Free Press Journal
  • Dalit: Powerful unifying term

    The emergence of the ‘Dalit’ identity has been the result of a long Indian history. ‘Dalit’ is a popular identity in India as it is in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other parts of the world. Further, ‘Dalit’ is not limited to the Hindu religion alone. The identity transcends religion as there are Christian Dalits, Muslim Dalits, Sikh Dalits, Buddhist Dalits and Jain Dalits, too. This is, therefore, a word and an identity

  • Nothing wrong in using the word Dalit, RPI will approach SC to challenge govt’s advisory, says Ramdas Athawale

    Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale is of the view that usage of the word ‘Dalit’ should not be done away with. He has stated that his Republican Party of India (RPI) will approach the Supreme Court to challenge the government’s advisory which had asked media to refrain from using the word.

  • Why rename the ‘Dalits’

    Although the government had no role in bringing the original petition by a Nagpur resident calling for an end to the use of the ‘Dalit’ word, it has used the case to push its own agenda. There is a series of intriguing twists in the story, with the government using every opportunity to guide its course to the desired end.

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    Dr Ambedkar’s grandsons divided on use of banned word

    Mumbai: The grandsons of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, who was the architect of the Indian Constitution, are divided over the use of the word ‘Dalit’, which has been banned by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry. Advocate Prakash Ambedkar and president of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), is of the opinion people should be free to use the word in connection with socio-economic and political backwardness.

  • OK, let ‘Dalit’ continue to be

    The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is only the messenger boy. The order to media to stop using ‘Dalit’ for people categorised as scheduled castes came from a high court. The British had coined ‘scheduled castes’ in 1935 to sum up a bunch of humankind born on the subcontinent and punished for breathing the same air the ‘higher humans’ inhaled.

  • Ujjain: Karni Sena set BJP MP Chitamani Malviya’s effigy on fire

    Ujjain: Irked over the controversial video of BJP MP Chitamani Malviya’s- members of general castes protested under the aegis of SAPAKS while members of Karni Sena set his effigy on fire after his statement over Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe atrocities Act made during a party programme triggered a row.

  • I&B Ministry urges private TV channels to stop using the word ‘Dalit’

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels, urging them to refrain from using the nomenclature ‘Dalit’ for people belonging to Scheduled Castes in compliance with a Bombay High Court directive.

  • Maratha Quota Stir: Dalit to Gurjars, 5 Quota reservation protest which turned violent and what is their current status

    Recently the rise in demands for reservations have increased. The Maratha quota stir which has gained quite some momentum in Maharashtra has now caught the attention of BJP-led Central government. The Maratha quota stir which caught the Maharashtra government and Centre off-guard, because of which the state government has got sleepless nights and have lined series of meeting with leaders from across the state.

  • Anti-Dalit canard must stop

    It is said that Ram Vilas Paswan is a bellwether of the electoral mood of the country. He has a habit of switching camps on the eve of elections and, invariably, finding himself on the winning side at the end of them. Whether this time too he will behave true to his habit or he will develop cold feet is not known. Also, Prime Minister Modi being made of the sterner stuff,

  • Ram Vilas Paswan warns government of an agitation if SC/ST Act not restored

    New Delhi/Patna: Yet another BJP ally is sulking: this time it is Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan whose Lok Janshakti Party has a strong Dalit and tribal constituency. The party has one big grouse: It wants Justice A K Goel removed as chief of the National Green Tribunal. The retired judge was on the Supreme Court bench that diluted a law meant for protection of Dalits. That, in turn, has earned Goel the

  • Playing the Dalit and Mandir card

    Ajay Singh Bisht says the Dalit should get reservation in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia. A Thakur calling for reservation for the Dalit is laudable. But Ajay Singh Bisht happens to be chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. So, it smacks politics.

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    Maharashtra: Furore over Dalit boys being paraded nude in Jalgaon’s village

    Mumbai: A furore has been sparked in the state over a shocking incident of three minor Dalit boys being stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a Jalgaon village for allegedly swimming in a village well.  The incident occurred on Sunday, but came to the fore only after some videos of the boys’ parading in the Vakadi village went viral even as the authorities swung into action.

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    Consider asking media not to use term ‘Dalit’: Bombay High Court to I&B ministry

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has asked the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to consider issuing a direction to media to stop using the word ‘Dalit’, following a circular advising government officials against using the word. The Nagpur bench of the high court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Pankaj Meshram, seeking removal of the word Dalit from all government documents and communication.

  • Uttar Pradesh: Dalit man forced to drink urine for refusing to harvest crops

    Badaun (Uttar Pradesh): A Dalit was allegedly assaulted and forced to drink urine by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district. According to reports, the incident took taken place on April 23 when the victim denied to harvest their crops.

  • Don’t use word ‘Dalit’

    New Delhi : The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has written to all state governments not to use the word “Dalit” in the government documents for the Scheduled Caste people.