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Bahujan Culture

Karpoori Thakur: When the chief minister offered to give a feudal lord a shave
Bharat Ratna Karpoori Thakur was known for his simplicity. He is remembered for granting reservations to the backward classes in Bihar. But do you know that on the day he became the chief minister of...
‘Sahitya Akademi has brought itself honour by honouring Sanjeev’
In his more than a dozen novels, Sanjeev has depicted the reality of the post-Independence Indian society. The issues and topics that he has explored include deprivation faced by the Adivasis, the caste system, anti-people...
Periyar insisted on proportional representation a century ago
The same Congress Party which Periyar quit about a century ago after it refused to consider proportional representation is now toeing the Periyar line and demanding a caste census. Of course, caste census is just...
In his ‘Ambedkar: A Life’, Shashi Tharoor betrays his privileged-caste naivete
After coming out with ‘Why I Am A Hindu’, Tharoor has predictably set out to look for Ambedkar’s ‘flaws’ in his biography of Ambedkar, writes Sumit
Why Jagdeo Prasad insisted on a Savarna-free party
The Shoshit Dal came into being as a ‘nichhakka’ party of the exploited. Given the political scenario prevailing...
As I saw Hari Narke
Drawing inspiration from Dr Ambedkar, Hari Narke acquired an education. He was a brilliant student. While working in...
Farewell Hari Narke! You were a walking encyclopedia
When he was just 19, Hari Narke took on the anti-Phule brahmanical forces in Maharashtra by presenting Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar...
Lahori Ram Balley: Bearer of Ambedkar’s legacy in Punjab
After the passing of Dr Ambedkar on 6 December 1956, L.R. Balley quit his job, and never looked...
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