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Born Dalit: Meet Radhika Vemula, Rohith’s Mother

Born Dalit: Meet Radhika Vemula, Rohith’s Mother

Hyderabad: A makeshift tent in the University of Hyderabad has become the central point of protests after Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide. This tent had earlier been home to Rohith along with four other Dalit students since early January. It is here that they began a “relay hunger protest” against their suspension from the university […]

Why No Suspension for Two Non-Dalit Accused?

Why No Suspension for Two Non-Dalit Accused?

Hyderabad:  A Dalit research scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has alleged that he was discriminated against on the basis of his caste, forcing him to threaten suicide. The issue was taken up by the JNU Students’ Union, which held a protest outside the centre on Monday. This incident comes at a time that […]

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Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia deny dalits, OBCs quotas, BJP says

Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia deny dalits, OBCs quotas, BJP says

New Delhi: he BJP on Monday whipped out the “dalit-OBC card” to counter the criticism from Muslim scholars and clergy over denial of “minority status” to Jamia Milia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University. Amid growing controversy, social justice minister Thaawarchand Gehlot congratulated wrote to HRD minister Smriti Irani on Monday, reacting to for her […]

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After 400 years, Garhwal temple allows entry to Dalits, women

After 400 years, Garhwal temple allows entry to Dalits, women

Dehradun: For nearly 400 years, Dalits and women, all in the name of “tradition”, had been barred from entering the famous Parsuram temple in Garhwal’s Jaunsar Bawar region. All that is set to change now with the management of the Parsuram temple announcing that “everyone will in future be welcome”. But Dalit leaders and activists, […]

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We Have Neither Money Nor Education: TN’s Manual Scavengers

We Have Neither Money Nor Education: TN’s Manual Scavengers

Tamil Nadu: The common refrain among the scheduled castes of Tamil Nadu is that they are forced to take up manual scavenging as, unlike upper caste people, they are neither educated nor have the money to invest in a business. In 1993, the government banned manual scavenging – the handling of human faeces directly by […]

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50 years on, Dalits Seek Pathway to Carry their Dead to Graveyard

50 years on, Dalits Seek Pathway to Carry their Dead to Graveyard

Villupuram: Dalits in Kalapathur Colony near Ulundurpet have been seeking a pathway leading to the cemetery for decades since they had to carry the dead through farmlands owned by mostly caste Hindus. This had sparked off tension between the two castes. Also, the Dalits members threatened to boycott the forthcoming Assembly elections if steps were […]

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Siddaramaiah Fumes as Just 40 Percent of SC, ST Funds Utilised

Siddaramaiah Fumes as Just 40 Percent of SC, ST Funds Utilised

Bangalore:  Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday took officials to task over poor spending of funds earmarked under Scheduled Caste Special Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Special Plan (TSP). In a review meeting held here, Siddaramaiah reportedly got upset and vented his ire at officials after coming to know that just 40 per cent of the allocated […]

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Defeated Rajput takes on Dalits

Defeated Rajput takes on Dalits

Haryana: Members of the Dalit community have to bear the brunt of the defeat of a Rajput candidate in the panchayat elections at Kharak village in the district. The defeated candidate blamed the Dalits for his loss. “Our electricity lines have been snapped. Our children and women are being chased when they go to attend […]

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UoH Stands with Expelled Dalit Scholars

UoH Stands with Expelled Dalit Scholars

HYDERABAD: Over 60 students slept in the open on University of Hyderabad (UoH) premises on Saturday, in support of five Dalit research scholars who were expelled and barred from staying in varsity hostel. The students set up a temporary camp alongside the expelled scholars. The research scholars have filed a writ petition in the High […]

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In Hyderabad University, Dalit students pay heavy price for protesting against Hindutva brigade

In Hyderabad University, Dalit students pay heavy price for protesting against Hindutva brigade

Hyderabad: There is nothing more important in ‘student politics’ than the ongoing tension in FTII Pune, if one were to read national media. Until you type ‘Dalit students’ on Google News. News of torture, ostracisation and harassment abound; but these incidents are another story in the newspapers. One wonders what it will take for Dalit issues, and […]

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