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Caste, and the failure of Indian Legal System


Rachna Gautam

rachna gautamIn every civilized society, there is an indispensable need for law for the proper governance of society. People by virtue of being human are rational and move ahead in the direction which can fulfill their interest at best and because of the presence of numerous people with varying interests their paths or the interests may collide. 

Human beings since their origin have learned how to compete, struggle and fight for their survival, prestige, fulfillment of desires and to gain power and control on resources. As someone said, a human being is the most dangerous beast. Thus, he keeps acquiring more advanced desires and developing vigorous means to gain them. In the achievement of desires, he has left nothing unaffected and destroyed much, whether we talk about the environment, wildlife, earth, air, or fellow humans. The history, place of origin, geography, beliefs, ideologies, taste, choices have classified the human race into different groups: every such group tries to gain a superior position over others. One such difference in the current scenario is one of the major reasons for various conflicts in India, and that's Caste.

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Rainbow casteism and racism in the queer community is alienating us

 

Sophia

I entered the Delhi queer movement in my early 20s, as a complete outsider in terms of language, origin, race, class, and caste identity. I wanted to bring change to the status quo and challenge the existing caste and class hierarchy that pervaded the movement. I started my initiative and became a vocal part of the Delhi queer circuit. Thinking back, I like to believe that I played my part to help make the movement a bit more 'intersectional', especially in the university scene. Ultimately, after around three years of activism and organising, I decided to abruptly leave the queer community. It wasn't because I didn't care about the community or that I no longer cared about amplifying subaltern voices within the community. I felt like I never truly belonged in the community, like I did not have a space. I simply could no longer take the covert discrimination that I was subjected to on account of my marginalised identity.

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I have observed countless other non-UC, non-mainland queer people who have also felt alienated by the movement and had decided to step away from the mainstream movement as the community is being white washed and dominated by all these queer activists/influencers having caste and class privileges, who call people out from their high horses while trampling over all the Dalit, Bahujan and indigenous voices they pretend to always listen to. A few weeks ago, a UC trans activist Dr.Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju and her model friend Meera
Singhania-Rehani ridiculed and mocked a Bahujan queer person who had much less following than them on their instagram live, making insensitive casteist comments all the while insinuating that the person is faking their caste identity. They both eventually released press statements eventually after being extremely defensive, blocking multiple DBA folks while justifying their actions. I'm bringing this incident up because the responses from their fellow UC queer activists/influencers is a reminder and an example of the role caste and class plays when it comes to community building and belongingness within the queer movement.

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Govt. of India should send One Lakh SC ST youths abroad for Higher Education

 

Anshul Kumar

anshulMen sitting on the pinnacle of the palace

"So, I went one day to Linlithgow and said, concerning the expense of education, "If you will not get angry, I want to ask a question. I am equal to fifty [high school] graduates, am I not?" He had to agree to that. Then I asked, "What is the reason?" He said, "I don't know the reason." I said, "My learning is so great that I could sit on the pinnacle of the palace. I want such men. Because-- from the top, one can survey everything. If our people are to be protected, then such sharp-eyed, able men should be created. What can a mere clerk do?" Immediately my words convinced Linlithgow, and that year sixteen students were sent to England for higher education. If those sixteen, some came out raw and some mature, just as some water jugs are half-baked and some are finished... leave aside the consequences. Later Rajagopalacarya cancelled this plan for higher education." ~ Babasaheb Dr. BR Ambedkar

 From: Prabuddh Bharat, 27 October 1956, pp. 5-12, 18. Translated from the Marathi by Rekha Damle and Eleanor Zelliot, August-September 1964.

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The Reddy-BC combination and the prospects of Hindutva forces in Telangana: The Eatala Phenomenon

 

Prof K. Laxminarayana

The official channel of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on 30th April aired the news of alleged encroachment upon assigned lands by Eatala Rajender's family for their poultry business. The news came just after the voting for the municipal elections for Warangal district was completed. The timing indicates the vindictive political conspiracy of Telangana Chief Minister Mr. K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) to get rid of Eatala without this action adversely impacting the electoral gains of TRS.

eatela and kcr

Eatela Rajender and KCR

Eatela Rajender, who hails from a backward class background, has subsequently relinquished his TRS membership and also resigned from his MLA seat and is now set to formally join BJP on 14th June, 2021. The BJP, which had accused all TRS leaders as corrupt until the other day, is now inviting one of the top leaders of TRS to join the party! Eatala says that the TRS party supreme leader Mr. K.Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) is dictatorial and there is no self respect and internal democracy within the party. The expulsion of of Eatala Rajender from TRS and his joining BJP are events which are sure to have important consequences for Dalit and other democratic movement in the state of Telangana.

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Chaityabhoomi Film Project


Somnath Waghmare

Dear all, I am plannning to edit our Chaityabhoomi film project this month. We plan to complete the edit by mid-July.

After that, I want to organize film screenings online and with organisations who are interested in it. We will release the film to all on 6th December, 2021.

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Are IITs safe for Dalit Students?


The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), IIT Bombay

Aniket Ambhore, a student of electrical engineering, had fallen to his death from the sixth floor of hostel 13 on September 4, 2014. An SC student, he was alleged to have committed suicide. After his parents wrote to the IIT director, a three-member committee was set up by the administration. The Report of the Committee to investigate the allegations of the parents of Late Aniket Ambhore and suggest measures for the betterment of SC/ST students (henceforth “the Report”) was submitted on 10th of November 2015. The Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle, IIT Bombay (henceforth APPSC) has closely studied this Report and would like to place on record a detailed response.

Aniket AmbhoreAniket Ambhore

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Judicial Subversion of Affirmative Action Jurisprudence

 

Bobby Kunhu

kunhu"Constitutional morality is not a natural sentiment. It has to be cultivated. We must realise that our people have yet to learn it. Democracy in India is only a top-dressing on an Indian soil which is essentially undemocratic."

~ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

The jurisprudence around reservations and affirmative action that has evolved in India, proves beyond doubt the above thesis propounded by Dr. Ambedkar. From Indra Sawhney to Youth for Equality to Chinnaiah vs. State of AP--there are a plethora of judgements that hasn't started understanding the jurisprudential rationale of reservations/affirmative action and looks at the same as a welfare/charity measure bestowed by the state and not a right rooted in the Constitutional and political history of India. The latest in this series of judgements is the order delivered by a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court comprising Chief Justice Manikumar and Shaji Paul Chaly in Justine Pallivathukkal vs. State of Kerala, on 28th May, 2021.

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