The Plight And Rights Of Dalit Students In School Campuses

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

Our Vanishing Heritage

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

Sairat, An Account of Dalit Trauma

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

The Savior Complex – Drawing the lines in social justice work

When you begin your journey in the sphere of social justice work, you begin with copious amounts of zeal, passion and enthusiasm that you believe can shake the world. Of course, you are told that if you showed up with the idea of wanting to save and rescue people, you might have shown up with … More The Savior Complex – Drawing the lines in social justice work

Innovation For Solving Nepal’s Pressing Issues

Located in South Asia, the landlocked country of Nepal is situated between India and Tibet and has been a refuge for people from many linguistic and ethnic backgrounds for generations. It is also home to some of the highest peaks in the world, right from the majestic Everest to the breathtaking Cho Oyu.  While the … More Innovation For Solving Nepal’s Pressing Issues

Toxic.

So, I was on my way back from work with a friend and we were snacking on something together. I chose to keep the wrapper in the bag, head home and then bin it. But my friend chose the road as her dustbin. Well, what can I say?  She said, ‘Hey give me the wrapper … More Toxic.

Migrant Workers: A Journey of Reflection To Realise Their Significance And Their Rights

“Ekhane kaaj nei, khawa nei, ki korbo…. Jete toh hobei”                (There is no food, no work here, what else can we do? We will have to go”) This quote sums up the plight of millions of migrant workers returning to West Bengal. While many of us work from the comfort of our homes there are … More Migrant Workers: A Journey of Reflection To Realise Their Significance And Their Rights

Justicemakers Writer’s Training Program

Youth Ki Awaaz is back with its award-winning Writers Training Program that has trained over 3000 young people in critical skills of writing, research, interview and effective communication – in a new avatar, to equip young changemakers with creative problem-solving skills to achieve justice. The new Justicemakers Writer’s Training Program is being run by YKA … More Justicemakers Writer’s Training Program

Bharatanatyam dancer barred from performing in Kerala temple as she is non-Hindu

“I got the call from an artist for the programme. Then fixed my programme and at least six times communicated for photographs and other things through an email before they printed the invite with my name and picture. They even congratulated me after going through my testimonials. If they had such a norm, they could … More Bharatanatyam dancer barred from performing in Kerala temple as she is non-Hindu