Dalit chronicles (May 25, 2008)

Summary: Telegraph on witches, casteism, and land grabbing; Tribune on Dalit politics in Punjab; bid to rape Dalit and cops’ indifference; Ambedkar statue balm fails to soothe Dalit sentiments in Gujaratt; Live Mint reviews a book on Mayawati

KHEMI AND HER KIND
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
Khemi is an individual victim; but there are property-motivated cases where entire families – often Dalit or tribal families – are accused of witchcraft to …

Badal reigns in native village
Chandigarh Tribune – India
Dalit candidate Sukhdev, when asked what he would do in case he was elected sarpanch, said talks were on with the Badal family, which had promised to help …

Bid to rape Dalit; cops indifferent
Newindpress – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
NAGAPATTINAM: Two upper caste youths allegedly attempted to rape a Dalit woman, a mother of four children, near Vedaranyam. Despite a written complaint …

Ambedkar statue balm fails to soothe Dalit sentiments
Ahmedabad Newsline – Ahmedabad,India
Rajkot, May 23 Post the Dalit protests over the renaming of a Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) building, the ruling BJP went into a damage control mode on …

First among equals
Livemint – Delhi,Delhi,India
Her rise to power is attributed to her firm grip over a strong Dalit community, although in the 2007 state assembly elections her victory was largely due to …

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