Nihalsing B Rathod | @Nihalsingrathod

Nihalsing B Rathod

Nihal is an Ambedkarite activist belonging to an ex criminal tribe, and focuses on issues of nomadic and denotified tribes. He secured law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai, against all odds and poverty. He has been practicing criminal and Constitutional law with socio political agenda, in Nagpur Maharashtra. He is associated with many civil rights organisations and is the co founder of Sangharsh Wahini Bhatke Vimukt Sangharsh Parishad, an organisation working for socio-political rights of nomadic and de notified tribes.

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Republic Day 2019

Thoughts on Republic Day: Unending battle for the ‘ex-Criminal Tribes’

The thumping majority with which the 124th Amendment was passed is a sign of the times. The issue of reservation has always remained a sore one with battle lines drawn out for years. However, the elephant in the room so to speak is that those who have suffered for centuries, by being in the margins, have no other way to become part of the mainstream. Reservation ought to emancipate, it ought to build bridges but even today — it is simply widening the gap. Join me as I take a deep and long look at the recently passed 124th Amendment to the Constitution of India and its impact on the Criminal Tribes.

January 26,2019

History and law

One year of BhimaKoregaon case: Part III

All the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case are left-leaning lawyers, academics and organic intellectuals who are extremely popular among the Dalit-Bahujan communities in Maharashtra and also in other states, because of the stellar work they have been doing over the years. The two sets of arrests — on June 6, 2018 and on August 28, 2018 — were based on one FIR filed on January 8, 2018. Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson as well as Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Vara Vara Rao, were arrested, while attempts to arrest Anand Teltumbde didn't succeed, and Gautam Navlakha was granted relief by Delhi High Court. While a 5000-page chargesheet has been filed, the glaring inconsistencies in the document will go down as a huge a blot on Indian democracy.

January 9,2019

History and law

One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part II

Early on the morning on January 1, 2018, innocent Dalits who had gathered at Bhima Koregaon, a small village about 30 kilometres from Pune, to offer their salutation to the victory pillar, were attacked by people holding saffron flags. The saffron-flagbearers  attacked one and all, pelted stones, torched shops and vehicles. Many innocent Dalits got injured and one person succumbed to the injuries suffered due to stone-pelting. The news spread like wildfire and so did its videos and messages. Agitated Dalit and Bahujan activists took to streets, holding up traffic all across the State.

January 6,2019

History and law

One year of BhimaKoregaon case: Part I

As the legend goes, on the eve of January 1, 1818, about 800 furious soldiers of the British army defeated the 28,000-strong Peshwa army. This victory over the Brahmninical “Peshwayi” is celebrated by the Bahujans in Maharashtra every year by visiting the obelisk that was built as a memorial for the battle and its martyrs.

January 2,2019

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