Will Dalit ministers benefit Dalits?
What were Ajay Tamta, Krishna Raj, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Ramdas Athawale, who were inducted into the union council of ministers on July 5, doing when issues concerning the Dalits, including Rohit Vemula’s suicide, were raging in the country?
The ‘OBC’ primer on Indian politics
Rather than think of “OBC” as a term that acquires, passively, the leftover meaning associated with backwardness, it is far more productive to visualize it as an active, meaning-giving category that helps define the elusive “upper” or “forward” castes
Mandal wins in Bihar
The credibility enjoyed by Lalu among the forces of social justice and secularism and the positive impact of the development brought about by Nitish combined to produce this victory. The enthusiasm of women of all castes and classes also played a role
बिहार में मंडल की जीत
सामाजिक न्याय और धर्मनिरपेक्ष शक्तियों के बीच लालू प्रसाद की विश्वसनीयता और प्रदेश में नीतीश कुमार के विकास कार्यों के प्रति एक सकारात्मक भाव ने मिलकर इस जीत को संभव बनाया। सबसे बढ़कर हर जाति-वर्ग की महिलाओं की उत्कंठा ने, जिसने उन्हें भारी संख्या में मतदान केन्द्रों तक पहुंचाया
Join the tradition of social justice, Nitish Kumar
I would again request you to do a rethink on your politics and, if possible, re-establish cordial relations with Manjhi. Your ego should not come in the way of this. If you consider yourself superior due to your caste, I have nothing to say
NDA Bahujan leaders: Neither here nor there
The association of these Dalit leaders, as well OBC leaders such as Upendra Kushwaha and Anupriya Patel – known for their vocal advocacy of social justice – with the NDA or directly with the BJP, led to the party’s smashing electoral victory last May
Forward Thinking, June 2014
Be that as it may, the Modi-led NDA government would do well to remember that they cannot afford to even be seen to be representing only certain interests – like the corporates who funded this most expensive of campaigns; the Sangh Parivar and the RSS in particular who contributed “sweat equity” to the electoral success on the ground