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Who was Periyar Human Rights Defender Profile

Erode Venkata Ramasamy, popularly known as ‘Periyar’, was a social reformer who advocated equal right for people of all castes, economic backgrounds and genders. He is best known for starting the Self Respect movement and founding the Dravidar Kazhagam.   Born in Erode village in Coimbatore district on September 17, 1879, he spoke Tamil, Telugu…

Amir Rizvi

Will not compromise on principles, will prefer death: Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ Human Rights Defender Profile

Chandrashekhar Azad is a prominent Dalit rights activist who has been wrongfully incarcerated since June 2017. He took on the popular moniker ‘Ravan’ as an act of defiance against accepted social order that rewards upper caste Hindu god-fearing men over all others. Over the last few years he has become a force to reckon with…

The Curious Case of Milind Ekbote Prime accused in the attack on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon has a history of inciting violence

The name of Milind Ramakant Ekbote surfaced once again after a period of relative silence—17 years to be precise– on January 1, 2018 when the violence unleashed against peaceful Dalits assembled at Bhima Koregaon to commemorate 200 years of the battle, was reportedly provoked by the machinations of extremists of the Hindutva brigade. An FIR…

CJP Stands with Dalits Join our campaign to stop the unlawful targeting of Dalits

Citizens for Justice and Peace stands with the Dalits of Maharashtra. CJP has met the Commissioner of Police along with other groups to demand an immediate halt to combing operations all over Maharashtra. We are also preparing a legal intervention in the Bombay High Court against this crackdown. Join us in our campaign.  

Hostile State Machinery Targets Dalits in Maharashtra People Fight Back as Combing Operations and Illegal Detentions intensify

Following the attack on Dalits gathered at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018 and the subsequent statewide ‘bandh’, there has been a spurt in combing operations where police raid Dalit bastis, search homes and round up men, often youngsters. Activists say thousands of people have been illegally detained in this manner and are currently languishing in…

I will not rest until Rohith gets justice: Radhika Vemula An emerging leader and inspirational human rights defender

((This piece was first published on January 17, 2018 on the second death anniversary of Rohith Vemula. It is being republished today on his birth anniversary.)) It has been two years since Radhika Vemula’s son Rohith, a PhD student of Hyderabad University, committed suicide… an act that has been called an ‘institutional murder’ because of…

The Battle of Bhima Koregaon – An Unending Journey

Somnath Waghmare’s celebrated film Bhima Koregaon, the Unending Journey, tells the many stories around the legend of the battle of Bhima Koregaon. Its relevance can be gauged by the fact that even 200 years after the battle, right wing forces are violently protesting the celebrations. Special thanks to Somnath Waghmare and Pedestrian Pictures.

Day of Reckoning Jignesh Mevani's historic win

Only a few moments in Indian history have had the power to unite voices across the spectrum of class, caste, religion, language and more. Some individuals become the manifestation of these moments and spread their exuberance around like star-dust. Today is a day of mixed emotions. Today is the day when Jignesh Mevani has won from the Vadgam constituency in Gujarat…

Amir Rizvi

The Elephant in the Room Caste in Law Schools

This article, published in Sabrang India is being reproduced here today, the day Justice Karnan has been released after serving a six month jail term in Kolkata. The Supreme Court first delivered the judgement dishing our serious contempt of court charges against a fellow judge in May 2017. This judgement may be read here. Before that,…

Justice Karnan Released Dalit Judge released after Serving 6 Months for Contempt

Justice CS Karnan, an outspoken critic of discrimination in the judiciary, was released today from Kolkata’s Presidency Jail after serving a six month jail term for contempt of court! The whole issue of this senior judge and his consistent protestations of caste bias in the judiciary has been a serious one. Justice Karnan first made…

Jignesh Mevani
dalit rights

Remembering Ambedkar Voices from Chaityabhoomi on Mahaparinirvan Diwas

Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Baba Saheb, was born on April 14, 1891. He was an economist, jurist and social reformer who fought for the rights of Dalits as well as those of women and workers. Ambedkar was the first law minister after India gained independence, and the key architect of the Indian…

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