Society

The Cost of Cleanliness

Dr. Ambedkar had argued that the division of labour in India is accompanied by graded inequality and occupational immobility. Historically, lower-castes and especially untouchable communities have been forced to engage in dehumanising work.

Pradeep Salve

December 08, 2020

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The Law Is Casteist: Part 2

Lawyers Disha Wadekar and Nikita Sonavane give deep and searing insight into their personal and intellectual understanding of the inherent casteist bias of the Indian legal system, based on their many years of work and engagement as lawyers and researchers.

DISHA WADEKAR & NIKITA SONAVANE

December 02, 2020

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The Law is Casteist

Lawyers Disha Wadekar and Nikita Sonavane give deep and searing insight into their personal and intellectual understanding of the inherent casteist bias of the Indian legal system, based on their many years of work and engagement as lawyers and researchers.

DISHA WADEKAR & NIKITA SONAVANE

November 06, 2020

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Caste and Gender: A Systemic Obliteration of Justice

The legal system, rather than effectively and actively working to hold those who commit caste-based crimes accountable for their actions, has instead become a space for further discrimination. This is due to an intrinsic casteist psychology that is rampant in the Indian bureaucracy and judiciary.

SANTVANA KUMAR

October 24, 2020

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We Must Call It What It Is: Caste-Based Violence

A nineteen-year-old girl who belonged to a Dalit community was brutally raped and killed by four upper caste men. This is not just a case of rape. It’s a caste atrocity.

JYOTSNA SIDDHARTH

October 01, 2020

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‘A silk weaver can only weave silk, he cannot wear it.’

The Tamil film, Kanchivaram, explores the exploitation of weavers in Tamil Nadu through the story of its protagonist Vengadam, who belongs to the traditional silk weaving community, and is set within a period that saw weavers struggling with economic inequality and rapidly rising suicide rates.

SAACHI D'SOUZA

September 28, 2020

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‘External independence is quite compatible with internal slavery’

As Ambedkar had predicted, Indian ‘independence’ did not change a great deal for many Dalit communities.As Ambedkar had predicted, Indian ‘independence’ did not change a great deal for many Dalit communities.

DURGA SOLANKI & RAJYASHRI GOODY

August 15, 2020

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Letter from Beirut

A friend writes from Lebanon. Republished with permission from Tariq Ali, to whom this letter is addressed.

ANONYMOUS

August 12, 2020

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Ants in My Bloodstream

Kashmir is not just densely occupied. It is thoroughly occupied. It is intricately occupied. It is omnipresently occupied. It is repeatedly occupied.

TABISH MIR RAFIQ

August 07, 2020

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The Prison Between Mountains

As we mark one year since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A we must reckon with how we have failed Kashmir.

MASRAT ZAHRA & SKYE ARUNDHATI THOMAS

August 05, 2020

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