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Times of India covered Dr. Ambedkar Caravan among Round Table India, NACDOR, APSC and Dalit Camera


Few months back, Al Jazeera show on Dalit History had mentioned comments from the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Caravan. Today, Times of India covered about Dr. Ambedkar Caravan. Read from here –

In recent months, racial violence has been foregrounded in the US, with the Charleston incident in which nine black church-goers were gunned down and other incidents of police brutality that are no longer possible to deny. And all of a sudden, Black Twitter has become a preoccupation with the US media, reminding it of its own evasions.

Hashtags around race like #icantbreathe #Blacklivesmatter found their way into many feeds, pushed themselves into wider view, and forced a reckoning. The LA Times recently even assigned a reporter to cover Black Twitter, while acknowledging that “it is so much more complicated than that”.

African-American struggles have inspired and tactically informed anti-caste activism. But could Dalit-Bahujan Twitter exert a similar force, in India?

Take Round Table India, a forum of writers that aims for “an informed Ambedkar age” and sees caste as the primary fissure in Indian society. They aggregate news on politics, society and culture, they comment and critique, and try to be a hub for Dalit-Bahujan voices. ‘Unlike mainstream media, we aren’t casteist – we have many upper castes writing, at least as much as their share in the population,” says Naren Bedide, one of the founders.

It’s only half a joke. The media is scandalously unrepresentative – in 1996, Pioneer journalist B N Uniyal found that he hadn’t met a single Dalit journalist in his entire working life. In 2006, a Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) study found that 90% of the decision-makers at English newspapers and 79% of TV journalists were upper-caste.

In other words, the media frames national events, but does not include most of the nation. It speaks with near-unanimity on IIT’s “standards” when it pushes out Dalit students; it misreports caste-based violence as “farmers’ clashes” or lovers’ quarrels when it reports them at all; and it often misses the real import of events. “When others interpret the world for you, can you change it?” is the question that drives Round Table India. “We don’t have, and don’t expect access in the media. It’s a conscious decision to build spaces of our own,” says Bedide. As he sees it, it is a structural conflict, and one can’t use the tools of savarnas, like mainstream media, to dismantle their edifice of hierarchy.

There are blogs like Atrocities News that wrenched attention to the Khairlanji killings and continue to document caste-based attacks. But there are also blogs with entirely different missions, Facebook and Twitter accounts, mailing lists and Whatsapp groups – and to club them all together as Dalit social media flattens their diversity. Shared Mirror, for instance, is a platform for Dalit poetry, translated and new. Savari, a space by Adivasi, Bahujan and Dalit women, speaks with its own distinctive voice.

There are forums dedicated to history and to challenging narratives and erasures, like Dr Ambedkar’s Caravan, which has over 500 articles so far. In April, activists across the board celebrated Dalit History Month, creatively resisting the attempt to reduce Dalit history solely to one of atrocity. This was, again, a nod to Black History Month. Hashtags like #Dalitlivesmatter are often used to galvanize others.

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Twitter, though, is still a hostile medium, say many of these writers. “It is full of either Internet Hindus or Congressis and left-liberals, there is no understanding of other issues,” says Bedide. Facebook, which nurtures more like-minded groups and longer conversations, is more useful, says Ashok Bharti, chairman of the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR). “If any incident happens anywhere, it is on my Facebook page in five minutes. It’s better than a wire service, though the stories are often raw,” he says.

“Dalits are still untouchable on social media; if I post anything about Dr Ambedkar or Dalit history in a general forum, I get blocked in a few minutes,” says Pardeep Attri of Ambedkar’s Caravan.

Of course, there is no unified Dalit social media, any more than there is a single Dalit politics across the country, fragmented as it is by sub-caste, region, gender, class and ideological preference. And yet, social media offers something new. Dalit Camera, a YouTube channel, records life “from untouchable eyes”. Bathran Ravichandran, who founded it, says that social media, with the many perspectives it offers, has “broadened the views and values” of Dalit activists around the country. Social media only supplements, in a small way, the grassroots work that goes on around the country, he says.

Others are skeptical of the reach and representativeness of social media Dalit voices. Political analyst and activist Anand Teltumbde describes them as “a small fraction of Dalits, who just talk to each other”. According to him, a sharpened sense of caste and sub-caste identity makes it harder to make common cause with others, and only props up their elite adversaries.

Meanwhile, groups like NACDOR prefer to engage with mainstream media and institutions, and use social media for direct access and advocacy. So does the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC) at IIT Madras, which has a vocal social media presence. Akhil Bharathan of APSC thinks that caste, as an all-encompassing framework of oppression, also compels one outwards, to think of gender, class, and minority justice, and to form alliances. While these voices may now be a “counterpublic”, drowned out in the din of powerful interest groups, the “ultimate aim is to be the public,” says Bharathan.

Source – TOI

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[Video] Jai Bhim: What does it mean?


Watch a short video and know what Jai Bhim means to different people. What it means to you? Let us know in the comments after watching the video.

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Top 7 android apps on Dr. Ambedkar, Dalits and Indian Buddhists


Few days back, I write on 15 books that every Dalits must read, in this post I will be listing top 7 android apps on Dr. Ambedkar, Dalits and Indian Buddhists that every Dalit-Bahujans should have on mobile!

Rise of technology has given us great opportunities to come closer to each other and fight together against the injustice and fight against the crimes committed against Dalits. I have noticed many young people very much active on social networking sites but it saddens me sometimes to see that they are busy in spreading and posting things which are not related to our mission or things which have no meaning!

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As, whatsapp, facebook etc on mobiles have become popular, many android apps on Dr. Ambedkar, Dalits and Buddhism have come up. Here is the list of android apps, what I think are worth trying.

  1. Dr. B.R.Ambedkar  – You can get Quotes of Dr. Ambedkar, 22 vows, important events in life of Dr. Ambedkar, and few books written by Dr. Ambedkar
  2. Amritbani Satguru Ravidass Ji – Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji is a holy book of the Ravidassia Religion. It is in Punjabi and it has teachings (Gurbani) of Shri Guru Ravidas Ji.
  3. Buddha’s Life Changing Lessons – It has only 20 pictures with messages of Buddha, There are 20 lessons to changing your mind, your mood and your habits that will, in turn, change your entire life. I like the app because pictures are just wow!
  4. Lord Buddha TV – Live streaming of Lord Buddha TV channel.
  5. Bahujan Samaj Party – Information about Bahujan Samaj Party.
  6. Dr. Ambedkar Quiz – App has good questions, though I struggled to find out the correct answers in the app as app doesn’t show answers!
  7. Ambedkar and Buddhism – It is a scanned book by Sangharakshita and worth reading.

There are many other apps on Dr. Ambedkar and Buddhism and there are some apps where you can read books written by Babasaheb also. I still believe there is need of more mobile apps as I couldn’t find any app on Saheb Kanshi Ram, Guru Kabir, Guru Tukaram etc, many more apps can be created on all these Dalit-Bahujans ideals.

Do you have any favorite app related to Dalit-Bahujans? Let us know in the comments.

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राजस्थान की टॉप विज्ञानं की कॉलेज महाराजा कॉलेज जयपुर में अनुसूचित जातियों का जलवा


राजस्थान की टॉप विज्ञानं की कॉलेज महाराजा कॉलेज जयपुर में अनुसूचित जातियों का जलवा !

अब जब आगे बढ़ने का मौका मिलने लगा है तो दलितों ने दिखा दिया की वे किसी से कम नहीं और उनमें ब्राह्मणवाद को उखाड़ फेंकने का पूरा दम और योग्यता है , बस इतने समय तक दबाया नहीं गया होता तो पता नहीं आज समाज कहाँ होता।

नयी पीढ़ी के बुलंद हौसले को सलाम आप ब्राह्मणवाद को विज्ञानं से भी हरा सकते हो ।

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Lord Buddha TV channel


Lord Buddha TV channel which has marked its presence for being first media platform for the Dalits has initiated various social works and awareness campaigns. The channel is being laboriously built to prove itself in every possible way. Lord Buddha TV not only propagates Buddhism which includes detailed history and principles of Buddhism but also discusses various social issues and provides updated news which the corporate media chooses to hide. The recent serial ‘ Samvidhan’ which was aired on Rajya Sabha TV had falsely stated the facts and had erased many facts which Dr. Ambedkar underwent. Not only has the serial credited false history but also erased historic icons. Lord Buddha TV will be creating another serial based on Dr. Ambedkar’s role in the making of Indian Constitution. This serial will be a tight slap on Rajya Sabha TV for erasing historic facts and having attempted to hide Dr. Ambedkar’s relentless and ceaseless struggles. For more detailed updates switch on to Lord Buddha TV and do not forget to contribute to the channel for a better and advanced Dalit media platform.

We request our community members to join the membership and do donate to Lord Buddha TV’s initiative for an organized Dalit network.The channel has evolved through extreme hard times and now for greater initiatives to provide an unbiased Ambedkar network the channel requires your support.We shouldn’t forget immense contributions made by the people to Babasaheb’s various works , colleges, education, newspapers. Do stay updated and don’t miss to watch Lord Buddha TV. Do make an initiative to support Lord Buddha TV to overcome hurdles and scale greater heights.

Please do share with your friends and do contribute to Lord Buddha TV by joining its membership and supporting it financially.

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What Brahmin Merit? In Madhya Pradesh, a Dalit boy topped in class 10th


I hope everyone remembers that I had written few days back  What Brahmin Merit? In Punjab, with 98.92% marks, a Dalit girl secured 2nd position in class 10th! and What Merit? In Punjab, Class 12th, Dalit Girl got 7th position and a Muslim Girl became topper

Here is another champion from our community, who has achieved this without having much resources. Please help him if possible. In our community, we have many gems and we just need to find and inspire them to even do much better and help them to be successful in life.

If we can do inspire and help even few students, it will be great! To keep all this in mind I have also developed a community  which can be used to help students from our community.

Let me know how else we can improve and do our bit to help students who need help.

Also, if you have anything to share with us, please send us in the comments!

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What Brahmin Merit? In Punjab, with 98.92% marks, a Dalit girl secured 2nd position in class 10th!


Few weeks back, I wrote on What Merit? In Punjab, Class 12th, Dalit Girl got 7th position and a Muslim Girl became topper. Now, here is another on the same lines, Punjab School Education Board announced results for class 10th few days back. This time also, a Dalit girl named Nancy Bhadiyar, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Ghagwal, Hoshiarpur, secured second position with 98.92 per cent marks. It is a remarkable achievement and I congratulate her on her success.

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When toppers are from Dalit-Bahujan communities, what merit so called Brahmins and upper castes talk about all the time? Few years back, V. T. Rajshekar had said,

“all ruling classes built” a theory by suited to their needs and try to give a ‘scientific’ backing to it. Merit and efficiency is a pure Aryan invention, aimed at maintaining their monopoly”.

Check also – How Brahmins are enjoying reservation since ages – The History of Reservation in India.

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In New Jersey City, USA – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue, road named after Dr. Ambedkar [Photos]


The following photos are of the road named after Dr. Ambedkar in New Jersey City, USA. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection. Perhaps this is the first road outside India that is named after Dr. Ambedkar.

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

[Google Map] Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

[Google Map] Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar avenue on Tonnele and Pavonia intersection, New Jersey City, USA

Photos Credit – Sanghapali Aruna Lohitakshi

 

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