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Entrepreneurship or Survival?

In an analytical and interesting article by Ashwini Deshpande and Smriti Sharma (“Entrepreneurship or Survival? Caste and Gender of Small Business in India, EPW, 13 July 2013), the authors have been critical of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DICCI) statement – “Be job givers, not...

Why Mock Ambedkar?

In your editorial comment (“Ambedkar Cartoon Controversy”, EPW , 26 May 2012) you described the attack on National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks as a “threat to destroy a democratic pedagogy for schoolchildren”, and in the article by Manjit Singh (“Cartoons, Caste...

Caste in South Asia

In the article “Comparative Contexts of Discrimination: Caste and Untouchability in South Asia” by Surinder S Jodhka and Ghanshyam Shah (27 November), there is nothing strange insofar as the presence of caste and untouchability in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka since the ageold dominant...

Khairlanji: Insensitivity of Mahar Officers

The Khairlanji incident of 29 September 2006 in which a mob of caste Hindus lynched the entire family of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange shamed humanity, but justice has remained elusive. A majority of the police and medical officers, across ranks, handling the case, were dalits. But they showed a negligent attitude towards their official duties and social indifference to the plight of the Bhotmange family. The Nodal Officers, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, recorded the attitude, particularly of the civil surgeon and the district superintendent of police to be "aloof and indifferent to allowing the crime and subsequent manipulation of evidence".

Identifying'Backwardness' in Maharashtra

If affirmative action is to remain meaningful, it is necessary that politically-motivated, erroneous inclusion of castes and communities as 'backwards' is checked and reversed. A study of classification of castes/communities in Maharashtra.

Consolidation of Maratha Dominance in Maharashtra

in Maharashtra S M Dahiwale Besides their numerical strength, the legacy of the non-brahmin movement of the pre-independence period and the continued control over land, co-operatives and other institutional resources have enabled the vatandar marathas of south-western Maharashtra to maintain their hegemony in state politics.
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