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Continuing Caste Atrocities in Southern Tamil Nadu

In the erstwhile Tirunelveli district, inclusive of the present Thoothukudi and Tenkasi districts, the year 1995 was a watershed one for the strong assertion of Dalits. In this article, the issues that emerged in the wake of the 1995 caste conflagration and the solutions offered at various academic forums are discussed in light of the recent appointment of a commission headed by retired Justice K Chandru by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Unveiling the New Republic

The New Republic: Populism, Power and the Trajectories of Indian Democracy edited by Shray Mehta and Ravi Kumar, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2022; pp 192, `495.

Dalit Representation in Hindi Cinema

Contested Representation: Dalits, Popular Hindi Cinema, and Public Sphere by Dhananjay Rai, London: Lexington Books, 2022; pp 268, $105.

Mirror and the Lamp

Land, Guns, Caste, Woman: The Memoir of a Lapsed Revolutionary by Gita Ramaswamy, New Delhi: Navayana Publishing, 2022; pp 432, `599.

Elusive Justice to Dalits in the ‘Land of Social Justice’

The recent inhuman incident of mixing human faeces in the overhead tank supplying water to Dalit colony in Vengaivayal village in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu reflects the perpetuating violence against the Dalits. Locating this brutal violence within the larger framework of violence against Dalits in Tamil Nadu, the lackadaisical attitude of Dravidian parties when dealing with the issues related to Dalits is brought to the fore.

Deras, Dalits, and Caste Politics in Punjab

In the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab, where the Aam Aadmi Party registered a massive and historic win, most analyses tended to underestimate the caste factor. The ascendance of Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief ministerial face of the Congress simply failed to impress upon the people. The background of the failure of the Channi experiment by way of examining the multilayered reality of Dalit identity in Punjab is explored in this article.

Prisoners of Conscience

A Twelve-Year Night is a compelling piece of art about the undying spirit of resistance in the face of authoritarian regimes.

 

Reservations: ​A Project of Nation-building

The history of reservations in India shows that it was an outcome of a long process of struggle to gain recognition and representation for the minorities, especially Dalits. It also shows that the Dalits as an important third force in politics, apart from the Hindus and Muslims, had to compromise and even sacrifice their legitimate demands in this process. Any tinkering with reservations, therefore, is in bad faith and an assault to the Indian nationhood.

 

Acquiring Land in India

The Political Economy of Land Acquisition in India: How a Village Stops Being One by Dhanmanjiri Sathe, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan (Imprint by Springer Nature), 2017; pp xvi + 204, price not indicated.

Shudra Identity and Struggle

The Shudras: Vision for a New Path edited by Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd and Karthik Raja Karuppusamy, New Delhi: Vintage (Penguin Random House), 2021; pp 272, 699.

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