The caste system has always been based on collusion between multiple hegemonic forces. Periyar failed to recognise that.
Ambedkar had argued that Dalits did not wish to be represented by others, much less nominated by them, and vehemently favoured separate electorates since it brought to the forefront of democratic practice the most oppressed.
The workshop at Maharaja Sayajirao University, to be conducted by professor Ghanshyam Shah, was supposed to be about the politics of caste and social movements.
The dismal state of India’s higher education sector can be explained both as a failing of top-down initiatives and near-absence of bottom-up pressures.