Dalit chronicles (Mar 23, 2008)

Summary: Dalit numbers fell in railways during NDA rule (Yahoo); St Stephen’s College has rescinded the controversial reservation for Dalit Christians introduced last year (Telegraph, India); Khabar Lahariya, run by Dalit and Kol women, has emerged as a truly rural newspaper that is read and respected by all sections of society in Chitrakoot (Hindu, Magazine); Kalinga Times reports how Dalits are fraudulenty robbed of welfare schemes in Orissa Read More …

Dalit chronicles (Mar 21, 2008)

Summary: Dalits criticise Nepalese government and political parties for minimising their contribution to the people’s movement (Gorkhapatra); HC directs TN govt to provide police protection during easter celebrations in the area where Dalit Christians were discriminated against (Chennai Online); Rahul Gandhi’s plans to visit Agra to meet leather shoe manufacturers poses fresh challenge to Mayawati argues ToI; Tehelka argues that the overtures to Dalits are signs of Rahul Gandhi’s preparation for bigger things; TN contemplating a ‘quota within quota’ for Arundhatiyars, its most marginalised community (Tehelka); Dalit Families Tense After Maharashtra Blinding Incident (News Post) Read More …

Dalit chronicles (Mar 20, 2008)

Summary: Protests in Kannur over caste-based discrimination against female auto-rickshaw driver (NIE); In TN, protests to be organised against ‘atrocities’ on Dalit Christians by `Christianised caste Hindus` in Catholic institutions and places of worship (Hindu); Controversy of the film “Teesri Azadi” continues. Dalit group plans to go ahead with screening of film (Indian Express); Investigations into the rape and murder of Dalit girl continues (Indian Express). Read More …

Dalit chronicles (Mar 19, 2008)

Summary: Dalit girl found raped, found killed (Indian Express); Parish church at Eraiyur village, could be used “freely by all Catholics , irrespective of caste, during the time of marriage, common celebrations and funeral processions” (Hindu); Mayawati “jittery” over Rahul Gandhi’s attempts to woo Dalits (Meri News); A film on a Dalit who accidentally crosses the border between India and Pakistan (NDTV) Read More …

Dalit chronicles (Mar 16, 2008)

Summary: More coverage of Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati’s race to appropriate the Dalit card (CNN-IBN; Times of India; Zee News; Chandrabhan Prasad delivers yet another “solution” to the Dalit problem; Mayawati is labelled as “Memsaheb” (a pun on the film Maya Memsaab); New Indian Express reports that a social justice meeting will be organised by prominent human rights and Dalit leaders in Kochi on March 31. Read More …