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Vadugapatti a village in TamilNadu 's Theni district saw a violent attrocity on #Dalits on the 16th during the Jallikatu celebrations. Post celebrations by the Thevar caste ,Dalit youth who were trying to play with their cattles (as they are banned from the sport) drove them
And accidentally reached the public road where they were stopped by Thevar caste men with caste slur saying "Paraiyar dogs like you cannot come into public roads " .Our youth retorted back but was attacked by the caste men.There was a tussle as Dalits tried go defend themselves.
After that ,The Thevar caste men raided the Dalit colony and attacked men ,women and children.A pregnant woman was also attacked .The Dalit victims went to the police but police did not file a compliant nor take any action.
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A Savarna director has made a movie on manual scavenger death.Some of us have not watched it as it might be another traumatising experience as #Dalits to watch it .We are aware of the deaths,the legal process and the disappointments .We are not ignorant of it.
"Who" needs to watch the movie is the Savarnas,the bureaucrats and the state .That would be the goal of the movie .To rattle the corrupt and casteist system.But unfortunately the communists (The director is their fellow comrade ) have started to attack Dalits
They have started to call Dalits who have not written about the movie in social media as "Blue Sangis" "Ambedkarists" "Ranjith 's chamchas" etc and started heckling us . The social media posts are filled with nuanced Dalit abuse .
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Of late, I have been tweeting threads on issues like #history & on #Maharashtra & #Mumbai. This is a compilation of some threads over the month

On a little-known attempt by an inebriated #British policeman to kill #MahatmaGandhi in #Pune

The #ParvatiSatyagraha launched by Ambedkarites and reformist activities seeking that #Dalits be allowed to enter the Parvati temple in #Pune

#DrBabasahebAmbedkar #DrAmbedkar #DalitMovement #history
How #Dussehra was once a rallying point for the Swadeshi movement. It was on this day in 1905 that #VinayakDamodarSavarkar organised a massive bonfire of imported clothes

#Savarkar #LokmanyaTilak #Tilak #Pune #Maharashtra #swadeshi #Gandhi #MahatmaGandhi
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#Caste is centuries-old disease. But somehow no one seemed too concerned until recently.

Then SUDDENLY many fronts – from India to US to Europe - awakened to this issue together!

We explain the trigger, plot, and protagonists.

A Thread…
In the last 2-3 months, the Caste discourse has soared surprising abroad including in US.

-Dalit Panthers meet Black Panthers on June 6

-Google accused as Casteist for not allowing EL founder Thenmozhi Soundarajan’s speech

-Apple introduced diversity policy around caste

-ICNA(US Jamaat) discusses caste on its forum
-DalitDiva launches book on caste
-Univ. of Minnesota adds caste to its Diversity criteria
-Meena Kandasamy awarded by Pen Germany
-Audrey Truschke attends event on caste in higher edu.
-IAMC hosts event on Dalits(Oct 7)

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Since I posted this video here, I've been touched by the warm responses from so many good people, but also startled by the storm of Sanghi spammers though I thought I was habituated to online misinformation and hate after so many years of facing organised trolling. (1/n)
Communal profiling, personal attacks, defamatory comments are all par for the course on Twitter. I'm tired of speaking up about this for myself since @Twitter @TwitterIndia @TwitterSupport do nothing. So today, I wish to address another aspect of this strategic trolling. (2/n)
Apart from aiming to mess with your head, troll bosses know that even if the targeted person doesn't amplify their tweets, some members of the public will see them when clicking on the original tweet. So they flood your mentions with the very propaganda you seek to refute. (3/n)
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For the welfare of scheduled Castes the Budget estimate is of Rs. 142342.36 Crores for the financial year 2022-23. There is an increase of Rs. 2385.94 Crores this year.
The highest diversion of Rs. 25437.67 Crores, allocated under the Department of Rural Development. Rs.1282.59 Cr diverted under the Old Age Pension Scheme, Rs.366.69 diverted towards the National Widow Pension scheme. Rs.15380.88 Cr goes to MGNREGA.
There is no 'samman' for the landless Dalit farmers in this country however, an amount of Rs. 11166.37 Cr has allocated under the PM-Kisan Yojna from the Scheduled Castes Budget. #Budget2022 #DalitBudget
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1/4. Chikapar was thrice displaced, first for the HAL MIG project, then for a naval munitions depot and once for a Military Engineering Service station. The only village to have taken on the army, navy, air force – and lost. Story link at end of thread.
#displacement #ruralindia Image
2/4. All three times, the displacement of this Koraput village was for ‘development.’ Mukta Kadam was evicted the first time herding her five children through jungle on an angry monsoon night. The second time, she was thrown out with her grandchildren.
#displacement #ruralindia Image
3/4. The Chikapar land taken for the MIG project was not used for that purpose, nor returned to the original owners. That is, Gadaba tribals (like Mukta Kadam), other Adivasis like Parojas and Doms (a Dalit community).
#displacement #ruralindia #Dalits
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It's not 'good governance day'. It's #ManusmritiDahanDivas'.

I bet, a lot many Indians are not aware about the same. During the Mahad Satyagraha, Dr Ambedkar bravely showed #Manusmriti its place.
Mahad Satyagraha was a fight to assert the Dalits’ right to access "public water", and to embrace humanity and dignity.

For Dr Ambedkar—a staunch advocate of women’s rights and emancipation—it was a political action to burn #Manusmriti publicly.

On December 25, 1927, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar burned #Manusmriti as a symbol of rejection of the religious basis of #untouchability.

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Article from last year. Upper caste Sikhs dominate land ownership in Punjab. Dalit, who are 32% in numbers, own just 3.5% land. Yet the highest land ownership in India is in Punjab. The Punjab closet is full of skeletons. #FarmLaws #FarmBills #Punjab
Excerpts : In Punjab, upper castes, mostly Jat Sikhs, dominate the farming landscape. Only 3.5% of private farm land belongs to Dalits who make up 32% of the population, according to the Agriculture Census of 2015-16.
"Punjab has the maximum proportion (5.28%) of big farmers owning more than 10 hectares of land among all non-mountainous states of India. The national average is 0.57%, according to the Agriculture Census 2015-16"
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#Thread Top 5 states with the higest Crimes & atrocities against Dalits:

1) UP-11829
2) Rajasthan- 6794
3) Bihar- 6544
4) Madhya Pradesh- 5300
5) Maharashtra- 2150

Data compiled by @DalitRights
In this country cows 🐄 are given more protection than #dalits ! 10 dalit women are sexually assaulted within 24 hours! If this data does not shock you then what will lets #castoutcaste before its too late #DalitLivesMatter
Manual scavenging - a blot on humanity! More than 95% of manual scavengers are women! #CastOutCaste because Dalits Rights are Human Rights!
#DalitLivesMatter @PriyankaSamy
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Here is the thread for Protests Against the Caste Oppression and the Sexual Assaults from all over INDIA 🇮🇳 on 2nd October 2020 (02.10.2020)

The threat of the pandemic is still very real. So if you can't go that's okay.
Just Amplify!
Get over your numbness and get on to the streets, a pandemic is scary but the current situation this country and especially the women of this country are going through is much more scarier.

Time: 5 PM | 02.10.2020

Location : India Gate

A call by Concerned Citizens of India
Delhi : India Gate @ 5PM
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What happens when a Dalit seeks justice from the courts? Most times, the struggle may be just getting there, or charges are not framed years after a crime. This two-part story, done 20 years ago, continues to be relevant in 2020
#Dalits #HathrasCase 1/13…
When Bhanwari Devi’s 13yo daughter was raped in the bajra fields by an upper caste youth, she picked up a lathi & went after the rapist herself. She had no faith in the police & courts. She was prevented from seeking any redress by the dominant castes of Ahiron ka Rampura. 2/13
It doesn’t mean much, though, in Rajasthan. On average in this state, one Dalit woman is raped every 60 hours. Data from reports of the National Commission show that nearly 900 cases of sexual assault of SC women were registered with the police between 1991 and 1996. 3/13
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Untouchable Dalits and Buddhist Identities

Dalit is not a caste and they're not untouchables . #Dalits are the descendant of ancient #original_Buddhist and never been part of Brahmanical Hinduism. (Mangs, Chamars, Mahars, Madhigas, Malas, Pariyars and

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Pallars may be out-castes or scheduled castes).

Untouchables may be those who believe themselves, as they are untouchables, by birth and part of Hindus. The Adi-Shudras and Harijan identities were accepted by people who depend the Hindus (Brahmins to Shudras) for

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political survival.

Dalits/Sudras are not untouchables but they are oppressed and the untouchability was imposed on them. They must realize what they are and what are their original race, language, culture, religion and tradition. They were an independent racial,

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#RamMandirAyodhya #Bhoomipujan today is another step along the way not to building up a new resurgent strong influential, unassailable #India. It's objective is to build up an (electorally) strong, influential, and unassailable political #RightWing Party.
It is not so much about #religion, it's all about building up a new mythology of overt religiosity, creating a theocracy in the garb of nationalism, asserting control of the majority, and coercing the minority into accepting its subservient status.
Fanatic Hindus may well be celebrating and congratulating each other, but it is hard to see how any of them actually benefit from the Project. The fact of #RamMandir will be used to quell any demands for #RamRajya the apocryphal #PerfectRule that was said to exist at the time.
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In #Kashmir, the Government of India detained political leaders and restricted protests, and telephone and internet services. There were 106 internet shutdowns in India
in 2019, according to @NetShutdowns. #HumanRights & #Democracy report of @FCOHumanRights
& the rest of the report talks of #Police trainings, working with Indian Government on 'Strength of Diversity & Inclusion', interfaith events, & religious barriers for minorities.
However, the report completely misses out, has excluded the attacks on #minorities #muslims ...
#dalits and #women.
While talking of Police training it misses out on the police brutality in India. While working with the government on diversity & inclusion, it misses out on the attacks on minorities, the lynchings & systemic oppression.
When evidently the situation ...
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There are MAJOR issues with the image below depicting #equality & #equity, HOWEVER, there are Nepalis (including an association of private school teachers in the country) that think/believe d third method is the way to go when it comes to providing equity in education!
#Nepal 1/n
First, the MAJOR issues with the image.

"Imagine if you will, 3 people —all the same goddamn size. [...] The foundation on which these people stand is unequal, [....]"

That is, the PEOPLE aren't the problem! Follow link for more. 2/n #Equality #Equity…
In d context of education in #Nepal, what lies beyond d wall is QUALITY which imparts #CriticalThinking skills, among other things, to a majority or a significant percentage of students. What we have, on this side of the wall, in d country is... #equity 3/n
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Caste System in India
#caste #India #dalits Image
The caste is a 3000-year-old system that divides the Hindu religion into 5 parts. The Brahmins who are priests, Kshatriyas who are warriors, Vysyas who are traders and Sudras who are unskilled workers and the Dalits or untouchables who work as slaves. 1/4
The caste one who is born to will determine his/her identity. When the caste was invented, people used to wear different color turbans according to your caste. 2/4
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Majeed Ullah Khan (@MBTparty President) Statement on #SupremeCourt Refusing Interim Stay on #CAA; Challenges @AmitShah to Visit Ongoing #ShaheenBaghProtests to Face Public Instead of TV Debates. #CAA_NRC_Protests Read Full: /1
He contended that #ConstitutionofIndia is “Common Sense” codified. It's clear that #CitizenshipAmendmentAct goes against numerous Articles. It's appalling that Court deferred hearings in refusal to put interim stay on draconian #CAA and modified #NationalPopulationRegister /2
People’s trust in a truly secular, non-partisan #SupremeCourt is wavering. Moreover, refusal on interim #CAA stay has common public concerned regarding growing, free reign of a bigoted, right-wing #RSS-#BJP specter looming over nation that we continue to battle on all fronts. /3
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A thread on some quotes from @gautambhatia88’s “The transformative constitution “In equality jurisprudence, the approach of focusing on the disproportionately exclusionary impact if politics rather than their formal character or motive is known as disparate impact”
“It is based on the premise that inequality and discrimination result not (only) from individual hostile acts, but from structures and institutions.” @gautambhatia88 Only in brackets important & added by me.
An test for entry may be “neutral” but yet exclude by aligning with exclusionary institutions; if an physical entrance test for firefighter includes activities not necessary for fulfilling duties and unintentionally poses #gender-barriers, deserves to be struck down. #NoteToSelf
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Thread: why thousands of #dalits are demanding land rights, and what's happening in Marathwada.
Dalits are the most landless community in India. Estimates of landlessness range from 60% (India Land and Livestock Holding Survey 2013) to 70% (Census 2011 occupation data) 1/n
Dalits were not allowed to own #land under the caste system. This forced their dependence on occupations that in turn defined their caste. Land reforms were initiated after Independence to grant small amount of land from old Zamindar estates. 2/n
But the reforms have failed. Either no land was given, or land was encroached by higher castes. This is leading to land conflicts. For example-…… 3/n
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🇮🇳 #Inde : investi aujourd'hui pour son deuxième mandat, @narendramodi souhaite mettre en place des réformes économiques et sociales qui feraient de lui le Reagan indien.…
🇮🇳 Cette focalisation sur les enjeux économiques et sociaux aux dépends des enjeux identitaires, si elle se confirme dans les mois à venir, pourrait créer des tensions au sein de la vaste famille des nationalistes hindous, le #SanghParivar. A suivre donc.
🇮🇳 Le nouveau cabinet de @narendramodi compte 58 membres. L'entrée la plus importante est celle de l'ancien dirigeant du @BJP4India @AmitShah au poste de ministre de l'Intérieur. Cet organisateur de génie a largement contribué aux victoires de #Modi.…
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Yes #SmashBrahmanicalPatriarchy and every other kind of patriarchy, misogyny & #sexism regardless of the caste, class, race or religion that habits it. And they all do. But this poster #JackDorsey held was interesting for a number of reasons which I will discuss in this thread.
2/ Firstly, the picture on this poster of a #Dalit woman, reinforces upper-caste, discriminatory, caste stereotypes that holds that the lower caste are dark skinned with Afroid hair & facial features. We all know this untrue. There is no way you can identify caste by color!
3/ In fact it is this kind of stereotype about what Dalit women look like and do, which Jack's poster reinforces, that Dalit women in India have been fighting. #jackinindia
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#Dalitwomen are most often victims/survivors of sexual abuse, including of those that are not always legally identified as crimes. And the law has failed us. Progressive communities haven’t responded adequately either. It has been a lonely battle and will continue to be so.
Stories of sexual abuse, especially those that name Dalit men, are therefore uniquely triggering for us. We stand by the survivors, like we all need to, unequivocally, because we are victims ourselves.
We believe the victims, their EVERY WORD, because we’ve lived through the experience of being dismissed as liars so often, by friends and allies alike.
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Who is paying the price for #intercaste marriages in India? And why is this being touted as an anti-caste strategy? Questions and Thoughts.
Disclaimer: Twitter is obviously not a great place for nuance, but I'm going to try.
Also note that I'm not against #intercaste marriages. Ideally, we should all get married to whomever we please as long as they are an adult and are consenting. If you conclude that I'm casteist or pro-endogamy from any of my tweets, it's on you.
Let's first understand that not all intercaste marriages are problematic to India's casteist society. Many #intercaste savarna couples lead happy lives while telling the world how progressive their families are. Their weddings are pretty fun too...
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