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Book Excerpt | How Bhima Koregaon Became a Trope for Dalit Pride and Assertion

Book Excerpt | How Bhima Koregaon Became a Trope for Dalit Pride and Assertion

The Wire / by Ajaz Ashraf

The national media coverage of the violence at Bhima Koregaon enhanced the historical significance of the place. Until 2018, Bhima Koregaon was not embedded in the popular consciousness outside Maharashtra.

Below is an excerpt from the recent book of Ajaz Ashraf titled Bhima Koregaon: Challenging Caste. Publisher: AuthorsUpFront.

The story you are about to read does not begin with the beginning. It does not because it is difficult to identify precisely where and when the story began. The beginning is buried deep inside events that occurred centuries ago, recorded or remembered and passed down orally over generations, in what is now the state of Maharashtra in western India.
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Bhima Koregaon: Challenging Caste. Brahminism’s wrath against dreamers of equality


Author: Ajaz Ashraf  
Publisher: AuthorsUpFront
Publishing Date: June 2024
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 496
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Bhima Koregaon: Challenging Caste – Brahminism’s wrath against dreamers of equality

Bhima Koregaon: Challenging Caste – Brahminism’s wrath against dreamers of equality


Challenging Caste reads the violence at Bhima Koregaon as a clash between two worldviews — one striving to flatten the social hierarchy, the other justifying and perpetuating it. This book rips apart the Maoist conspiracy theory and the Urban Naxal narrative. It points out the ironies underlying the State’s charges against the sixteen, and the flimsiness of the evidence that is said to have been planted on their hacked computers. The conspiracy against the sixteen that inflicted untold miseries on their families is retold here in their voices.

Author: Ajaz Ashraf  
Publisher: AuthorsUpFront
Publishing Date: June 2024
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 496

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Podcasts: What does the death of a jailed priest say about India’s democracy? / ‘India’s Watergate’

Podcasts: What does the death of a jailed priest say about India’s democracy? / ‘India’s Watergate’

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What does the death of a jailed Jesuit priest say about India’s democracy under Modi?

02/06/2024

npr / by Lauren Frayer

MUMBAI, India — Two days before police finally came to arrest him, the Rev. Stan Swamy recorded a video of himself speaking directly into the camera.
“They want to put me out of the way,” the ailing 83-year-old Jesuit priest said.
His voice sounded frail. But what he was saying was explosive.

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, was targeting him in retaliation for his advocacy on behalf of Indigenous people in Indian jails.
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‘India’s Watergate’: A tale of political manipulation, disinformation and nationalism

29/05/2024

Npr / by Lauren Frayer

It started with a civil rights rally, and ended in riots. NPR investigates how 16 of India’s most famous human rights activists were jailed for an alleged terror plot. They say they were framed.
India is wrapping up elections this week. We’re going to take you back to the last Indian elections five years ago, to a scandal that some call India’s Watergate. It has not brought down Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. In fact, he is expected to win a third term. The scandal started with a civil rights campaign that led to hundreds of arrests, allegations of computer hacking and the death of an elderly priest behind bars. NPR’s Lauren Frayer has our story.
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Video | Modi’s India a modern Indian fascism: Alpa Shah / Book excerpt: The Incarcerations

Video | Modi’s India a modern Indian fascism: Alpa Shah / Book excerpt: The Incarcerations

Modi’s India a modern Indian fascism: Alpa Shah, Professor of Social Anthropology

19/04/2024

The Wire / by Karan Thapar


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One of British academias most highly regarded anthropologists has said “we need to call Modi’s India a modern Indian fascism”. Alpa Shah says: “Indian fascism may not be of the classic kind, whatever that is, but it’s fascism nevertheless.”
In a 40-minute interview to Karan Thapar for The Wire, to mark the launch of her book, ‘The Incarcerations: Bhima Koregaon and the Search for Democracy in India’, Alpa Shah, who is presently Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics but has just been announced as the new Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford University and a fellow of All Souls College, identified seven key characteristics of fascism each of which, it seems, applies almost fully to India under Narendra Modi. She, therefore, argues that terms like “majoritarianism or ethnic democracy or cultural nationalism” do not “convey the gravity of threat to democracy under way in India”.
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The Incarcerations: Bhima Koregaon And The Search For Democracy In India by Alpa Shah

19/04/2024

Article14 / by Alpa Shah

… In The Incarcerations, professor of social anthropology at the London School of Economics Alpa Shah now tells the chilling story of the Bhima-Koregaon case that transformed the 16 human rights defenders who were professors, lawyers, journalists and poets into alleged Maoist terrorists accused of waging a war against the Indian state and plotting to kill prime minister Narendra Modi.

Book excerpt
Only when the streets in Mumbai were deserted because of the Dalit protestors, did the conflict over the Bhima Koregaon British war memorial make it into international news, at The Guardian. In fact, the Indian broadsheets and mainstream TV mainly covered the events only when there was disruption in Mumbai, and then the focus of reporting was on mobs holding the city to ransom, not the casteist violence in Koregaon that they were protesting.
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A new book recounts how 16 activists were imprisoned as terrorists, without trial

27/03/2024

Scroll.in / by Alpa Shah

An excerpt from ‘The Incarcerations: Bhima Koregaon and the Search for Democracy in India’
Amnesty International India and Oxfam India released a joint response the day Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao were arrested. “The nationwide crackdown on activists, advocates and human rights defenders is disturbing and threatens core human rights values.”
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Koregaon Bhima inquiry commission gets 14th extension, told to submit final report by August 31

Koregaon Bhima inquiry commission gets 14th extension, told to submit final report by August 31

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

The Maharashtra government has granted yet another extension to the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry till August 31.
As per the order issued in this regard by the home department recently, the commission has been given an extension of another four months. This is the 14th time that an extension has been granted to the commission since it was formed.
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)

Prakash Ambedkar walks out of Bhima Koregaon Commission probe

Prakash Ambedkar walks out of Bhima Koregaon Commission probe

National Herald / Nadeem Inamdar

Alleging govt lawyers are diverting the probe, the VBA chief said the Commission is “helpless” without judicial powers
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar on Monday, 13 February, walked out of the witness box of the Bhima Koregaon Commission, announcing that he quit the cross-examination.
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Also read:
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)

‘From Phansi Yard’: Sudha Bharadwaj’s writings from Yerawada Jail reflect on paradoxes of freedom

‘From Phansi Yard’: Sudha Bharadwaj’s writings from Yerawada Jail reflect on paradoxes of freedom

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Scroll.in / Sharmila Purkayashsta

Bharadwaj and her co-accsued, Shoma Sen, were lodged in solitary cells for almost fifteen months.
It is a truism that if you’re impoverished and incarcerated then you’re as good as forgotten, because life behind bars replicates existing inequalities, and those without resources are also the most unequal in jail.
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From Phansi Yard: My Year with the Women of Yerawada

Author: Sudha Bhardwaj
Publisher: Juggernaut
Pages: 216
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■ Sudha Bharadwaj speaks – A Life in Law and Activism


Publisher: Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
Edition: January 2021
Language: English
Sudha Bharadwaj’s interview by: Darshana Mitra and Santanu Chakraborty
Paperback: 316 pages
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Ambedkar, Kadam summoned in Bhima Koregaon riots case

Ambedkar, Kadam summoned in Bhima Koregaon riots case

Pune Mirror / by Yogesh Sangle

Inquiry commission to cross-examine VBA chief and then Haveli SDO
The Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the Bhima Koregaon violence, has issued summons to Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar, Elgar Parishad organiser Harshali Potdar and Pune resident deputy collector Jyoti Kadam to appear for cross-examination. 
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Ekbote instigated Koregaon Bhima violence, Elgaar Parishad organiser tells panel (The Indian Express / Sep 2021)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)

Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

By @ibnews24 (Jan 1, 2024)

Bhima-Koregaon and transition of the Dalit self

06/01/2024

Deccan Herald / by Prabodhan Pol

Commemorative events like the Bhima-Koregaon battle anniversary open a pathway for alternative cultural expressions. Such sites become spaces for new political aspirations.
On January 1, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Bhima-Koregaon monument to mark the 206th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon. For about a decade and a half now, the memorial at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune in Maharashtra has become a noteworthy site of public attention, underlining the significance of an alternative reading of social and political histories.
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Pune: Blue flags flutter across Nagar Road

02/01/2024

PuneMirror Bureau / by Chaitraly Deshmukh

Bhim Sainiks converge at Vijay Stambh to pay obeisance on 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima
Amidst elaborate security arrangements, thousands of Bhim Sainiks assembled to pay homage at the historic Vijay Stambh (victory pillar) on Monday, marking the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

01/01/2024

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

This year, the state government has decorated the ‘Jaystambh’ with images of the Constitution of India with the caption “Bhartiya Samvidhanache Amrut Mahotsavi Varsh” (platinum jubilee year of the Indian Constitution).
Preparations were in full swing for the programme to be held at the ‘Jaystambh’ at Perne village in Pune district on Monday to mark the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Security stepped up for Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary at Perne

31/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar

Heavy security force has been deployed in and around Koregaon Bhima victory pillar Jaystambh at Perne village as the district administration expects around 20 lakh visitors to the historic memorial on January 1, 2024, for the anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary: Security tightened at Jaystambh for Jan 1 event

30/12/2023

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

As a precaution, police have issued notices to a number of people including activists of different groups, local villagers and others, who were booked in different cases regarding the Koregaon Bhima violence, asking them to stay out of the region on the day of the event.
Heavy security is being deployed at the Jaystambh, which is expecting more visitors than 2023, for the January 1 programme in 2024, to mark the anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Police monitor social media posts ahead of battle of Koregaon Bhima anniversary

26/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar

State home department instructs police authorities to monitor social media posts related to Koregaon Bhima anniversary events to ensure law and order
The Pune city and its rural counterpart under the directions from the district collectorate have begun security arrangements, surveillance and other safety measures ahead of the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima at the village.
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Security measures intensified as Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary approaches

26/12/2023

Pune Mirror / by Prakhar Yadav

The state home department, in an effort to maintain law and order, has directed the police to closely monitor social media posts related to the upcoming festivities and events
As the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima approaches, the district collectorate has instructed both Pune city and its rural counterpart to initiate comprehensive security plans, surveillance, and other safety measures. The state home department, in an effort to maintain law and order, has directed the police to closely monitor social media posts related to the upcoming festivities and events.
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Also read:
Huge Turnout at 205th Anniversary of Battle of Koregaon Bhima (Jan 2023)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati│ by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)
The Myth of Bhima Koregaon Reinforces the Identities It Seeks to Transcend (The Wire | Anand Teltumbde | Jan 2018)
Why peoples’ coalitions are uniting against Hindutva — the ‘new Peshwai’ (Dailyo.in │ by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves │ Jan 30, 2018)

A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

Pune Crime Files: A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote and court observations in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

26/12/2023

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Widespread violence broke out in Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018, when a few lakh people, mainly the Ambedkarites, had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle between the British Army and Peshwa forces.
Preparations are in full swing at the ‘Jaystambh’, a British war memorial at Pune’s Perne village, to mark the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima that was fought between the British Army and Peshwa forces on January 1, 1818.
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6 years, 14 extensions later Koregaon Bhima Commission’s work still unfinished

26/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar, Yogesh Joshi

It has been six years since the caste conflict broke out at Koregaon Bhima and the work of the Commission to probe into the events that led to the clashes is yet to be completed after 14 extensions
As the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima draws near, Pune district administration has teamed up with the law enforcing agencies to monitor social media to avoid any untoward incident.
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Ekbote instigated Koregaon Bhima violence, Elgaar Parishad organiser tells panel (The Indian Express / Sep 2021)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)