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When Ambedkar becomes Muhammad

July 24, 2017 - 2:29 pm in Culture

It is ironic that a man who was defiantly against hero worship today is worshipped more than any other individual from the last 100 years in India. It is understandable that idolation of Ambedkar is nothing more than looking up to a man that in all of the…

Kovind, Dalit Politics and Hindu Nationalism

June 26, 2017 - 8:08 pm in Governance

By nominating Ramanth Kovind as the Presidential candidate, BJP has tried to play the politics of tokenism to the hilt. Mr. Kovind is a dalit from UP.…

Thakur Rogues in Uttar Pradesh

May 25, 2017 - 5:50 pm in Culture, Society

Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh is on the boil for over one month as the Thakurs who are also known as Kshatriyas or Rajputs have been engaged in…

Rights of Indian leather workers systematically violated

March 18, 2017 - 3:50 am in Rights

Major footwear and garment brands react to serious human rights issues in their leather supply chain and promise collective action Around 2,5 million workers in the Indian leather industry often face unacceptable working conditions that violate their human…

In Conversation with Tilak Pariyar

September 11, 2016 - 4:17 pm in Reforms, Video

Vidya Bhushan Rawat, a Radical Humanist, political analyst and human rights activist based in Delhi, speaks to Tikal Pariyar, Nepal Tilak Pariyar is Member Central Committee, Communist Party of Nepal. He is the first member of the Dalit community to have reached…

Cow-Beef and Political Scenario

September 5, 2016 - 12:48 pm in Society

Too many incidents of atrocities against Dalits-Muslims have been making headlines during last two years. Some of these like the one of Una (Gujarat, July 2016) have shaken the conscience of sensitive citizens of the country. This one came on the back of the…

In Conversation with Amar Lal Ram

August 31, 2016 - 1:48 pm in Society, Travelogue, Video

Vidya Bhushan Rawat, a Radical Humanist, political analyst and human rights activist based in Delhi, speaks to Amar Lal Ram, Nepal Amar Lal ram is a Dalit rights activist from the Saptarani district in the Madhesh region of Nepal. He comments specifically…

Fact finding report on Una, Gujarat

August 3, 2016 - 7:04 pm in Society

This report is presented by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Gujarat to National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi and is released by Ms. Manjula Pradeep, Executive Director of Navsarjan Trust, Gujarat (Chairperson of the fact-finding team) and…

Dalits in Gujarat- A picture of inequality and violence

August 1, 2016 - 12:10 pm in Rights

On 11th July, seven members of a Dalit family were beaten up by manav bhakshaks­-cum-extortionists representing themselves as gau rakshaks in Una town of Gujarat. They were mercilessly beaten up with iron pipes, knife and sticks for skinning a dead cow in…

Political battles need bigger social coalition

July 27, 2016 - 12:33 pm in Reforms

It was a solidarity protest against atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat and other parts of the country. Numerous organisations came. Jantar Mantar, during the session of Parliament, was crowded as usual with a diverse group. On the left-hand side of our protest…