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What does #Caste hierarchy and historical priviledge look like in the Temple Building Industry?​​​​​​​ A thread:

( In image: A prototype of a temple design made by Sompura Brahmins and executed by Dalit Adivasi stone carvers​​​​​​​)
SOMPURA Brahmins- main actors of the temple building industry, who work closely with religious organizations such as #BAPS. On one hand, they profit off the blood and sweat of #Dalit and #Adivasi workers who build these temples...
...On the other hand, they consider their touch impure. So, Sompuras touch, bless and do ‘finishing touches’ on the carved stones - made by #Dalit #Adivasi #workers - to make them ‘worthy’ of their temples
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#AmbedkarJayantiWithTheQuint | On Dr. #BRAmbedkar's birth anniversary, here are the top 6 things that all Indians should thank him for.

Check our collection on #Ambedkar’s legacy on modern society here:…
Thank #Ambedkar for your 9-5 jobs! Back in 1942, it was his idea to have an 8-hour workday instead of 12 hours.

More on #Ambedkar's legacy here:…
#Ambedkar was behind the Hirakud Dam, the Damodar Valley River Project, and the Son River Project — ensuring that a young country had enough electricity to fuel its dreams.

More on #Ambedkar's legacy here:…
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#WatchtheState: Our weekly update on patterns of State violence in India.

Here's a quick review of reported instances of State violence. @project_polis

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#AllIndiaRadio Has Downgraded National Languages to Regional Ones: The decision to shut down the central news units of #AIR in several Indian languages in Delhi & shift them to their state capitals is in line with the hegemony of Hindi. @thewire_in…
Following Assault on Muslim Boy Outside UP Temple, Hindutva Groups Harden Communal Rhetoric: Emboldened by Police not opposing bail to prime accused, right-wing groups are using the situation to fuel hatred. @thewire_in…
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Our #RepublicDay #TwitterTakeover with @glorious_gluten has begun!

For the next hour, she will be discussing the relationship between the #police, #State and the #law.

Join the conversation and send us your questions in the comments section.
On #26January, 2021, the Indian republic completes 71 years since its formation; against the background of a global pandemic that has starkly exposed its fault lines. | @glorious_gluten
The 299 member #ConstituentAssembly was unique for there were 15 women (including a #Dalit woman Dakshini Velayudhan) who were voted to be a part of the
Committee and make their contribution to the building of the republic. #RepublicDay | @glorious_gluten
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@naralokesh @ncbn @JaiTDP @PattabhiRamK1
So one of your party worker started @ChangeOrg_India
petition for political reasons to side track the issue you are facing from #Dalit and #Christian community opposition. Image
More details can be found :
@naralokesh @ncbn @JaiTDP @PattabhiRamK1 Please go through GUNTUR URBAN POLICE reply to one of your tweet for more information. Do not politicize everything in the name of #Caste #Religion and #Dalit Image
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Some thoughts/excerpts on "I could not be #Hindu" by a former #RSS sevak/worker Bhanwar Meghwanshi, a #Dalit.

The book is really worth reading, just like #Ambedkar's "Annihilation of #Caste".

It is a unique 'testimony' to the RSS's #casteism.

Bhanwar has realised, in the end, that establishment of #RSS was also a partly reaction to the rise of #Dalit politics under the aegis of #Ambedkar whose first anti-caste mobilisations (including the Mahad satyagraha and temple entry movements).

In fact, Deendayal Upadhyaya defended '#casteism' even more explicitly, in Integral Humanism, a text that is still considered as its ideological charter by the RSS and BJP and other RW fringe groups.

Bhanwar experienced this as well.

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As we end 2020, it is a good time to look back at an explicitly unconstitutional law, which is brandished with utmost impunity. #TooMuchDemocracy?
Here are some fun facts about the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020. A compilation.
Usually, police takes years to update themselves about laws. For instance, sex workers complain that police still use the Immoral Traffic (Suppression) Act of 1956 to harass them, even though the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act was passed in its place in 1986.
The UP Ordinance or #LoveJihadLaw was promulgated on Nov 28. And first case was registered within hours of its passing.
Efficiency max?
It has been a month and there are 35 arrests in a dozen FIRs
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@FriedrichPieter They used to slaughter humans ritually & ate them during old times #Purushamedha sacrifice is human ritual murder. Brahmins used to sell their kids 4 hefty prices 4 this ritual murder. Story of Shunahshepa was spread over by Brahmins 2 discourage practice of selling Brahmin kids
@FriedrichPieter During early millennium Brahmin practice of selling their kids for #ritualSacrifice became extinct bcoz of factors like prevalence of Buddhism & the transformation of the Aryan stock from nomads to pastoral community
@FriedrichPieter However by this time various tribes like Khonds/Kandhs of Ganjam, Vizag, and Kandhamal started practicing human sacrifices - a mimicking of Brahmin - #Purushamedha and their victims where #Dalits
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A #Dalit "servant" girl is found dead in her upper-caste Delhi employer's home, family is not told about her death, police cremate her body forcefully, beat up Caravan reporter writing on it.
No front-page or prime time news about it.
But remember Devyani Khobragade' story? >>
One reason that story about an Indian woman being paid less than minimum wage in the US received HUGE coverage is the international case. But another equally important reason to my mind is that Khobragade is a Dalit reserved quota officer. Suchitra Vijayan doesn't say it but >>
I do. The anger about reservations in the coveted Indian civil service is huge. I hold no brief to defend Khobragade and I am not defending her. I am only asking, why such little news about a Dalit "servant" girl's death?
Here's @suchitrav's piece >>…
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Friday 16 October 2020

"Food is our right: the struggle for equitable food systems"

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#WorldFoodDay #WFD2020 #AfricanFoodSystems #RightToFood @CovidCoalition @PLAASuwc @FoodSecurity_za…
Here's the programme for today's WorldFoodDay social dialogue on the #RightToFood and equitable #foodsystems with @FIANista @NETRIGHT @EsaffHQ @MasifundiseDT @abahlali_abm @FoodSecurity_za @boamonjane @afs_asa
Today on #WorldFoodDay we will be hearing from leading activists and academics from Africa and beyond about how the #RightToFood requires change in our food systems - something long evident in African agriculture @FutureAgrics @IDS_UK
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A bouquet of powerful essays by #Dalit women writers. All of them wrote from the trenches, from an embattled zone. A whole experiential domain opening up, always enlightening, disturbing the received opinion, challenging the old discourse, enriching, humbling.

That striking cover art, deeply personal, contemporary, yet adorned by the old nature motifs, is by Dalit artist Malvika Raj. She works with, breaks and extends the Madhubani idiom, giving us powerful art. Some iconic images -- Savitribai, Ambedkar, Buddha -- partner the essays.
Malvika's art offers a perfect visual realisation of the world the essays weave: bustling with moral urgency, coping with trauma with a deeply introspective wisdom, and most off all a desire and commitment to write an as-yet unwritten history. @caselchris1 writes the lead essay.
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The Verma Committee - "there is considerable evidence that death penalty was not a deterrence to serious crimes)". #ImplementVermaCommittee recommendations - life imprisonment for rapists!!
Almost 46,000 cases were registered for crimes against SCs in 2019. #ImplementVermaCommittee #NoMoreRapes
In 2019, a rape case was reported every 17 minutes but this is a massive undercount! Most cases against #Dalit #Adivasi #Muslim women do not even get reported.
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Let's just back up for a min so that we don't lose focus

1. A #Dalit girl was heinously raped by 4 Upper Caste men and left to die on a field in the middle of the night.
2. When her mother discovered the body & the police was called, they said "Ask her to stop acting &get up"
3. After much hesitation, she was taken to the hospital ON A BIKE
4. She named her rapists, all FOUR OF THEM, while heroically struggling for her life on her death bed.
5. Her body was cremated at 2.30 AM w/o her family's consent. They didn't even get to see her body.
6. Post mortem report described the gruesome horrors that girl had to go through. (I just can't..)
7. UP police aided the victims and declared there was no #Rape
8. Her family has been caged inside their house ever since.
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Violence against #dalit women are not isolated instances of crime but are a result of structural discrimination and institutional violence! #IfWeDoNotRise how will we overthrow this brahminical hegemony? @ifwedonotrise @DalitWomenRise @meenakandasamy @AmbedkarCaravan @dalitdiva Image
Govt policies meant to achieve #genderequality cater to the monolithic woman, overlooking a range of sexual minorities, who face extreme exclusion, violence, ghettoisation! Support their struggle to fight 4 dignity and rights! @vqueeram @meeracomposes @thirunangai @ifwedonotrise Image
We condemn the atrocities & violence perpetrated against #Muslims. Stop 'dehumanizing' & 'delegitimizing' them!! #IfWeDoNotRise @IndiasMuslims @IndianMuslimah @ifwedonotrise @ShabnamHashmi @_IndianMuslims @FarOutAkhtar @AzmiShabana
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We have now made public the probe report by SC welfare principal secy which clearly pins SC welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. If even now, CM doesn’t sack & arrest Dharamsot, it will be taken that the entire Cong party is a ‘bhagidar’ in this crime against #Dalit students. Image
The probe reveals that #Dharamsot engineered the Rs 63 CR scam & the officer also gave evidence that the minister took away powers of the dept director to disburse payment by passing an order & began releasing payments on his signatures in a selective manner.
Dharamsot also misled the Treasury as the Director’s stamp was affixed on payment requests along with signatures of a deputy director who is hand-in-glove with the minister. He also gave illegal relief to some colleges by ordering a new audit.

#SCScholarshipScam Image
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Edu. minister of MH, @VarshaEGaikwad,1 of 3 #Dalit women MLAs in the state from @INCIndia talks about the efforts she made to contain the #covid pandemic in Dharavi, a place she calls home.…
In this interview, @VarshaEGaikwad tells us how the ideals of Babasaheb Ambedkar & Savitribai Phule guide her everyday in politics.

“If I am the Education minister today, it is because icons like Savitribai Phule and Babasaheb paved the path for #Dalit women like me”, she said.
This is part of a series titled “Women, Power and Politics”, where we had conversations with radical and progressive women leaders from South Asia.

Stay tuned for a story of a woman leader from Pakistan who will talk about her personal and political life as a Sheedi. Image
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Amurtham, 1st dalit Panchayat president of Athupakkam (TN) was stopped from hoisting the national flag on Independence day- a routine occurrence.

Read how #dalit women leaders are harassed and how they carve their path despite this. #Throwback…
Read more about Amurtham and why she was stopped here:…
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Muslims during independence fight wer divided - few wantd seperate nation, few undivided India 4easier control.

80% muslims voted 2break Bharat 2create Pakistan.

Many stayed back.

Initial plan was 2join east+ West Pakistan.

Hyderabad was already theirs. Image

They thought British while leaving will handover country to its previous rulers n NOT the natives.

Didn't happen. Strong Hindu leaders n United Hindus were force not 2be taken head on. Will lose in the long run.


Population J.
Land J.
Love J.
Rape J.

Partition idea of 1947 not given up.

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#Ram is written all over us. So, you see, we are the Ramayana." The Ramnami sect, originally Dalits, have rejected the #caste system to adopt a bhakti path open to all with Ram at its centre. They have distinctive cultural norms, but the younger generation is giving them up. ImageImage
“We took our message not from god but from a man, a common man," the Ramnamis say of their legendary leader Parasuram, a #Dalit man born in Charpora village in the 1870s. The msg is of #equality, as they try to build a community free of caste, class & gender discrimination. ImageImage
Pandit Ram Das, for instance, has rewritten the poet saint Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas – the holy book of the Ramnami, where it indicates class & gender inequality. There is no sorrow in this world like #poverty,” says Mehtr Ram Tandon quoting Tulsidas.… ImageImage
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Women’s leadership in #Panchayats has transformed local governance and brought a new generation of local leaders who succeed despite limited finances, caste oppression and violence. Read about some local leaders from TN here:…
#WomeninPolitics #throwback
Sharmila Devi, a #Dalit Sarpanch solved a 50 year water crisis in her Panchayat in Sivagangai dt. which none of the upper caste male Sarpanches could do. How are women succeeding despite challenges? Read their stories.…
Rani Muniyakanu, ex- president of Vaduvanchery #Panchayat, Nagapattinam dt, dared to take on the illegal beach sand mafia. Despite threats she won a long legal legal battle ag. miners. Read how reservation has enabled bold #grassroots leaders. #ThrowbackThursday #womeninpolitics
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I reported this: 1 month, 3 #Punjabi pop #singers harassed by #Hindutva workers for condemning caste, religion. Punjab's Dalit population at 32% is 2x national average. Researching a film in 2016, I learnt of ongoing wave of Punjabi Dalit-pop @TheSwaddle…
These singers assert their caste by naming it in songs as pride-filled identity: subverting the abusive connotations dominant castes (DCs) had stuck on #Dalit caste names. Rajni Thakkarwal survived DC men’s attempt on her life while she was singing #ChamaarPop.
Rajni isn’t alone. “We were given a court notice for singing about Babasaheb [Ambedkar] and against Brahmanvaad, Manuvaad,” says Roop Lal Dhir, possibly first Punjabi #Ambedkarite #musician in 1986. @BawaRanjit ‘s recent song 'Mera Ki Kasoor' questioned caste and religion
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The National Crime Records Bureau (#NCRB) published the annual Crime in India Report 2018 recently. #DALITWOMENFIGHT's @elite_dalit and @_senpai_i explains what it says about crime and #atrocities against #DalitWomen and children. #TalkCaste #SCSTPOA
As per the NCRB data 2018, the total number of crimes and atrocities reported against the Scheduled Caste is 42793. In these 42793 cases, the rate of filing of chargesheet is 81.3%, while the pendency rate is 27.5%. #DALITWOMENFIGHT #TalkCaste #NCRB #SCSTPOA
The high number of chargesheets being filed also negates the false notion that most of the cases filed are “fake” & out of “revenge”. It’s extremely important to remember that these are only those cases of atrocities which are reported.The actual number is much higher. #TalkCaste
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Localising #SDGs through the #Dalit Perspectives in the pursuit of 'Leaving No One Behind'.. Robust consultation with marginalised groups to contribute to the Voluntary National Report 2020 @DalitRights @NITIAayog @AsiaDalitRights @NDMJ_NCDHR @LubnaSayed ImageImageImageImage
Ms.Sanyukta Samaddar, Advisor @NITIAayog reaffirms committment and shares that the VNR's process of consultations with communities is essentially to reflect their lived realities & struggles and towards creating an inclusive future! #2030Agenda Image
Ms. Renata Lok-Dessalien, UN Resident Coordinator @UNinIndia calls upon civil society to strengthen collaboration to realise the #2030Agenda & focus on those who are farthest from development..The farthest first!! @NITIAayog @DalitRights @sitara1 ImageImage
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Caste Based Reservation in India Started in 2nd Century BC. In #Manusmriti - the law book of Brahmins all the laws were based on #Caste and no Merit was ever considered. It divided people into High & Low Castes on the basis of their birth and not on the basis of Merit.
Wealth, Political power, Spiritual leadership, Education, Ownership of Land, Trade and all lucrative aspects were reserved purely to the higher castes. This system of caste based discrimination entrenched in day today social life since ages.
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