Dalit chronicles (April 30, 2008)

Summary: Advani’s stand on reservations for Dalit Christians is flayed; tea shops in Ayyapuram, TN, serve Dalits in separate glasses; Dalit girl thrown into fire for daring to cross the road; three upper-caste men beaten up for attempted rape of Dalit minor; AFP feature on Rahul Gandhi’s entry into politics via a clash with the “iconic” Dalit politicial Mayawati Read More …

Dalit chronicles (April 27, 2008)

Summary: Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University on the importance of Ambedkar to Indian polity; Rahul Gandhi throws challenge to Mayawati; Chandra Bhan on the importance of buffaloes to India; Advani accuses Congress of deviating from constitution over Dalit reservations; Mayavati has trained her sights on Karnataka with the hope of testing her social engineering skills in the May Assembly elections. Read More …

Dalit chronicles (April 26, 2008)

Summary: Tamil Nadu government to allow any Hindu to become a priest, provided they have the desired qualifications, which can be obtained from its priest-training institutes; Caste-clashes cause tension in a Junagadh village; OneWorld reports that the Nepal elections raise hopes by reversing centuries of exclusion of women and Dalits; Tehelka on the unnoticed success story of Ilavazhagi a female carrom player (and also a dalit) who won the world title in France despite abject poverty; Dalit woman denied treatment by doctors dies in Kanpur Read More …

Dalit chronicles (April 21, 2008)

Summary: Congress unfazed by Mayawati’s threat; Rahul’s wooing of Dalit not affecting Mayawati’s support base, argues CNN-IBN; demand for resignation of Adilabad zilla parishad chairperson Reddy over alleged attack on parishad CEO,a Dalit; the Dalit-vote factor crucial to UP by-polls says Financial Express; two Dalits forced to flee village over smoking without permission inMadhya Pradesh’s Biharipura village. Read More …