Dalit girl raped – The Tribune
Jharkhand cop shot dead by girlfriend’s brother – The Times Of India
DALIT EMPLOYEES CALLS UP RALLY ON DEC 7 – The Pioneer
B.R. Ambedkar media awards announced – The Hindu
Will Krishna sing for Ambedkar? – The Statesman
Lust In The Name Of God: Temple Prostitution In India – Youth Ki Awaaz
Untouchable Country – The Black “Dalits” of India
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Dalit girl raped
KAITHAL, DECEMBER 1
An 18-year-old Dalit girl of a Peoda Road locality here has lodged a complaint at the all-woman police station that she was raped by two youths, Ankit and Parveen, of the same locality on November 29 night . One of the accused belongs to the Valmiki community while the other is a barber by caste. The police have registered a case under Section 376-D, IPC. — OC
The Times Of India
Jharkhand cop shot dead by girlfriend’s brother
Alok KN Mishra,TNN | Dec 1, 2015, 10.33 PM IST
RANCHI: Brother of a tribal girl shot dead a policeman Deepak Ram (30) on Tuesday evening in Latehar district reportedly because the police constable was in a relationship with his sister, and the relationship was disapproved by the family. The deceased belonged to a scheduled caste. The police constable was returning home from a marketplace on a bike in the evening when a group of armed persons stopped him midway at Morger village under Latehar police station. An argument took place between them before they came to blows and finally one of them shot him dead.
DIG Palamu, under whose jurisdiction the incident took place, said the love affair seems to be the reason behind the murder. “An investigation was launched immediately after the murder. As per unconfirmed reports the shooter was the brother of the girl. The details would come out only after the investigation progresses further,” Singh said.
Ram was currently posted at Jharkhand Jaguar, an elite anti-Naxalite force, headquarters in Ranchi. For the past few days he was on official leave and spending time at his native village in Latehar.
The tribals do not easily accept inter-caste marriage, said Giridhari Ram Ganjhu, retired head of the department of tribal and regional languages at Ranchi University. A section of them however are becoming liberal to such developments, he added.
DIG Singh also said there could be another angle of attempt to loot in the murder which the deceased resisted.
DALIT EMPLOYEES CALLS UP RALLY ON DEC 7
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 | PNS | Lucknow | in Lucknow
The dalit state employees agitating for the restoration of the facility of reservation in promotion will have given a call for a rally at Ramlila Maidan Delhi on December 7. The rally has been organized to drum up support and mount pressure on the BJP led NDA government at the Center for the passage of the Constitution (117th amendment) bill 2014 pending in the LOk Sabha.
The convener of the Arakshan Bachao Sanghrash Samiti Avadesh Verma said here on Tuesday that several lakh supporters of reservation in promotion from several parts of the country will participate in the rally in Delhi. The Supreme Court in April 2013 had quashed the reservation in Promotion for the schedule caste employees. The Supreme Court had fixed September 15, as the last date for the compliance of the order.The state government had demoted over 15,000 schedule caste officers and employees who had benefited from the policy of reservation in promotion. Following the court order the then UPA government had introduced the Constitution (117th) amendment bill in parliament. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in early 2014 and is now pending in the Lo Sabha. For over a year the dalit organizations have been demanding the passage of the pending legislation from the Lok Sabha. The rally in Delhi on December 7 has the tacit support of the BJP. Udit Raj, BJP MP from Delhi (North West) addressing a meeting of the dalit officers and employees here on November 8 had given a call for the rally in Delhi. Udit Raj, also the chairman of All Indian Confederation of Schedule caste and schedule tribe organizations had asked the dalit employees to take to the streets of Delhi for realising their demand.
“The battle for reservation in promotion is not to be fought in Lucknow. This battle is to be fought in Delhi. Shun the habit of looking towards your MPs and MLAs, mobalise the strength of dalit samaj and fill the streets of Delhi. The political parties are scared of voters and they will bow before you if you have the capacity to demonstrate the united strength of the dalit Samaj and then they will readily agree to pass the `Constitution (117th amendment) Bill 2013’ from the Lok Sabha ’, the BJP MP had said.
The BJP MP had also urged the anti reservationists to see reason in the demand of reservation in promotion and drop their agitation against their demand. The BJP MP had said that the southern states were first to implement reservation for dalit s and they have surged ahead in all sphere of development be it social or physical parameters. The northern state continues to lag behind in development because reservation in these states was implemented much later and yet sentiments against reservation are still strong in these states. In 1936 following the Poona pact dalits got reservation in political institutions like state Legislative councils and in national assembly and in 1943 they got reservation in government services in south India and that region of the country has developed.
B.R. Ambedkar media awards announced
Reji Joseph, staff correspondent of Rashtra Deepika daily has won this year’s B.R. Ambedkar media award, in the print category, for the best news report relating to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He is being given the prize for the series Attappadiyil Maranathinte Tharaattu that focused on death of children in the Attappady tribal colonies.
The prize in the visual media category goes to S. Maheshkumar, Malappuram correspondent ofManorama News . He is being given the award for the report Vaadunna Baalyam .
The awards are given by the Scheduled Castes Development Department and comprise a cash prize of Rs.30,000 and a citation.
Mustafa, correspondent, Madhyamamdaily and Vidhu Vincent of Media One TVwould be given a special jury award. This award comprises a cash prize of Rs.10,000 and a citation.
The awards would be given away at a ceremony at the K.P. Kesava Menon memorial hall in Kozhikode on December 6, a press note issued here said.
Will Krishna sing for Ambedkar?
| 02 December, 2015
Raised on a staple of Cecil B. DeMille and Homi Wadia films taken from religious epics, many Indians of my generation became readily knowledgeable of Hindu and Christian legends early in life. Muslim stories in movies were not there, partly because of the severe restrictions on the human portrayal of men and women from Islamic history.
We are not talking about Aalam Aara but stories about icons of Islam at par with Wadia’s Sampoorna Ramayana or DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. When a religious Muslim film finally reached Lucknow in the late 1960s, it did brisk business though it was only a documentary about an annual pilgrimage. The movie was called Khaana-i-Khuda.
Zahirun Bua, the unlettered cook, was promptly dispatched by Amma to watch it with Sartaj — the rented family clown who masqueraded as our housekeeper. “Wo dekh aab-i-zamzam,” he nudged Zahirun in the darkened hall, lying through his teeth that the scene was about the sacred water that pilgrims take home in plastic cans. Zahirun was in her late 60s and Sartaj still in his impish teens. Unlike the patently immoral prankster of an escort, Zahirun was a serious believer. It was her first movie and she went there for ziyarat, a glimpse of true religion to her. The shot Sartaj showed her was of a washing powder ad. Zahirun gazed at the soapsuds and wiped tears of devotion with her dupatta. The irreverent man changed his religion according to the home he worked in. Actually he never had any religion. He was Gopal in Mrs Puri’s house, a Hindu. In ours, he was a grudging Muslim never to be found near a mosque, ever. Religion you can change or walk out from. Someone can become Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Bahai or desert the fold if they are already there. There can be stiff consequences but that’s a separate issue. If you are not a believer you can become a believer and vice versa.
Caste is a different thing. It is irrevocable no matter how many religions you change. A Dalit cannot become a Brahmin or the other way around. When Bhimrao Ambedkar became a Buddhist, mainly to underscore the fact that he was walking away from the hierarchical Hindu fold enforced on him, he still remained a Dalit. There are thus Sikh Dalits, Muslim Dalits, Christian Dalits and, of course, Buddhist Dalits who converted en masse under Ambedkar. Gandhi threatened to fast to death if the Dalits, officially called the Depressed Classes, walked out on the Hindu fold and accepted the British offer of separate electorates, which Ambedkar said they badly wanted.
Ambedkar opposed the fast but Gandhi’s ‘emotional blackmail’ trapped him. He rued the consequent Poona Pact for the rest of his life. India’s dominant caste parties, primarily the Congress and the BJP, carefully hide this Ambedkar story from public view. They did so again while celebrating Constitution Day last week. The Indian constitution was perhaps the least brilliant of Ambedkar’s works. There was no dearth of men and women who could have strung it together. Had the pious poet Maulana Hasrat Mohani written it, for example, the Indian constitution would be modelled on the Soviet state. The Muslim League leader was Jinnah’s tormentor and an ardent fan of Lenin.
T.M. Krishna would agree with much I have said about the Dalits and Ambedkar’s struggles against the Brahminical order. The 40-year old singer is himself a Brahmin, and what a sensation he has been on the Carnatic music firmament in recent years. Krishna sang in Delhi at the weekend. His mastery over deep kharaj, sur and laey has to be heard to be believed. Krishna is also branded a communist for his outspoken views against Hindutva, and perhaps for his apparent soft corner for Jinnah. He has been critical of some, not all, non-resident Indians for doing what upstarts would do with music. To highlight his protest against the takeover, Krishna decided not to sing at the season’s Chennai ‘kutcheri’ usually held in December.
Krishna believes that the rationalist Dravida movement of Dalit and backward caste Tamils is threatened by the Hindutva upsurge, possibly in collusion with the movement’s Trojan horses. Krishna’s fluid thinking on social issues is of a piece with his unorthodox approach to music, including its spirituality. Yet, Ambedkar would have probably frowned at a composition he sang.
Gopalakrishna Bharati’s opera Nandanaar charitram is highly acclaimed among Carnatic music’s upper caste patrons. In VarugalAmo, ayya? the low-caste Nandanaar seeks the Lord’s permission to come into the temple. Ambedkar would have seen in it shades of the “temple entry movement” of the 1930s, which Gandhi supported and he opposed.
Arguing that the Dalits needed education, healthcare and jobs with equal respect more than the right to enter a temple, Ambedkar said: “Why should an Untouchable beg for admission in a place from which he has been excluded by the arrogance of the Hindus? This is the reason of the Depressed Class man who is interested in material welfare. He is prepared to say to the Hindus, to open or not to open your temples is a question for you to consider and not for me to agitate. If you think it is bad manners not to respect the sacredness of human personality, open your temple and be a gentleman. If you rather be a Hindu than a gentleman, then shut the doors and damn yourself for I don’t care to come.”
This is the realism with which Ambedkar ticked off Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. What a far cry from the riveting illusions conjured by the DeMilles and Wadias. Ambedkar seems broadly in consonance with Krishna’s thinking, minus the wooing of a low-caste supplicant. He needed a Krishna song that would free his people from the talons of caste Hindus.
Youth Ki Awaaz
Lust In The Name Of God: Temple Prostitution In India
By P. V. Swati:
After centuries of traditionally imposed prostitution, young girls in Wadia village near Palanpur for the first time are getting ready for a mass marriage. Wadia is known for being the village of prostitutes in Gujarat, where young girls are trained to provide sexual services as soon as they attain puberty. The sex workers mostly belong to the Sarania community, mainly from Rajasthan and Saurashtra.