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    While understanding the social dimensions, the presence of social friction between the subjects of society is acknowledged by them, but they resisted any changes, as much as possible; because it threatens their time immemorial standardized way of life. This book is a cumulation of the discussions which shed light on those topics which challenged, countered, and deliberated the issues related to women, as they agitated, struggled against the dominance of the patriarchy and conservative minds, and always put their faith in the progressive aspects of the ever-changing society. The book focuses on current issues – women protested for their identity against the mighty government; redefine their body dynamics and were susceptible to the rosy changes in the name of empowerment; searching the meaning of their life in difficult situations and unmasked the vile face of the dominant presence of patriarchy in religion, society and institutions; sustaining her inner strength in ongoing pandemic situations, and many others. The book would act as an inspirational and knowledge repertoire to graduates and postgraduate students of various disciplines. It would also inspire them to pursue research on topics related to feminism in social science and humanities.

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    This book is a humble attempt to look at how the needs of ruling bodies for information have led to the development of identification systems across history. It tries to understand how Aadhaar is a break from the older system where the role of ID systems was limited to identifying the beneficiary correctly, and in fact initiates a new era where ID systems would create personalised profiles of beneficiaries to ultimately determine whether they (otherwise eligible) even deserve to avail the said benefits.

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    It is a major flaw of humans to take any event as per se. What meets the eye is a manifestation of an inherent concept or a construct. Some souls become irritated when the story starts in its middle, they always long for the seed; the genesis. We may all share this torment Orwellian in nature. The Faustian hunger drags us from pillar to post.
    The musings are hand-picked out of his scores of editorials and articles published in Dailies of repute.

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    Reading the Margins is a compilation of scholarly articles attempting to engage the academia several questions like what is a margin? Or what is marginality? Who are the margins? Or who are in the margins? How has the center tried to subvert the history, culture and literature of the Margins? And how the margins are forging towards the center and carving out a space for themselves, a space for history, culture and literature of their own.
    This book highlights various kinds of marginal groups: the Blacks, the aboriginals, Dalits, Tribes, religious minorities, sexual minorities, and disability. Discourses built on these issues, surely this book is an attempt to create a society with equality, truth and justice

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    यह पुस्तक विद्या भूषण रावत द्वारा देवरिया और कुशीनगर जनपद मे मुशहर समुदाय मे उनके द्वारा देखे गई घटनाओ का आंखो देखा विवरण है जो कुशीनगर मे भूख से हो रही मौतो के बारे मे मुशहर समाज के प्रश्नो को राष्टट्रीय और अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उठाने के बाद से 1998-99 से शुरु हुई. उत्तर प्रदेश के विभिन्न जनपदो विशेषकर चित्रकूट, फतेह्पुर, कानपुर देहात, गाजीपुर, सोनभद्र, लखीमपुर खीरी, मऊ, गोरखपुर, देवरिया और कुशीनगर मे भूमि और भूख के प्रश्नो को लेकर उन्होने न केवल स्वैच्छिक संगठनो के लोगो को अपने अधिकारॉ और कर्तव्यो की जानकारी और ट्रैनिंग दी अपितु उन्हे इन प्रश्नो को कानूनी तरीको से उठाने के तरीके भी बताये.

    ये एक प्रकार से इस क्षेत्र में मुशहर समाज के संघर्षो का एक अच्छा दस्तावेज है और अन्य लोगो को प्रेरणा देगी. एक और मज़ेदार बात यह है

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    No study of this kind has been attempted so far. Here is an effort been made to study the resistance shown by the village society of Maharashtra during the Maratha Rule, and this aspect has been framed in the present thesis as a military culture and how the famous Koregaon battle has been fought by the Mahar Community at Koregaon. How this entire history has been seen today. It is the first effort made to bring to light the original thoughts, ideas and materials on this subject that had remained untapped hitherto.
    The primary sources for this thesis have been drawn from Maharashtra State Archives, Mumbai, National Archives of India, New Delhi, Pune Archives and the Peshwe Daftars available in Pune. Private papers and contemporary records of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhan Mandal, Pune have also been consulted Journals and periodicals, as well as reports from Native Newspapers, have been used. A special effort has been made to bring the oral History aspect in this thesis by taking interviews through questionnaires to arrive at the right conclusion.

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    This volume will give you an insight into the #MeToo movement as it is happening in India and the way it should be taking to bring justice to millions of rural women especially belonging to Adivasi/Dalit/OBC communities. This book is a search for justice. This book also is a tool for empowering women.

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    This thesis book is an attempt to explore the tussle between freedom of expression and religion in India. Based on a Case study with small sample size, this study does not claim to fix any problem or to create any new theories. This study has explored perception of Hindu and Muslim graduate students in three universities, located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, particularly on the conflict between freedom of expression and religious intolerance in India. This study showed India’s response in tolerating religion over freedom of expression as a product of its unique multicultural situation where dialogues among communities is dialogically constituted and collective principles are generated within a particular moral and political structure. Within scope of Indian style of secularism, as found out in this Case study, absolute freedom of expression is neither required nor possible.

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    Intersections between caste and gender are dealing with the ways and circumstances in which caste and patriarchy work together. Caste system always acts as representatives through which the whole setup for the subordination of women particular lower caste women are constructed. The collective forces of caste tradition, patriarchy and untouchability have made lower caste women lives very miserable they are denied socio-economic, political, education, cultural opportunities and rights and still forced to perform inhuman, dangerous and unprotected work. Further, the key criteria are caste attitudes towards lower caste women because dominant caste always claiming superior status of caste purity against the low or impure status of the lower caste women and committed sexual violence and atrocities as a punishment to challenges traditions and norms of caste and gender and assertion of power. The systemic factors of caste, patriarchy and gender controls over lower caste women are seen in their living arrangements, resources and livelihood, right to work, women’s rights over their bodies and decisions, controlling of sexuality of women, and revenge attacks. Exploration of the various forms of deprivation and harsh reality of the caste and gender discrimination, violence and struggle that lower caste women face everyday of their miserable lives. Caste based discrimination and atrocities continue and widespread as well as sexual violence are rampant and controlling lower caste women as a way of taking caste revenge which means caste has played major role in protecting and maintaining their interest this mindset run through with hierarchical practices in society. Though the increased control and violation of lower caste women’s rights are biggest characteristics of the intersections of caste and gender that clearly represent caste needs to be understood in gendered structure.

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    Consent remains the most important part of democracy and all the land conflicts world over happens because of denial of it to those who get affected by a project hence it becomes essential for peacebuilding as well as strengthening democracy. Land essentially is a state subject in India and therefore state laws and the consent parts in them should be understood in all the right perspective. The importance of this volume is that it consists of not just activists who have been working on the issue for long but some of them have also been engaged in academic exercise. This book is about India and its land laws. The bone of contention was to remove the consent clause as it was becoming an ‘obstacle’ for those who wish to acquire people’s land in the name of ‘National Interest’.

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    Understanding Ambedkarism through the eyes of Ambedkarites like M/s Bhagwan Das, L R Balley, V T Rajshekar, Raja Dhale, Vijay Surwade and many others as well as those who may not claim to be Ambedkarite yet remained supporters of the movement and vision that Dr Ambedkar espoused for such as Dr R M Pal and Mr Anand Patwardhan. You will read Mr Anand Teltumbde’s fierce critique but also Mr A K Biswas and Manohar Biswas’s narratives about dominance of brahmanical politics in West Bengal.  The conversations are wide ranging with activists as well as human rights defenders in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and United States of America. For the first time, here is a book that give you indepth understanding of caste, race, class and other ethnic issues. The conversations are also about Dravidian legacy of EVR Periyar as well as the issues of Chakmas in Bangladesh too. The Dalit question in Nepal is well discussed with an Ambedkarite as well as one leader of the left movement in Nepal. Read the fascinating work of Ambedkarites in UK through the prism of Ms Santosh Dass, Mr Arun Kumar and Mr Bishan Dass Bains. A well explained interview with Prof Kevin Brown about the issues of African American as well as his fascination towards Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

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    57 well-curated articles on Beef and the politics around it, how it has affected the social fabric of India and the people, their lives and economy. Highlights the Idea of India, the constitutional India and how the nation is turning to a fascist regime

    Articles by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B R Ambedkar, along with contempory writers viz. Afroz Alam, Aftab Alam, B.F.Firos, Binu Mathew, Cynthia Stephen, Dr Akhileshwari Ramagoud,  Gaurav Jain, George Abraham, Imran Khan, K.P. Sasi, Kavita Srivastava, Manali Chakrabarti, Megha Bahl, Sharmila Purkayastha, Mohammad Ashraf, Neha Saigal, Oliver Dsouza, Parul Verma, Parvez Alam, Prof. Shah Alam Khan, Ram Puniyani, Sally Dugman, Samar, Satya Sagar, Shamsul Islam, Sheshu Babu, Subhash Gatade, Suhail Qasim Mir, Sukumaran C V, Susmit Isfaq, T Navin & Vidya Bhushan Rawat

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    We are all star dust. From the searing hot liquid magma inside the earth to the dying polar bears in the Arctic, from the rainbow in the sky to the enigmatic Mona Lisa, from the first microbe to the most powerful man on earth are made up of stardust. We are all connected. Human beings in their unbridled hubris forget this basic fact. Human beings in their insatiable greed, devastate and destroy our only living home, our mother earth. This volume is an effort to connect the dots

    We seek the connections between energy, environment, politics and geopolitics. We seek the peaceful coexistence of human beings on earth, in harmony with nature. We seek ways to protect our mother earth which is being devastated by ecological degradation and climate change. We ask the question, why should we use fossil fuels, which write a death certificate for the earth. We ask what do we do if fossil fuels, which built a modern civilisation, run out. Do we have a plan B? What is preventing the use of renewable energy as an alternative?

    If we continue to fight resource wars endlessly will it not lead to a nuclear winter? If we fight among each other for religious, ethnic, linguistic… differences can we have peace on earth? Is peace possible at all? What is the future of our children, our grandchildren? Will they have a future? Are we destroying their future with our rapacious greed? This volume will raise all these questions. This volume will also present some meaningful solutions to the crises we collectively face.

    Countercurrents.org puts forward a worldview that energy intensive globalisation should end and it must be replaced by a low energy, ecologically sustainable local economies. If humanity is to survive, the destructive system of capitalism and consumerism must be replaced by an economic system which is based on just equitable distribution and need based use of resources. We strive to reach this goal with our motto, “Educate! Organize! Agitate!”

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    This book is a compilation of articles published in different newspapers and magazines on issues relating to the marginalised communities of Odisha. Manas Jena has been part of people’s movements, rights based work and policy advocacy for building and inclusive Odisha by including the historically marginalised communities in the bottom of socio-economic strata who are left out in the ongoing development process and further pushed into the periphery. Their issues and problems get a very minimal space in media and state policy making process in spite of constitutional mandate to establish equality and ensure equal opportunity in all spear of social, economic and political life. He has tried to highlight the gaps at a different level from policy to programme implementation and also suggested for possible intervention by state and other concern.

    The book is divided into four sections which includes towards building economic inclusiveness (access to land, forest, water, credit, budget, wage, and employment, social security and basic services) strengthen inclusive governance (electoral Reforms) and towards social inclusion these four are interconnected and very much require for inclusive development of Odisha. We hope this book will be used as an instrument in the realisation of the basic rights of the marginalised in Odisha by strengthening people’s movements and struggles and contribute to the process of building of an inclusive, democratic and vibrant Odisha.

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    This book is a compilation of articles published by the author in different newspapers and magazines on issues relating to the marginalised communities of Odisha. He has a been part of people’s movements, rights based work and policy advocacy for building and inclusive Odisha by including the historically marginalised communities in the bottom of socio-economic strata who are left out in the ongoing development process and further pushed into the periphery. Their issues and problems get a very minimal space in media and state policy making process in spite of constitutional mandate to establish equality and ensure equal opportunity in all spear of social, economic and political life. Author has tried to highlight the gaps at a different level from policy to programme implementation and also suggested for possible intervention by state and other concern.

    This book will be used as an instrument in the realisation of the basic rights of the marginalised in Odisha by strengthening people’s movements and struggles and contribute to the process of building of an inclusive, democratic and vibrant Odisha.

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    12 selected case stories from across India on Environmental Issues, Struggle, Litigations, Law Violations, Fight for livelihood, People’s Movement, Ecological Issues from Raigad, Maharashtra | Dadri, Uttar Pradesh | Ramabai Nagar, Uttar Pradesh | Garhwal, Uttarakhand | Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand | West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh | Rayagada, Odisha | Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh | Ranchi, Jharkhand | Kutch, Gujarat | Kollam, Kerala | Mizoram

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