Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
Opinion  /  Published 08.04.21

A dream of India that should last forever

Some three decades ago, I decided to start working with adivasis and nomadic people. My workplace was Tejgadh, a village in eastern Gujarat. It is situated at the foot of a rocky hill and is...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 05.04.21

Descartes and Ambedkar’s roads to modernity

One decision can sometimes be followed by another. The intervening time between the two can be short or extended, invariant or transformational. How important is this time and can it affect the final ...
By A. Raghuramaraju in

Opinion  /  Published 01.04.21

Bengal polls 2021: Caste matters

Religion, inveterate Marxists insist, is the opium of the masses. The comrades have their own fix — fixation— as well. Class, the myth goes, has been central in shaping Bengal’s poli...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 27.03.21

The opening and closing of the Hindu mind

“What am I? Asiatic, European, or American? I feel a curious medley of personalities in me.” — Swami Vivekananda In 1873, the social reformer, Jyotirao Phule, published a searing cr...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 18.02.21

Way ahead: inter-caste marriage

This is not the first time that the higher judiciary has protected an inter-caste union. Pronouncing on a case in which two teachers from different castes married in Delhi to escape the woman’s ...
By The Editorial Board in


Opinion  /  Published 16.02.21

Converted dalits and reservation

Correctness can sometimes seem indefinably askew. The Union minister for law, Ravi Shankar Prasad, did not deviate from Para 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 when he said in the Ra...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 30.01.21

The moral evolution of Mohandas K. Gandhi

The American writer, Louis Fischer, is best known for his book, The Life of Mahatma Gandhi, which Richard Attenborough drew upon while making his award-winning film of 1982. Fischer’s book ...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 28.01.21

A case for Dalit journalism

This is the 150th year of Sooryodhayam, the first Dalit journal in Tamil. It is also, arguably, the first Dalit journal in India. As India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi...
By J. Balasubramaniam in

Opinion  /  Published 20.11.20

Right way: Article 32 petitions

When the Chief Justice of India expresses the Supreme Court’s decision to discourage petitions under Article 32, the reason must be weighty. For Article 32, which B.R. Ambedkar felt was the Cons...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 16.09.20

Caste and the Constitution: Equal benefits for all SCs

By Arghya Sengupta in


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