Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

By Shashwat Singh The caste system is one of the most distinctive features of the Indian society which attempts to divide it into four distinctive hierarchical varnas, namely the Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. A key feature of the caste system is that the varna status is inherited by birth.  Given the traditional distribution … Continue reading Caste remains an impediment to occupational mobility in the Indian society

Ambedkar : A life Journey

By Shikhar Bhardwaj The story of Indian Constitution making is incomplete without B R Ambedkar. With his knowledge, vision and struggle, he has fought hard for making Indian constitution more inclusive. His contribution in representation of marginalised groups, poor and people who were subjected to caste based discrimination in India is one of the significant steps we as a country took to establish and maintain … Continue reading Ambedkar : A life Journey

Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

Safai Karamcharis (or sanitation workers), the most neglected community of people in the fast growing India. According to the reply filed by the Minister of state for Social Justice Vijay Sampla, 12226 manual scavengers are presently employed in India, out of them 82% are from Uttar Pradesh. Also, in a separate reply filed by the Ministry of Rural Development in the lower house, 167487 households … Continue reading Is there any end to manual scavenging in India?

“Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”

Bezwada Wilson, national convenor, Safai Karamachari Andolan, and Magsaysay award winner explains how manual scavenging is a problem arising out of caste, class and patriarchy. As the government plans to build 12 crore toilets by 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Magsaysay award winner questions who will clean these toilets and how many people will die cleaning them. Explaining how manual scavenging is actually … Continue reading “Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”