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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 10, 2014 AT 23:56 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 10, 2014 23:56 IST

In her introduction to the annotated critical edition of Dr B.R. Ambedkar's Annihilation of Caste, Arundhati Roy looks at the ways in which caste plays out in modern India, and how the conflict between Ambedkar and Gandhi continues to resonate into the present day. Here she is in conversation with Suryakant Waghmore, author of Caste Against Civility, and Asst Professor, TISS, Mumbai.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 10, 2014 AT 23:56 IST, Edited At: Mar 10, 2014 23:56 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 05, 2012 AT 16:27 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 05, 2012 16:27 IST

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Aggarwal and BSP MP Avtar Singh Karampuri pushed each other in the Rajya Sabha while fighting over the SC/ST Quota Bill.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 05, 2012 AT 16:27 IST, Edited At: Sep 05, 2012 16:27 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 12, 2012 AT 23:33 IST ,  Edited At: May 12, 2012 23:33 IST

1949: The above cartoon is originally published on 28 August 1949 in Shankar's Weekly

2006:
It is included in an NCERT Textbook for Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work which was being taught without any change or controversy since then

2012 April: A controversy is raked up over the cartoon

2012 May 11: There is ruckus in Parliament. HRD minister Kapil Sibal "apologises" for the cartoon, calling it "objectionable" and says orders have been issued to withdraw it and stop distribution of these books. Mr Sibal goes on to say that the government will also examine whether any criminal offence was made out against those who drew or included the cartoon and also that there were many other "objectionable cartoons" of political leaders and that his ministry had decided to constitute a Committee of experts to look into cases of all such objectionable cartoons and remove them.

2012 May 11:  Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar, Chief Advisers for all the Political Science textbooks of the NCERT from class IX to XII, resign to allow the "independent review process" pointing out "that the short, heated and not very well informed debate in the Parliament did not do justice to the responsibility that a democratic society has towards it future generations." They add: "While deferring to the supremacy of the Parliament we think it is our duty to dissent."

2012 May 12: The Pune campus office of Prof Suhas Palshikar is attacked and ransacked. A Republican Panther of India spokesman claims responsibility for the attack, saying the cartoon amounted to an "insult" to the Dalit icon.

Yogendra Yadav sums up the outrage of the nation: "For someone who has taught me Ambedkar, for him to be attacked in the name of Ambedkar...Nothing can be more farcical, tragic and sad then this."

Some reactions on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 12, 2012 AT 23:33 IST, Edited At: May 12, 2012 23:33 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 16, 2009 AT 23:12 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 17, 2009 00:12 IST

Jaithirth Rao in the Indian Express:

Professor Sheldon Pollock has just announced scholarships for Dalit students who wish to study Sanskrit at Columbia University. This is indeed welcome news. The tragedy is that this initiative is not being undertaken in India, the home of Sanskrit as well as Dalits. It is revealing to note what Professor Saroja Bhate of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune has to say: “I congratulate Professor Pollock for doing this. This is exactly what I would have done and would do in future if I have the resources.” The question we need to ask is why Professor Bhate does not have the resources. We spend crores and crores casually on conferences, commissions and committees of which we have lost count, but there is no money in Pune for pursuing Sanskrit studies or encouraging Dalits.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Nov 16, 2009 AT 23:12 IST, Edited At: Nov 17, 2009 00:12 IST
     
 
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