Dhrubo works as an edit resource and writes at the intersection of caste, gender, sexuality and politics. Formerly trained in Physics, abandoned a study of the stars for the glitter of journalism. Fish out of digital water.
Articles by Dhrubo Jyoti
At the time, many worried that migrant workers would carry the virus from cities to the countryside but with the exception of some districts, there was no major connection between the exodus and a spike in infection.
This first collection of creative texts on communities that were criminalised 150 years ago by the Criminal Tribes Act includes plays, translated excerpts and autobiographical sketches. These pieces offer vignettes of the life of these communities in post-Independence India where the policing and criminal justice systems continue to discriminate against them
Tamil Nadu has amended the legislation that governs it’s police force and inserted a clause banning any harassment of LGBTQIA + people.
- Khabar Lahariya's uncompromising quality holds lessons for the arguments around merit, which denies Dalits their rightful place in educational institutions and organisations.
In July last year, Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of IIT Madras of caste bias, alleging that he was not permitted to teach an elective course in his first year of joining
The three-member panel, which was set up on July 2 after Vipin P Veetil accused four professors of the department of humanities and social sciences of caste-based harassment and bias, also noted that the lack of “desirable processes” may have led to misunderstandings.
ByDhrubo Jyoti, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Years-long litigation is a common feature of the Indian justice system. Still, it is particularly extractive of Dalit victims and their families, who often lack the economic heft and social support to assemble a strong team
Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s new documentary is about a newspaper run by Dalit women in rural UP. It’s won prizes at Sundance and made the Oscars shortlist. Shadowing these women was extraordinary, but Writing with Fire was not an easy film to make, they say.
- A growing genre of scholarship and reports indicates that Dalit and marginalised groups are facing significant headwinds in government services
- The pride walk at Palampur shattered the long-held notion of LGBTQIA+ activism being centered in big metropolises
With a population over 200 million cutting across caste and communities, and 80 Lok Sabha seats and 403 assembly seats, Uttar Pradesh wields disproportionate power in the country’s politics.
While UP assembly elections will be the most keenly watched political event of 2022, Punjab is particularly important as it birthed a movement that effected a reversal of three farm laws.
2021 will be remembered for the second wave of the pandemic and the harsh lessons it held for the government, politicians and citizens. The year of the once-in-a-generation health crisis also saw a strong political fightback from regional parties, and a farm agitation that forced a retreat...
total of 122 students from central government-run higher education institutions, including the IITs and IIMs, have died by suicide over the past seven years and roughly half of them belong to marginalised castes or tribes.
- 97% scheduled castes. 1% scheduled tribes. 1% other backward classes and 0.9% others. This was the breakup of the caste backgrounds of manual scavengers
While there is no question that transpersons face hurdles in accessing education, employment and health care, some community activists are questioning why the government is lumping all transpersons across caste in the OBC category
The government told Lok Sabha that there were no reports of manual scavengers being engaged in India at present
What makes his triumph more remarkable is the burden of caste he carries. Manjhi is Dalit, and Naach is an art form patronised by Dalits and lower-caste communities in the heartland
The NCERT pulled down a teachers’ training manual on integration of transgender or gender non-conforming students in schools from its website
Indian elections are a remarkable feat for a new democracy. Yet, the country’s marginalised castes continue to get a raw deal when it comes to their representation, and the system of reserved constituencies is flawed at best
“He is gone,” she whispers – pointing towards the kitchen where she would make bathua and besan barfis every time her son, 20-year-old Pradeep Meghwal, came home from his college in Bikaner. “It was his favourite,” she says. “And I will never make it for him again.”
ByDhrubo Jyoti, Hindustan Times, Bikaner
- The legacy of Sukumar Sen, the architect of the modern Indian election, goes far beyond party symbols, indelible ink, and ballot boxes.
For seven decades, India has made policies that are either caste-blind or aimed at helping marginalised castes, but without any hard data on the numbers of castes other than Dalits. This lack of data on the relative strengths of castes has now fuelled the demand for a caste census
- Negi holds the unique record of being independent India’s first voter and has exercised his franchise in the last 70 years in every local, state and national election
The village of Kalpa, then called Chini, went to the polls months ahead of the rest of the country because the remote village with roughly 60 families would get cut off by snowfall in early November.
ByDhrubo Jyoti and Gaurav Bisht, Kinnaur/shimla
Two years on, a series of legal moves have led to renewed churn about EWS quotas – their utility and rationale
The advisory referred to a Madras high court judgment last month that said “queerphobia” – prejudicial and abusive attitudes and behavior towards the community – was rampant in medical education.
The victim, the daughter of a primary school teacher in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, was found dead inside a water tank on the roof of her college in 2016.
For a nation to progress, caste is important to eradicate. But its perpetuation is also beneficial to many powerful communities
New Delhi: A court in Rajasthan on Friday convicted three people for the rape and suicide of a Dalit girl in a college in 2016 -- a case that had sparked widespread public anger and conversations on caste discrimination and women’s safety