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Black Women Celebrate Africanness: Identity, Rights, Culture and Gender Assertion

Reading Time: 16 minutesThe cultural values of the ancient Africanness handed over to their children by Black mothers, even when values disappeared in history and ideas turned moribund through generations of slavery and oppression, with minimum identity of diasporic narration. Fragmented families, rootlessness, broken tie of families, victimised by slave trade and later slavery are the experience. Dr. […]

Sojourner Truth, First Feminist to Assert Black Identity: Intersectionality and Truth

Reading Time: 8 minutesWhat Sojourner Truth may have been most famous for, not unlike the firebrand anarchist Emma Goldman, was her public speaking. Illiterate throughout her life, she nevertheless had a remarkable gift for language, and from 1840s onwards, went on several speaking tours with both women’s rights groups and abolitionists. In 1850, she also began speaking on […]

Media Literacy: A Need for Development of India

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere are very few mainstream news channels or news organisations that cover developmental issues with the aim of promoting ‘public service journalism’. Most organisations are lost in their need to retain profits, achieve targets in terms of audience, agenda-setting certain issues and themes which are ‘dominant’ in the political economic structure of the way news […]

Living on in Death and Back to College Too

Reading Time: 3 minutesRupa talks about her mother-in-law’s progressive views. In life and death, she carried her will. In death, her body is going to medical research which will benefit waitlisted organ recipients and medical research community that may find miracle cures a step short of discovery. Here’s a new weekly column, beginning today, exclusively for Different Truths. […]

Eliminating Caste System, Communal Fascism, Patriarchy, and Neo-Liberalism: Does Neo-Dalit Movement Provide an Answer?

Reading Time: 5 minutesHindu caste system divides the society into social classes or castes. This graded inequality has the sanction of classical Indian religious scriptures. The caste hierarchy dictates the lives of its citizens even today. The tribal, Muslims and the lower castes or untouchable communities face discrimination and severe oppression due to their social status. As a […]

Freedom for Independence Day

Reading Time: 4 minutesA lot more barriers need to be broken and freedom needs to be realised in an imperfect ‘social structure’ that exists in India and abroad. You still need to fight racism, sexism, casteism, class-ism and boundaries you have created for yourselves in your head because of how you were conditioned to think or made to […]

Soccer Takes Centre Stage in Scoring for a Cause

Reading Time: 2 minutesBangalore witnessed unmatched passion for football as the beautiful game became a platform for championing child rights, and ensured that children across CRY-supported projects got access to a happy, healthy and creative childhood. A report, for Different Truths. Soccer is always known to have breaking boundaries. But the game became even more beautiful, as it […]

August 9 Bandh to be a Show of Dalit Assertion

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe immediate provocation for the Bharat Bandh is the reluctance of the government to listen to the Dalit protest against dilution of the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act 1989, but it is also a call for the recognition of Dalit identity. A report, for Different Truths.  After the April 2 showdown, the Dalit community is […]

Supreme Court Bench Receptive to Protecting Rights for Gays

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Centre submitted to the Supreme Court that they would leave it to the ‘wisdom’ of the court, and not contest the demand for ‘decriminalisation of adult consensual sexual acts in private’. Similarly, groups like All India Muslim Personal Law Board have said that they would not oppose the decriminalisation of consensual homosexual acts, and […]

Human Rights Justice: Methods of Testimonial Therapy to Generate Human Rights Movement – II

Reading Time: 11 minutesIn the second and final part of the research article, Amit, our Editor-at-Large (Europe) examines the methods of Testimonial Therapy (TT) to generate the human rights movement. He tells us about the four stages of TT, rehabilitation and mobilisation, and the social theories at play. These help the Dalits to move from torture to dignity. […]