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POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Caste system, Vedic culture, Aryan invasion theory, Harappan civilisation

Why I am a Harappan Indian, not a Vedic patriot: Here’s what's so wrong with the Vedic brand of patriotism

Patriotism cannot be found in humiliating our own people’s diverse productivity, and promoting a culture of consumption by some, toiling by others, who get only abuse in return.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Discrimination, Dalits, Lower caste, Caste system

Despite all your glib talk: 'Article 15' shines a harsh light on the dark truth of caste and gender oppression in India

Caste remains as brutal and pervasive as ever in India. But violence against women by men transcends even caste. It threatens all women and it unites all men.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Dalits, Caste system, Brahmins, Bharat Ratna

Brahman Ratna? The curious coincidence of Hindu upper caste Bharat Ratna awardees

If the ‘bringing in of caste’ into these awards annoys you, you are probably a Hindu upper caste.

VOICES

 |  7-minute read
Caste system, Jack Dorsey, Twitter, Brahminical patriarchy

Why not smash the myths around 'Brahminical patriarchy' first?

Twitter head Jack Dorsey held up a 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy' placard. How accurate even is he?

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Caste system, Equality, Obc, Scst

How the Supreme Court wants to solve the reservation conundrum

Will the government accept the judiciary's solution?

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Untouchability, Caste system, Dalits, Puducherry

In Puducherry, it took police, collector to ensure Dalits entry into a temple: When will this unholy practice end?

As Dalits become more conscious of their rights, the upper castes hit back.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Assam, Google search, Caste system, হিমা দাস

Why the 'urban elite' wants to know Hima Das's caste

Well-educated Twitter-types like to claim they don't discriminate on the basis of caste. Yet they perpetrate its biases.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Caste system, Hindutva, BJP, Atrocities Act

Boys beaten up for jumping into well, wearing fancy shoes: India’s deep discomfort with ‘uppity’ Dalits

The more we pretend the caste system is on its way out, the more we ensure its entrenchment.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
BR Ambedkar, Caste system, Dalit, Rajkot lynching

Why Rajkot lynching is no big surprise — in India, certain castes, not caste itself, get killed

Unlike Europe, India has not even tried to tackle discrimination like caste from within society. This is left to government, law and order — while brutal caste practices continue.

VOICES

 |  4-minute read
Maratha, Caste system, Caste Discrimination

Experiences of someone who belongs to a lower caste

The dilution of the Atrocities Act is an indication that casteism is alive and kicking.