Dalit Chronicles (Updated till Jan 27, 2008)

Notice to Centre on plea for quota for Dalit Muslims
Hindu – Chennai,India
The petitioner said there were Arzals (Dalits) in the Muslim community who also needed reservation. Though Hindu Khatiks (those who slaughter animals) were …

Centre gets notice over Scheduled Castes status for Dalit Muslims
Indian Muslims – San Diego,CA,USA
… for Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by former chief justice Ranganath Mishra had recommended the Scheduled Castes status for Dalit Muslims. …

Buta Singh has a point on religious reservation
Organiser – New Delhi,India
By Sandhya Jain The de-legitimisation of the word ‘dalit’ (which means “broken, crushed”) is a blow to the West-funded evangelical industry which has long …

Karnataka: Mayawati spoils Mallikarjun Kharge’s chances
Merinews – New Delhi,India
Kharge is a senior Dalit leader of the party and is also its pradesh congress committee. He is an aspirant for the CM’s post. But this Karnataka Dalit is …

Cong non-committal on quota for minorities
The Statesman – Kolkata,India
25: The Congress today shied away from taking any stand over the demand for extending Scheduled Caste (SC) reservation to Dalit Christians and Muslims also, …

Uttar Pradesh asked for report on Dalit discrimination
Khabrein.info – New Delhi,Delhi,India
Some officials wonder why instances of atrocities against Dalits continue to pour in from the state though Chief Minister Mayawati is a Dalit. …
Enter a Dalit, pursued by India’s worried leaders
Reuters India – Mumbai,India
By Alistair Scrutton NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Months after an outright poll win in Uttar Pradesh, Dalit or “untouchable” leader Mayawati is gaining political …
Centre gets time to decide on quota for Dalit Christians
Hindu – Chennai,India
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has granted the Centre eight weeks to take a decision on providing quota for Dalit Christians on a par with the Scheduled …
Dalit’s bullock wins race, caste clash erupts in village
Newindpress – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
THANJAVUR: Dalits of Peykarumbankottai village in Orathanad taluk bore the brunt of an attack by those belonging to the upper castes, just because one …

India’s Dalits pin economic hopes on gods
Reuters UK – UK
The villagers, from the same “untouchable” or Dalit caste as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, stood by their ramshackle mud huts and pointed to broken …
Prakash, AICC making Karnataka poll cocktail
Economic Times – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
On the internal front, senior Congress leaders here see no possibility of changing PCC chief Mallikarjun Kharge, a Dalit leader in a state where the BSP is …
Brinda: officials acted swiftly in Dalit torture case
Hindu – Chennai,India
MUMBAI: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat is all praise for officials who took prompt action in the case of a sordid tale of a Dalit …
Sena to work for strong ties with Dalits
Hindu – Chennai,India
… Mayawati seeks to make inroads in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said it would work towards strengthening its linkages with the Dalit community. …
I’m the leader, other women are inheritors: Maya
Sify – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
It is a bitter truth that the role I played in the Dalit movement and the sacrifices I made in the process of their empowerment were neglected in my own …
For this boy, English language is ‘God’s gift’
CNN-IBN – New Delhi,India
With no public campaigns for justice for them, Dalit oppression is a dark reality, especially in the rural hinterland. Saharapur (Uttar Pradesh): It is a …
Stick to SC, drop dalit
Siasat Daily – Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh,India
Hyderabad, January 19: The move of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes asking State Governments not to use the word Dalit in official documents, …

CPM to rescue violence-hit dalits
Times of India – India
NAGPUR: With anti-caste movement high in its agenda, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) has begun the process of having dalit sub-committees in each …
Protest ally, not partner
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
The Congress realises the threat the Bahujan Samaj Party poses to its Dalit base the country over, having all but gobbled it up in Uttar Pradesh. …
Congress alleges persecution by Mayawati
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
LUCKNOW: Four days after Chief Minister Mayawati framed charges against a Congress legislator for assaulting a Dalit official, senior Congress leaders on …
Former president KR Narayanan’s wife critical
Sify – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
KR Narayanan, who died in November 2005, was the first Dalit president of India. He occupied the office from July 25, 1997 to July 25, 2002.
In India, equalizing education viewed as weapon in fight against …
Dallas Morning News – Dallas,TX,USA
The boss believed that because Ramu is a Dalit, a member of India’s lowest and most shunned caste, he could never amount to anything. …
Manmohan obsessed with insidious identity politics
Organiser – New Delhi,India
… of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities that Scheduled Caste status be extended to ‘Dalit Christians’ and ‘Dalit Muslims’. …
Upper caste landlords threaten Dalit village headwoman
Mangalorean.com – Mangalore,India
Patna, Jan 20: A Dalit village headwoman in Bihar has been told by upper caste landlords to pay extortion money to continue in office or be killed. …
Dalits to stage dharna for patta certificates
Hindu – Chennai,India
HYDERABAD: The Dalit Welfare Association will stage a dharna near Indira Park on January 23 demanding issue of patta certificates to those tilling the land …

Caste complicates progress for India’s Dalits
Eureka Street – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
‘I was told again and again that I was not fit, I was a Dalit, untouchable, low-caste man, and leatherwork, that is my caste-work.’ A rare case among Dalits …

India’s Dalit Queen aims to conquer Delhi
The Times – Johannesburg,Gauteng,South Africa
THE “Dalit Queen” of India, the untouchable who rose to become leader of the country’s most populous state, has set her sights on the prime minister’s …
Indian of the year
Daily Pioneer – New Delhi,India
“Someone has nominated a Dalit for this coveted award”, said the CEO. While the house showed complete disbelief, an elegantly dressed gentleman in his 40s …
Upper caste landlords threaten Dalit village
indiainteracts.com – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
A Dalit village headwoman in Bihar has been told by upper caste landlords to pay extortion money to continue in office or be killed. …
Directive on usage of word ‘Dalit’
Hindu – Chennai,India
NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has asked the Union and State governments not to use the word ‘Dalit’ in official documents …
Case against Mayawati Government
Hindu – Chennai,India
The IJP president said the circulars also asked the police to invoke Section 182 (giving false information) of the IPC against people from Dalit community …

Let me eat cake: Mayawati
Economic Times – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
The charges of officials collecting money are fabricated and reflect the media’s anti-Dalit mindset,” she said. Meanwhile, her bete noire Mulayam claimed to …
Rahul bats for neglected farmers
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, on a tour of the Dalit stronghold of Bundelkhand has blamed the state government of inaction. …
CCF to visit tribal haadis on Jan 18
Newindpress – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
Kodagu Zilla Panchayat chairperson Deerghakeshi Shivanna who addressed the meeting of tribal haadi and Dalit Sangharsha Samiti leaders and forest officials …

‘Queen of Untouchables’ defies bribery charges to aim for India’s …
Times Online – UK
The “Dalit Queen” of India, the “untouchable” who rose to become leader of the country’s most populous state, has set her sights firmly on the prime …
Dalit, Brahmin bonhomie still a dream
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
Her flagship Ambedkar Village Scheme, first taken up in 1996 to target Dalit majority villages, is now a Rs 10000 crore scheme extended to all. …
Opulent birthday bash of a Dalit leader, Mayawati
Khabrein.info – New Delhi,Delhi,India
The Dalit icon, who rode to power last year in India’s most populous state with her social engineering formula, began her birthday celebrations in Lucknow …
All pomp and show at Maya’s birthday bash
Times of India – India
But a message lay in her airdash from Lucknow to the national capital for a replay in a five-star hotel, as it underscored what the Dalit czarina was eyeing …
Caste Down
ChristianityToday.com – Carol Stream,IL,USA
By declaring that Dalit converts to Christianity and Islam do not suffer the same disadvantages as Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh Dalits, the NCSC imperiled the …
India’s low-caste champion eyes national stage
AFP –
Mayawati, dubbed the “dalit queen” — a dalit being someone on the lowest rung of India’s caste hierarchy — swept to power eight months ago in India’s most …
Dalit teacher succumbs
Sahara Samay – Noida,Uttar Pradesh,India
When he felt that his demand was falling on deaf ears of administration since he was a Dalit, he took the extreme step and set himself afire sustaining 80 …
‘Queen of the dalits’ eyes Delhi
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The “dalit queen” – after the name now given to what used to be known as India’s “untouch-ables” – Ms Mayawati has declared her birthday to be a “national” …

Give award posthumously, says Paswan
Hindu – Chennai,India
Announcing the names of his choice for Bharat Ratna, Mr. Paswan said Mahatma Phule was not only a Dalit leader but also a great social reformer who worked …
Political affiliations divide monks, on protest, between BSP & RPI
Expressindia.com – New Delhi,India
The politics over the death came out in the open when some Dalit leaders, including Prakash Ambedkar – who is a leader of the Bharatiya Republican Paksha …
Paswan seeks Bharat Ratna for Phule, Rafi, Jagjivan Ram
Hindu – Chennai,India
… highest civilian award for social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, former Union Minister and Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram and singer Mohammed Rafi. …
A rally on wheels to build Dalit awareness
OneWorld.net – London,England,UK
The National Conference of Dalit Organisations’ Jan Adhikaar Cycle Rally, to span over 60 days, was flagged off on January 10, 2008 by Subhash Chandra …
Mayawati gives jitters to Congress leadership
Livemint – Delhi,Delhi,India
Mayawati’s success in Uttar Pradesh is a result of her social engineering strategy where the BSP-with a firm and committed Dalit vote base-has won the …
The New Lab Of Saffron Brigade
People’s Democracy –
The seed of this adivasi-dalit conflict was sown by Congress Party. The Christians constituting 2.4 percent of the population are mostly dalits and are the …
Need For A United Secular Movement
People’s Democracy –
After meeting the CM the delegation proceeded to meet the large number of dalit Christian people whose houses and places of worship were ransacked. …
Sharmila Tagore attacked by Lashkar-e-Bhima group
Merinews – New Delhi,India
The Dalit organisation called Lashkar-e-Bhima, attacked Sharmila Tagore and ransacked the 6th Pune International Film Festival on 11 January 2008, Friday. …
Barriers Of Dalits Inclusion
Gorkhapatra – Kathmandu,Nepal
The issue of Dalit inclusion should not be kept apart in respect to the sacrifices and participation of the Dalits in the peaceful joint people’s movement. …

BSP’s elephant on the prowl
Economic Times – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
In the process, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister also faces two testing tasks – to retain the chemistry her party’s new Dalit-Brahmin base by expanding it …
Congress bedridden!
Daily Pioneer – New Delhi,India
The reason behind the building opinion against Mayawati’s Brahmin icon Satish Mishra is that BSP’s Dalit co-ordinators are unable to digest his No 2 …
Shashi murder case: Vijaisen taken to Banglore for narco test
Hindu – Chennai,India
… whose name had also figured in the alleged disappearance and elimination of Shashi, a Dalit Law student of the local Saket Degree college. …

Villagers lynch Dalit sarpanch
Hindustan Times – India
Villagers in Phooljhar, about 90 km from Raipur, beat their Dalit sarpanch, Bholaram, to death on Friday, reportedly infuriated by his offensive behaviour. …
Dalit village headman lynched
Sify – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
Raipur (Chhattisgarh ): A Dalit headman of a village was beaten to death and his house set ablaze on Friday, reportedly in an inter-caste clash. …
Politics Of Isolation
Tehelka – New Delhi,India
Akela is a Dalit writer and singer who has given his life to the BSP movement. Born in 1960 in a Jatav (formerly Chamar) family in Pahadipur village in …
Dalit Youth’s Eyes Pierced for Eloping with Upper Caste Girl
Daijiworld.com – Mangalore,India
Nanded, Maharashtra, Jan 11 (mb): A dalit youth had his eyes pierced for eloping with his upper-caste girlfriend whose relatives also beat up the boy and …

Sharmila Tagore attacked by Dalit group
CNN-IBN – New Delhi,India
Minutes before Sharmila was scheduled to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the group of men, who were supporters of a Dalit organisation called …
Maya ready to risk political isolation
Times of India – India
According to the big picture, the Dalit outfit is positioning itself for a post-Lok Sabha scenario, with its ‘neutrality’ aimed to keep it afloat for an …
Dalit boy elopes with upper caste girl, has eyes pierced
CNN-IBN – New Delhi,India
Nanded (Maharashtra): A Dalit youth had his eyes pierced for eloping with his upper-caste girlfriend whose relatives also beat up the boy and his friend in …
Tata firm faces charge of weeding out dalits, tribals
India PRwire (Press Release) – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
A lawsuit in the Supreme court Thursday alleged dalits and tribals were being weeded out of leading international telecom service provider Videsh Sanchar …
Kundahamal (Orissa): Report of Fact Finding Mission against Dalit …
MyNews.in – Bhopal,Madhya Pradesh,India
A fact finding team consisting of various Dalit and Adivasi leaders, Women”’s Movement leaders and Human Rights activists and Advocates of repute has …
A boost to the health of pregnant Dalit women
Hindu – Chennai,India
Bangalore: Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Sunday launched “Prasoothi Araike”, a scheme to boost the health of pregnant Dalit women living Below Poverty Line …
Indian priest from South Africa wants to help Dalits
Indian Muslims – San Diego,CA,USA
“Dominee” (reverend) Kumar, as he is now known, wants to use the principles of the church to improve the lives of the Dalit community in the northern parts …

Atrocities against Dalits on rise
Times of India – India
KANPUR: A fifty-five-year-old Dalit belonging to Fattepur Chaurasi village in Unnao district had, on December 20 last, lost his life while trying to save …

Nitish weaving rainbow to grab pot of gold
Economic Times – Gurgaon,Haryana,India
He thus endorsed the proposal of extending the benefits of reservations to Dalit Muslims, and sought to send a clear message to the community by sending Ali …
Dalit boy’s eye gouged out by girl’s relatives
Times of India – India
AURANGABAD: A love affair in a Marathwada village took a gruesome turn when outraged relatives of an upper-caste girl gouged out one of the eyes of a Dalit …
Free education for Dalits up to PhD?
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: HRD ministry has asked the Centre to make education free for Dalits up to PhD, in a recommendation from Congress veteran Arjun Singh which can …
Are Dalits not Hindus? Then why prevent them from praying at a …
Times of India – India
According to news report in TOI dated 9.1.2008, while the Brahmin-Dalit alliance swept Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party to power in Uttar Pradesh last May, …
Dalit youth’s eyes pierced for eloping with upper caste girl
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
NANDED (Maharashtra): A dalit youth had his eyes pierced for eloping with his upper-caste girlfriend whose relatives also beat up the boy and his friend in …
Mayawati raises pitch on SPG cover
Hindu – Chennai,India
“It is clear that the Congress does not want the poor, downtrodden, weaker sections, the Dalits and the backward sections of society to unite because it …

Inquiry ordered after Dalit denied entry to UP temple
Times of India – India
KANPUR: The incident of a Dalit – Sudhir Kumar – getting beaten up and abused by a priest on Tuesday while trying to enter the Mahadev temple comes at a …

Patil insulates NCP from fallout
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
Handling the situation carefully was important for Patil’s party and its ally because both the parties are scheduled to hold huge Dalit rallies in the …

Illusory makeover?
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
The leader of an aggressively dalit party, who flaunted her anti-upper caste postures and slogans, is now seen as author of a ‘rainbow coalition’ that …

MP looks on as man sets himself on fire in Sagar
Times of India – India
BHOPAL: A middle-aged Dalit man allegedly set himself on fire inside the collectorate premises in Sagar, about 200 km from Bhopal, on Monday afternoon, …

Dalit beaten for trying to enter UP temple
Times of India – India
KANPUR: While the Brahmin-Dalit alliance swept Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party to power in Uttar Pradesh last May, the political bonhomie between the two …

Dalit beaten for entering temple
Hindustan Times – India
PTI A Dalit was allegedly beaten up and abused by a priest for entering into a temple in the district, police said on Tuesday. Shailendra Tiwari, the priest …

Dalit beaten for entering temple
Hindu – Chennai,India
Kanpur (PTI): A Dalit was allegedly beaten up and abused by a priest for entering into a temple in the district, police said on Tuesday. …

MP: Schoolteacher attempts suicide
NDTV.com – New Delhi,India
In Madhya Pradesh, Shivhari Ahirwar, a Dalit teacher at a government primary school in Sagar district tried to immolate himself on Monday, …

Sporadic Dalit fury hits city
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
MUMBAI: Protests following the suspicious death of Bhante Sanghraj Mahathero on Sunday continued to rock the city through Monday, too. …

Nitish all set to carry forward his ‘Maha Dalit’ agenda
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
A report submitted by the ‘Maha Dalit Commission’, constituted by the state Government, has recommended all kinds of sops for the “most deprived” sections …

Panel closes Dalit cook case
Expressindia.com – New Delhi,India
Lucknow, January 4 The Uttar Pradesh SC/ST Commission closed the case of Phool Kumari Rawat, a Dalit cook, following a report submitted by the district …

Haryana girl survives ‘honour killing’
Times of India – India
… thrown into the Rajasthan canal by her father and six other male members of her Jat family because she wouldn’t let go of Mukhram, a young Dalit boy. …

Death for three in Bihar massacre case
Sahara Samay – Noida,Uttar Pradesh,India
The incident had taken place during the clash between the two warring groups in Lehsunia near Patna in May, 2005. Four Dalit members of CPI (ML) were killed …

Assembly polls in Karna could be as per delimitation report
Press Trust of India – New Delhi,India
… southern state would be a good opportunity for it to cash in on redrawn constituencies, given the fact that the state has 23 per cent dalit population. …

Mayawati’s wealth is just ‘affection’
Times of India – India
In what can knock the bottom out of the disproportionate assets case against the Dalit czarina, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has put a stamp of …

Paswan to chair global meet on empowerment of minorities
Ahmedabad Newsline – Ahmedabad,India
Among the organisers include American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) and a dalit organisation headed by Dr Rahul Dipankar, a US-based Indian …

Right to education at crossroads in Jharkhand
MyNews.in – Bhopal,Madhya Pradesh,India
Authorities have been forced to discontinue the mid-day meal scheme after children refused to consume food cooked by Dalit women. …

Varsity professor on indefinite strike
Newindpress – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
According to him, teaching and non-teaching staff belonging to Dalit and backward communities are facing constant harassment from people at the helm of …

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