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  • Dantewada (a district in Chhattisgarh where the media and government celebrate their own attempts at storytelling).
  • This festival did not have loud-voiced liberals defending freedom of speech, or international celebrities speaking of exotic life-altering journeys to India. That is for the urban chic. What it did have were the smells of freshly whitewashed walls and 600 children sweating it out in the Chhattisgarh summer sun, and the stench of corporate propaganda.
  • unwittingly prostituting myself to earn them a noble face

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  • It’s clear that BJP is paying click farms in Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries to get fraudulent likes.

in list: India

  • many artists from the field of dance and music have rejected and embraced Sanskritization at different points in history
  • the caste, gender and religious bias in the world of Karnatik music
  • MS Subbulakshmi

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  • The people who promote this publication claim that it is a way to advertise Ambedkar to the higher castes. But then does this noble sounding claim have to be taken at its face value? I mean, what is the actual need for this advertisement? And does not this very advertisement, through the pen of an upper caste writer, really not translate into the message that upper castes are to be seen as the sole authority on the advertised subject matter?

  • In none of my rants I suggested that it is about her essay actually. I do not care what she has written on Ambedkar or on anything else she wrote about in her essay.
  • My rants are about what she actually represents before us, not as a person, but as someone who gets two national magazines simultaneously to provide her ample space - to talk about her essay, about caste, about dalits, about Ambedkar - which is so cruelly denied to us, is shut for ever. Not even Ambedkar could ever breach it, till he got discovered by people like Ms Roy.

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  • In his bail applications, Mr. Udayakumar said the first case was registered against him and 29 others for having sat on a hunger strike along with 3,550 people in front of St. Lurdu Matha Church in Idinthakarai on February 21, 2012.

     

     

     The other case was registered against him and 34 others for having indulged in a similar act along with 2,973 people on March 24, 2012.

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  • According to 2011 census figures, Gujarat has 918 women for every 1,000 men, below the national average of 940, hinting at a high level of female infanticide. School enrolment of girls is lower and malnutrition among children higher than nationwide. As for violence against women, the state conviction rate for rape and abduction of women are among the lowest in India.
  • During the 2002 pogrom against Muslims, women and children were specifically targeted. Countless women and girls were raped; nearly 2,000 men, women and children were massacred, and 200,000 displaced. The attacks, as the British high commissioner noted in a leaked report, were "planned, possibly months in advance … with the support of the state government … reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims is impossible while the chief minister [Modi] remains in power".
  • Whether in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh or elsewhere in India, the violence has not been spontaneous. Sangh Parivar politicians have instigated, organised and justified it, creating tropes of Muslim men as rapists and abductors of Hindu women, and urging Hindu men to regain their masculinity by raping Muslim women.

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  • What those defending Roy should realize is that what is being contested is not Roy's right to write an essay on Ambedkar – I'll add here that I enjoyed reading the essay for the stuff on Gandhi – it is this essay framing Ambedkar within certain paradigms and reading him in a manner which has little relevance to Ambedkar's politics that is being challenged.
  • It is as though they are responding "Ooh, we understand and sympathize with your lived experience but we are trying to help you with our knowledge." This seems to be a way of saying "Ha ha ha. Knowledge still belongs to us, but you guys can only talk from experience." Sorry to disappoint you friends. Ambedkar's critique of caste was not based on lived experience alone but rather was and is one of the most rigorous theoretical analysis of a social system of oppression that has confounded and condemned the oppressed for millennia.
  • When the Brahmin determines what the philosophy of oppression is, the Brahmin determines what 'neutral' liberalism is, and the Brahmin also determines what resistance is, where is the space for a counter ideology to emerge? And when a Brahmin runs a powerful publishing house that markets how Dalit thinkers should be read, is it not legitimate to think that the traditional monopoly over knowledge and meaning is being extended to assimilate even the voices that counter it?

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  • What about the idea that white supremacy necessarily "bred a cultural residue that itself became an impediment to success"? Chait believes that it's "bizarre" to think otherwise. I think it's bizarre that he doesn't bother to see if his argument is actually true. Oppression might well produce a culture of failure. It might also produce a warrior spirit and a deep commitment to attaining the very things which had been so often withheld from you. There is no need for theorizing. The answers are knowable.
  • The cultural fruits of oppression are rarely predictable merely through theorycraft. Who would predicted that oppression would make black people hungrier for education than their white peers? Who could predict the blues?
  • And culture is not exclusive. African-American are Americans, and have been Americans longer than virtually any other group of white Americans. There is no reason to suppose that enslavement cut African-Americans off from a broader cultural values. More likely African-Americans contributed to the creation and maintenance of those values.

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  • The spate of people joining the BJP after resigning from top positions in police, intelligence, and the Home departments ought to alert us to the deep-seated communal and political bias that exists at the heart of such institutions, as a result of which saffron—terror linkages are seldom probed while communal profiling is rampant.
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