B. R. Ambedkar

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables. He was a member of the Constituent Drafting committee.

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The internal matter of the unstoppable #FarmersProtest

The government insists everything on which the citizens are in protest is an internal matter. The bigger the protest, the louder the claim. The scrapping of Article 370 with Kashmir having no say in its own status, no representation in the Rajya Sabha was an internal matter. The highly controversial Citizenship Amendment Act that ostensibly …

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Anhad strongly condemns PM Modi’s statement in the Rajya Sabha denigrating protestors and activists.

Anhad strongly condemns PM Modi’s statement in the Rajya Sabha today denigrating protestors and activists. As expected the troll army has gone all out trending #andolanjivi and attacking social activists. PM Modi habitually instead of dealing with serious issues, presently the three farm laws, coins new adjectives to malign all dissent in this country. It …

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Dissenting Voices being crushed Again as people protesting activists’ arrests detained in Hyderabad

A group of people protesting the nationwide crackdown on human rights activists were picked up and arrested at Liberty chowrasta near the Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad around 11am on August 29. The protesters were not even allowed to stand near the Ambedkar statue and were arrested and detained by Hyderabad police. Some bystanders were also …

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The Riddle of Independence day of India

Challenging the Metanarrative Of Indian Independence Struggle. A historian ought to be exact, sincere and impartial; free from passion, unbiased by interest, fear, resentment or affection; and faithful to the truth, which is the mother of history the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the …

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Hindu festivals and dilemma among the Ambedkarites.

Hindu festivals and dilemma among the Ambedkarites. It’s a festival season. Time for celebrations, get-togethers, delicacies and wait, *rituals*. Here begins the confusion among some groups. What do they mean by rituals. When the word *rituals* gets attached to all the fun, another word must be added. Yes the rituals are indeed *Hindu rituals*. In …

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#Gurugram, and the real lesson from the #Mahabharata – Appropriation is as old as the hills!

Following on from this series of tweets Ever since I heard of the renaming of Gurgaon to Gurugram, it was as if something exploded within me. Naming one metro station “Guru Dronacharya” did not bother me as much – especially since the next one is “Sikanderpur”. (I died mildly, thinking of the irony, when someone …

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A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

This post began life as an attempt to boost the response to the latest wave of targeted violence and/or State-sponsored suppression of civil liberties in Chhattisgarh. Even as I typed away, trying to summarize the ever-mounting brutality in that state, the news breaking from the University of Hyderabad took centre-stage. Every day this past week …

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