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Dalit Killings in Marathwada

Gopal Guru Dalits are now reacting more sharply than ever before to their economic and social conditions. In view of the scale and cruelty of upper caste violence and the callousness of the state on the one hand and the ineffectual politics of the established dalit groups on the other hand, dalits are taking recourse to different strategies to protect their identity and ensure their survival on more honourable and equitable terms.

Appropriating Ambedkar

Appropriating Ambedkar Gopal Guru IT is not surprising to receive reactions to my report 'Hinduisation of Ambedkar in Maharashtra' [EPW, February 16] from S H Deshpande [EPW, April 27] and Dhammachari Lokmitra [EPW, May 18] representing two different religious forces. Both of them have tried to argue that Ambedkar still fits into their scheme of Hinduisation and spiritualisation respectively. But careful and unbiased reading of Ambedkar provides a lot of scope to counter-argue that it is difficult for either Deshpande or Lokmitra to appropriate Ambedkar Because the fragile logic of their rejoinder does not seem to support their motive of co-opting Ambedkar.

Hinduisation of Ambedkar in Maharashtra

The co-option of Ambedkar into the Hindu fold is being carried out with considerable sophistication by the Hindutvawadi forces. In addition some Buddhists groups are doing their best to strip Ambedkar's ideology of its political content.

Corporation Polls in Kolhapur

For the First time women contested on 'reserved' seats in the recently-held elections to the Kolhapur municipal corporation.
THE elections to the Kolhapur municipal corporation, about which there was so much uncertainty till the last moment because of the political tensions in the country, finally took place on November 5, This corporation poll was significant in more than one way: It was the first election being held probably anywhere in the country after the Mandal Commission announcement and the happenings in Ayodhya with its implications looming large over political stability at the centre; It was also the only election to a local self- government body in the state now since the elections to zilla parishad and other corporations are to be held only in February next year.

Not So Sweet-Producers View of Sugar Co-operative Problems

made on Baba Amte at this march.
It is perhaps not surprising that the underdeveloped regions of Saurashtra and Kutch, which have provided labour to the diamond-cutting units of south Gujarat, as well as labour to the sugar-cane growers at times of drought should seize any opportunity presented to join the mainstream of the 'development' process. It is perhaps also not surprising that those who come from these regions and who have made good outside (such as the Kutchi banyas) should be in the forefront of the demand for the 'development' of these areas. What is disquieting is that the heavy price which is necessarily exacted through this process of development remains an issue which is not addressed. There are very real problems to be addressed in the regions which are prone to drought. The position of the pastoralists is one to which very little thought has been given. The building of the dam will do little to improve their position. Capitalist agriculture does not only flex its muscle against poor peasants and agriculture labourer, it is inimical to the pastoralists too. The farmers who own irrigated land are hostile to the pastoralists, as was starkly brought out during the years of the last drought when large numbers of the latter walked down THE first conference of the co-operative sugar factories in Maharashtra was held at Shri Datta Co-operative Sugar Factory at Shirol in Kolhapur district on September 24 and 25. The conference was attended by over 2,500 participants


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