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Mar 20 โ€ข 21 tweets โ€ข 6 min read
Today marks the 97th anniversary of the historic Mahad Satyagraha.

Here's a thread discussing this revolutionary non-violent protest, which was a significant milestone in the fight for social justice, dignity and equality for Dalits. ๐Ÿงต Image On August 4, 1923, SK Bole, a social reformer, proposed a resolution in the Bombay Legislative Council. The resolution stated: Image
Feb 25 โ€ข 24 tweets โ€ข 8 min read
An in-depth analysis of the film "Fandry" directed by @Nagrajmanjule. ๐Ÿงต Image Family of Jabya ( Dalit) lives on the outskirts of a village. To make ends meet, the family chases away pigs and also kills them to prevent them from creating nuisance in the villageโ€”a task assigned to the Dalit family since upper-caste families consider it unhygienic & impure. Image
Dec 10, 2023 โ€ข 10 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
This article is the result of a lack of equal representation in the media when it's predominantly controlled by upper castes.

I'm baffled about how this article passed editorial scrutiny, likely due to the overrepresentation of upper castes.

A Thread ๐Ÿงต It reads like the worst WhatsApp University propaganda, even for a reputed newspaper.

The entire article is just plain foolish. Nevertheless, I'll highlight some crucial points that are utterly absurd.

1. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ '๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€.'

We, as Dalits, are exhausted from repeatedly debunking this misinformation. It seems like the truth is often overlooked.
Dec 7, 2023 โ€ข 6 tweets โ€ข 1 min read
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿงต :

- Anti-caste doesn't mean we can't speak on caste, it's the opposite.

- Dalits continue to experience atrocities and discrimination; it's not a thing of the past. - Anti-caste doesn't imply refraining from availing Reservations; in fact, Reservations serve as a remedy for caste disparities.

- Being Dalit doesn't mean you have to be poor. However, many still struggle financially because oppressor castes control resources.
Sep 5, 2023 โ€ข 4 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Before you celebrate, read these excerpts from 'The Hindu View of Life' by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His casteist beliefs are clear.

Celebrating his birthday as Teacher's Day? It's time to wake up! ๐Ÿ˜ก

#TeachersDay #SarvepalliRadhakrishnan Image He aggressively promoted his flawed philosophy relying on unfounded assumptions and fallacies.
#SarvepalliRadhakrishnan Image
Aug 4, 2023 โ€ข 5 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
๐Ÿ“œ Decoding India's Preamble: The Debate on 'Socialism and Secularism' ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Lets understand the controversy surrounding the words 'socialist and secular' in the preamble of the Indian Constitution. 1/5 ๐Ÿงต Image It is argued that the inclusion of these two words were not necessary as the constitution of India already encompassed their essence. 2/5 ๐Ÿงต Image
Jul 18, 2023 โ€ข 20 tweets โ€ข 9 min read
The enduring problem of manual scavenging has been a longstanding issue within Indian society for several decades. Despite framing multiple laws to eliminate this practice over the years, it continues to persist in various regions of the country. Let's understand the reasonsโ€ฆ https://t.co/cwrpKGgszVtwitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ
Image Manual scavengers engage in their occupation due to the oppressive imposition of rigid caste-based roles within society, which deprives them of any viable alternative employment opportunities. Numerous case studies have revealed that those who attempted to break free from thisโ€ฆ https://t.co/05GIU9fiGUtwitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ
Jun 9, 2023 โ€ข 24 tweets โ€ข 12 min read
Get ready for an immersive review of thread as I unravel the captivating layers of #Kaala. ๐Ÿงต

From its stellar cast to its impactful storytelling, layered metaphors and brilliant symbolism, this thread will delve deep into the heart of the film and mind of the director @beemji. Image The film begins with an animated explanation of the significance of land in human civilization. Humans transformed forest land into agricultural land for sustenance. This land became their deity, a religious and caste ritual. It represented power, leading to battles both in mythsโ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ ImageImageImageImage
Jun 6, 2023 โ€ข 4 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Mr. Pramot Singh, the leader of the socio-cultural organisation Meitei Leepun, has ominously declared that the recent turmoil witnessed on 3rd May is merely a glimpse of the impending catastrophe that will unfold once the Meiteis unite.

He made divisive and provocative remarks,โ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ This conflict between Assam Rifles and Manipur Police also shows the extent of the problem
Apr 29, 2023 โ€ข 25 tweets โ€ข 7 min read
Bal Gangadhar Tilak is a highly controversial figure in Indian history. Despite his revered status, it is essential to scrutinize and condemn his casteist, misogynistic, and communal views. Tilak's problematic legacy has been ignored for too long, and it is time to acknowledgeโ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ Image At The time when the moneylenders were imposing an interest rate between 24-36%, this event took place.

Tilak's view was pro moneylenders and against peasants. Image
Apr 17, 2023 โ€ข 20 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
Let's understand the contrasting difference between a privileged caste's idea of village and a Dalit's idea of village by analysing views of M.K. Gandhi and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Image 1/16 "Gandhi's vision was for a system of decentralized governance, with the central government exercising only limited powers. He proposed that villages should be governed through their traditional leaders, such as sarpanches and panchas (village chiefs and councillors)."
Apr 6, 2023 โ€ข 22 tweets โ€ข 6 min read
Gain a deeper understanding of the anti-caste movement by reading these 21 must-read books. Each book offers a unique perspective on the struggles and experiences of the Dalit community, both past and present. By educating yourself on the issues and challenges they face, you'llโ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ Image 1. Gulamgiri (Slavery) - Mahatma Jotiba Phule Image
Mar 13, 2023 โ€ข 13 tweets โ€ข 6 min read
Let's honor the legacy of Akhila Naik on his birthday by celebrating his contributions as a courageous Dalit poet, author, & activist. Throughout his life, he fearlessly stood up against the oppressive forces of Brahminism & crony capitalism. He (born in march 13, 1970) spent his childhood and youth in a remote village Rainguda in Odisha's Kalahandi district. His father was a schoolteacher and his mother was an educated housewife. It was a lower-middle-class family, which did not have to struggle for food, clothes,โ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ
Mar 13, 2023 โ€ข 6 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Let me try to explain this poem by Dalit poet Arun Kamble.

A thread ๐Ÿงต The poem's opening line, 'Chewing trotters in the badlands,' alludes to the harsh living conditions and distinct culture of Dalits.
Mar 12, 2023 โ€ข 19 tweets โ€ข 9 min read

A thread ๐Ÿงต Around 1950, when first batch of Dalit youths graduated from Siddharth College, Ghanashyam Talwatkar and others set up a literary society called Siddharth Sahitya Sangh. Dalit writers and activists had planned to have the first Dalit writers' conference in December 1956, whichโ€ฆ twitter.com/i/web/status/1โ€ฆ
Jan 9, 2023 โ€ข 25 tweets โ€ข 5 min read
Malnutrition among Dalits and Adivasis

A thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿงต According to UNICEF, one in three malnourished children in the world is Indian. Malnutrition is also a social and economic problem too that can hinder national development.
Jan 8, 2023 โ€ข 8 tweets โ€ข 2 min read
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was not in favour of a fixed time limit of 10 years, even for political reservations for SCs

Without the consent of SCs, political reservation cannot be done away with. The political reservations were a result of โ€˜mutual agreementโ€™ btwn SCs & caste Hindus. For STs it even more important. So illogical and immature around reservation need to stop.
Jan 3, 2023 โ€ข 33 tweets โ€ข 13 min read
#NatchathiramNagargiradhu a dialogue driven, visually compelling movie. This movie is @beemji 's abstract painting.

Let me try to explain this brilliant movie for you. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ Image Movie starts with a scene of Rene and Iniyan fighting over different taste in music. But it is not just different taste in music. It is about how you react to something you don't like. Rene was made to realise that her nature is different and she belongs to a different caste. Image
Dec 20, 2022 โ€ข 46 tweets โ€ข 8 min read
UNPUBLISHED PREFACE of Babasaheb's "The Buddha and His Dhamma"

April 6, 1956

A Thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿงต A question is always asked to me: how I happen[ed] to take such [a] high degree of education. Another question is being asked: why I am inclined towards Buddhism.
Dec 19, 2022 โ€ข 19 tweets โ€ข 4 min read
Tender meat (Short story)

Thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿงต Reshma was returning from school to her village in the evening. Suddenly there was a thick darkness in the sky, the clouds started quarreling with each other and the lightning started illuminating the darkness of the sky.
Dec 14, 2022 โ€ข 43 tweets โ€ข 9 min read
The concept of Merit has become an important subject of discussion in recent years. It is at the heart of how we envision excellence in education and also of much of the debate on the issue of Reservation. Lets understand the concept of Merit and why we need to redefine it. A students who tops a given exam is said to have merit and the others do not. The notion that the system rewards talent and hard work encourages the winners to consider their success their own doing or to the extent, a measure of their virtue & to look down upon others.