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Why wearing Thaali (Mangalsutra) is disgraceful


“The ritual of tying a “thaali” (or mangalsutra) around the woman’s neck at the marriage ceremony and considering her to be his slave is similar to buying a buffalo, tying a cord around its neck and dragging it home.

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It is considered that the practice of tying a “thaali” (or mangalsutra) around a women’s neck is to provide the identity of marital status, to establish the right as someone’s wife and to prevent other men from falling in love with that woman.

If that is so, is it not essential for men also to wear a sign that identifies their marital status and prevents other women from falling in love with them?”

– Periyar, rationalist and social activist described by United Nations as the father of social reform movement and Prophet of New Age.

Read also – 21 married women removed their “thali” on the 124th birth anniversary of B.R.Ambedkar.

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Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule’s contribution towards women empowerment


To celebrate Women’s Day without recognizing the contribution of Dr. Ambedkar, Savitribai Phule, and Mahatma Jotiba Phule is hypocrisy and shameful act. Here are few of the highlights of work done by Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule for women empowerment.

Also read – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and International Women’s Day

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule

  • On 1st Jan. 1848, India’s first school for girls was started at Bhide’s wada in Pune by Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule.
  • On 28 January 1853: First ever infanticide prohibition home of India was started by Savitribai Phule.
  • Savitribai Phule started Mahila Seva Mandal in 1852, which worked for raising women’s consciousness about their human rights, dignity of life and other social issues. She went on to organise a successful barbers strike in Mumbai and Pune against the prevailing practice of shaving of widows’ heads.
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Bhidewada, where India’s first school for girls was started by Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jotiba Phule

  • On 28 January 1866, Vishnushastri, inspired by Phule’s  movement opened an institution to promote widow  remarriage. The institution (a society) was known as Punar Vivahtojak Mandal(remarriage association).
  • At a time when even the shadow of untouchables was considered impure, when the people were unwilling to offer water to thirsty untouchables, Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jotiba Phule opened the well in their house for the use of untouchables.

Read also – Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s fight for women’s rights

  • Savitribai Phule was the first Dalit woman, in-fact the first woman whose poems got noticed in the British Empire. Savitribai Phule was the mother of modern poetry stressing necessity of English and education through her poems.
  • Did you know? On 16th Nov. 1852, Phule family was honoured by British government for their works in the field of education and Savtribai was declared as the best teacher.
  • In 1863, first ever orphanage home was started by Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule, hence gave protection to pregnant widows.

Read also – Book Review of “A Forgotten Liberator : The Life and Struggle of Savitribai Phule”

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Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s fight for women’s rights


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Check also – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and International Women’s Day

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Read also – Mahatma Jotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule’s contribution towards women empowerment

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किसकी चाय बेचता है तू – ब्रजरंजन मणि


किसकी चाय बेचता है तू

~ ब्रजरंजन मणि

अपने को चाय वाला क्यूँ कहता है तू

बात-बात पे नाटक क्यूँ करता है तू

चाय वालों को क्यों बदनाम करता है तू

साफ़ साफ़ बता दे किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

खून लगाकर अंगूठे पे शहीद कहलाता है

और कॉर्पोरेट माफिया में मसीहा देखता है

अंबानी-अदानी की दलाली से ‘विकास’ करता है

अरे बदमाश, बता दे, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

खंड-खंड हिन्दू पाखंड करता है

वर्णाश्रम और जाति पर घमंड करता है

फुले-अंबेडकर-पेरियार से दूर भागता है

अरे ओबीसी शिखंडी, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

मस्जिद गिरजा गिराकर देशभक्त बनता है

दंगा-फसाद की तू दाढ़ी-मूछ उगाता है

धर्म के नाम पर बस क़त्ले-आम करता है

अरे हैवान बता तो, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

धर्मपत्नी को छोड़ कुंवारा बनता है

फिर दोस्त की बेटी से छेड़खानी करता है

काली टोपी और चड्डी से लाज बचता है

अरे बेशर्म, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

काली करतूतों से शर्म नहीं करता है

कोशिश इन्सान बनने की ज़रा नहीं करता है

चाय वालों को मुफ्त में बदनाम करता है

अरे मक्कार अब तो कह दे, किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

अपने को चाय वाला क्यूँ कहता है तू

बात-बात में नाटक क्यूँ करता है तू

चाय वालों को क्यों बदनाम करता है तू

साफ़ साफ़ बता दे किसकी चाय बेचता है तू !

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Here’s the English transliteration (and translation) of the poem:

Kiski Chai Bechata Hai Tu (Whose Tea Do You Sell)

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The Annihilation of Caste


On 15th May, 1936 Babasaheb Ambedkar published Annihilation Of Caste book. Dr. Ambedkar  was scheduled to deliver this speech to a conference in Lahore, but could not. The conference organizers cancelled his invitation as they felt the contents of the speech were too radical for the time. Dr. Ambedkar later released the speech in written format, and it became one of his most famous work – title, ‘The Annihilation of Caste’. In this work, Dr. Ambedkar discussed the problems in ending the caste system in India, and how those problems could be countered.

The Annihilation of Caste

The Annihilation of Caste – Front Page

If you’d like to read the text, Columbia University in the City of New York has designed a special e-text format of the speech for easy readability and cross-referencing at http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/ambedkar/web/index.html

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Welcome to the real India!


Everyone on Twitter and Facebook is busy welcoming Obama to India. Here is my welcome to Mr. President.

Welcome to India – the land of caste system.

Welcome to India – where we didn’t invent anything but founded caste system that has killed millions of people since invented.

Welcome to India – where we don’t allow fellow human beings to enter the same temples and where we worship animals and plants but mistreat fellow human beings.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids at schools are forced to do toilet cleaning work.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students in schools are purified by sprinkling cow urine on them.

Welcome to India – where Dalit women are seen and treated as only sex objects.

Welcome to India – where Dalit people are killed just because they had same name as some upper caste people had.

Welcome to India – where Dalit homes are separated by walls in the villages.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have to remove their shoes while passing in front of upper caste homes.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students’ scholarships aren’t issued on time.

Welcome to India – where Dalit homes are burnt daily, just because they are Dalit.

Welcome to India – where food cooked by Dalit women isn’t accepted by so called upper caste students.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids are made to sit separately in schools.

Welcome to India – where Dalit women are paraded naked, raped and forced to commit suicide.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are offered menial jobs and exploited at workplaces.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students seats at colleges are filled by upper castes having fake Dalit certificates.

Welcome to India – where Dalit students seats in colleges are left unfilled.

Welcome to India – where there are separate barber shops for Dalits.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have to sip tea from separate tea cups.

Welcome to India – where there appear caste wise columns in matrimonial pages.

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Welcome to India – where Dalits have to wait for years to get justice in courts.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are shown as degraded characters in movies.

Welcome to India – where Dalits have separate office timings.

Welcome to India – where to Dalits’ home there is no postal delivery, just because upper caste Postman don’t want to go there.

Welcome to India – where Dalits and Muslims are denied renting homes, even in metro cities.

Welcome to India – where Dalit and Muslim are kept in jails for years without any crime.

Welcome to India – where shankracharyas are caught for the involvement in rapes, murders and killings.

Welcome to India – where there are still thousands of devidasis (temple prostitutes).

Welcome to India – where Dalits are forced to work as manual scavengers.

Welcome to India – where statues of Dalit leaders are maligned or destroyed.

Welcome to India – where  21 Dalits were slaughtered by the Ranvir Sena in Bathani Tola, Bhojpur in Bihar and no justice was delivered ever.

Welcome to India – where 23 Dalits were massacred in Jehanabad (Bihar) by Ranvir Sena and no justice was delivered.

Welcome to India – where Kherlanji, Badaun etc massacres happened.

Welcome to India – where police can rape innocent girls and still be free.

Welcome to India – where Melavalavn massacre, TN, happened. 6 Dalits were killed by so called upper caste people.

Welcome to India – where 16 Dalits were killed in Muthanya incident, Kerala.

Welcome to India – where 58 innocent Dalits were killed at Laxmanpur Bathe, Bihar and no justice was delivered.

Welcome to India – where Bant Singh case of Punjab happened.

Welcome to India – where 42 innocent Dalits were killed in Kilvenmani massacre, TN, by the gang of upper caste landlords.

Welcome to India – where Dalits are boycotted in villages.

Welcome to India – where Dalits change their names/surnames to escape caste discrimination.

Welcome to India – where Dalit kids are forced to play in separate play grounds.

Welcome to India – where job openings come with – ‘Dalits need not to apply’.

Welcome to India – where Dalits, Muslims can’t buy flats in a colony and ads come with – ‘only for Brahmins’.

The list of atrocities and crimes committed against Dalits and minorities is endless… Welcome to the real India!

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Ram Ke Nam – Full Documentary


Original Description: IN THE NAME OF GOD focuses on the campaign waged by the militant Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to destroy a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya said to have been built by Babar, the first Mughal Emperor of India. The VHP claim the mosque was built at the birthsite of the Hindu god Ram after Babar razed an existing Ram temple. They are determined to build a new temple to Ram on the same site. This controversial issue, which successive governments have refused to resolve, has led to religious riots which have cost thousands their lives, culminating in the mosque’s destruction by the Hindus in December of 1992. The resulting religious violence immediately spread throughout India and Pakistan leaving more than 5,000 dead, and causing thousands of Indian Muslims to flee their homes.

Filmed prior to the mosque’s demolition, IN THE NAME OF GOD examines the motivations which would ultimately lead to the drastic actions of the Hindu militants, as well as the efforts of secular Indians – many of whom are Hindus – to combat the religious intolerance and hatred that has seized India in the name of God.

Awards:

Filmfare Award, Best Documentary, India, 1992
National Award, Best Investigative Doc. India, 1992
Ecumenical Prize, Nyon, Switzerland, 1993
Documentary Prize, Freibourg, Switzerland, 1993
Citizen’s Prize, Yamagata, Japan, 1993

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Ghar wapsi to which caste?


Cartoon from Mumbai Mirror

Cartoon from Mumbai Mirror

Hinduism is based on caste system, so Mumbai Mirror is right in asking ghar wapsi to which caste?

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