This is the first part of the three-part series on ‘casteism in educational spaces’ as a part of the Justicemakers’ Writer’s Training Program, run in partnership with Agami and Ashoka’s Law For All Initiative. You can find the first part here. Trigger warning: casteism __ The Dalit community is one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged ones in India. The … More The Plight And Rights Of Dalit Students In School Campuses
Preserving Languages 21st February or Ekushe February in Bengali usage is an iconic day in the history of the Bengali-speaking people like me. The history is worth recalling briefly. In 1948, the Government of Pakistan ordained Urdu as the sole national language for the newly formed country sparking extensive protests among the Bengali-speaking majority of East Pakistan. … More Our Vanishing Heritage
Resmaa Menakem, in his fascinating book My Grandmother’s Hands, writes, “Whenever one group oppresses, victimizes, brutalizes, or marginalizes another, many of the victimized people may suffer trauma, and then pass on that trauma response to their children as standard operating procedure… When the trauma continues for generation after generation, it is called historical trauma.” Menakem’s … More Sairat, An Account of Dalit Trauma
On February 9th, 1976, the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act was enacted to end the oppressive and brutal practice of Bonded Labour across all States and to uphold the fundamental rights against exploitation of every citizen. However, it is not a relic of the past as sometimes understood.
45 years ago Bonded Labour was declared a crime punishable by law. Years later, on this day the 9th of February, the Government of Karnataka reaffirmed its commitment to #EndBondedLabour.
Let's seize this opportunity to build better, stronger, resilient, and equal societies!