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How mainstream feminism has failed Dalit women

 

Anamika Kumari

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As long as there is casteism in this country, no other '-ism' would ever stand a chance to flourish. This country follows the rule of 'brahminism' and thus follows every other social evil, that is the outcome of brahminism, such as patriarchy and casteism.

Mainstream feminists aims to "smash patriarchy", however they do not oppose casteism as it benefits the women who hold upper caste status in the society.

Caste is the most predominant phenomenon in the Indian society which supersedes every other phenomenon. The concept of feminism that has been preached in this country is majorly influenced by the western concept of feminism. Feminism, as per the general definition, is the belief in absolute social, economic, and political equality for women. Feminism in India propagates the idea that there shall be gender equality and therefore it mainly focuses on male-female binary.

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Caste and its patriarchal tamasha

 

Dr Amritpal Kaur
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Caste is a notion, as Babasaheb said but what makes it a complex phenomenon to understand is the fact that it is also a notional reality. Caste is never singular, it is a plural social mechanism. There is no such thing as a caste. There are always castes that constitute the infamous oppressive social system of Indian society, the caste system. The caste system is the best example of how a belief can be changed into an institutionalised belief system by making it sacred through self regulating code.

The caste system is an enclosed class system which divides these enclosed classes into watertight compartments leaving zero scope for social and cultural endosmosis. This results in perpetually disadvantaged groups that not only are denied dignity and self respect but also access to basic human resources, jobs and education.

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Buddhist Outlook on Gender Identities as a Delusion


Dr Amritpal Kaur

dr amritpal kaurIdentities are culturally located historical formations, open to reinterpretation and dispute. They are culturally, socially and psychologically constructed delusions that tend to reinforce a state of emotionalism on the human self. Nationality, religion, class, caste, race, gender and all are intrinsically responsible for defining the boundaries of human identity.

Most of the identities are acquired and learned after birth, and thus are open to reassessment. But, the gender binaries are the most difficult to overcome as they are considered to be innately linked with the biological sex. The term gender was first used by psychologist and sexologist John William Money has all those things that a person says or does to disclose himself or herself as having the status of a boy/man or girl/woman.

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Unnao after Hathras: Atrocities, again and again


Sonali Shirke

sonali shirke newIn Baburha village, Unnao district, of Uttar Pradesh, a horrific incident of atrocities against Dalit girls has once again come to light on February 17 (many such incidents happen every day which do not come to light). Three minor girls who live in a Dalit locality, went to fetch fodder in the field in the afternoon. The girls did not return home after a long time, so the family started searching for them in the evening. Then, as usual (like a kind of legacy in Uttar Pradesh), the girls were found tied in the field and unconscious. Two of the three girls were declared dead and one was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after villagers took her to a public health care centre for treatment.

According to the Hindustan Times, Superintendent of Police Sureshrao Kulkarni, who was present there, said that they died due to poisoning. But the same report shows that there is something serious about the different testimonies of individuals in the victim's family. As the victim's brother says in a video, when the girls were found, their limbs were tied with the help of their stoles. So the question arises that if the hands were tied, how could the girls poison themselves? In the second video, the victim's mother is seen saying, "The girls' hands were not tied, and we have no suspicions on anyone" (this statement needs to be verified to make sure that this statement was not made under any pressure).

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Constitutional provisions and legal rights for protection and well-being of women in India

 

Adv Soniya Gajbhiye

adv soniya gajbhiyeWomen in any society play a very important role. In Indian society's context her role kept changing and evolving with the enactment of the Constitution and especially since Babasaheb's fight for women's' rights through introduction of the Hindu Code bill. Woman is a very strong person in this world who plays  many vital roles in society: like mother, wife, sister,etc. But, since last several decades, women have become a more vulnerable section endangering their safety and security. Violence against women such as physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment and female infanticide are on increase in recent times.

With a view to curb the violence and abuse on women, our country has enacted, adopted and implemented many laws by making provision for special protection to women. We all need to know the rights of women in India. When we mention the rights of women, then we have to take into consideration both, the Constitutional Rights and Legal Rights. The constitutional rights are those which are incorporated in the various provisions of the constitution. The legal rights refer to those which are incorporated in the various laws or Acts of the parliament and the state legislatures.

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My journey towards understanding men in society!

 

Harshali Nagrale

harshali nagraleEvery girl dreams about something or the other to be in life. But, in the journey from being a little girl to growing up into a woman, her dreams' wings are cut in different ways. This is where feminism emerges for me. The word Feminism is interpreted differently across the world. Some connect it with the oppression women are facing, unequal pay, womanhood; while some think that drinking, smoking, or hanging out the late-night is feminism. But, feminism is much more than that for me. It means an ideology or a way of life of dignity, respect, and equality which does keep men as the benchmark. 

The journey from being a little girl to a grown-up woman!

I come from a family where paying for a TV was equal to bringing a Mercedes home. We had a neighbour who used to welcome us to watch movies at their house. Unfortunately, the neighbour was a relative. My parents were also very comfortable to send me to their house because it is "SAFE" to send our kids to a relative's house. Once, I remember at the age of 12 I was watching TV at my neighbour's home. They had two elder sons who were both around 24-26 of age. There was no one in the house and the innocent little kid sat in their home until the cartoon ended. I was really not expecting I would have to pay so high a price for just an episode of the cartoon. An unwelcome hand started touching me under grown boobs, and before I could speak he put his dirty hands in my pants and seeing straight into my eyes he said- nothing, it will take just a few minutes for me to show you how much I love you. It was very shocking for me because this had never happened to me. Before I could shout loudly he grabbed me and put a tight hand on my mouth. And this way he destroyed my entire childhood. I started hating my body. I used to punish myself in different ways and for my entire childhood, I blamed myself for whatever happened to me. Only because I had a "Vagina" between my legs. Now when I look back to my childhood, being that little girl, the sky is not the same anymore.

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