A Selection of Short Reads from 2017

28 December 2017

To round up our year, here are some of our short stories from 2017, selected by The Caravan’s editors.

Was an IIMC Academic Sacked for Protesting the Dismissal of 25 Dalit Workers?

In October 2016, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication had laid off over 20 Dalit contractual workers. At the time, the institute had said the workers were let go because they were no longer required—a new contractor had been hired, who had brought along his own workers, and had chosen to not retain any old employees. Among the workers who were dismissed was the woman who in October 2015, had alleged that a clerk working for IIMC had raped her.

When I asked KG Suresh, the institution's director general, if the employment of  Narendra Singh Rao, an academic associated with IIMC, was terminated because he had spoken out against the sacking of 25 Dalit workers in October, Suresh said that he had no record of Rao’s objection, and that there was no evidence that he had spoken out against the sacking of the workers. “He didn’t give me anything on this in written,” Suresh said.

Sagar in January.

Keywords: gender caste Kashmir Dalit Arun Jaitley mining journalism feminism transgender Sexual violence Sunil Joshi uranium Bhim Army Gorakhpur