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24 April 2014
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YOUTH AND ASPIRATIONS
Politics, through the eyes of Bihar’s Dalit students

Initiatives under the ‘My Space My unManifesto’ campaign to bring about a political reawakening and engagement among Dalit youth have led to a new-found consciousness and perspective among them. Manisha Prakash reports.

Elections BIHAR Society

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. R. Akhileshwari describes the abysmal plight of such people from Andhra Pradesh and highlights the injustice and neglect that they are subject to.
ANDHRA Society

LANGUAGE
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 citizens, writes Ramachandra Guha.
Curricula OP-ED Ramachandra Guha

FILM REVIEW
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. Shoma Chatterji reviews the play.
Reviews Films

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. Sumita Thapar reports.
Health U.P.

KANDHAMAL ATTACKS
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. Freny Manecksha reports.
Adivasis ORISSA Society

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.
Relief KARNATAKA Society

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 takes stock.
KERALA Society

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 Ramachandra Guha.
Education OP-ED Ramachandra Guha

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. Kulsum Mustafa has more.
Society

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 Ramachandra Guha
OP-ED Ramachandra Guha Culture
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? Veeraiah Konduri takes a look.
ANDHRA Society

MANUAL SCAVENGING
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 Shuriah Niazi.
M.P. Women
 

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