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Casteism
Opinion  /  Published 28.06.20

Unfair love: Skin colour and caste bias

It has been a while. The skin-lightening products of a well-known company flooded the Indian market in 1975, with a catchy name associating loveliness with a ‘fair’ complexion. The criticism it fa...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 12.09.19

A grammar horror story for Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th and I want to talk about a spine-chilling experience. A chain of circumstances led me to spending a night in the company of a Bengali grammar book, with no one around but a lo...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 07.01.20

A new impasse in Dalit politics

Contemporary Dalit politics against enduring caste discrimination has entered a new impasse given the dilemmas that are internal to its political articulation. It is important that Dalit politics find...
By Ajay Gudavarthy in

West Bengal  /  Published 12.11.19

Teacher harassed, no caste slur: RBU panel

An assistant professor at Rabindra Bharati University who had allegedly been taunted for her caste had been “detained” by some students in a classroom for over four hours, a committee investigatin...
By Subhankar Chowdhury in Calcutta

India  /  Published 20.02.20

Rahul Gandhi tweets, 7 held for assaulting two Dalits

The Congress government in Rajasthan on Thursday arrested seven persons on the charge of torturing two Dalit youths, hours after Rahul Gandhi urged the state to take action in the wake of a social med...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 30.04.20

A different virus

A recent tweet from the Congress leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, runs thus: “It is really praiseworthy that Muslim community persons along with the old woman’s two ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

India  /  Published 15.02.20

Apartheid in UP temple

A Scheduled Caste couple in Uttar Pradesh who had just got married and wanted to pray at a village temple found it locked before police reached the site and opened the gates of the shrine to avert an ...
By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

Books  /  Published 14.03.19

TM Krishna writes about caste, privilege in art

Krishna has ever taken the stand that Indian art forms are dictated by ideas of caste and religion, and that allotment of human capability along those lines is unjustifiable. How and why these systems...
By S.D. Chaudhuri in

Opinion  /  Published 01.11.19

New project for old history

History, we are told, is invariably written by victors. We are not certain whether this is what prompted Amit Shah, undoubtedly the second most powerful person in India, to declare that “there is a ...
By Jawhar Sircar in

Opinion  /  Published 26.10.19

The enduring radiance of Ambedkar

The Indian Constitution recognized two social groups as especially disadvantaged: the scheduled castes, known in everyday language as Dalits; and the scheduled tribes, commonly known as Adivasis. Both...
By Ramachandra Guha in


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