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With eye on Dalit vote, Modi calls for end to manual scavenging

With eye on Dalit vote, Modi calls for end to manual scavenging

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a major outreach to Dalits by calling for an end to manual scavenging as India celebrates the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. He also announced an international centre in Ambedkar’s name in Delhi and grant of land in Mumbai for an Ambedkar memorial. Regretting the continuance of […]

From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India

From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India

Bellary:A Dalit woman in her mid-forties, bends over a sewing machine, carefully running the needle over the hem of a shirt. Sitting nearby is Roopa, her 22-year-old daughter, who reads an amusing message on her cell phone and laughs heartily. The pair leads a simple yet contented life – they subsist on half a dollar […]

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Time to say sorry

Time to say sorry

Kathmandu: Some three decades ago, a young hydro engineer working for the government accompanied a member of the-then national legislature, the Rastriya Panchayat, on a tour of a few districts in the Far West. Walking up from Attariya, the duo made their way over the hills and took in a number of districts. Everywhere, they […]

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The tale of a dalit journalist

The tale of a dalit journalist

Khammam:He was truly exceptional in more ways than one. Born into an extremely poor and socially backward family in a village in Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh (now Telengana), he was able to overcome the circumstances of his upbringing to work in an English – yes English! – daily newspaper in Hyderabad before cancer consumed […]

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Budget cuts, loan problems push Dalits out of education

Budget cuts, loan problems push Dalits out of education

Chennai:Saranya, who took a loan of Rs. 2 lakh to pursue a BE course in a self-financing college in Coimbatore will be completing the repayment of loan by the year-end. A Dalit student, she was denied loan initially. “The manager told me loans are given only to people who come in cars. A friend then […]

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Broken dreams: There is a need to critically discuss the Dalit movement in Nepal to move forward

Broken dreams: There is a need to critically discuss the Dalit movement in Nepal to move forward

Nepal: The primary objective of politics is to move people from the margins to the centre and democracy has been regarded as the best tool to do this. However, this process has not really worked in Nepal. All political movements, right from the one in 1950, have, in principle, aimed to bridge the gap between […]

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Dalit groups protest against derogatory remarks

Dalit groups protest against derogatory remarks

Yadgir:Various Dalit organisations staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Friday demanding action against miscreants posting derogatory remarks against B.R. Ambedkar on social media pages. A similar protest was held at Gandhi Chowk in Surpur taluk headquarters. The movement of government and private vehicles was disrupted for a moment when protesters blocked […]

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Website to monitor atrocity cases against Dalits

Website to monitor atrocity cases against Dalits

Hyderabad:Reports are rampant about atrocities against Dalits going unrepresented, unreported, and often unregistered due to laxity or collusion by local police. The same was reiterated by the Secretary of State SC Commission R. Subba Rao when he said, at an event on Friday, that 95 per cent of the cases are declared false by police […]

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CPM talks of equality but denies dalits top posts

CPM talks of equality but denies dalits top posts

Vishakhapatnam: CPM’s abysmal record in giving Dalits a place in the party’s top decision-making bodies — politburo and central committee — came to haunt it on Wednesday as general secretary Prakash Karat demanded a special session of Parliament to discuss inequality as part of commemoration BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. Karat was talking about failure […]

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Eight Dalit Christians Embrace Buddhism

Eight Dalit Christians Embrace Buddhism

Pudukkottai:  A group of eight Dalit Christians embraced Buddhism in Pudukai on Tuesday. They converted their faith on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar due  of the attitude of the Keeranur parish priest Fr L Edward Raj, who had been allegedly discriminating against them for long. Puliyur, a remote sleepy village, about […]

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