Justice for Dalits still a dream

IN FEBRUARY this year, Dalits in Mahmadpur — a small village near Kunjpura in Karnal district, Haryana — were attacked by members of the land-owning Rode community. Over 30 Dalits were seriously injured. The immediate…

Adivasis: A Cultural Cooption

By Ram Puniyani, 06 April, 2006Countercurrents.orgFrom 1987 Sangh (RSS) has activated its offshoot Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) into higher gear of activity. Adivasis, the most neglected part of society are being wooed through newly devised…

Fighting the stigma of

One of colonialism’s harshest legacies was the branding of 10 crore nomadic and forest tribals as thieves and criminals. Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer Lakshman Maruti Gaikwad, whose books chronicle the pain and anguish suffered by…

Re-reading Periyar

 By Ravikumar, 02 March, 2006, Seminar If one was asked, ‘Who invented the test tube baby?’ it is likely that a western scientist will be credited. But a Tamilian would contradict you, claiming that it…

Exposing An Abhorrent Practice

By S Viswanathan, 15 February, 2006, Frontline Historians have hailed the Indus Valley Civilisation (2600 B.C.-1900 B.C.) as one of the earliest forms of urban culture and affirmed that this civilisation established India, along with…

When Caste Overshadows Humanity

Poorest of the poor, Dalits have suffered centuries of slavery "We suffer because of the circumstances of our birth. The reason for our marginalization is nothing more than being subject to the caste system," says…