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Hundreds join AAP’s Rajendra Pal Gautam in march for abolition of caste, untouchability
Politics

Hundreds join AAP’s Rajendra Pal Gautam in march for abolition of caste, untouchability

Gautam, who recently resigned after he got into a controversy over a religious conversion event which he presided over, said caste-based violence must be stopped in the country

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma launches digital issuance of caste certificates for students
India

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma launches digital issuance of caste certificates for students

Sarma said that earlier people before joining any government job had to bear the burden to secure such documents. However, with the launch of Mission Bhumiputra, such problems will be solved without any glitch

Reclaiming Hindu identity, again: A Dalit journey in America
India

Reclaiming Hindu identity, again: A Dalit journey in America

This is an unusual story of Aldrin Deepak, told in his own words. Deepak is a Dalit Hindu living in San Francisco, but for him ‘caste’ has not been part of his Hindu identity

Caste apartheid: India’s other export to the United States
India

Caste apartheid: India’s other export to the United States

Until American state and federal laws — and domestic law elsewhere — catch up to the realities of caste apartheid, the most vulnerable of Indian-origin persons will suffer

By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege
Entertainment

By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege

Reality TV shows like Shark Tank India eulogise the ‘fairness’ of competition, and its implications as a cultural reform, rather than the historic impediments that have rigged and awarded the game long ago.

Why India urgently needs a Ministry of Counter-Propaganda
India

Why India urgently needs a Ministry of Counter-Propaganda

If the West has long expertise in propaganda, we do have a longer memory that has not yet been fully extinguished. We need investment in the sparking of that memory to life, to global life. Without such an investment, we won’t have a ‘Jagat Guru’ role to play in the world

Why Delhi High Court is within its rights to intervene on the issue of Uniform Civil Code
India

Why Delhi High Court is within its rights to intervene on the issue of Uniform Civil Code

If there is a violation of a fundamental right, the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts and the Supreme Court can be invoked to address that violation and remedy it

Love Story movie review: Sekhar Kammula shows a mirror, but not sans his trademark style
Entertainment

Love Story movie review: Sekhar Kammula shows a mirror, but not sans his trademark style

I always look forward to a Sekhar Kammula film because he builds a better world than the one we are living in. But with Love Story, he is in no mood to dream.

Amol Palekar, Rinku Rajguru on their ZEE5 film 200 Halla Ho, and how 'conspicuous silence' on social issues affects art
Entertainment

Amol Palekar, Rinku Rajguru on their ZEE5 film 200 Halla Ho, and how 'conspicuous silence' on social issues affects art

"Wish to be a member of a ‘hundred crore & more’ club seems to be mutually exclusive with creating good cinema," says Amol Palekar, who believes "more films on issues of caste can get financial backing by OTT platforms provided the filmmakers wish to narrate those stories."

The world of Sonchiriya: Arid, claustrophobic ravines hold a mirror to a land of anarchy, injustice, and inequities
Entertainment

The world of Sonchiriya: Arid, claustrophobic ravines hold a mirror to a land of anarchy, injustice, and inequities

What’s more menacing and sinister than the Chambal ravines is the discriminations and prejudices, inequities, and injustices they harbour, the caste divides, toxic masculinity and patriarchal codes that they run by and are shaped from.

In Outcaste Bombay, historian Juned Shaikh interrogates assumptions about city's cosmopolitanism in 20th century
Arts & Culture

In Outcaste Bombay, historian Juned Shaikh interrogates assumptions about city's cosmopolitanism in 20th century

Using historical and literary sources, Shaikh throws light on the nexus between caste and class identities in Mumbai.

The absurdity of conservatism: How enforcement of 'culture' is at odds with nation's real heritage and development
India

The absurdity of conservatism: How enforcement of 'culture' is at odds with nation's real heritage and development

What we are witnessing now, in the form of enforcement of taboos of food, and the push against what is called “love jihad”, is an assertion of power by those who wish to conserve the old ways.

Swachh Bharat toilets alone won't end open defecation; practice persists due to caste norms, drainage woes
India

Swachh Bharat toilets alone won't end open defecation; practice persists due to caste norms, drainage woes

India’s aim to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) remained unfulfilled as millions of toilets that were built are never used

Isabel Wilkerson's Caste, a book which explores racism in the US, named finalist for Lukas Book Prize
Arts & Culture

Isabel Wilkerson's Caste, a book which explores racism in the US, named finalist for Lukas Book Prize

Other finalists include Becky Cooper’s We Keep the Dead Close, Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate, Barton Gellman’s Dark Mirror and Jessica Goudeau’s After the Last Border.

Caste in the USA, Episode 10: Challenging caste supremacy on social media, and how Savarna silence breeds impunity
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 10: Challenging caste supremacy on social media, and how Savarna silence breeds impunity

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 10.

Caste in the USA, Episode 9: Examining the trials of representing caste in the 'elite' art world
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 9: Examining the trials of representing caste in the 'elite' art world

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 9.

Caste in the USA, Episode 8: Decoding biases, inherent dominant supremacy in the field of public healthcare
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 8: Decoding biases, inherent dominant supremacy in the field of public healthcare

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 8.

Caste in the USA, Episode 7: Why the Savarna controlling of public policy normalises casteism, foils diversity
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 7: Why the Savarna controlling of public policy normalises casteism, foils diversity

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 7.

Caste in the USA, Episode 6: Navigating casteism in the Telugu diaspora, universities and workplaces
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 6: Navigating casteism in the Telugu diaspora, universities and workplaces

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 6.

Caste in the USA, Episode 5: On social isolation as a result of caste networks in the diaspora
World

Caste in the USA, Episode 5: On social isolation as a result of caste networks in the diaspora

'Caste In The USA' is a podcast series examining the pervasiveness of caste discrimination among Indians in the US, hosted by Equality Labs' Thenmozhi Soundararajan. This is Episode 5.