In a time and in a country where an all-male delegation is chosen to meet the Prime Minister and discuss problems in the entertainment industry - especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement – an all-Dalit women panel is nothing short of revolutionary. On 18th January 2019, AIDMAM and The Blue Club jointly organised a two-day event called Dalit Women in Media and Politics
It is clearly visible that even if any programme is aimed at Dalit women, its approach and reach is unclear, simply because it is incorporated under initiatives meant for all Dalits or for all women. There exists a serious lack of understanding that women bearing the brunt of caste and patriarchy are a distinct category that requires specific structural interventions to set right the history of oppression that continues to push back any efforts to move ahead.
Has India failed its Dalit women? By all development indices, Dalit women continue to have the least access to resources, says Asha Kowtal.
Malvika Raj is an artist from Patna who is making waves in the Indian art scene through her innovative twist to the traditional Madhubani artform, which is centred around Hindu narratives.
The upper caste reservation bill shifts the focus from social injustice to one of economic inequity, thereby essentially erasing the pernicious effects of everyday casteism.
Cynthia Stephen is a Dalit activist, writer, social policy researcher and an independent journalist, who works in the areas of Dalit studies, affirmative action and educational policy.
Last sunday TISS, Mumbai observed it’s first Bahujan Arts festival, which centred the works and narratives of artists coming from SC/ST/OBC and other marginalised backgrounds/artforms.
Pariyerum Perumal is a fervent portrayal of caste-ridden society in which the dominant caste groups unleash acts of victimisation, exploitation and humiliation against the Dalits.
Brahminical patriarchy is a real, structural issue in Indian society that is responsible for upholding the twin evils of casteism and sexism and should be evident to anyone who has bothered to examine its basic aspects and workings, without the distortions that privilege accords.
Birsa Munda, a champion of the struggles of the Adivasis is highly relevant today as this is the era of displacements in the name of development.