Bhima Koregaon and the Steady Incline of Dalit Awakening

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Bhima Koregaon and the Steady Incline of Dalit Awakening

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he recent clashes in Bhima Koregaon cap off the last two years of Dalit assertion. The juggernaut, that began with the death of Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad University in January 2016, rolled into the protests at Una, and the ones in Mumbai against the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan in July, before coming full circle to the Mumbai bandh today.

It’s an insistent reminder that a historically oppressed caste now refuses to take things lying down. It takes me back to Varanasi, two years ago, and what I learnt about the subtle and unsubtle forms of discrimination that Dalits continue to face in Uttar Pradesh.

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