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Tag Archive: casteism

Mar 21 2014

On Appropriation of Ambedkar

When Caravan published Arundhati Roy’s piece The Doctor and the Saint, I was one of those who celebrated it as the next big thing that was to emerge in the Indian academic circles. Roy’s essay constitutes the first half of Navayana’s annotated edition of Bhimrao Ambedkar’s seminal work ‘The Annihilation Of Caste’. The article, like …

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Mar 20 2014

The Age Old Cultural War and Broom Wielding Footsoldiers

Police standing outside Hindustani Masjid near Byculla station few moments before Lalbaucha Raja’s procession was about to pass by.

This interview was done more than a year ago during a research concerning social prejudices in mass media of India. The research compared projection of Ganesha festival in Mumbai and Dr. B R Ambedkar’s death anniversary. Both of these events draw a huge crowd from different social groups. However, the mass media has been vehemently …

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Feb 26 2014

Weeping for the Modern Caste-Hindu?

Outlook recently published, on their website, Jakob de Roover’s reaction to “l’affaire Doniger”. In the article, de Roover cooks up a story to explain how the “deeply flawed” narrative of the caste system and the Hindu religion is responsible for the creation of Hindu fundamentalism. What brings Hindu organizations to filing petitions that make them …

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Jan 02 2014

Quick Post: Results of Domestic Work Survey

The results of the survey How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? have been published on the main Nirmukta site – you can find it here.  

Dec 21 2013

How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? Take the Survey

A female domestic worker sitting on the floor and washing kitchen utensils.

One aspect of the recent Devyani Khobragade controversy has been the treatment of domestic workers, particularly how much (or how little) we pay them. We’ve decided to do an online survey to get an idea of how much domestic workers in India are paid, and for what kind of work. It’s a short survey, consisting …

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Aug 06 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 3)

(Previous parts: Part 1, Part 2.) Now to protect their own fair skin (which they are really proud of), the AHO are suggesting that the government and the members of House of Lords themselves are being racist. They are claiming, In April of this year there was no AHO but after Lord Harries and his racist …

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Aug 05 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 2)

A screenshot showing caste options taken from the UK section of the matrimonial website shaadi.com.

(Continued from Part 1. Link to Part 3.) Now let us take a look at the newly formed ‘Alliance of Hindu Organisations’ (AHO). It was formed in April 2013, only when it seemed like the upper caste or savarnas will be facing the wrath of the law for continuing discrimination. The domain name of their …

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Aug 03 2013

Controversy Over Prevention of Caste Atrocities and Equality Act in the UK (Part 1)

(Update: Here are the links to Part 2 and Part 3.) Western humanists may be aware of the pervasiveness of the caste system in India and the cursed life of exterior castes (former untouchables).

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Jul 11 2013

The Merit Delusion

Medal For Merits. Image in public domain; via Wikimedia Commons (links to source).

with inputs from Sunil. Reservations (affirmative action) are a highly contentious issue in India but mostly for all the wrong reasons. One of those is an argument that reservations dilute merit. Consider this “joke” that was email forward fodder years ago and is now doing the rounds in social networks. It is good example of …

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Jun 15 2013

“Brahmins Only” Housing

Advertisement for "Brahmins only" housing project in Bangalore

This advertisement for a “Brahmins Only” housing project appeared in a newspaper in April:

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