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Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan

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…

Forced Conversions of Dalits

Investigate Inciteful Social Media Posts about ‘Forced Conversions’ of Dalits CJP moves NHRC over tensions brewing in Gautam Nagar, Amroha UP

Posts on social media and local newspaper reports allege a conspiracy to change the name of the area from Gautam Nagar to Islam Nagar, stoking and provoking a Dalit-Muslim divide. This has a potential to flame up intra community passions. The truth behind these allegations needs to be addressed dispassionately and CJP has approached the…

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
Babasaheb Ambedkar

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…

Dalit Women, Justice, Rights: Finding a Voice An Excerpt from a lecture by Dr. Ruth Manorama

“My final words of advice to you are Educate, Agitate and Organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can loose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy.  The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in…

Promoting Tolerance, Inclusion and Justice Words of Support from Ruth Manorama

Dr. Ruth Manorama is a Human Rights Defender and social worker, who has been working tirelessly to uphold the rights of oppressed communities. Her work recognises intersectionality and focuses on fighting for the rights of Dalit women. We are grateful to Ruth for her continued support.

‘Lower’ Castes Original Producers of Knowledge, ‘Upper’ Castes Simply Accumulated Wealth: Kancha Ilaiah

Author, political theorist and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd was recently placed under house arrest in Hyderabad and prevented from attending a rally in Vijaywada. The scholar who is also Director for the Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University was receiving death threats…

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