New Issue of Insight - Caste Discrimination and Higher Education
Attach with this mail is the new issue of Insight Young Voices (Vol. II. No.1, Feb-Mar, 09). Started as platform of & for Dalit students, Insight magazine is in its 5th year now. It has been a very difficult journey for us. Despite all our hard work and intentions, the magazine is still to overcome its teething problems. There are times, when it looks like things are settling down, something or the other happens and we are left in complete disarray. However, we respond the only way we know that is to make the new issue better than the previous one. It is only the good wishes and support of our readers that provide us the courage and inspiration to keep moving ahead with Insight and also gives us hope for the better future of our magazine. Therefore, the Insight Editorial Collective request all readers to keep sending their comments, criticisms as it motivates us to keep afloat during our difficult times.
Given below is the list of contents of this issue together with the theme for next two issues. Kindly have a look.
The cover story of the new issue - 'On Suicides, Caste and Higher Education' - is on the structural tensions faced by Dalit students in Higher Education- the system that allows the entry of Dalits but takes away the opportunities to be treated as equal. It is very unfortunate that to understand this phenomenon, we are forced to map the trajectories of three Dalit students' suicides.
One more good news to share, in the second week of this month, all the rusticated Dalit students have been readmitted in IIT Delhi after the court orders. This is one remarkable victory of Dalit students against one of the most powerful and 'sacred' institutions of the country. Recognizing their struggle and achievement, Insight Editorial Collective is proud to dedicate this issue to all those IIT Dalit students who chose not to succumb to stereotyping.
We will be uploading our new issue within 10 days in our website www.insightyoungvoices.org. Also, hopefully, by then we will also be able to create a complete archive of all the past issues of Insight as well.
CONTENTS of INSIGHT (Feb-Mar, 2009)
On Suicides, Caste and Higher Education
Inside Out: On the Scholastic Regimes of Our Time
Past, Present and Future
Chengara Land Struggle
Death of a Dream
Struggle for a New Kerala
Caste Discrimination in IIT Delhi
IITs: Doing Manu Proud
'The need of Cultural Revolution in West Bengal'
Interview With Prof. Anjan Ghosh
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
Remembering Marichjhapi Massacre, 1979
Bihar School Text Books
Politics of Syllabus
'The benefits of Reservation should reach to all'
Interview with Suresh Kumar Dighumarthy, University of Hyderabad
Manual Scavenging and the Legal Discourse
Through the Lens of Pollution
·Caste Violence in Ambedkar Law College
·The Caste Ailment Strikes the Calcutta Medical College Hostel
·Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of M C Rajah
·Celebrating Dalit History Month: Searching for the Past
·Dalit Leader Files Case Against IIT Madras
·Court's Verdict on Khairlanji: No Casteism, No Molestation, No Rapes; Only Killings
·ISMU, Dhanbad: Jamadars: 2 out of 2, Sanitary Inspectors: 0 out of 2
Themes for next two Issues
Issue Vol II. No. 2 (April-May) - Dalit Movement: Patterns of mobilization.
Since the last 25 years, a strong wave of Dalit consciousness can be felt across the country and has given birth to numerous Dalit organizations working in different spheres of public life. There are Buddhist organizations, cultural groups, NGOs, employee associations, political parties, NRI Dalit associations and even Internet e-groups. All such organizations reflect a strong aspiration of the community to get organized and fight against caste discrimination. In the next issue, we aim to explore various patterns that have emerged within the Dalit movement in context of mobilizing the community through different forms of organizations.
Issue Vol II. No. 3 (June-July) - Caste, Curriculum and Pedagogy
If education has been regarded as means of empowerment for community and of self-actualization for the individuals, it has also been understood as a site for indoctrination. In this issue of Insight, we aim to explore the issue of curriculum and pedagogy in our educational system - both school and higher education. We want to understand how our textbooks and ways of teaching deal with the issue of caste. Firstly, do the content of textbooks - images and the written texts - reflect the diversity of experiences or particular symbols and experiences are shown as representing All? Secondly, how our textbooks and teachers talk about caste in the classrooms?