THE FATE OF NOMADIC CASTES
Orphans of our society
Ignored by the government, shunned by society and caught in a time-warp of their own, the nomadic castes and tribes of India are almost "non citizens" of the land.
describes the abysmal plight of such people from Andhra Pradesh and highlights the injustice and neglect that they are subject to.
The question of English
A meaningful and enduring bilingualism, embracing both English and the mother tongue, remains out of reach of the vast majority of
Layers of violence
Vijay Tendulkar's Kanyadaan is not about domestic violence. It is about deeper, multiple, and sometimes invisible layers of
violence that is an integral part of society.
reviews the play.
ENDING MANUAL SCAVENGING
Badaun cleans up its act
The Badaun district administration in UP is on a war-footing to convert all dry toilets and rehabilitate manual scavengers before the end of the year. Over the last few months 1600 scavengers have been rehabilitated.
Haunted by the riots
Christian dalits and adivasis in Kandhamal district of Orissa live fearfully among their Hindu neighbours more than two years after
large-scale riots against members of their faith.
KARNATAKA FLOOD RELIEF
The unkindest cut of all
Post October floods in North Karnataka, Dalits find themselves in a greater predicament. A century of struggle for equal rights and worse, fundamental faith in human progress, is at stake, writes Savita Hiremath.
DALIT FIGHTBACK - VICTORY
A Kerala land struggle is 'settled', questions remain
Over 1400 families who had started living on the rubber plantation of Harrisons & Crossfields -- the Chengara struggle -- will now get land in a deal brokered by the Chief Minister in the presence of the Leader of the Opposition.
P N Venugopal
OPINION: HIGHER EDUCATION
The chancellors' vice
The quality of teaching and research in Indian universities has rapidly declined. Surely this has something to do
with the manner in which we appoint those at their helm, writes
ELECTIONS AND SOCIETY
Mayawati: A Dalit's daughter strides towards Delhi
While Mayawati's projects to build parks and statues have drawn derision in the drawing rooms of the stately homes in the country, the people at her rallies are in awe of her. Her work is Dalit power, they feel and will make her immortal.
REMEMBERING M N SRINIVAS
The sensitive sociologist
Any social scientist would give an arm and a leg to coin one new concept. M N Srinivas invented three such, with each resonating widely among the
intellectual community, writes
A NEW 'DOMINANT' CASTE?
Praja Rajyam: Caste-ing a political net
Actor Chiranjeevi's entry into politics is seen primarily through a caste lens. But what are his party's chances, given the arithmetic and
the socio-economic realities of Andhra Pradesh?
takes a look.
A change in an inhuman tradition
Women of the Muslim Haila community in Madhya Pradesh continue to be manual scavengers and are subjected to inhuman treatment despite the law prohibiting it. But they are now determinedly fighting back, reports