B. R. Ambedkar

Untouchable Freedom
Strike
Vijay Prashad Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:17

 

A few nights ago, Ravish Kumar on NDTV (Khabar) did a few stories on the inhumanity in India that drives a million people - all Dalits - to manually deal with sewage and human refuse. It is a brutal part of the Indian landscape. When we lived in Chennai a decade ago, I remember the 'manual scavengers' who worked the drains near the Cancer Institute.

 

Manual Scavening

 

It was already illegal for the city to have hired human beings to go into the sewer (the legal basis in the 1993 Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines [Prohibition] Act and the 2013 Prohibition of Employment a

Anti-Caste
Anti-caste, two books
Vijay Prashad Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:19

 

<Anti-Caste> Two books from LeftWord Books, both essential.

First, a closely developed study of the 1957 Mudukulathur riots in Tamil Nadu by Professor K. A. Manikumar. Of this book, A.r. Venkatachalapathy says, 'The Mudukulathur Riots stand as a metaphor for caste relations in contemporary Tamil Nadu, by throwing into sharp relief the contradictions between dominant castes and Dalits. Through a dramatic reconstruction of the riots, Manikumar illuminates the dynamics of caste and politics. A must read for anyone interested in the social and political present of Tamil Nadu.' For more on this

Communists Against Caste

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 18:25
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar delivering a speech to a rally at Yeola, Nashik, on 13 October 1935

 

<Ambedkar Jayanti> From LeftWord Books comes a short note on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar - as well as brief comments on our forthcoming book by him, India and Communism, with an introduction by Anand Teltumbde, as well as on the new website, Communists Against Caste (whose Facebook page is at Communists Against Caste): http://mayday.leftword.com/blog/dr-ambedkar-and-communism/.

The point of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement -- as he said in 1927 during the Mahad Satyagraha -- was to fight to ensure that our society ‘trea