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Casteism
Opinion  /  Published 12.09.19

In New India, caste oppression is being reinvigorated

There is one race that Indians are determined to win. The race to run backward. New India is newest in its love for regressive beliefs and repressive traditions, anti-scientific mindsets and primitive...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 29.08.19

UP midday meal bias probe

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into allegations of discrimination related to sitting arrangements during the serving of midday meal at a primary school in Ballia district....
By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

Opinion  /  Published 14.01.19

Quota bill: An assault on the Constitution

The contrast in the reactions to two landmark decisions on the contentious issue of reservations tells us a great deal about ourselves as a people and society, of our understanding of privilege and de...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 13.06.20

Cast in Colour: Pervasive brutality in India

Words do not just ‘name’ phenomena; on occasion, they also plumb the depths of history and map the social realities that the names signify. Editors of the Merriam-Webster dictionary acknowledged t...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 11.04.20

Untouchability, even in quarantine

Of the five people in quarantine at a primary village school in an Uttar Pradesh district, two go to their homes for meals twice a day and then return again to the isolation centre.Not because food is...
By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

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India  /  Published 14.07.19

Activist highlights casteism of Swachh Bharat

In her budget speech last week finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned the union government’s flagship scheme of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. She listed the scheme, which envisions an Ind...
By in Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 07.06.19

Claiming Tagore for communal politics

A friend recently forwarded to me an email message that purported to show through various quotations from his writings how critical Rabindranath Tagore was of the religion of Islam. My friend was inte...
By Dipesh Chakrabarty in

Opinion  /  Published 05.06.19

Celebrating births and weddings by planting trees

Sir — In our family, we have a custom of planting new seeds on important occasions such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries. It was, therefore, all the more heartening to learn that a civic body i...
By The Telegraph in

India  /  Published 24.11.19

Mandal crusader who insisted he had no caste

When former IAS officer P.S. Krishnan, who died aged 87 at a Delhi hospital on November 10, was a district collector in Andhra Pradesh, a senior made this comment in his confidential report:“He poss...
By K.A. Shaji in

Books  /  Published 13.06.19

Caste and the terrible inequalities

In the Acknowledgements section of the novel, I Have Become the Tide, Githa Hariharan explains why she, presumably a “privileged person in terms of caste or class”, felt the need to write about ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in


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