Project Mukti presents a one day conference on Dalit women’s issues and perspectives. The program for the day includes talks, a movie screening and Dalit women participants sharing their experiences. There will also be a session of songs of resistance honoring the Dalit women leader Ms. Veeramma.
On behalf of Project Mukti, Girijana Shakti, Banjara Rachitala Sangam, and the conference organizing committee, we are pleased to announce a one day conference that will be held this month at the ICSSR Conference Hall, Osmania University Library, as a part of ongoing Dalit History Month celebrations.
The focus of the sessions will be on the current issues related to the SC/ST Act along with recent developments at the national level such as changing patterns of Reservation at University level appointments. We hope to see you there!
A public talk followed by a felicitation ceremony honoring women Panchayat heads in Gaya, Bihar is being organized at Jivansangam Sansthan, Dumohan, Bodh Gaya. The event is being organized by Social Activist Nisha Kumari.
The event is part of ongoing events across the country in honour of Dalit History Month.
This Ambedkar Jayanti, Dr. Natesan Burnad Fatima of the Society for Rural Education and Development(SRED), along with Dalit History Month is organizing a Dalit Food Festival that brings together Dalit history with its special cuisine.
The program includes a photo exhibition featuring Dalit culture and history for school children and an array of traditional Dalit foods. Through this, elements of Dalit history that are forgotten will be depicted in a way that is exciting for young children. Dalit children are unaware of Dalit History and this event, held on Dr. B R Ambedkar’s birthday gives us the opportunity to bring stories and teachings of Dalit leaders, Dalit history, and Dalit food culture to the mainstream in a fun way.
Dr. Natesan Burnad Fatima is the founder and Executive Director of the Society for Rural Education and Development which has been working among the Dalit (untouchable) communities in Tamil Nadu, India for the past 37 years. SRED mobilizes Dalit women, unorganized workers, farmers, sex workers and Mathamma women who are dedicated to temples to stand up against Human Rights violations and demand their Rights. To achieve these goals, Dr. Fatima carries out consistent fieldwork, capacity building and legal assistance at the grass root level.
Dalit History Month, along with Manisha Meshram invites you to celebrate Phule-Ambedkar Jayanti with a cultural performance by Malati Rao, a Dalit activist and singer.
The event is organized by Manisha Meshram of the United Dalit Students’ Forum, a socio-cultural organization, spreading awareness and sensitizing the student community
on the caste problems faced by the Dalit community. It was founded by the Dalit students on campus in 1991. Manisha is doing a Phd. in Public Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been actively involved in the Ambedkarite students’ movement on the campus.
Shri Siddharth Vidhyalay, Dholka is one of the first boarding schools of Dholka. Established in the year 1948, by founders Balvantbhai and Govindbhai, the school has educated many Dalit students since its founding. Every year, many educated Dalits and social activists contribute in cash or kind to support this beautiful school and the 250-300 students that study there. Students of Shri Siddharth Vidhyalay come from different villages and blocks and are from various social and economic backgrounds. The school has been a place where poor farmers who cannot afford to send their children to school can send their children for a good chance at an education and a future. The school was once visited by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
This year, Dalit History Month will be celebrated in Shri Siddharth Vidhyalay, with participation from staff and students.
The event is organized by Preeti Mahendrabhai Vaghela who is a coordinator at Navsarjan Trust, a Gujarat-based, non-political Human Rights Organization established over 27 years ago. Preeti has been actively involved in the Dalit movement in Gujarat. Navsarjan Trust is well known across the country and internationally for their work with the Dalit movement in Gujarat and India.
The Young Boddhisatva Training retreat led by Dhammachari Lokamitra and Dhammachari Vivekratna will focus on cultivating awakened leadership qualities in students and activists who want to bring the potent ingredient of Buddhist wisdom to the work that they do.
Dh. Lokamitra is the Chairman of the Nagaloka Centre. He has spent many years in India doing work that supports the Dalit Buddhist community in their struggle against Hindu caste prejudice and its disregard for their basic rights. Dh. Lokamitra draws great inspiration from the life and work of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. The Nagaloka Centre provides an invaluable chance to thousands of young Dalits. He will be educating young attendees on how Buddhism can help support their democratic rights to liberty, equality, and fraternity. Dh. Vivekratna, treasurer of Nagaloka Centre will also be leading some sessions.
The event is organized by Amit Kumar. An alumnus of Nagaloka Training Institute, Nagpur, he received his training in Buddhism, both in Nagaloka and at the Deer Park Buddhist Center in Himachal Pradesh. During his stay in Deer Park, he learned about the Mahayana tradition and about Bodhisattva Vision. He also learned about global warming and environmentalism, eco-farming and building a sustainable community. Not satisfied with what he learned, he decided to become a monk for three months but soon realized that he wanted to do something more for the society he lived in and went to Sri Lanka to learn Theravada Buddhism. After returning to India he chose to work closely with communities, focussing primarily on Buddhism against casteism.
He has traveled to many Buddhist countries to learn more about Buddhism and now works at Sankasya where he dedicates his time to doing work relating to women empowerment, education, and youth development. He also works with survivors of