Tag Archives: Gail Omvedt

15 books every Dalit must read


Books written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar are must read for every Dalit-Bahujan. You can download those books from here. Apart from these books, here is the list of few more books, which every Dalit must read.

1. Kanshiram – Leader of the Dalits (English) by Narayan Badri

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

2. Behenji : A Political Biography of Mayawati (English) by Ajoy Bose

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

3. Why I am not a Hindu (English) by Kancha Ilaiah

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

4. Buffalo Nationalism (English) by Kancha Ilaiah

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

5. Ambedkar : Towards an Enlightened India (English) by Gail Omvedt

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

6. Dr Ambedkar And Untouchability : Analysing And Fighting Caste (English) by Christophe Jaffrelot

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

7. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (English) by Dhananjay Kheer

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

8. The Essential Writings of B. R. Ambedkar (English) by Rodrigues Valerian 

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

9. Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond (English) by Gail Omvedt

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

10. Dalit Visions (English) by  Gail Omvedt

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

11. Buddhism in India Challenging : Brahmanism and Caste : Challenging Brahmanism and Caste (English) by  Gail Omvedt

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

12. Ambedkar : Awakening Indias Social Conscience (English) by Narendra Jadhav

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

13. India’s Silent Revolution (English) by Christophe Jaffrelot

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

14. Defying the Odds : The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs (English) by Chandra Bhan Prasad ,Devesh Kapur , D. Shyam Babu

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

15. Civility Against Caste : Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India (English) by Christophe Jaffrelot

To buy it from Flipkart, click here.

Do you have any other good book in mind? Please let us know in the comments.

Advertisements

3 Comments

Filed under Book Review, Books, Dalit History, Dr B R Ambedkar, Latest

[Video] Prof. Gail Omvedt talks on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Legacy


Leave a comment

Filed under Documentary, Dr B R Ambedkar

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:

KAMATIPURA

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.

1 Comment

Filed under Dalit-Bahujans, Dr B R Ambedkar, Today in Dalit History, Today in History

14th January in Dalit History – Namantar Din


14th January,1994 : Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marathwada University’s Namantar Din. Movement which led to change the name was called “Namantar movement”, started around 1978 by Dalit Panther leaders. There has been a long struggle for changing the name of Marathwada university to Ambedkar’s name.

Large number of dalits suffered in this, many Dalit women were tortured by so called upper caste people (Shiv Sena, RSS people), those were opposing this renaming of University.

Gate of the renamed university and statue of Dr. Ambedkar in distance

Gate of the renamed university and statue of Dr. Ambedkar in distance

There were many songs of struggle, such as..

Marathwada is Burning 

One Pochiram Kamble, sweating to fill his stomach,

He became the enemy of the village,

“Jay Bhim” was on his lips…

Accosted in the fields, bound with a rope,

His hands and feet branded, then thrown in the fire,

He burned fiercely, the son of Bhim…

We see all this with open eyes,

Still we live our lives,

By our own hands feeding,

The fire that burns the corpse,

We the people of Bombay and Pune —

How hollow is our pose!

We gossip about revolution

But lead the lives of eunuchs,

Oh, kill, smash, cut, break,

Whatever comes in our way!

Marathwada is Burning, Marathwada is Burning …

— By Vikas Ghogare (from Reinventing Revolution by Gail Omvedt)

At present with this university, there are more than 160 colleges affiliated and more than 25 courses are taught.

Photo credit – Wikipedia

3 Comments

Filed under Caste Discrimination, Dalit-Bahujans, Dr B R Ambedkar, Today in Dalit History, Today in History