Farmer long march in Mumbai. Night at somaiya ground
Agriculture
Democracy
Economic inequality
Human rights
Land Rights
National
Tribal rights

A long march of the dispossessed to Delhi

Imagine a democratic protest where a million farmers, labourers and others march to the capital and compel discussion of the exploding crisis of the countryside in a special three-week session of Parliament   India’s agrarian crisis has gone beyond the agrarian. It’s a crisis of society. Maybe even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest […]

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Victory rally as Rajasthan government accepts farmer demands
Democracy
Economic inequality

Massive victory for farmers of Rajasthan gets ignored by National Media #Sikar

On the 1st of September 2017, farmers of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisab Sabha called for an indefinite mahapadav or gherao of the various District Collectorates in Rajasthan. Like the farmer protests in Maharashtra, these too were sustained bouts of anger over neglect by the government. The farmers had very basic demands related to the very […]

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Manual scavenging
Democracy
Economic inequality
Human rights

Manual scavenging deaths in India, realities and the right and wrong questions to ask

Manual scavenging is a brutal occupation often imposed on the most disenfranchised dalits. Hazardous and with poor income and dignity, it often kills manual scavengers entering toxic drains without protection. This is a problem, but the answer needs to see the bigger picture.

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road being cleaned in drought hit yavatmal
Economic inequality
National
natural resources

Roads washed in drought hit Yavatmal for Chief Minister’s visit

When a village decides to wash roads with water during drought, because the Chief Minister is to visit.

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johari window
Democracy
Economic inequality
Hindutva
Radicalization

Inciting contempt for identities as human rights activism

There is an article in a blog dedicated to Dalit rights activism titled “How should a Brahmin-Savarna respond to a Dalit voice?” I took exception to it on Twitter and ended up breaking India’s “laws” on how Dalits should be spoken to. This apparently means I am a Brahmin supremacist. Some things upfront. I have […]

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