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.
This is the story of Akhila, a young sarpanch from Telangana who has transformed her village with her fearlessness, commitment and dedication. Her story is a reminder for the need to strengthen people’s democracy and institutions at the grassroots.