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Margin Speak

Margin Speak
Narendra Modi has been good at launching fantastic schemes, most of them being just the renaming or rehashing of the existing ones but pedalled as novel, and confidently communicated to the masses as...
On 5 September 2017, the bullet trail of the Hindutva forces devoured one more precious life. Personally speaking, this was my third loss of a comrade or friend—Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and...
Non-Dalits in India would have considered July 2017 to be a month of glory for Dalits in general. A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-zealot and Dalit by caste, Ram Nath Kovind became the 14th...
The goods and services tax presents several challenges from weak regulatory systems to prevent profiteering, to inadequate long-term provisions for the needs of states. Not much has been said about...
The decisive electoral defeat of the Bahujan Samaj Party in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections certainly ends the chimera created by Kanshi Ram and later, Mayawati that Dalits can be the ruling...
The verdicts in the Swami Aseemanand and G N Saibaba cases expose the roguery of the Indian state. The former was let off despite clear and close links with saffron terror and mass murder, while the...
The basic question that the Rohith Vemula case raises is about the existence of the rule of law in India. If his mother Radhika Vemula was rich, there would have been no issue about Rohith’s caste...
The claim that the government will use big data analytics to trace those who illegitimately deposited old currency notes, is just another instance of using lies to score political points...
Narendra Modi’s promotion of a “cashless society” shows the government’s disconnect from ground realities, and harks back to Marie Antoinette’s famous “let them eat cake” response to learning that...
The demonetisation move has boomeranged on the Bharatiya Janata Party badly. The unprecedented hardship it caused people has surely paved the way to the BJPs Waterloo in the forthcoming assembly...
For the first time in a long time Dalits have mobilised enmasse for issues concerning their livelihoods. The uprising in Una has shaken the political establishment in Gujarat and has spread to other...
Maharashtra has seen strange developments over the last two months. Marathas, the most populous community, considered to be dominant in the state in every sphere, have come out on the streets in...
Was justice really done in the Khairlanji massacre? Is there any let-up in atrocities against Dalits? More importantly, will the victims get justice given the depressing trend in recent judgments,...
Repression of Dalits has been rampant in Gujarat and the state also ranks high in terms of atrocities against them. The recent brutal attack on Dalit youths unjustly accused of cow slaughter is an...
The answer to a situation where institutions that at least maintained a facade of democracy are being destroyed and any dissenting opinion is being targeted, can come from students who oppose such...
With a self-proclaimed Ambedkar bhakt at the helm of the government, the Dalits might have expected a modicum of directional change in policies towards them. Instead, the two years of Narendra Modi's...
The more than four-month-long Bhim Yatra that culminated a day before the 125th birth celebrations of B R Ambedkar highlighted the pitiable conditions of the most downtrodden of the Dalits, the...
Five decades ago Babasaheb Ambedkar had disowned the Constitution and condemned it as a useless document. Today, with the right wing trampling on the spirit of the Constitution even while celebrating...
The February episode at the Jawaharlal Nehru University conforms to a recent pattern. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, ministers belonging to the party...
Rohith Vemula’s death is not a stray case of a life claimed by caste prejudice. Atrocities against Dalits have intensified with the rise of Hindutva forces. While the persecution of Dalit scholars in...
The recent slandering of B R Ambedkar by a scholar at an academic conference in Hyderabad typifies the hydra-headed character of the Hindutva project. There are scholars of such a persuasion who...
At the 10th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held at Nairobi, Kenya, from 15–18 December, the discourse on higher education being public/merit/private good and the...
By returning their awards writers and artists have taken an important step to fight growing fascism in the country. The present regime does not know how to respond to it but beyond a point it is...
There is a rush for memorials dedicated to Ambedkar. The Sangh Parivar is leaving no stone unturned to appropriate Ambedkar who, given his vitriolic comments on Hinduism, should have been their...
The state is not worried about the guns of the Naxalites. It is scared about the dissent they foment.
The Hindutvavadis have been desperate to co-opt Ambedkar as a saffron icon. But, as an editorial in their mouthpiece, Organiser, justifying the Ministry of Human Resource Development-foisted "...
Justice is a far cry today. The judicial process has been hijacked by the wealthy and the powerful. Witness the course of Salman Khan's "hit and run case," or the net result of J Jayalalithaa's "...
Ambedkar's samata is not samrasata and his world view is not the neo-liberal, social Darwinism that it is being made out to be.
The ban on cattle slaughter threatens the livelihoods and ways of life of vast numbers of people--mostly belonging to the so-called lower castes--engaged in the production, distribution and...
The Aam Aadmi Party is quite like a technology start-up that gives established giants a run for their money with its agile business model, nimbleness and ability to innovate. Will it create the new '...
The space given to pseudoscience of the Hindutva variety at the Indian Science Congress must be viewed as part of the ominous process of all-round saffronisation that is presently underway.
Most converts to Islam and Christianity, being from the lower castes who had converted to escape the yoke of caste bondage of Hinduism, would be reincarcerated into the hellhole of Hinduism which...
Most converts to Islam and Christianity, being from the lower castes who had converted to escape the yoke of caste bondage of Hinduism, would be reincarcerated into the hellhole of Hinduism which...
The least one can do is to spare Phule and Ambedkar from the caste cauldron.
Bharat will not be swachh unless the caste ethos is completely eradicated.
The Sangh Parivar had better understand that their "Hindu" model is never going to work. The more they drive their supremacist project, the more they would alienate people.
Are the many incidents of what seems like the mischievous political behaviour by representatives of the Sangh Parivar mere monkey tricks or do they point to the suicidal instincts of the Bharatiya...
An aggressive drive towards neo-liberal economic reforms alongside consolidation of the Bharatiya Janata Party's political constituency with the spread of hegemonic Hindutva through sociocultural...
All the so-called Maoist cases, including those of radical political activists Sudhir Dhawale and Arun Ferreira, present a pattern which clearly brings out the mala fide intention of police to hold...
India has never been the democracy as it is made out to be. It has been a pure plutocracy. But for dalits, it is worse; it has been a veritable rule of demons - a demonocracy.
Modi or no Modi, openly autocratic forms of rule exist and would go on if we wear the blinkers of secularism.
Ramdas Athavale, Ram Vilas Paswan and Ram Raj (notwithstanding his renaming himself Udit Raj some years ago) will play Hanuman to Bharatiya Janata Party's Ram. Isn't it high time dalits ripped apart...
While the murder of the 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, Nido Taniam, powerfully foregrounds the issue of racism, in the resultant cacophony, issues concerning the continuing neglect of...
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