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Dalits

Aurangabad Farmer: ‘Let Me Die’

Omkar Khandekar

Driven to desperation by debt, an Aurangabad farmer seeks government permission to kill himself

Not Cow, But Bull Slaughter

It is the males of the species that are threatened

Fault Lines and False Notes

Communal resentment still simmers in volatile western UP and no party is averse to harvesting it

The Maratha-Dalit Divide

Angry Marathas voice their anger against Dalits

Dalit: The Overcomers

A warmer Dalit story beyond the familiar narrative of discrimination, dispossession and brutalisation. Open portrays lives that have turned adversity into opportunity

For Whom the Drums Beat

Dalit ethics and aesthetics have the power to disrupt the grammar of caste

Urmila Pawar: Voice of the Voiceless

Her autobiography, Aaidan, or The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs, is a profound inspiration

Tariq Thachil: The Anti-Elitist

He examines how India’s disadvantaged groups are taken for a ride by certain political parties

BR Ambedkar: Slayer of All Gods

He challenges the illusions about power and democracy, wealth and violence, Hinduism and tradition, nationalism and justice, and about all that metaphysical cant. He is the mirror in which we dare not look at ourselves. His presence is a constant reminder of our bad conscience and bad faith

125 Years of Babasaheb: Editor’s Note

We have made most of our heroes question-proof. We have made them private collections, labelled and indexed. Thoughts on Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary

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