Friday, Aug 12, 2022

B.R. Ambedkar

'Dalit Community In India Needs Jupiter's Escape Velocity'

Oct 08, 2013 Rahul Gandhi

In which the Congress vice president asks: 'What is escape velocity of Jupiter?' Answers: 'It is 60 km/sec acceleration.' And then proceeds with: " You may wonder why I am talking about Jupiter’s velocity..."

'Bengal Hasn’t Produced A Jagjivan Ram Or Even A Mayawati'

Aug 10, 2012 S.N.M. Abdi

The West Bengal Minister for Backward Classes Welfare on the oppression of Dalits in a state which loves to flaunt its ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ character.

The Radical Democrat

Social reform for Ambedkar meant annihilating caste — a reorganization and reconstruction of Hindu society.

Slowness And Sensibility

May 24, 2012 S. Anand

If the Ambedkar-conceived Constitution can be amended 97 times, can’t a textbook, which has to be treated as a work-in-progress, be amended?

Cartooning Politics

The political class’s high-handed and noisy intervention has diverted us from the important questions. The old problem of throwing the baby with the bathwater stares at us once again.

16 April, 2012

Between Red And Blue

S. Anand

On Anand Patwardhan's latest—the tension and the potential inherent in the title, that of twinning the concerns of the Ambedkarite movement (Jai Bhim) and those of the Left (Comrade), and the apparent impossibility of such reconciliation.

20 December, 2011

A Tale Of Two Memorials

Smruti Koppikar

Competitive identity politics demanding monuments and statues for icons by forcibly "occupying" government land gets a lashing for Maharashtra government from the Bombay High Court. But is anyone listening?

07 May, 2011

Two Visionaries

Ananya Mukherjee Reed

When we speak of inequality and democracy, B.R. Ambedkar's name is almost automatically invoked, but the iconic poet and creative genius (whose 150th birth anniversary falls today), is rarely thought of...

22 October, 2002

Brahmins, Buddhists And Dalits

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Contempt for Buddhists as the root of untouchability

22 October, 2002

Broken Men, The Pre-Untouchables

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

There was a time when the ancestors of the present day Untouchables were not Untouchables vis-a-vis the villagers but were merely Broken Men, no more and no less, and the only difference between them and the villagers was that they belonged to differ

22 October, 2002

Untouchability, The Dead Cow And The Brahmin

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Were the Untouchables always Untouchables? Why should beef-eating give rise to Untouchability at a later stage? What is the cause of the nausea which the Hindus have against beef-eating? Ambedkar sought some answers in 1948 which might help in our un

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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‘Laab’ In The Mountains

He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.

Graphic Novel

Play Us A Memory, Violin Man

They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.

Chinki Sinha
Play Us A Memory, Violin Man


It’s Just Numbers, Love

Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.

Rukmini S.
It’s Just Numbers, Love


The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

Jan 15, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Super Immunity, Natural Vaccines, Covid Gods: A Desi Guide To Denying The Pandemic

Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz