Project Mukti Awards 20 Dalit History Mini-Grants Across India

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Project Mukti is excited to celebrate Dalit History Month 2018 with the announcement of our inaugural year of Dalit History Month Mini-grants across India. We believe in the power of Dalit History now more than ever. 

This is a year when thousands of Dalits were attacked and many are still in jail for celebrating the battle of Dalit resistance in Bhima Koregaon. It is also the year when Dalits who have always celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti at the UN have been removed as co-sponsors of their own event  because the Indian mission feels like Dalits are not necessary in the celebration of Ambedkar and more importantly if they are involved they will bring up the issue of “caste”. And even if it is not enough for our celebrations to be attacked, then what is even more troubling is the destruction of our very leaders statues across the country where the status of Ambedkar and Periyar continue to be desecrated.

This is how threatening Dalit History is. They would erase it, destroy it, jail it. As if these actions could erase resistance to caste apartheid. But as long as Dalits are alive so will our history thrive. For the very presence of Dalits and our history is a threat to all those who benefit from our exploitation. 

In the spirit of resilence and resistance please congratulate, support and attend these amazing Dalit History Month Celebrations! #Jaibhim #Jai Savitri

This years grantees include: 

Pankaj Anand from Dalit Bahujan Adivasi Collective, Ambedkar University--New Delhi

Sumeet Samos from Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), JNU--New Delhi

Manisha Suryabhan Meshram from United Dalit Students’ Federation (UDSF), JNU--New Delhi

Preeti Mahendrabhai Vaghela from Navsarjan Trust--Ahmedabad, Gujurat

Archana Sonavane from Manuski Trust--Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. Burnad Fathima Natesan from Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED)--Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu

Manisha Mashaal and Rajni Mishal from Swabhiman Society--Kurukshetra, Haryana

Dr. V Rajunayak from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Telegana

Kaushal Devi from  Gyan Ganga Education Committee/ ज्ञान गंगा शिक्षा समिति--Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Negha from Trans Rights Now Collective-- Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Anantharamakrishnan from Tamil Nadu Open University-- Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Assumptha from Abhithi Foundation--Pondichery, Tamil Nadu

Amit Kumar Shakya from Sankisa Lokamitra Foundation--Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh

Siddharth from Lugansa Productions--Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Gowthama Meena, Social Media Activist--Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Gargie Pradip Mangulkar--Pune, Maharashtra

Dravida--Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Bhavana--Srikakulam, Andra Pradesh

Nisha Kumari--Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Vijay Kumar from Ideal Youth Helath and Welfare Society--New Delhi

Sanghapali Aruna