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How Dalits Are Telling Their Own Stories

How Dalits Are Telling Their Own Stories

Mar 11, 2022

Dozens of Dalit journalists have started their own YouTube channels and websites to become the voices of the community.

Congress Loses Everywhere, Even Strongholds Amethi And Rae Bareli

Congress Loses Everywhere, Even Strongholds Amethi And Rae Bareli

Mar 10, 2022

UP Election Result: Congress failed to challenge the rise of Dalit and OBC politics and then BJP poached its MLAs, which meant India’s grand old party lost the elections even before the votes were polled.

UP Polls: Strongman 'Raja Bhaiya' Wins Kunda By Margin Of Over 30000 Votes

UP Polls: Strongman 'Raja Bhaiya' Wins Kunda By Margin Of Over 30000 Votes

Mar 10, 2022

Raghuraj Pratap Singh is contesting on the party ticket that he floated recently, Janta Satta Dal Loktantrik. The SP candidate Gulshan Yadav who came second was once an ally of Raja Bhaiya.

22 Years After Phoolan Devi's Murder, Bandit Queen Remains A Divisive Figure In Mirzapur

22 Years After Phoolan Devi's Murder, Bandit Queen Remains A Divisive Figure In Mirzapur

Mar 08, 2022

For some, the slain brigand was a reincarnation of goddess Durga, worshipped as the feminine embodiment of power. For many others, Phoolan remains the epitome of wanton violence. But Phoolan’s life can be seen as a metaphor of caste politics woven into the struggle for power in the state

UP Election: Will Loyalty Of Local Communities In Mirzapur Shift From BJP To SP?

UP Election: Will Loyalty Of Local Communities In Mirzapur Shift From BJP To SP?

Mar 07, 2022

Local political observers have predicted a change in vote preference for this election, and say that a significant chunk of Vaishya votes may shift to Kailash Nath Chaurasia of the Samajwadi Party (SP).

Uttar Pradesh Elections: Mirzapur Gears For 'Bipolar' Contest On Monday

Uttar Pradesh Elections: Mirzapur Gears For 'Bipolar' Contest On Monday

Mar 06, 2022

Congress, BJP and Samajwadi Party have given tickets to the Brahmin community. In contrast, Samajwadi has a strongman from the Chaurasia community that falls under the OBC category in Uttar Pradesh.

UP Elections: In Parched Mirzapur Villages, Water Deprivation Is Not A Poll Issue

UP Elections: In Parched Mirzapur Villages, Water Deprivation Is Not A Poll Issue

Mar 04, 2022

Mirzapur district is as vibrant as its history; from its first general elections in 1952 to its last one in 2019, the city has elected MPs from all political parties, such as John N Wilson of INC, Anupriya Patel of AD (S) and even the ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi of SP.

UP Election 2022: How Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav Are Battling For Narrative On Social Media

UP Election 2022: How Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav Are Battling For Narrative On Social Media

Feb 25, 2022

Our analysis of data collected from social media sites between the 14th and the 21st of February reveals that the Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo, Akhilesh Yadav, has left behind the incumbent chief minister in the number game, at least on social media platforms.

How Hijab Is Becoming A Part Of The Emerging Modest Fashion

How Hijab Is Becoming A Part Of The Emerging Modest Fashion

Feb 18, 2022

Modest fashion refers to an emerging trend among women, who wear less skin-revealing apparel, especially in a way that matches their spiritual and style standards, for reasons of faith, religion, or personal inclination.

Centre-State Relations: Has The Concurrent List Outlived Its Utility?

Centre-State Relations: Has The Concurrent List Outlived Its Utility?

Feb 16, 2022

Several non-BJP leaders have pitched for doing away with the list which has always been a bone of contention between the Centre and the states

Twelve Years On, Shahid Azmi's Family Still Awaits Justice

Twelve Years On, Shahid Azmi's Family Still Awaits Justice

Feb 12, 2022

On February 11, 2010, unidentified assailants killed Shahid at his office in Kurla, Mumbai. The assailants had disguised themselves as potential clients.

Punjab Elections: Will Ram Rahim's Release On Furlough Add Fuel To Poll Fire?

Punjab Elections: Will Ram Rahim's Release On Furlough Add Fuel To Poll Fire?

Feb 09, 2022

Despite claiming to be apolitical, Gurmeet Ram Rahim has backed parties and people directly and indirectly in previous elections. Ram Rahim's supporters are predominantly Dalit, and the Dera claims to have tens of thousands of adherents across the state.

The Truth About Manual Scavenging In India

The Truth About Manual Scavenging In India

Feb 09, 2022

Decades after Independence and despite its leaps in science and technology, India is yet to find an alternative for manual scavenging

Muscular Nationalism: India’s Contest Over Memory

Muscular Nationalism: India’s Contest Over Memory

Feb 04, 2022

Over the past hundred years, since war memorials became popular globally, their purpose and significance have changed, from sites for triumphant nationalism to that of sombre reflection. ‘New’ India, though, seems to be in a hurry to return to the past.

UP Elections 2022: Mayawati Goes Hard At Congress

UP Elections 2022: Mayawati Goes Hard At Congress

Feb 04, 2022

Mayawati’s Thursday rally in Ghaziabad was only her second ahead of the assembly elections, following a similar campaign meeting in Agra on Wednesday.

No Land For Justice | Dalit Atrocities In Bihar Continue Unabated

No Land For Justice | Dalit Atrocities In Bihar Continue Unabated

Jan 21, 2022

Nationally over 13 lakh incidents of crime against Dalits were filed in various states between 2018 and 2020; Bihar had a large chunk out of this pie.

Elections 2022 | Politics Of Emotions: The Heart Has Its Reasons

Elections 2022 | Politics Of Emotions: The Heart Has Its Reasons

Jan 20, 2022

In matters of politics and election, emotions override pragmatism. And an Indian election is the biggest show of them all—the grandest platform on which political leaders of all ideologies woo their voters.

Coffee Table Book Looks Back At Anti-CAA Protests And Delhi Violence

Coffee Table Book Looks Back At Anti-CAA Protests And Delhi Violence

Jan 15, 2022

Photojournalist and former Jamia student Md Meharban and Aasif Mujtaba a former research scholar at IIT Delhi and founder of Miles2smiles foundation have come out with a coffee table book, titled 'Hum Dekhenge, Protest and 'Pogrom'.

From Sages To Politicians, Why We Love Building Statues Of Prominent Figures

From Sages To Politicians, Why We Love Building Statues Of Prominent Figures

Jan 12, 2022

Can cash-strapped governments like Madhya Pradesh afford to build statues? Why do India politicians make such a great deal about erecting statues?

Dhalpur Eviction Horror: Report Says They Were Not Illegal Migrants

Dhalpur Eviction Horror: Report Says They Were Not Illegal Migrants

Jan 07, 2022

A report released by the Centre for Minority Studies, Research and Development in Assam rebuts the Chief Minister and government's position on Dhalpur evictions that left 43 people and 14 police officers injured.

5 Former Military Chiefs Write To President And PM About Genocidal Threats

5 Former Military Chiefs Write To President And PM About Genocidal Threats

Jan 01, 2022

Citing the recent religious conclave called 'Dharma Sansad' where Indian Muslims threatened openly, five former chiefs of staff of the armed forces expressed their displeasure with Hindu extremism.

Bihar: 20-Year-Old Dalit Girl Found Dead Six Days After Upper-Caste Men Kidnapped Her

Bihar: 20-Year-Old Dalit Girl Found Dead Six Days After Upper-Caste Men Kidnapped Her

Jan 01, 2022

According to the Superintendent of Police, Shree Manish, the two accused, Anurag and Anshul, have been arrested by the police under the charges of IPC 302, 34 and SC/ST Act, etc.

Haridwar 'Dharam Sansad': Activists Call For End To 'Hate Politics' After Viral Communal Speeches

Haridwar 'Dharam Sansad': Activists Call For End To 'Hate Politics' After Viral Communal Speeches

Dec 25, 2021

During a recent 'Dharam Sansad', held in Haridwar, several religious leaders affiliated with far-right Hindutva organisations asked Hindus to arm themselves and expel Muslims from the country.

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