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Book Clubs and the Dialectics of Privilege

Sometimes, book clubs are spaces where the privileged come to feel less guilty about their power.

Bhojanmata’s Struggle for Dignity

Caste consciousness imposes moral limits on preferential hiring in the mid-day meal schemes.

Caste Panchayats

Caste Panchayats and Caste Politics in India by Anagha Ingole, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021; pp 196, price not available.

Misogyny and Bar Ban

Bans and Bar Girls: Performing Caste in Mumbai’s Dance Bars by Sameena Dalwai, published by Women Unlimited (an associate of Kali for Women), New Delhi, 2019; pp 242, ` 595 (hardcover).

Recognising Ambedkar

Identity upholds a symbol of privilege and purity on the one hand and, on the other, is also a label that represents the stigma of pollution and indignity. Both these forms of identity construct the idea of identity politics. Identity establishes an idea and idea constructs an identity, both become indistinguishable in a political discourse that works at different levels in society. This is the dichotomy of the theory of recognition that is explored in this article.

Revival amidst Challenge?

Turbulent Transformations: Non-Brahmin Śrīvaiṣṇavas on Religion, Caste and Politics in Tamil Nadu by Katherine Young, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2021; pp 399, ₹ 736.

Striving for Begumpura: Traversing the Intellectual Activism of Gail Omvedt

​Writer, researcher, life-long fellow traveller of the progressive movements and long-time author with the Economic & Political Weekly, Gail Omvedt passed away on 25 August 2021. In this reading list, we present some of the highlights of her scholarship published in EPW.

Caste Dimensions of Poverty and Wealth

Large income and asset deficits disempower the disadvantaged castes.

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