Articles by: Dr. Y. Srinivasa Rao

Ambedkar on the Attic

Ambedkar on the Attic

Many would complain that it is unfair to limit Ambedkar to one community. Yes, it is true that his writings, his activism, his work as minister, constitutionalist, law maker does cover politics, economy, foreign affairs, welfare, labor issues, history, caste, rationalism and religion and addresses deprivation of the rights of every vulnerable section of the society.  This means that he[Read More…]

December 20, 2019 Annihilate Caste
The Politics of the Idea of India

The Politics of the Idea of India

  What is India? A question can neither be answered nor be defined easily. However, we celebrate India as a civilization, as an idea, as a nation, as a notion as a culture, as a sentiment, as an emotion and as dynamic geographical concept. We try to define in it many ways.  Though everyone has the freedom of visualizing the[Read More…]

December 2, 2019 India
Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

Lynching: Casteist, Communal and Fascist Tool of Violence in India

  Violence has always been a tool of oppression, suppression and subordination. Though every form of violence is illegal according to the law of the land, dominant social forces (upper castes/classes) often justifies employing certain forms of violence as they believe that they are essential to keep the supposedly holy and sacred religious, social and cultural systems and customs alive[Read More…]

December 6, 2018 India
Rationalism as a Way of Life

Rationalism as a Way of Life

What is’way of life’? Till the emergence of organised religions, it seems there is no point in history where there has been a single ‘way of life’. In actuality, human in his/her struggle to survive, sustain and socialise, develops a way of life which is dominated by the reason, logic and commonsense. Imagined and incomprehensible elements play lesser role just[Read More…]

September 17, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Dalits under Hindutva

Dalits under Hindutva

Dalits or the untouchables in India, as the Hindu social order placed them in the category of outcastes or people with no caste have taken up Buddhism, Islam and Christianity in the long course of their history and emerged into multi-religious community. Their conversions into other religions have not delinked their low social status. Perhaps, in other religions, the degree[Read More…]

May 18, 2018 Annihilate Caste
Is Ambedkar still an Untouchable in India?

Is Ambedkar still an Untouchable in India?

On 16th May 2015, Sagar Shejwal, a young nursing student, in temple town Shirdi, Maharastra, was beaten to death for keeping Bhimrao Amedhkar song as ringtone, Chandra Sekar Azad ‘Ravan’ has been charged with sedition charges for wrong reasons while the real reason was that he has started a social solidarity action group called Bhim Army in the name of[Read More…]

May 4, 2018 Annihilate Caste
The Death of Public University

The Death of Public University

Forgetting the relationship between education and society and ignoring the required engagement between thinker theorists and innovators on one side and society on the other, the governments, legislators and people hypnotized by the neoliberal economy have came to an understanding that commericialisation/marketisation of education from first grade to PhD is the best way forward not for any appreciable societal transformations[Read More…]

April 25, 2018 India
"WAKE UP INDIA" a Protest Rally against the Violence & oppression on Minorities, Churches, Nun and Christians organize by Christian reform united people association along with Other Organizations, Churches and Institutions at Azad Maidan on Friday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Mumbai, 27/03/2015

Transformation of Caste/Religious Minorities into ‘Composite Majority’ to Counter Majoritarianism in India

Nature of Majority Though every nation in the world is multi-religious and multi-cultural, in every nation, at least, there is one majority community that is based on religion, language, ethnicity, race and language. However, in the long historical process, it does not remain as it is because the supposed cultural and religious singularity is a myth. In large geographical landscape,[Read More…]

February 12, 2018 Annihilate Caste
Domination Of The Other Is Inbuilt In The Ideology Of Majoritarianism

Domination Of The Other Is Inbuilt In The Ideology Of Majoritarianism

In the modern democratic societies, the emergence of majoritarianism, as political ideology is a organised well thought of response of the social, religious, ethnic and racial majorities to the new progressive, democratic, secular and political philosophies/ideologies which have posed serious challenge. Afraid of losing the social and cultural monopoly, the majority invents socio-religious rituals, festivals, customs and traditions as tools[Read More…]

December 28, 2017 Communal Harmony
Technology, Lies And False Propaganda

Technology, Lies And False Propaganda

  Melvin Krazberg who was considered to be father of History of technology proposed six laws of technology in its relationship with society know as ‘Krazberg laws’. The first law is ‘technology is neither good nor bad nor it is neutral’. There is no doubt, he was right.  Yet the level and degree of good, bad and neutrality could be decided by[Read More…]

December 6, 2017 World
A Cursory Look At The Government, Religion And Reason In Contemporary Times

A Cursory Look At The Government, Religion And Reason In Contemporary Times

Civilised society, in India, is failing in all counts and working hard to prove that all that is so far, even it is quite minimal, acquired as positive civilisational characters such as humanism, universalism and rationalism, in actuality, are meaningless. For todays religiously indoctrinated, being religious and ritualistic is what is being civilised; rest is all peripheral and non-essential. What[Read More…]

November 14, 2017 Communal Harmony
Can We Revive Periyarism?

Can We Revive Periyarism?

Looking at the strengthening negative attitude of people towards positive ideologies, cultivation of which has given the opportunity to India to stand tall among other civilisations, anti-Periyarism not only throughout the country but also in the land of Periyar itself is quite natural and that is quite visible now. At the moment, Periyarism is surviving among very few Periyarists and[Read More…]

October 26, 2017 Annihilate Caste
What Is New In Today’s New India?

What Is New In Today’s New India?

Change is constant and it is what history is according to Herodotus. For Greeks, it was change and for Romans it was continuity. R. G. Collingwood saw this scientificity and humanism in Greek thought were greatest contributions of Greeks to the human civilisation while substantialism and metaphysical permanency were the weaknesses of the Roman thought. The same strands of thought[Read More…]

October 24, 2017 India
Rescuing The Historical ‘Asura’ From Ahistory

Rescuing The Historical ‘Asura’ From Ahistory

The educated and intellectual who have acquired the required radicality in opposing the domination and in questioning or challenging the ahistoricality of the classical culture which is executes itself or kept alive in different means and methods (Hindu orthodox customs, traditions, ritual and festivals) have been, from the last decade or so, building counter narratives to the classical culture. These[Read More…]

October 23, 2017 Annihilate Caste