[WSMDiscuss] 17 Years of 'Navayana'- Publisher of Anti-Caste Literature

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Thu Jul 9 09:58:37 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! On the links given belowdo read interesting write-ups about the 17 years of Navayana’s journey. You couldvisit Navayana’s website and also order for books along with masks, which havebecome essential for every one due to coronavirus pandemic.  


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network.  


Firstperson: How Navayana, publisher of anti-caste literature, was born, and whereit is going now

S Anand, Scroll, July 09, 2020 



Founder S Anand talks of Navayana’s past, present, andpost-pandemic future. 




Visit Navayana at : www.navayana.org 




Mask Up! Read On! 

S Anand, Navayana Blog, June 24, 2020 



In the seventeen years that Navayana has been around, morethan ten have been spent in Shahpur Jat, Delhi, a thirteenth century settlement formed by layersof migrations. Today, the earliest migrants here, the Jats (who brought along a‘Chamar basti’), are easily outnumbered by migrant workers and smallentrepreneurs from Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, the Northeast and more.Below Navayana’s second-floor perch is a tailor shop run by the father–son duo,Shahbaz and Sohail, with a team of six workers, including their own kin. Saysthe son Sohail, ‘We are from Bhagalpur, known for its tussar, silks and linen.My father migrated here thirty years ago.’ After the lockdown, like much else,both our offices remained shut. When we opened in mid-May, we exchanged notesabout how both our small businesses had been flattened, by the virus and itsheartless management. 




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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