‘C’ Word – May 2021

  • Article (Published in The Conversation, 6th April, 2021) argues about discrimination in civil services recruitment. The article specifies that the quota system only provides for entry- level representation and in practice, ‘lower- caste’ groups achieve close to zero representation in senior civil service roles, for instance, as of March 2011, there were no SC secretaries and only four ST secretaries out of 149 in the whole civil service. In 2019, the number remained dismal with one SC, three STs and zero OBCs in the 89 secretary- level posts.
  • Journey of Rahul Sankrityayan offers us to see a critique of the caste system coming from a person of an ‘upper’ caste. The article also triggers us to think a question, Dalit’s agency- Is it only Dalits who can voice their concerns, or can the ‘upper’ caste people also join in?
  • In her article (Published in News Click, 4th April, 2021) specifies the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Tamil Nadu. The reports shows that many tribal villages in Tamil Nadu have not formed gram sabhas in implementing the FRA. The article also states that, Tamil Nadu, as the worst performer in the country regarding the implementation of FRA.
  • Findings (Published in The Hindu) based on Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS), 2015. Their results show that the most trusted institution amongst the deprived were the judiciary, followed by state governments and at last police.
  • Her life proves that just reading Ambedkar is not enough; one has to practice Ambedkar to become a true Ambekarite.
  • Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 & part 5, (Published in Scroll.in , April 2021). These articles clearly explore issues such as pushing deaths due to manual scavenging under the carpet, difficulties in implementation of Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 etc.
  • Article (Published in The Print, 15th April, 2021) talks briefly about life history of India’s first Dalit hotelier, M. Nagloo. He argues that Nagloo’s biography, written by his son, M. N. Venkataswamy, is perhaps the first Dalit biography written in English which also challenges conventional historical understanding in Dalit studies.

Published by Egalitarians India

Egalitarians is a leaderless, voluntary, and not-for-profit group deeply committed to the principle of equality. We are a group of volunteers working with a common understanding for a common goal of creating a casteless egalitarian society.

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