As 11 more people wait to fight an uncertain battle against a formidable enemy and an enmeshed caste system, we owe it to Rohith Vemula to stop any more Dalit dead bodies. The dreams of too many talented young people has been sacrificed at the altar of Manu. On Rohith’s Shahadat Divas, let’s pledge that there will no more. Only then will some of the guilt and agony be assuaged.
Project Heartland, a YouTube mini-series documents stories of Dalit men and women across Gujarat who have been struggling against the oppressive system and trying to dismantle it in their own way.
I think, today, there is a need to celebrate Manusmriti Dahan Din more than ever to invoke the subordination and humiliation of women as well as "lower" caste people. Manu is not just in Manusmriti, he is also in our minds. When are we going to burn the book in there?
The story of Jhalkari Bai as a Dalit Virangana tells us why looking at the representations of Dalit women in the history of 1857 is crucial.
Manisha Mashaal is a grassroots anti-caste activist, an orator and a singer. She comes from a small village in Haryana where she grew up as a Dalit woman and overcame many hurdles to become what she is today - a strong Dalit voice.
Savitribai Phule, first female teacher of the first women’s school in India is a pioneer figure. She relentlessly fought against the dominant caste system and worked towards the upliftment of the marginalized.
The assertion of Dalit groups by ways of creating new media spaces challenges how mainstream media talks about caste and makes them reflect on their social location and power positions
New themes, non-standard dialects, non-conventional faces and non-Brahminical ways of life will find more prominence in the movies and caste will be more pronounced in the storyline. Kabali, starring superstar Rajinikanth, is a film in the same direction.
"This sweeping statement that there is no caste division among transgender people is totally false and there is as much casteism here as there is in the society at large." - Grace Banu
Before the release of her much anticipated biography, film Actress Shakeela shares her experience in the film industry.