Dalit chronicles (June 19, 2008)

Summary: Dalits, OBCs to come under separate quota laws; Dalits unable to stand for local elections; Paswan in poll mode; Gujarat Dalits flee village under attack from upper-caste men; An Interview with Dalit Writer Jai Prakash Kardam; Hindu organisation in UK says caste discrimination not widespread amongst UK Hindus; feature on a Dalit poet whose work has been included in university curriculums

Dalits, OBCs to come under separate quota laws
Times of India – India
It is feared that judicial intervention in the OBC quota, operated through a common Dalit-backward law, could embroil the SC/ST reservation into a …

In Maya’s UP, Dalits who stood up are out before first vote is cast
Expressindia.com – New Delhi,India
In August 2005, when the gram pradhan elections were held, not a single Dalit filed nomination. None from the community dared challenge Thakur supremacy in …

Paswan in poll mode
Calcutta Telegraph – Calcutta,India
If one probes deeper into the leader’s sentences, one could find clues to the Dalit leader’s strategy in the run-up to the polls due within a year. …

Dalits flee Kutch village after attack by upper caste mob
Ahmedabad Newsline – Ahmedabad,India
Following an armed attack by a 150-man strong upper caste mob last Friday, some 35 indigenous Dalit families from this village are currently camping in …

“Only Ash Knows The Experience Of Burning”
CounterCurrents.org – India
By Dr. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal & Dr. Jai Prakash Kardam Dr. Jai Prakash Kardam, a prolific Hindi Dalit writer, was born in a poor Dalit family in Ghaziabad, …

Caste discrimination ‘not widespread’
Asian Image – UK
But Meena Varma, director of the Dalit Solidarity Network UK, rejected the HFB report and backed legislation to outlaw caste discrimination in the UK. …

Expressindia ยป Story Story of a Dalit poet in India
Expressindia.com – New Delhi,India
Rampur (UP), June 18: Kanwal Bharti, the son of a Dalit cobbler in backward Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, was born and raised in slums. …

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