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.

Ambedkar’s ideology exists in socio-cultural context
Udayavani – Bangalore,India
Speaking on the issue of Dalit emancipation in the country, Rai said that the greatest impediment to upward mobility of backward castes is globalisation. …

Rahul throws Maya a challenge
Times of India – India
Not only had the ‘social justice’ pitch of Rahul’s trips to Bundelkhand, Dalit families of Etawah and Sultanpur lead to some unease in Mayawati – she …

Buffalo nationalism
Daily Pioneer – New Delhi,India
The village has 123 Dalit families as well with 736 members. There are 100 Dalit youth in High School, 12 in graduation and three in PG. …

Karnataka on Maya radar
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
BSP leaders say they expect to impact the poll outcome in Karnataka by splitting Dalit votes. They are counting on the BSP playing a role in government …

UPA govt. trying to make deviations in Constitution: Advani
Hindu – Chennai,India
“It is the Manmohan Singh government which for the first time tried to give reservation on the basis of religion and attempting to thrust the Dalit …

I don’t use any special soaps: Rahul Gandhi
Expressindia.com – New Delhi,India
… when referred to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s allegation that he was using a ‘special soap’ to bath every time after visiting a Dalit house. …

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