what New York City is to US

In episode 482 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta looks at Covid data from Maharashtra and Mumbai, which has become the epicentre of coronavirus in India.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

Rajnath Singh roadshow

Will use ‘existing bilateral mechanism’ with China to resolve tensions, India tells US

The message was delivered by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to US Secretary of Defence Dr Mark T. Esper during a phone call Friday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.