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[children of God], in India, individuals who are at the bottom of or outside the Hindu caste system. They were traditionally sweepers, washers of clothes, leatherworkers, and those whose occupation it was to kill animals.
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8 ( ANI ): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday condemned the vandalisation of statues of political and ideological figures across the country including Dalit icon BR Ambedkar's statue
The honour to nominate first-ever non-Muslim Senator is also enjoyed by the PPP, which elected a Dalit Dr Khatumal Jeewan as Senator in 2009 on a general seat.
The youthful, mass mobiliser is now treading ground that Mayawati, four times chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and supreme leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, has not been able to do, and which other established Dalit leaders, including Prakash Ambedkar, union ministers Ramdas Athawale and Ram Vilas Paswan, and lesser leaders such as Udit Raj, have not been able to accomplish.
Meanwhile, the Dalit anger engulfed large parts of Maharashtra and 187 buses of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) were damaged in 31 districts, besides scores of private buses, trucks, vehicles and two-wheelers.
The intention is clear -- to unite one and all, negating the ill effects of caste divide and discrimination that keeps the Dalits apart.
He was one of five Dalit, formerly known as untouchables, students who were protesting against their expulsion from the university's housing facility.
In a gory incident, two Dalit children were burnt alive by Shiv Sena supporters in Indias Faridabad city provoking a worldwide condemnation.
Many of the dalit MSME entrepreneurs in the state will not get funds once they fill in the caste column," Kamble told TOI on the sidelines the Global Investors Meet here.
Dalit communities constitute one such alternative community, whose theological reflections are an important source for an alternative economy of life.
Ethnomusicologist Zoe Sherinian addresses these questions in Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology, an ethnography written with depth, clarity, and commitment to local production on both musical and epistemic levels.
As a result members of the Dalit community are meted out the worst kind of treatment including being denied community water being banned from entering shops being denied services of local barbers and being excluded from temples to the point of even being served tea in separate cups.
If this is true of most forms of contemporary art, it is even more so in the case of the artistic expressions of communities that have been historically subjected to all kinds of painful experiences due to political, social or cultural reasons, such as the literature of the Indian Dalit women, the lowest rung in the hierarchy of the Hindu caste system.