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

Enter, the Dalit priest
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
Chennai, April 25: From June, get ready to welcome Dalit temple priests in a country where even worshippers from the community are often barred from Hindu …

The unending quota politics in India
GulfNews – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
A dalit is no more on the defensive to own his identity. He has come to assess the value of his vote and has begun to believe that he is in a position to …

Caste shadow looms large at Dhoraji village
Ahmedabad Newsline – Ahmedabad,India
Sarpanch NC Govani lodged a complaint with the Dhoraji taluka police against one Girdhar Makawana- a dalit and an elected gram panchayat member. …

Post-Poll Hopes for Nepali Women and Dalit
OneWorld.net – London,England,UK
Kathmandu, April 24, 2008: Around 250 women and lower-caste Dalit have been elected to Nepal’s new 601-member Constituent Assembly, reversing centuries of …

Late Breakfast For Champions
Tehelka – New Delhi,India
Ilavazhagi, a Dalit, her parents and two younger sisters live in a cramped 10×10 feet single room flat in one of the slum clearance board’s tenements in …

‘Untouchable’ mother and baby die after high-caste Hindu doctors …
Daily Mail – UK
… doctors – including the hospital’s chief medical superintendent – reportedly told her that they would not be treating her because she was a Dalit, …

Rainbow assembly
Nepali Times – Kathmandu,Nepal
Tharu, Tamang, Dalit, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, never included in proportion to their populations in the past, will be present. To be sure, the ratios will …

Denied treatment, Dalit woman dies
Times of India – India
KANPUR: Denied treatment at a hospital here due to which she gave birth to a still-born baby, a 28-year-old dalit woman, unable to bear the trauma, …

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