Dr BR Ambedkar was born in April, which can be recognised as “Dalit Historical past Month” throughout the globe. The primary name for Dalit Historical past Month was made by a Tamil Dalit activist, Paari Chezhian in 2011 in a weblog put up. The idea was later put into motion by a six-member workforce of Vee Karunakaran, Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, Asha Kowtal, Sanghapali Aruna, Manisha Devi and Thenmozhi Soundararajan in 2015. It was modelled after Black Historical past Month in America.
The month holds symbolic significance as a result of it remembers the caste-based violence, atrocities, abuse, marginalisation, and subjugation that Dalit minorities, Adivaisis, Bahujans, and Scheduled Tribes have needed to endure in a deeply caste-divided and polarised Indian society. The month additionally honours the reminiscence of those that made supreme sacrifices, led revolutionary actions, and feminist and intersectional campaigns and formed & improved the historical past of Dalits and different caste minorities.
It has been noticed that the present political system is tightening its grip on minorities extra firmly, resulting in lynchings, killings, humiliations, sub-humanisation, and boycotts. Dalits and different caste minorities have been topic to systematic violence, oppression, and ostracisation for hundreds of years.
Patriarchal Brahmanism and Hindus of the higher caste and sophistication varna, along with the crimes promoted by the state, severely marginalise and discriminate in opposition to Dalits, Adivasis, and Scheduled Tribes.
Dalits have been marginalised on all fronts in an environment of prejudice from many instructions, together with financial, sociopolitical, and cultural exclusion.
Consequently, you will need to listing and document the histories, revolutionary actions, and feminist teams which have existed and are nonetheless energetic within the Dalit discourse. The aim is to protect and maintain an area that’s strictly for Dalits and different caste minorities, free from interruptions from Brahminical and Varna narratives.
To create extra enlightening and correct Dalit discourse, this month is the time to study, unlearn, and rewrite the histories, narratives, testimonies, and accounts of Dalits and different minorities autonomously from the affect of Brahminical and Varna caste narratives and views.
In April 2023, Feminism In India is searching for entries for “Dalit Historical past Month” to alter the prevalent Brahminical & Varna discourse about Dalits and different caste minorities and to create a Dalit discourse. We goal to start out conversations, hone and contribute to histories, and assemble a Dalit unique discourse. We’d encourage Dalit authors to write down the items due to our stringent, anti-appropriation editorial coverage.
Following are some ideas and strategies on your articles:
- Dalit Actions, Protests, Resistances
- Represnatation of Dalits in Insititutions and institutions
- Political illustration, illustration in sports activities, movies, popular culture and literature
- Trying on the movies, books and popular culture via the Dalit gaze
- Historic moments of intersectionality (Incapacity, Sexuality, Gender, Faith, Class, Battle)
- Oppression and violence in opposition to Dalit and Dalit ladies
- Gender-based violence in opposition to Dalit ladies and different genders
This listing isn’t exhaustive and you could be at liberty to write down on subjects inside the theme that we might have missed out on right here.
Please check with our submission tips earlier than you ship us your entries. You could e mail your submissions to [email protected]
We look ahead to your drafts and hope you take pleasure in writing them!