The fruits of political path for Dalit Bahujans, set by Manyawar Kanshiram, have certainly been achieved to an extent. Having said that, it is also true that persecution of Dalits and Muslims in UP are on the headlines every now and then. Caste system, driven by Brahmanical social order, is still pervasive in most parts of UP and not all Dalit Bahujans are able to break out of its oppressive structures.
The coming together of Dalits, with a new understanding of the attempt to appropriate them into the Hindu religion, and Muslims, with a renewed understanding of caste/social stratification among them, in common platforms of struggles will alone lead to such an endeavor.
Even after 60 years, statistics of the crimes, criminal rate, and the rapes, whichever way, you know, discrimination in education or employment, whatever, it’s not decreasing. Then, what we have to do now?
"..The boy was beaten up badly and then they are complaining that the girl was harassed. What were they doing for the past three months? He [girl’s father] could have lodged a complaint in police station! Or at least he could have approached the boy’s parents. How dare he takes the law into his own control?.."
58 Dalit families who were thrown out of their homes in 2007 are back on the streets to demand the original land-for-land compensation that was promised but never delivered even after 9 years. They have set-up an indefinite dharna right outside the Airport Authorities Office, next to Rajiv Bhavan – the Civil Aviation Ministry. It has been 60 days since they are holding vigil and haven’t received a fair hearing from the airport officials.
The myth of the Black Horse instigates the idea of the city of Bombay and its relationship to the colour black , where through an exhibition we construct the many lines of aesthetic and social folklores that exist around colour.
Rohith Vemula is not a name. Now he’s a flame that is engulfing not only this country, but also the entire world. To my knowledge there has been no such event that reached the whole world, an event not only concerning Dalits, but any issue - no incident attracted the attention of the whole world before.