Who We Are

Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) has its root in the youth organization Mukti (Liberation). Founded in 1982 as a youth organisation aiming for social, economic and political equity, activities of Mukti were primarily confined to Delhi. Though Mukti’s primary leadership came from the Dalit communities, it was a progressive youth organisation having non-Dalit youth as active members and committed to work on issues of social justice, equity and human rights.

It was realized that building alternative Dalit media was an arduous task, and this issue had to be addressed in its full dimensionality rather than confining itself to publishing a monthly newspaper. CADAM was registered in May 1995 as a society under the Society Registration Act, 1860, in New Delhi with a vision to institutionalize the work among the disadvantaged sections, particularly the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, socially and economically Backward Classes, Minorities and other socially excluded sections of Indian society.

Beginning from a tiny home-run informal office in Delhi in 1995, CADAM has now grown as an institution having its offices and presence in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. CADAM now works with a range of support organisations, which gives an idea how CADAM’s committed and hardworking staff, institutional leadership and most importantly its Executive Committee and well-wishers have worked hard over a period of time.