Dalit chronicles (April 12 & 13, 2008)

Summary: Chandrabhan Prasad on the differences between the Dalit and OBC movements for justice and internal reforms; Vir Sanghvi on the political-correctness of caste-politics; Sreelatha Menon of Economic Times on the politics of housing policy; a coalition of over 150 Indian civil society groups attack the government over measures to remove discrimination against Dalits, Tribals, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities; Barkha Dutt presents a muddled argument on Dalit emancipation and reservations in IITs/IIMs; Vikram Doctor on the anti-Dalit bias in Indian food history; Indian Express reports on the suggestion by Nanded-based Ashoka Social Research Centre to toil hard and excel in education; Deccan Herald on a newspaper run by Dalit women Read More …

Dalit chronicles (April 11, 2008)

Summary: Mint argues that Mayawati’s tirade against Rahul Gandhi reflects the success of his strategy; Bihar MP’s kin accused of torture in Dalit kidnapping case; Tehelka reminds readers that it would be perilous to forget that Ambedkar thwarted a bloody class war in India; Navhind Times analyses Rahul Gandhi’s performance in the Congress against the backdrop his wooing of Dalits. Read More …