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Annihilation of caste is essential for reconciliation

dalit strike

Share The Bharat bandh by the Dalit community came as a shock to me, as much as it did to many others, I am sure. I had expected some picketing and protests in a few cities. What I did not anticipate was the horrific violence. There is news of seven people having died in the violence. On the face of it, the bandh was just over the changes ordered by the Supreme Court in the SC/ST Act, but there was anger over many other issues that had been simmering below the surface.  Surge in Dalit Anger Since Modi Govt’s Rule For various reasons, this anger has only increased since the Modi government came to power. My personal belief is that the future of the Modi government will not be determined by the liberals or the Muslims. The future of RSS and the Modi government …

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Why South starlets found more success in Bollywood

ShareSridevi’s superstardom and pan-India appeal was a legacy of her illustrious career spanning almost five decades and covering five film industries — Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam in addition to Hindi. While she might be the most successful, Sridevi wasn’t the only star who crossed over from the southern film industries to make a mark in Hindi cinema. Few recall the south Indian lineage of veteran actor Waheeda Rehman, who was born in Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu and began her career in Telugu and Tamil cinema before she was ‘discovered’ by Guru Dutt for Bollywood. Rehman went on to be one of Bollywood’s most successful stars during its golden era in the late 50s, 60s and early 70s, delivering a string of extraordinary performances in a number of commercially and critically acclaimed hits including Pyaasa, Guide, Teesri Kasam and Khamoshi. …

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