ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Dead Body and Its Fragment

It is a tragedy that the remnants of a dead body defi ne who a human is.

Dalit Women, Vulnerabilities, and Feminist Consciousness

Dalit women in India have faced and are facing violence in myriad forms; they are victims of inhuman treatment, brutal violence and humiliation. Despite this, they have not been mute victims resigned to their plight; they have relentlessly struggled against caste-based social oppression and exploitative material relations, against atrocities and complex and contextual forms of hierarchies. The framework of vulnerability provides a useful lens to understand this violence and powerlessness. It is also important to address the lacuna in conventional feminist movements which do not account for caste-based gender violence, as also to assert Dalit women’s quest for and claim to universal transformative emancipatory practices.

The Politics of Mourning

The burden of grief for victims of regime-sponsored repression and state atrocities is compounded by the public denial of their loss and suffering. The Supreme Court's decision on the writ petition filed by Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association Manipur and families of persons extrajudicially executed by security forces in Manipur is a milestone in the struggle for truth and justice. The judicial response has refashioned the law, responding to the suffering and pain of the aggrieved and tempering the law with justice.

Everyday Dalit Experiences of Living and the Denials

Indian democracy acknowledges the legitimate claims of Dalits and provides for institutional provisions to safeguard them. However, successive governments and society at large deny such claims. Wildly inaccurate descriptive representation of Dalit reality conspicuously rejects most of their genuine claims as citizen.
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