articles by Shrikanth Krishnamachary

India

India and the Indian: Hinduism, caste act as unifying forces in the country, writes Shrikanth Krishnamachary

The Hindu nationalist argument transcends mere constitutional patriotism. This view, with its roots in 19th century Hindu renaissance, is keen to personify the Indian nation as “Bharat Mata”.

India

Brahmanical patriarchy: Data on female literacy shows it's a grand narrative far removed from reality

The concatenation of the terms "Brahmanical" and "patriarchy" somehow implies that “upper-caste hegemony” is a cause or perpetuator of “patriarchy” — a very problematic notion, given the universal prevalence of the latter for much of human history even in societies that lack the kind of Varna Vyavastha, which loosely translates to caste hierarchy, that characterised India.