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Statement of Social Scientists

We, as social scientists, scholars, teachers and concerned citizens, feel extremely concerned about the lynching at Dadri, and the murders of scholars and thinkers like M M Kalaburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and others, and wish to register our strong protest. We are not just shocked by...

Idealism and Collectivism Are Alive

If the decisions arrived at the Swaraj Samvad are carried out effectively, Arvind Kejriwal may face one or both of these prospects in the coming months—A vast number of AAP members constantly agitating for swaraj from within, or en masse migration to an expanded political party born through the newly launched Swaraj Abhiyan.

Starvation among Primitive Tribal Groups

The Indian state's policy regarding primitive tribal groups amounts to a "first wreck and then rescue" programme.

Crime of Vigilante Justice

Recent incidents of lynching in different parts of the country have to be viewed in the context of the law itself allowing the arrest of innocent people on mere suspicion, especially denotified and nomadic people. This article exposes the role of caste behind these violent incidents and reveals how the victims of violence are turned into culprits.

Urban Denotified Tribes: Competing Identities, Contested Citizenship

A section of the denotified, nomadic community of banjaras converted to Sikhism long ago, and has been settled in Delhi for over half a century. While tracing the recent history of this beleaguered community, this paper argues that escalating land prices were a major reason behind the massacres of Sikhs in 1984 in the resettlement colonies of Delhi. Communities such as the banjaras continue to be at the bottom of all social hierarchies in urban spaces. Their futile search for legitimate and dignified citizenship rights may lead to invention of new dangerous identities.

Civil Society's Uncivil Acts: Dancing Bear and Starving Kalandar

Animal rights organisations are campaigning to save the Indian sloth bear, but scant attention is paid to the plight of their owners, the Kalandars, whose livelihoods are endangered.

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Ravinder Kumar will be remembered for many things, some at the personal level by his friends, others at the institutional level by a much wider circle. Perhaps his biggest contribution will be, however, in having demonstrated that liberalism can create a space for itself in Indian institutional and academic life.

Colonial Construction of a 'Criminal' Tribe

Nomadic communities have been a target of the fears and suspicions of sedentary communities. The Yerukulas of Madras presidency were thus 'criminalised' in the early 20th century. This gave the Salvation Army the job of 'reforming' them, and incidentally provided cheap labour to a tobacco factory. This project was so successful that today Yerukulas believe their ancestors to have been dangerous criminals.

From Tribal Community to Working Class Consciousness-Case of Yerukula Women

Accounts in nationalist literature of the militant struggles of women tobacco workers in Guntur in 1938 led the writer to enquire into the social origins of these women. The trail led to a dramatic story of pre-colonial trade patterns, of a tribal community engaged in long-distance transport, of the destruction of this means of livelihood' by economic changes consequent upon the establishment of British rule, of the stigmatisation of the group as a criminal tribe, of the confinement of families in a penal settlement, of the recruitment of the women for work in a tobacco factory, of their organisation in a trade union under communist auspices and of the final success of the employer in splitting the men from the women on a hierarchical basis.

TAMIL NADU- Ruthless Response to Teachers Agitation

December 21-28, 1985 TAMIL NADU Ruthless Response to Teachers' Agitation Meena Radhakrishna THE past month of agitation by the teaching community in Tamil Nadu has been an instructive period, both for themselves and for the public at large. There had never been any doubt in the public mind about AlADMK's response to the agitations of the working class
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