On 29 April 2019, FII and #DalitWomenFight co-organized an event to celebrate Dalit History Month – evening of remembrance, resistance and resilience, where we talked about and remembered various Dalit leaders and movements.
A three-time MLA and MP, Dr Muthu was one of the earliest Dalit leaders of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party and was the Harijan Welfare Minister till 1974.
The Tsunduru massacre of 1991 is as one of the most gruesome and vile premeditated attacks on Dalits, not just in the state of Andhra Pradesh but in the whole of India, since independence.
During the Bhima Koregaon battle, the Peshwas waged war against the British and the Mahars were fighting on behalf of the British. The anger and frustration that had been contained for years of oppression, along with modern weapons gave the Mahars an upper hand leading to their victory.
Vaikom Satyagraha is one of Kerala’s foremost organised agitations against Hindu ‘upper caste’ orthodoxy for securing the basic civil rights of all marginalised castes.
The Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA) released the manual scavengers manifesto ahead of the 2019 General Elections calling for elimination of manual scavenging.
A caste-based reparations policy will ensure that the odds of success aren’t stacked against marginalised groups. Whatever form it takes, it will radically alter the casteist fabric of our society.
The recent NCERT erasure from history textbooks is a blow for feminism, education and social justice.
The point that I am trying to make here is that 'elite Dalit' is an oxymoron. It is intrinsically and fundamentally against the notion of being a Dalit in an Indian society.
The Supreme Court directed all States to evict nearly one million Adivasis whose claims over forest land have been rejected.