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The Shudra Kings And Brahmins: A mirror image of history

The Shudra Kings And Brahmins: A mirror image of history

But for the accidental reading of Shahu Maharaj’s letter to the retired Governor of Bombay presidency, Lord Sydenham, written in 1918, I would not have thought of writing this essay. In my life time experience of writing about the Brahmin-Bania power in contemporary times at the expense of life threats and cases in various levels of courts the Dwija pundits[Read More…]

by 24/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
Caste, Class and India’s Covid Catastrophe

Caste, Class and India’s Covid Catastrophe

Covid-19 patients dying on the streets gasping for oxygen. Hundreds of wailing, desperate folks searching for hospital beds to access treatment. Even the dead denied dignified funerals, their bodies dumped unceremoniously in the rivers of India. Much has been written about the reasons for the Indian government’s abysmal failure to prepare for the devastating surge in Covid-19 cases in India[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch, Editor's Picks
Salute to an anti-untouchability crusader within the Catholic Church

Salute to an anti-untouchability crusader within the Catholic Church

Today I write to celebrate the full life of a Roman Catholic Dalit priest, Rev. Dr. P. Antonyraj SJ who passed away on 10th May. I was nineteen years old studying in St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli  and staying in the hostel in Room No. 101, when I had several common mentors who moulded me in my college days like Fr. P.[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Proportional Representation is the only way to resolve our reservation crisis

Proportional Representation is the only way to resolve our reservation crisis

Though IIT Kharagpur teacher Seema Singh has apologised for her abusive remarks against the students of SC-ST-OBCs in an online class, the matter does not end here. When the video of her abusive class went viral, I thought whether she was a teacher at the prestigious institution or an old caste prejudiced head master in some nondescript part of the[Read More…]

Privatisation as a Counter to Dalit Assertion

Privatisation as a Counter to Dalit Assertion

For Dalits now and backward castes then, from Phule to Periyar, while the education provided by the ancient natural philosophies like Budhism, modern egalitarian religions like Christianity, exploitative but ‘progressive’ British government and the independent India’s democratic government has been one of the prime factors in promoting consciousness of Dalits on their degraded social position, on their exclusion from knowledge,[Read More…]

Without ‘Annihilation of Caste’, It is Not Possible to Establish an Egalitarian Society in India

Without ‘Annihilation of Caste’, It is Not Possible to Establish an Egalitarian Society in India

“Inequality is the soul of Hinduism”. And that is why he finally came to conclusion that, “I was born a Hindu, but will not die a Hindu” (Dr.  BR. Ambedkar) “Until 1990, Ambedkar was untouchable to all mainstream political parties’’ (Prof. Kancha Ilaiah)   On the auspicious occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar (celebrated as the Ambedkar[Read More…]

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Ambedkar on Castes In India And Among Muslims

Ambedkar on Castes In India And Among Muslims

  This is part-1 of an article, being published to mark the Birth Anniversary on April 14, of Dr. BR Ambedkar (1891-1956). Referring to “a great deal of controversy” regarding  the origin of caste, “as to whether it is due to the conscious command of a Supreme Authority, or is an unconscious growth in the life of a human society[Read More…]

by 14/04/2021 2 comments Annihilate Caste
Untouchable

Untouchable

I live next to a textile mill complex from an era long-passed. Today, the old stone buildings have been reduced to rubble and the trees that surrounded them, more than 100 in number have been felled. My tired senses don’t feel the same when I look out the window and see pale-grey, concrete walls. The sound of drilling, hammering, crushing[Read More…]

by 18/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
A Dalit and a Brahmin

A Dalit and a Brahmin

“I hear the lower castes are finding this lack of monsoons rather difficult for their crops,” droned Aashka’s father at their lavish supper (as usual), in the midst of her father’s normal dull conversing with the other Brahmins. The table was long and elegant and filled every night with rich Brahmins, such as Aashka’s family.  Most of them were reserved[Read More…]

by 29/12/2020 1 comment Arts/Literature
Caste In Heaven: Can Shudras And Dalits Find Moksha In Brahminism?

Caste In Heaven: Can Shudras And Dalits Find Moksha In Brahminism?

I kept watching the funerals of people killed by the brutal coronavirus in the global pandemic of Covid-19 on TV channels and read about them in newspapers. Those dead bodies who are described as Hindu are being quickly burnt without anybody around. The usual presence of the Brahmin priest to recite slokas are nowhere to be seen. Only the rich[Read More…]

So You want to ally with the Dalit Rights Movement?

So You want to ally with the Dalit Rights Movement?

On 25th May 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man was murdered in police custody in Minneapolis, USA. A video showing a white police officer kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was pinned to the floor went viral. Following this, large anti-racism protests took place with many white people also standing against racism and police brutality.[Read More…]

by 28/10/2020 1 comment Annihilate Caste
Political Economy of Caste in India

Political Economy of Caste in India

Caste plays a role at every stage of an Indian’s economic life: in school, university, the labor market, and into old age. The influence of caste extends beyond private economic activity into the public sphere, where caste politics determines access to public resources. Sure, there has been a convergence in education, occupations, income, and access to public resources across caste[Read More…]

by 26/10/2020 Comments are Disabled Book Review
Government must ensure our elite institutions free from caste prejudices

Government must ensure our elite institutions free from caste prejudices

Supreme Court’s order allowing the three accused of abetting murder of Dr Payal Tadavi namely Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal to complete their medical studies is deeply disturbing and indicating a trend where violence against Dalits and Adivasis seems to be happening with impunity. Dr Payal Tadvai belonged to adivasi community and worked harder to reach the stage[Read More…]

by 12/10/2020 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
Who all among you is a “Srivastava”? Why Education Cannot be the Only Answer to Annihilation of Caste

Who all among you is a “Srivastava”? Why Education Cannot be the Only Answer to Annihilation of Caste

The recent Hathras incident of violence against a 19-year-old Dalit girl has boomeranged the relevance of caste question in academia and at least digital media. It has again illustrated the complex structure of violence against women, which places the Dalit woman at the absolute bottom. The unfolding of the debates, however, indicate an interesting trend of Savarna spokespersons from various[Read More…]

by 08/10/2020 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
How safe are Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh?

How safe are Dalit women in Uttar Pradesh?

Recently Crime in India – 2019 report has been released by National Crime Records Bureau. In this report, in the year 2019, the statistics of crime of Dalit atrocities have been published for the whole country. It has emerged that Uttar Pradesh is far ahead in this. The Dalit population of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the largest population in the[Read More…]

by 06/10/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Requirement Of An Independent Constitutional Body

Requirement Of An Independent Constitutional Body

The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was enacted with a main objective to protect marginalised communities viz. schedule castes and tribes against discrimination and atrocities. Sec.3 of the said Act enunciates the nature of various acts committed against a schedule caste or a schedule tribe to constitute an offence punishable under the said Act. The said provision stipulates that any act which is[Read More…]

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Strengthen National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Strengthen National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Introduction National Commission of Scheduled Castes and National Commission of Scheduled Tribes, both constitutional bodies constituted to protect and monitor implementation of safeguards to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been lying vacant at highest level for the past six months. Barring employees, there are no Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Members. The governing body is vacant. Both the constitutional bodies are[Read More…]

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 Why is Bengal still Caste-less?

 Why is Bengal still Caste-less?

In early September, circles from the Bengali academia and Left political spectrum, strongly vocalized their seemingly disgruntled voices against the trolling of Professor Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor from the Department of History at Jadavpur University. At the same time, many of them also claimed to be “astonished” at something of this nature happening in Bengal. Soon after my arrival in[Read More…]

by 21/09/2020 4 comments Annihilate Caste
Understanding The Dalit Struggle For Identity In Gujarat

Understanding The Dalit Struggle For Identity In Gujarat

ABSTRACT The recent incidents of Dalit oppression in Gujarat has got the attention of the entire country. Gujarat though known for its development and progress is still ruled by feudal laws, where sporting a moustache, wearing goggles, watching Garba, or even riding a bike offends the upper caste pride in this day and age. In nearly 50% of villages in[Read More…]

by 20/08/2020 Comments are Disabled Annihilate Caste
I was born a bad person and my fellow savarnas, so were you all

I was born a bad person and my fellow savarnas, so were you all

I was born a bania, a savarna or upper-caste, and that is why I was born a bad person. Let me explain. I am part of that minority for whom the benefits of the caste system far outweigh the costs (if there are any costs at all except for making me lazy, stupid, selfish, and arrogant by making everything in[Read More…]

by 14/08/2020 3 comments Annihilate Caste
Agriculturalism And Hindutva

Agriculturalism And Hindutva

In China there was a philosophical school called Agriculturism between 770 BCE and 221 BCE. The main philosopher, who represented this school with a sophisticated exposition of that philosophy, was Xu Xing (372-289 BCE). His main philosophy was that people’s propensity is based on farming than to any other thing. By the third and the fourth century BCE the Chinese[Read More…]

by 24/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
No End to Humiliation of Dalits Even After Death

No End to Humiliation of Dalits Even After Death

Does anybody still remember the Dalits of Chakwara, a village around 50km from Jaipur in Rajasthan, who had launched a struggle to gain access to the pond in their village? It is more than 18 years since the Dalits, supported by human rights organisations, won that fight for water. Their undertaking had echoes with the historic struggle launched by Dr[Read More…]

by 22/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Uncategorized
India’s Illegitimate Daughter

India’s Illegitimate Daughter

“Because of the ascendancy of lawlessness, Krishna, The family women are corrupted; When women are corrupted, O Krishna, The intermixture of caste is born. Intermixture brings to hell The family destroyers and the family, too; The ancestors of these indeed fall, Deprived of offerings of rice and water. By these wrongs of the family destroyers, Producing intermixture of caste, Caste[Read More…]

by 21/07/2020 1 comment Annihilate Caste
Cisco Case Shows Indians Still Take Caste Where they Go

Cisco Case Shows Indians Still Take Caste Where they Go

What happens to caste when Indians migrate to Western countries? Do their feelings of being born superior or inferior, their belief in the purity-pollution ethic, just melt away? The “model minority” has tried to avoid a conversation on this issue but it returns to haunt them time and again. Now the American state of California is at the centre of[Read More…]

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