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People’s Movement, Decentralisation and Rural Bihar

Last Among Equals: Power, Caste and Politics in Bihar’s Villages by M R Sharan, Chennai: Context, 2021; pp 217, `599.

What Is the Caste of Music?

Irula tribeswoman Nanjiyamma winning a National Film Award has once again laid bare our elitist, casteist conceptions of art.

Fresh Challenges to the 50% Limit on Vertical Reservations

The judicially imposed ceiling of 50% on vertical reservations in India has been questioned recently in two ways—the Supreme Court’s upholding of the 103rd Amendment Act, which allowed economically weaker section reservations beyond 50%, and the state legislations in Jharkhand and Karnataka, whic

Non-Brahmin Labour Movement in Bombay and Indian National Movement

The development of the mill industry in Bombay[1] heavily relied on family, kinship, caste and patronage. Labour recruitment and organisation were also correlated to family, kinship, caste and patronage. The rise and growth of the Indian National Movement in Bombay was largely connected with caste politics. The early growth of the Indian National Congress was connected with the society's elite and oppressor caste community. Prominent leaders from the Indian National Congress were mainly from the Brahmin caste. M K Gandhi and his various movements had created space for the non-Brahmin in the national movements. But it was not an easy task to convince the non-Brahmin masses to join the Indian national movements. This article explains the initial phase of Gandhi and his early attempts to organise non-Brahmin labour unions and encourage their participation in national movements. Further, it explains how these non-Brahmin leaders joined the Congress party and its various significant movements. This process primarily affected the labour unrest and national movement in Bombay.

Scheduled Caste Students’ Education and Post-matric Scholarships in Punjab

The issue of the massive dropouts of Scheduled Caste students from colleges and universities in Punjab is investigated in this article. For understanding the dropout rates of the SC students, it has been argued that one should take a cognisance of social and economic processes of the Punjabi society.

Race, Caste, and Class

In her book 'Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents' Isabel Wilkerson looks to the Indian caste system to provide the vocabulary to expose the invisible substructure underlying race in America. Wilkerson draws comparisons between Racism in America and Caste in India in the way certain logics and practices - such as purity-pollution and endogamy - are used to establish one's status, access to resources, and humanity. In this episode we have Gopal Guru in conversation with R. Srivatsan and P. Thirumal discussing Isabel Wilkerson's book and the overlaps and exclusions between Race, Caste, and...

Interrogating the Idea of Democracy in India

Crisis of Liberal Deliberation: Facets of Indian Democracy edited by Manas Ray, New Delhi: Primus Books, 2022; pp xi + 604, `1,995.

State of Democracy in India: Essays on Life and Politics in Contemporary Times edited by Manas Ray, New Delhi: Primus Books, 2022; pp xi + 694, `1,995.

Bengali Identity, Sociopolitical Hegemony of Caste and the Emergence of Subnationalism

Unravelling the Bengali Identity: Sub-nationalism and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Bengal by Sumanta Banerjee, Kolkata: Purbalok Publication, 2020, pp 198, `280.

Seeking Political Alternative: Perspectives on Peasants Activism in Ambedkar’s Newspaper Janata

This paper will focus on the anti-Khoti peasant agitations held in rural Konkan by consulting Ambedkar’s newspaper Janata. Through the writings of Janata, we get a clearer picture of how political activism in Konkan in the 1930s was conducted under Ambedkar’s leadership. Janata thus highlights and marks the peculiarities of anti-caste peasant activism. It also demonstrates how Ambedkar’s ideas and activism influenced the Dalit self and were simultaneously influenced by the interlocutors within and outside the Dalit community. This paper will also focus on the fascinating developments in organised Dalit politics of the 1930s. Janata’s writings mainly help track the strengths and weaknesses of Dalit radicalism in Konkan.

The Spirit of the Mango Orchard

The humanity of a “ghost” is revealed in the stories and memories surrounding a family-owned orchard.

From Sairat to Jhund via Jai Bhim

Mainstream Indian cinema has rarely depicted the complexities of caste and its associated social problems. With Fandry (2014) and Sairat (2016), Nagraj Manjule brought caste and gender to the centre stage of fi lm-making. However, his recent Hindi fi lm Jhund fails to carry forward this legacy and adopts a time-tested Bollywood style—an upper-caste-male-saviour trope.

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