Archive for June, 2008

FOR AKSHAY (name changed), his admission in 2002 to the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, (IIT-D) was an achievement whose magnitude has less to do with his being Dalit than with the fact that he has battled schizophrenia since his early teens. Diagnosed in 1997, Akshay has been through years of therapy, which his doctors […]

                  The Defence Closes Their Side At last , the defence closed their side in the sessions court of Bhandara today. They have had a lot of adjournments since their witnesses did not seem to be ready to depose in the court. Before closing their side , the defence lawyer Mr. Lakhanikar submitted an application […]

The court is already assembled. The court is hearing the argument in another case. At 12 : 15 P.M. the court calls the defence & prosecution. From the prosecution side the C.B.I. counsol Adv.Khan  is there to argue. Adv. Khandewale , the defence lawyer rises to put his say before the Hon. Judge , S.S. […]

Mr Thabo Mbeki the President of South Africa replies to his critics in  debate on Budget Vote June 12 2008   …”Madam Speaker, Honourable Deputy President, Honourable Members: Let me first acknowledge the delegation from the Republic of Burundi both from Government and Palipehutu-FNL, led respectively by the Minister in the Burundi Presidency, General Evariste Ndayishimiye […]

  INDIA: To be a human without caste – part 1 The following is the first part of the interview with Mr. Kantilal Ukabhai, a Dalit human rights activist from India. The interview wasdone by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) at Hong Kong.Kantilal is currently associated with the Navsarjan, a reputed humanrights organisation in […]

By Prabhat Sharan For centuries they have been feared, despised and envied. Gypsies, an ethnic minority in Europe, continue to face discrimination that is not very different from what India’s Dalits have to contend with. A team of officials from Hungary, which has a high population of itinerant gypsies, was here to study the work […]

Dholavira, an Indus Valley Civilization site on the island of Khadir in eastern Kutch, is in the news for the wrong reasons. Following an armed attack by a 150-man strong upper caste mob last Friday, some 35 indigenous Dalit families from this village are currently camping in Bhujodi village, some 250 kms from here. As […]