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15th January in Dalit History – Death anniversary of Namdeo Dhasal, a founder of the Dalit Panthers

Namdeo Dhasal, a founder of the Dalit Panthers and a revolutionary poet, died on January 15, 2014..   He will be missed by all those dedicated to the revolutionary anti-caste movement.  For a time the Dalit Panthers symbolized the rebellious aspirations of a generation of Dalit youth.  Dhasal’s poetry was militant and hardhitting; Golpitha, his first collection, was named after a red-light district in Mumbai.  Golpitha’s language reflected the raw realism of that milieu.  “Poetry is politics,” said Dhasal, and he acted accordingly,

Namdeo Dhasal

Namdeo Dhasal

Political splits occurred in the Panther movement, but the spirit continued.  His poem “Kamatipura” (from Golpitha) is given below:


The nocturnal porcupine reclines here
Like an alluring grey bouquet
Wearing the syphilitic sores of centuries
Pushing the calendar away
Forever lost in its own dreams

Man’s lost his speech
His god’s a shitting skeleton
Will this void ever find a voice, become a voice?

If you wish, keep an iron eye on it to watch
If there’s a tear in it, freeze it and save it too
Just looking at its alluring form, one goes berserk
The porcupine wakes up with a start
Attacks you with its sharp aroused bristles
Wounds you all over, through and through
As the night gets ready for its bridegroom, wounds begin to blossom
Unending oceans of flowers roll out
Peacocks continually dance and mate

This is hell
This is a swirling vortex
This is an ugly agony
This is pain wearing a dancer’s anklets

Shed your skin, shed your skin from its very roots
Skin yourself
Let these poisoned everlasting wombs become disembodied.
Let not this numbed ball of flesh sprout limbs
Taste this
Potassium cyanide!
As you die at the infinitesimal fraction of a second,
Write down the small ‘s’ that’s being forever lowered.

Here queue up they who want to taste
Poison’s sweet or salt flavour
Death gathers here, as do words,
In just a minute, it will start pouring here.

O Kamatipura,
Tucking all seasons under your armpit
You squat in the mud here
I go beyond all the pleasures and pains of whoring and wait
For your lotus to bloom.
— A lotus in the mud.

This raw “poetry of the underworld” is the heritage of Namdeo Dhasal.

By – Gail Omvedt and originally posted at here.


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Dr B R Ambedkar’s original voice and pictures

The Columbia University conferred an honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Dr.Ambedkar

The Columbia University conferred an honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Dr.Ambedkar

Also check out the original photos of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar from here.


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A Reply to Swachcha Bharat – Clean the Caste Dirt in your Mind

Why do you expect only the Dalits to clean your street? Why do you force untouchables to carry your carrion and filth? You caste people have the filth, the dirt in your mind, in your philosophy, in your knowledge system. That is why we don’t improve. In the west, the janitor and the manager go out of the office hand in hand, once their duty is over; attend the same party with their families as friends. Their hierarchy ends at the office, maximum 40 hours a week. Besides and beyond, both the janitor and the manager are friends.
Why this decency of role-function, disconnect between office and home doesn’t become our public morality? There, the managers children will become janitor if they don’t perform well and the janitor’s children will become manager if they make it. Is it possible in India? Unless India sheds off its caste mind, caste ethics, caste consciousness, India will continue to be shamed in the world. Until then, our politicians, bureaucrats, casteist civil society members will only “clean the cleaned streets”, but not the drainage, filthy public toilets, stinking urinals in the bus stations, carry the filth on the railway tracks, etc. Let them do clean there.

Also read – India “shit hole” and Ganga a “junkyard”?

Remove the caste from your mind, from your religious ceremonies (such ceremonies only pollute, stink the Gangas. If only caste people stop throwing human bodies in the Ganges, throw all the statues, religious garbage in the Ganges, it will automatically become clean in a year or two. One need not spend even one crore to clean it), from your consciousness, India will be clean physically, mentally, morally and spiritually.
So, stop speaking about cleanliness without cleaning your caste, your religion and your way of behaviour. Until then, India will stink and Indian will carry the dirt/filth wherever they go. Clean your mind, clean your value system and everything will become clean in no time.

By – Selvaraj

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11th January in Dalit History – Dr. Ambedkar had started the war to spearhead Hindu Code Bill

11 Jan 1950: Dr. Ambedkar addressed the 2nd session of Siddharth College Parliament in Bombay (present Mumbai). At another function which he addressed he was presented with a golden casket containing a copy of India’s constitution by the Bombay SC Federation.

After his great triumph in the Constituent Assembly in spearheading the preparation of Constitution of India, Dr. Ambedkar returned to Bombay but brought with him a new battle cry, the Hindu Code Bill which he had revised & submitted to the Constituent Assembly in October 1948. Work on revising & codifying Hindu Law had been going on for the last ten years. Dr. Ambedkar transformed it & parts of the Code Bill relating to joint family & women’s property became a nightmare to most Members of the Select Committee.

As soon as Dr. Ambedkar touched the Code & became its spokesman intelligentsia all over India was driven into two camps, on one side was Manu & other Dr. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar started the war on 11 January 1950 when he addressed the 2nd session of the Siddharth College Parliament in Bombay. He said that it would be wrong to describe the bill as either radical or revolutionary. He said the Bill do not oppose orthodox practices while according sanction to new ways of progress. He said the govt must endeavor to prepare a Civil Code for the benefit of the country as a whole and the Hindu Code was a step in that direction. He said it was beneficial from the country’s oneness that the same set of laws should govern Hindu social & religious life. He said the modifications were based on Hindu Shastras & Smritis.

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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Republic Day (26th January)

“On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of democracy which this Constituent Assembly has so laboriously built up.”

“I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.”

Watch also – What US President Barack Obama said on Dr B R Ambedkar?

“There is no nation of Indians in the real sense of the world, it is yet to be created. In believing we are a nation, we are cherishing a great delusion. How can people divided into thousand of castes be a nation? The sooner we realise that we are not yet a nation, in a social and psychological sense of the world, the better for us.”


“The third thing we must do is not be content with mere political democracy. We must note that our political democracy can not last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.”

“Independence is no doubt a matter of joy. But let us not forget that this independence has thrown on us greater responsibilities. By independence, we have lost the excuse of blaming the British for anything going wrong. If hereafter things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. There is a greater danger of things going wrong. Times are fast changing.”

“Our object in framing the Constitution is rally two-fold:

(1) To lay down the form of political democracy, and

(2) To lay down that our ideal is economic democracy and also to prescribe that every Government whatever is in power shall strive to bring about economic democracy. The directive principles have a great value, for they lay down that our ideal is economic democracy.”

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Educational Biography of Dr B. R. Ambedkar

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Check also – Dr. Ambedkar in USADr. Ambedkar in GermanyDr. Ambedkar in Hungary, and Dr. Ambedkar in Belgium

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar (MA., Ph.D., M.Sc., D.Sc., Barrister-at-Law, L.L.D., D.Litt)

1. Elementary Education, 1902 Satara, Maharashtra

2. Matriculation, 1907, Elphinstone High School, Bombay Persian etc.,

3. Inter 1909, Elphinstone College,BombayPersian and English

4. B.A, 1913, Elphinstone College, Bombay, University of Bombay, Economics & Political Science

5. M.A, 1915 Majoring in Economics and with Sociology, History Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics asthe other subjects of study.

6. Ph.D, 1917, Columbia University conferred a Degree of Ph.D.

7. M.Sc, 1921 June, London School of Economics, London. Thesis – ‘Provincial Decentralization of Imperial Finance in British India’

8. Barrister-at- Law 30-9-1920 Gray’s Inn, London Law

(1922-23, Spent some time in reading economics in the University of Bonn in Germany.)

9. D.Sc 1923 Nov London School of Economics, London ‘The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution’ was accepted for the degree of D.Sc. (Economics).

10. L.L.D (Honoris Causa) 5-6-1952 Columbia University, New York For HIS achievements, Leadership and authoring the constitution of India

11. D.Litt (Honoris Causa) 12-1-1953 Osmania University, Hyderabad For HIS achievements, Leadership and writing the constitution of India

Check also – Books written by Dr. Ambedkar

Original photos of Dr. Ambedkar

Quotations of Dr. Ambedkar 

Things you don’t know about Dr. Ambedkar 

LL.D. Degree Certificate of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar from Columbia University

Movie – Babasaheb Ambedkar in Hindi, English and Tamil


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