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Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India

Title: Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India
Author: Prof. Suryakant Waghmore
Publisher: Sage India
Year: January, 2014

Review by: Yogesh Maitreya for TwoCircles.net,

Civility is the least discussed discourse in India. In post-constitutional Indian society, the idea of civility has formed a binary: on one hand, ‘civil society’ that has been propagated by media and resources which are dominated and owned by Brahmin-Bania associations and on the other hand, the civility which has been practice by NGOs and political organisations led by Dalits. The latter had started with the core motive of annihilation of caste and, found its genesis in the struggles of Mahatma Fule and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar in Maharashtra. The idea of civility, practiced by Dalit NGOs and political groups, is contrary to the idea of civility which Brahmin-Bania possess and propagate in India, simply because idea of civility practiced by Dalits aims at annihilation of caste; precisely, Dalit civility is the ‘Civility against Caste’.

Is the face of Hinduism changing?

By Ram Puniyani

Fali S Nariman recently made a very significant observation on the current political situation in India.

Modi co-opts US business in remaking India

By Saroj Mohanty,

One thing that singularly defined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high voltage US visit was the open courting of American capital and his efforts to alter the narrative about India as an investment destination. In his individual and collective meetings with business leaders in New York and Washington, he pledged to take a series of steps in the coming months to ease doing of business in India. Modi told them to invest in India before the queue became too long.

Manohar Malgonkar: A forgotten storyteller of a changing India

By Vikas Datta,

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new..." wrote Tennyson, and he may have been talking about the world of books. Reading habits change and popular authors get relegated to the back shelves and slowly disappear from view as no new editions are forthcoming. But there are some more unlucky - the ones who make as significant a contribution as their contemporaries but never get equal acclaim. Such as this prolific writer who offers an invaluable, engrossing look into India's transition from an imperial colony to an independent nation and its effect on the princely order and the army. This would have been enough to earn Manohar Malgonkar a prominent place in literary annals, but his art stretched wider in time and space.

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Those who ‘own little, live on little’ carry highest burden of climate change

Women comprise 70% of world’s poor. They consume the least, are paid the least, own the least, and yet pay the highest price of climate change

By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS),

Climate change seems to be the new food for thought for world leaders to chew upon. Recently 122 heads of state gathered in New York City for the UN Climate Summit, organised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, aimed to mobilize action to prevent looming climate disasters and garner political will for a new climate change treaty by the end of 2015.

Big Show, Small Substance

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

After five days of continuous media hype and hoopla about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, finally we have got a pause to catch our breath and consider the gains from the much-hyped visit.

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान के समानांतर

By सिद्धान्त मोहन, TwoCircles.net,

साल 2012 के अक्तूबर महीने में तत्कालीन केन्द्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्री जयराम रमेश ने कहा था कि देवालयों के निर्माण से ज़्यादा ज़रूरी है कि शौचालयों का निर्माण कराया जाए. इस बयान के परिणामस्वरूप हुए विरोध प्रदर्शनों को भारतीय लोकतंत्र बेहद अचकचाई निगाहों से देखता है, जहां कुछ भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं को जयराम रमेश के आवास के मुख्यद्वार पर नारेबाज़ी के साथ पेशाब किया.

Clean India movement should also clean the air

By Rajendra Shende,

The most crucial inclusion in the India-US Joint statement issued on Sep 30 is the strategic partnership on energy and climate change. The actions agreed will have far reaching impacts on India's poor, neo-middle class and youth. They will also enhance the image of an India as a steward in international negotiations on environment.

Leaders at UN invoke Gandhi's message for nonviolence

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: At an observance of International Day of Nonviolence, leaders at the UN invoked Mahatma Gandhi's message of nonviolence Thursday as a force that transcends time and place for finding peace in a world wracked by terrorism and violence.

The invisible Korean hand in injustice to Sarita

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi and her cousin Devendro Singh justifiably feel cheated, robbed and deprived of possible gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games.

Ever since the decision went against her, Sarita Devi was only seen crying inconsolably and she obviously took it to heart. That was evident from the way she refused to accept the bronze awarded to her for her semi-final loss in the lightweight division.

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