Ava DuVernay reunites with Netflix to write, direct Caste, based on Isabel Wilkerson's New York Times bestselling novel
Ava DuVernay's Caste will examine "how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations."
India's Dalit Muslims, marginalised historically and in the present day, find scant mention in mainstream discourse
In times when Muslims are actively resisting state oppression and savagery, and valiantly propagating a counter-narrative to Islamophobia, they must also look to issues within the community.
Reversing the upper-caste gaze: Rajesh Rajamani on his vision for The Discreet Charm of the Savarnas
Conventionally, caste has been a sombre topic in pop culture that chiefly deals with Dalit characters. Rajesh Rajamani reverses the gaze on Savarnas, and inserts humour into his film.
Sudhir Mishra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manu Joseph on setting Serious Men against the backdrop of education system
Author Manu Joseph, director Sudhir Mishra, and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in conversation with Firstpost about Netflix release Serious Men.
Richa Chadha wrote in a tweet that she was unaware of her caste privilege till after she graduated from college
Indian cinema and the Dalit identity: Kaala represents resurrection of masses in world of cinematic stories
It is not the case that Indian movies have never dealt with political subjects or politics in their stories, but they lacked aesthetics from the lives of the masses. Kaala breaks this monotony.
The wrath of upper caste professors: How the education system normalised abusive, discriminatory teaching methods
Seniority, clout and power are directly related to caste privilege, and this may sound less shocking if you keenly observe who holds top positions in academia presently, and in the past.
Indian cinema and the Dalit identity: Chamm spurs viewers to think rationally about emotional complexities of exploitation
Chamm establishes a truth about today’s Punjab with every frame: that this Punjab is not “grand” anymore, it is organically deprived.
NEP's private participation push, disregard for caste and gender show it as little more than echo of past policies
All our education policies have been reflective of Macaulay’s idea of creating a class of people willing to serve a larger authority.
Indian cinema and the Dalit identity: Kammatipaadam deftly unravels the connection between land and caste
Kammatipaadam is a 2016 Malayalam movie directed by Rajeev Ravi, which captures in a simple yet profound manner what land means to Dalits.
Indian cinema and the Dalit identity: How Masaan confronts us with a truth caste norms would have us negate
In post-constitutional India, the meeting points of two castes or of people from two historically opposed castes, has become a vantage point for understanding the process of society’s democratisation.
'How can you be an artiste and not reflect the times?' The inside story of Arivu's fight against oppression
From ‘Sandai Seivom’ (Let's Fight, a protest song against the CAA) or 'Snowlin' (about the teenage girl shot dead during the Sterlite protest), Arivu's music — like his existence — is political.
Memoirs of a Dalit Communist: RB More's writings offer critique of untouchability, Savarna communism
Memoirs of a Dalit Communist should be read for the explanations it offers for the failure of communism in India, in particular the ideology's unsuitability to the social reality of Indian politics. The book is also a critical read because it lays bare how Savarna leaders used caste to their advantage within the communist groups.
In Flowers on the Grave of Caste, author Yogesh Maitreya's characters are subjected to a constant threats in a Brahminical environment. But these characters' main trait is self-respect which permeates their very being, thus making it not a collective claim but an individual one — a notion Dr Ambedkar eloquently put forth in the Constituent Assembly debates
With Maadathy — An Unfairy Tale, Leena Manimekalai skewers the blindness of dominant castes to oppression
Maadathy is a story woven from the day-to-day lives of Puthirai Vannar women. Maadathy is also the name of one of the mother goddesses worshipped in rural Tamil Nadu.
Guru Nanak's langar and legacy: Tracing the origin of the practice, what it says about his commitment to inclusion
The practice of langar, whereby Sikh gurdwaras around the world serve free food and the poor and hungry can eat there as often as they want, emerged because of Guru Nanak's failure as a merchant. It is an embodiment of his compassion and rejection of caste
UP 'honour killing': Congress slams state govt over Dalit youth being burned alive, says social fabric under attack
The chief spokesperson of Congress Randeep Surjewala hit out at the BJP government on Tuesday, just a day after an incident involving the immolation of a 20-year-old Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi came to light
Hindi 'imposition' debate: Schools can play key role in promoting integration through 3-language formula
The language debate has again assumed significance in the light of remarks made by Home Minister Amit Shah.
Adivasis and the Indian State: How local self-governance in a Maharashtra gram panchayat is empowering tribal women
The Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act in Scheduled Areas has been creating a platform for tribal women to assert their agency.