Thursday, February 23, 2017

Strong case for deleting Presidential Order of 1950: A response to Social Justice Minister...

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Plato has once again been proved right: politics is the art of gaining power and the craft of retaining it. Media has reported the current central government saying that opening up the list of Scheduled Castes beyond Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism - would encourage religious conversions. He said this in the context of the demand of Muslims & Christians that the definition of 'scheduled caste' should be made religion-neutral by deleting para 3 from the presidential order of 1950. That's what has been stated a couple of days ago by the union Social Justice Minister Thavar Chand Gehlot, "Allowing SC status (to converts to Christianity & Islam) would provide a fillip to religious conversions. The demand is not constitutional and we want to work within the parameters of the statute for the welfare of 'these communities' (read Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists)."

Tribal villagers help nab kidnappers in Orissa

By IANS, Bhubaneswar: Residents of a tribal hamlet in Orissa helped police rescue a man within a few hours after his abduction, an official said Saturday.

An open letter to Sabra Bano

To Ms Sabra Bano Director Gender Concerns International Benoordenhoutseweg 23 2596 BA, The Hague Email: [email protected] Site: www.genderconcerns.nl Phone: 00 31 70 3142461 Fax: 00 31 70 3142462 Dear Madam

Dalit, minority kids pushed out of schools: HRW

New Delhi : School authorities in India have persistently discriminated against children from Dalit, minority and other marginalised communities, pushing them out of education,...

Death of a Doctor: A year later, family still looking for justice

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter New Delhi: For the 40-45 people who gathered near Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, it was a day to protest...

Eastern UP chosing mechanical over manual farming

Amit Dwivedi Special Correspondent, CNS Farmers in Eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) are increasingly chosing costlier mechanical ways of farming over less-expensive manual ways. Why? "Mechanical harvesting is easy and less time taking. At main harvesting time its become very tough to get the labourers at right time. And if the harvesting process will get late it can harm our crops due to hail storm and heavy rains. Due to these factors big and even small and marginal farmers are also moving towards mechanical harvesting" said a farmer living in eastern part of UP, Gyan Chand.

I will continue to be Bihar CM, says Manjhi

Patna : Jitan Ram Manjhi Monday said he will continue to be chief minister of Bihar. On being told by the media at his weekly...

Dalit killing case shifted out of Haryana

By IANS, New Delhi: In a blow to the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government, the Supreme Court Wednesday transferred the trial of those accused of attacking Dalits in Haryana to New Delhi.

The political games behind a rape in Maharashtra

By Shiva Thorat, TwoCircles.net Ahmednagar: On July 17, residents of Kopardi village, Karjat Tehsil, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, woke up to a devastating news...

In Sangrur, Dalit face ostracisation, death and Jail for demanding land

By Pritam Singh Tinna, TwoCircles.net For the past few weeks, most of the attention towards Punjab has been regarding the upcoming elections, and whether...

Seven more Dalit suicide bids in Gujarat; 30 attempts so far

Ahmedabad : Seven persons, including two women, from the Dalit community, on Friday tried to commit suicide as protests continued against the July 11...

Una incident organised crime against Dalits: Mamata

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday condemned the thrashing of Dalit youths in Gujarat's Una and...

Dalits protest against Jan Lokpal bill

By IANS, New Delhi : Hundreds of Dalits Wednesday gathered at India Gate and marched towards Jantar Mantar to protest the Jan Lokpal bill proposed by activist Anna Hazare and his team.

50 injured in police, protestors clash in Patna

Patna : At least 50 people, including 12 police officers, were injured here on Friday afternoon when police in a bid to disperse...

Sambhaji Brigade receives threat through packet of explosive

By Yogesh Maitreya, TwoCircles.net, Pune: Sambhaji Brigade, an extremist organisation and proponent of Maratha reservation and Shiv-dharma, has received an anonymous packet containing explosives here. The...

बिजनौर : दलित-मुस्लिम एकता में खटास

आस मोहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net बिजनौर: उत्तर प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव के दूसरे चरण के मतदान से ठीक पहले बिजनौर जिले में सांप्रदायिक तनाव है. एक युवक...

Manjhi launches front to ‘expose’ Nitish

Patna : Nearly a week after he was forced to quit as Bihar's chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi Saturday launched a new political front...

Students flock to Hyderabad varsity for protest

Hyderabad: Tension prevailed in the University of Hyderabad on Monday with students from other states reaching here for a massive protest over the suicide...

A critique to “Caste on my back”

(This is a rejoinder to an article published on November 30 on TwoCircles.net titled caste on my back, written by Aishik Chanda.) By Yogesh Maitreya, Gopal Guru described that “Indian social science represents a pernicious divides between theoretical Brahmins and empirical Shudras”. Now this divide does not only limit to the social-sciences texts when it discusses the dalits lives through Brahmin-imagination. This divide has an inculcation factor which transmits into other upper castes writers than Brahmins.