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The social dynamics of reservation

Vinayak Kale In 2021, the Supreme Court of India, drawing on the Indra Sawhney case, invalidated the Maratha reservation. The court had held that the classification of Marathas as a socially and educationally backward class was unreasonable. After that, demand for reservation in both government employment and educational opportunities geared up in Maharashtra. A notable …

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బహుజనులారా రండి… వచ్చి మీగాధను చెప్పండి…

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  Kranthi Kumar Mungamuri   అగ్రకుల మతోన్మాదులు మీ ఒంటి మీద మిగిల్చిన కుల వ్యతిరేక గుర్తులను చూపించండి….   వచ్చి ఈ… ప్రపంచానికి చెప్పండి వచ్చి ఈ… అణగారిన ప్రపంచ సమాజానికి చెప్పండి…   వచ్చి ఈ… అణగద్రోక్కుతున్న మనువాద నవతరానికి చెప్పండి…   ఈచోటనే… మా నాలుకలని తెగ్గోసారని !   అది బహుజన విముక్తి నినాదాలను పలుకుతుందని !   ఈ చోటనే… మాసెవుల్లో సిసాన్ని పోసారని !   మీ …

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Post Ideological in Popular Dalit Discourse

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Rahul Sonpimple The post-Ambedkar Dalit discourse can be broadly outlined through three key developments in the Dalit movement: 1) the struggle for constitutional rights, 2) the mission for political autonomy, and 3) the quest for alternative culture through Ambedkar’s Buddhism. While mainstream Dalit politics has largely remained fragmented, there is noticeable strengthening in both non-political …

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‘Desh Azaad Hai’ but for whom: Review of Satyamev Jayate

Review of Episode ‘Untouchability: A life of humiliation’ on television show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, S1/ Episode 10 (Broadcast on 8th July 2012) Nilkamal Chauhan I watched these videos, which are about caste discrimination, on May 18, 2020. In this video, we can see three different case studies. I listened to them again and again because they …

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Social democracy with principles

Samyak Samudre Introduction The most common form of government is democracy. What does it mean? Usually, people believe democracy is a system of government or a government chosen by the people. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution and the first Law Minister of independent India, believed in democracy. But what was his …

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Challenging ‘De-Reservation’ and Reevaluating ‘Merit’: On Brahmanical Vocabulary and Praxis of Exclusion

Iniyavan M & Lalitha M “Those responsible for implementing the policy of Reservation must undoubtedly understand that “Reservation is neither a policy matter, a political gimmick nor a matter of Charity. It is a Constitutional Obligation” – Dr B. R Ambedkar In the line of policies aimed at systematic and sustained remoulding of the reservation policy …

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‘12th Fail’ Movie and Manoj Kumar Sharma’s Biography ‘12th Fail’: the discrepancies

Vaibhav Kharat Many UPSC aspirants may have started their UPSC preparation this year with strong resolutions, like Manoj Kumar Sharma’s Har Nahi Manunga, after watching Vidhu Chopra’s recently directed and produced ’12th Fail’ movie, starring Vikrant Massey. The film portrays the journey of a 12th fail boy who later goes on to become an IPS …

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“I am ready to go. I have no fear”: Chhatrapati Shahu

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“I am ready to go. I have no fear.”— Chhatrapati Shahu (A reply to Abhinav Chandrachud regarding the chapter on Chhatrapati Shahu in his book  ‘These seats are reserved’. ) Dr. Bhushan Amol Darkase “In fact, there is evidence that the British might have provoked Shahu to take strong actions against the Brahmins in Kolhapur …

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Dalit Visions for the future: Where do we go from here?

Sumeet Samos Hundred years ago, to walk on many public streets would have been unimaginable for Dalits in this country; to drink water from public sources would have been met with physical violence; and to sit near caste Hindu students in a public school would have been opposed publicly. These were the established norms of …