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    ...Kain’s father ran a scooter repairing workshop in the once famous Jheel scooter market in east Delhi. The distance between Kain’s home and the scooter repairing workshop only three km. Right from his early school days, the child Kain would frequent his father’s workshop very often. To the young boy, the scooter workshop appeared far more interesting than the school building, the tools looked prettier than alphabets. When he was in Class 9, Kain could de-assemble and re-assemble scooter engines at ease. But then the time came for him to sit for his final Plus Two examination, and Kain didn’t pass. At the age of 18 years, the young man became a master mechanic. When scooters began to turn into relics in the new economy, Kain shifted gears and began to manufactures ceiling fans, table fans, as well as solar-powered fans. He also manufactured battery propelled table fans with lights that could light up a room. In other words, without electricity, one can run table fan with lamp quality light. As months and years passed, Kain’s business grew. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 16, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

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    ...Clive won England an empire but he wouldn’t say a word against the “deeply rooted prejudices” that caste breeds. Mahatma Macaulay set the stage for ending not only those prejudices but the British rule in India itself. ONCE in India, Lord Robert Clive, more often than not, would be in uniform and battle ready. He would sport long moonboots, ride horses. Conjectural of sorts, he would flash a gun in one hand, and a sword in the other. Conjectural because, when both hands are armed, what body part held the bridle? The fact is, in 1757 at the battle of Plassey, Clive won India for England. Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay walked into India, as if pacing into a palanquin. Clad in suits and gleaming shoes that appeared as though they had just been procured. Academic D. Shyam Babu describes Macaulay as a Mahatma. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 25, 2017, 12:20 a.m.

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    ...Let’s consider the state of affairs through the looking glass of those at the bottom of the inequality pile. In village Lakhmir Gadhi, Bulandshahar, five tractors are parked outside Thakur Hamendra Pal Singh’s capacious house. A big zamindar in pre-Independence times, the family imported a tractor in 1947. Less than a mile north of the Thakur house lies a large mango orchard with 200 trees. Close to the Thakur house live 45 Dalit families, who once worked for the Thakur clan only. In terms of house sizes, land ownership and other assets, Dalits are still far behind, too unequal to merit any comparison with the upper caste families. Most Dalit families live in tiny houses, landholdings are smaller. None owns a tractor, nobody owns a mango tree, leave alone mango orchards. Wealth, income, asset based inequality between Thakurs and Dalits remains huge. ...

    TOI on Sept. 19, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ... To the Vatican, the Earth did not move, to Galileo, it did. In less than half a millennium, truth triumphed as the earth continued with its business, as always, which is to revolve around the sun. To the local district authorities, to citizens of Telugu country, to the Dalit masses, Rohith’s mother Radhika is a Dalit, her eldest child Nileema is a Dalit, the youngest child Raja is a Dalit, which means Rohith Vemula too ought to be a Dalit. But after Rohith’s death, the ABVP declared Vemula was not a Dalit, so the RSS dittoed that declaration, as did a host of BJP leaders, and finally, the Union Government. If anti-nationals are allowed to have their say in India today, why deny that privilege to the ABVP, RSS, BJP, the Union Government? So we should hear them out when they say that since Rohith was fathered by Mani, an OBC, hence he is a non-Dalit. It’s pointless to argue with deadwood. Let me try, nevertheless. An adoptive girl, Radhika was married to Mani. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 17, 2017, 1:12 p.m.

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    ...Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) leader Mayawati’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday may or may not be a gimmick. Fact is, she has never quit although riots and mass violence against Dalits have taken place before. Moreover, not much is left of her present tenure in the Upper House – it ends in mid-2018. There is, however, a consensus among political analysts across the board, that Mayawati is playing on Dalit anger, and thereby, attempting to salvage the dwindling fortunes of her party. This is where the unarticulated fact surfaces, that Dalits are angry as well as anxious about the present, and fearful of the future…What if prime minister Narendra Modi repeats his 2014 victory story in 2019 as well? ...

    Indian Express on July 19, 2017, 8:45 a.m.

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    ...As long ago as 1975, the Congress government headed by Giani Zail Singh announced a job quota for Dalits, except that it split the community into two – 12.50 per cent for the Balmiki subcaste and Mazhabi Sikhs and another 12.50 per cent for the Jatav sub-caste and other smaller castes. Punjab’s wealthy Dalits, especially in the Doaba region, never had the leverage to claim, leave alone, run the Chandigarh Secretariat. Bihar chief minister is hardly any better. Although Nitish Kumar wants to be seen as a political leader who fights for the weak and the downtrodden, the truth is that he has also divided the Dalits into Dalits and Mahadalits. Ostensibly, this is to target governance delivery to those who need it most, such as the Mahadalits. ...

    Indian Express on June 21, 2017, 1:28 p.m.

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    ...The Dalits have suffered brutality for millennia—but in a perverse sense, this Maratha movement is proof that Dalits are sensing freedom from India’s dreadful caste order. All of a sudden, from being an object of pity, Dalits have turned into an object of envy. As democracy put down roots with the evolution of India into a republic in 1950—with the Constitution unrelenting in its pursuit of rooting out the caste order—and Adam Smith stepped into Manu’s territory with economic reforms in 1991, a new dawn seemed to be on the horizon for Dalits. But they have paid a heavy price for it. Over just the past five years (2010-14), nearly two Dalits have been lynched per day. ...

    Live Mint on Oct. 23, 2016, 10:45 p.m.