“Asexuality and hypersexuality” by By Richa Kaul Padte

The stigma of hypersexuality attached to mentally disabled women and the assumed asexuality of people with physical disabilities both serve to exclude disabled people from the realm of socially accepted sexual behaviours, practices, and rights.

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“The reason it’s so difficult to obtain progressive verdicts in India’s courts” by Girish Shahane

Source: http://scroll.in/article/716073/The-reason-it’s-so-difficult-to-obtain-progressive-verdicts-in-India’s-courts Liberals won a small victory on Tuesday when the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that had criminalised the transmission of electronic communications that had the potential to annoy or offend people. The phrasing of what constituted a crime was so vague that a large percentage … Continue reading

“Our democracy is based upon semi-anarchist freedom of thought” by Safina Ali

Source: http://www.preservearticles.com/201105136578/essay-on-right-to-protest-and-indian-democracy.html Social peace and democratic set-up in India is threatened by the agitations and strikes, some call it a prelude to new thinking and new sensibility. Ethical foundation of human behavior is crumbling down. Every aspirant for political office employs force to make his presence felt. Naturally, democracy and the democratic spirit is in … Continue reading

“AnComm fallacy” by Jaimine

Source: Indian Libertarians http://www.indianlibertarians.org/ancommfallacy/ It is thousand times more better to have common-sense without education than to have education without common-sense. In this context, I intend to highlight that anarcho-communism is a 16 letter word used by inferior magicians with the wrong alchemical formula for transforming earth into gold. To simplify, Anarchist communism (AnComm) advocates the … Continue reading

“Free market economics: Can PM Modi change the narrative?” by Gurcharan Das

Source: The Economic Times http://goo.gl/Xv2JLz Too many Indians still believe that the market makes “the rich richer and the poor poorer” and leads to corruption and crony capitalism. This is false, of course. Despite the market having generated broad-spread prosperity over two decades — lifting 250 million poor above the poverty line — people still … Continue reading

“Denotified and Nomadic Tribes in Maharashtra” by Motiraj Rathod

Source: http://sickle.bwh.harvard.edu/india_tribes.html Transcribed November 7, 2000 Introduction The Nomadic and Denotified tribes constitute about five million of population in Maharashtra and about 60 million all over India. There are 313 Nomadic Tribes and 198 Denotified Tribes. Due to the wandering traditions over hundreds of years without any ostensible means of livelihood under the influence of … Continue reading

Criminal Tribes Act

The term Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) applies to various successive pieces of legislation enforced in India during British rule; the first enacted in 1871 as Criminal Tribes Act (Act XXVII of 1871) applied mostly in North India[2] The Act was extended to Bengal Presidency and other areas in 1876, and finally with the Criminal Tribes … Continue reading

Ambedkar: What the Dalit icon wrote of Islam

    In his book, “Pakistan or the Partition of India”, towards the end of Chapter 4, Ambedkar writes, “The Muslim invaders, no doubt, came to India singing a hymn of hate against the Hindus. … Its (Islam’s) growth is so thick in Northern India that the remnants of Hindu and Buddhist culture are just shrubs. … Continue reading

Jayaprakash Narayan: Keeper of India’s Conscience

Jayaprakash Narayan was born on October 11, 1902, in Sitabdiara, a village on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His father Harsudayal was a junior official in the Canal Department of the State government and was often touring the region. Jayaprakash, called Baul affectionately, was left with his grandmother to study in Sitabdiara. Since … Continue reading

Revolutionary family life and the Self Respect movement in Tamil south India, 1926–49

Abstract: During the second quarter of the 20th century, the Self Respect movement (cuyamariyatai iyakkam) introduced a programme of non-Brahmin uplift in Tamil south India that consisted of a radical critique of social, political and economic relations. By following the coverage of family and marriage in the Self Respect popular press (the weekly newspaper Kudi … Continue reading