As DDA clears plot for reconstruction of Ravidas Temple in Delhi’s Tughlaqabad after its demolishment last year, it’s time to rethink the politics of symbolisms in a political milieu otherwise hostile to the Dalit community.
The unsustainable patterns of modernist development and a relentless emphasis on reckless industrialisation has compelled us to rethink the occurrence of pandemics and their connection to how we live, think and relate as a society.
While Mukesh Ambani becomes the sixth richest person in the world, a Dalit farmer-couple in Madhya Pradesh consumes pesticide and commits suicide. The India of the skyscraper and the slum below have become more distant amid the pandemic than ever before.
International Institute for Population Sciences in 2015-16, from where the data for this study was drawn. It found that 39.8% of Indian households had no soap or no water, a situation often explained by the absence of soap during the survey.