Dreams and reality blur in this vividly nostalgic poem – as it weaves a tapestry of symbolic memories. The indomitable spirit of Chithrangi flashes in
Thanthai Periyar’s revolutionary ideas forged the path for building the self-consciousness to attain equal freedoms and paved an equitable discourse towards social justice. Illustration by
Periyar valued self respect as important as life and its protection a birthright, not swaraj. His movement changed the face of contemporary Tamil politics forever.
There had been rumours spreading through the village in the last couple of days, and finally, there it was—an actual television set.
मैं एक लड़की, एक दुसाध-दलित लड़की, एक मध्यम वर्ग से आने वाली लड़की, जो घर को घर जैसा नहीं देखती, घर क्या है नही समझती,
Against the caste structure, Dr Ambedkar’s fashion and style overturns centuries long oppressive dictations about what Dalits can and cannot do. Illustration by Ajinkya Dekhane
Education was historically denied to Dalit communities for centuries. Babasaheb’s extraordinary accolades would go on to become a pride for his people. Illustration by Ajinkya
Caste segregation and caste occupations meant Dalits would be forbidden from having the same privileges as Savarnas did. In ‘Waiting for a Visa’, Dr Ambedkar
For 96 years, the Mahad Satyagraha has represented a demand for the human rights of Dalits and the rejection of the caste system’s repressive impositions
Pappa knows he makes the best food.
Because he enjoys his own cooking the most.
This you can tell from his afternoon nap that follows a hearty lunch that he prepared.
The celebration of Holi is the celebration and legitimisation of the routine violence and caste atrocities against Dalit women. The fact that it continues nationwide
My friend, Rev John Boopalan, a Dalit liberation theologian, told me that most Christians come to Ambedkar through Jesus. A fiery leader who sacrifices everything, life and death, for his people’s liberation. Not a comparison on a facetious level but for recognition like an arrow through the heart.
शहर के अलग-अलग हिस्सों में
पागल कुत्तों के झुंड ने
कई लोगों को काटा
समुद्र दिखाना है मेरी मां को,
उसने देखा नहीं कभी
It is the marginalized millions within the given nation-state that challenge its imposed uniformity & enforced uniform nationalism by asserting the right to touch, to see & be seen, to voice out & be heard beyond the negligible that’s sanctioned.
On the road,
there was a wretched man,
a man who was wretched,
who was lying in the middle of the road