2020, year of the pandemic: Denied land allotted to her, a differently-abled woman from Sivaganga ostracised
For Rajalakshmi, a woman with a locomotor disability, being forced to leave her rented house in the middle of the lockdown was only the latest chapter in a long story of stigmatisation
How the Savarna construction of reservation vs merit binary has stalled progress of Dalits across sectors
Creating economic resources and social unification for the oppressed sections of society will help in flattening the brahmanical hegemonic theory of caste and merit.
Lockdown Caste Atrocities: Online campaign addresses violence against Dalits in the pandemic through art and dialogue
The campaign aims to share 'stories of pain, plight and struggle of Dalits' that need visibility and solidarity both at the national and international levels, since Dalit rights need to be addressed as human rights
Woman Dalit panchayat chief in Tamil Nadu forced to sit on floor, barred from hoisting flag; two arrested
Rajeshwari S, the Dalit president of the Therku Thittai panchayat in Cuddalore district, was made to sit on the floor, while other members were seated on chairs during a meeting of panchayat members
In Unni R's latest work, a witch hunt for an invisible rooster exposes the foibles of a privileged, fanatical society
Known for his short stories and screenplays, The Cock is the Culprit is Unni's first novel, which brilliantly exposes the patriarchy, politics, privilege and bigotry prevalent in Kerala society.
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.
Case of caste bias at Cisco Systems: Even 'progressive' Silicon Valley elites not immune to new strain of discrimination
This will hopefully provoke the creation of caste as new grounds for discrimination in the United States. This will help create a legal discourse on the synonymity of the manifestations between race and caste.
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.
As Eru Veyyil gets an English translation, Perumal Murugan revisits his 1991 classic tracing deterioration of rural idyll
In Rising Heat one can spot traces of the author’s unflinchingly honest and poignant narrative produced years before the terrible controversy around One Part Woman led him to make the sorrowful announcement that ‘Perumal Murugan, the writer, is dead.’
Two Cisco supervisors in the Golden State, Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella, are named in the suit for discriminating against and harassing a Dalit employee
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.
Supreme Court upholds SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendments Act, says can't presume that Dalits, Tribals may misuse law
The Supreme Court is likely to uphold the amendments made by the government in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
Supreme Court recalls verdict diluting SC/ST Atrocities Act, restores earlier legal position on arrests under legislation
The judgement was delivered on the Centre's plea seeking review of the 2018 verdict, by which certain safeguards were provided in the Atrocities Act.
Through the story of his life growing up in a basti, the discrimination Dalits face everyday and the love and creativity that binds the community together, Suraj Yengde challenges many notions in his book Caste Matters. In this conversation, he speaks about his experience as a Dalit in the West, the radical rebellion that is Dalit love, and how Brahmin participation in the anti-caste movement can be made more meaningful.
Rohith Vemula, Payal Tadvi’s mothers move Supreme Court seeking end of caste bias in educational campuses
The mothers of Rohith Vemula and Payal Tadvi, who had allegedly committed suicide following alleged caste-based discrimination, have moved the Supreme Court seeking to end such bias in universities
Ayushmann Khurrana on Article 15 success: Every once in a while, I'll venture out of the romantic comedy
Ayushmann Khurrana talks about why Article 15 stands out in his filmography, and why it is completely normal for a star like him to approach filmmakers he wants to work with.
A report of India Human Development Survey (IHDS)-2 shows how practices like social exclusion and untouchability are still deeply entrenched.
Sakshi Misra case: Inter-caste marriage important, but deeper problem is belief in scriptures promoting hierarchical order
It would be inadequate to merely quote Ambedkar's emphasis on inter-caste marriages, while ignoring his other warnings and apprehensions.
Sakshi Mishra is real-life equivalent of Article 15's hero and a model for Ambedkar's ideas on inter-caste marriage
Sakshi, the 23-year-old daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra, used social media as a weapon to neutralise the superior might of her father, who was allegedly opposed to her marrying Ajitesh, a Dalit.
Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 peddles a mythology rather than engaging honestly with the reality of caste
Article 15 tries to foreground the Constitution as a moral guide to caste relations, although it also describes caste as a 2000-year-old practice; the question is how something committed to paper around 1950 can undo something so ancient, the origins of which one can only speculate about?