Kottayam: A unique movement called ‘Dalit Camera’ airs the issues of the marginalised sections of society by uploading videos, photographs and audio clippings on the internet.
B. Ravichandran, director of the ‘Dalit Camera,’ the initiative of a group of students of Osmania University, was in Kottayam on Wednesday.
The group has 14 student volunteers now, who take up the Dalit issues during their free time. They go to places where caste atrocities happen and upload videos on the internet.
“The movement was launched to counter the mainstream media’s sidelining of the issues of Dalits, and the Hindutva ideology which is subjugating the Dalits. Through our initiatives, we have been able to complement the mainstream media, which have taken our clippings for publishing various issues,” Ravi told DC.
The movement, which began in 2012, gets support from the Osmania University campus, Ravi said. Ravi is the Ambedkar award winner for the promotion of Dalit rights. “We are not creators of news.
We will act only when an issue occurs so that it will be effectively brought before the public. We are also getting support from many quarters,” Ravi added. Ravichandran, who belongs to the Chakliyal community in Tamil Nadu, has completed his PhD in language and linguistics from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.