The celebrated Tamil writer looks at the manner in which caste hierarchies operate at the level of the everyday.
The caste system has always been based on collusion between multiple hegemonic forces. Periyar failed to recognise that.
Periyar problematised what freedom meant, who it benefitted and who it excluded. But that doesn’t mean he gave a clean chit to colonialism.
A senior government scientist in Pune has complained to the police that her cook ‘lied about her caste’.
In ‘Why Gandhi Still Matters’, Rajmohan Gandhi helps us understand the Mahatma’s legacy and analyses his ideas of ahimsa, Hindu-Muslim unity as well as his changing stand on the issue of caste.
This week: The value of personal essays, a memoir about growing up as an untouchable and a wide-ranging reflection on losing things and people.
Given Kovind’s views on social justice and empowerment, choosing a leader like him as the presidential candidate was a more natural choice for the Sangh parivar than any radical shift in its traditional position on the caste system.
Today’s leaders present themselves as Ambedkar bhakts but will not dare follow his path for if they did, this would lead not just to a change in society but to a change of society.
The film depicts the rousing anti-caste movement in Ichchapur , where a first-of-its-kind Shudra collective is boycotting the village’s Brahmins.
Protests in Kashmir and Gujarat bring us a new turn in status quo politics – but the costs on the road to change have been far, far too high.
What is also certain is that public investment in education and health is distinctly inadequate and undermines India’s development model.