To separate caste from something so crucial as food and present it as if it were a life-choice is to ignore a wider social context in which the food …
‘Witness’ Is an Anti-Caste Film That Treats its Protagonists With Dignity and Humanity
There is little doubt that Ambedkar’s message remains front and centre throughout the film.
Navigating the Great Caste Divide
‘Don’t generalise’ is the response I get when I try to convey the reality of my life and the lives of many like me to my friends. That reality …
Constant Screening for Enemies Within Undermines Indians as Citizens
The spectre of terrorism and national security is being frequently raised to disenfranchise certain people.
Why Is There No Upper Caste Outcry When Merit Goes for a Toss in the EWS Quota?
Do most not realise the injustice and tyranny hidden within the social structure which makes some the owners of merit by robbing others of their merit? Perhaps they know …
Five Dalit-Feminist Poems
Translated from the Hindi originals, these poems by Rajat Rani ‘Meenu’ reflect a distinctive Dalit-feminist appraisal of 75 years of independence, and the possibilities of anti-caste futures.
Ayyankali, and the Story of Kerala’s First Worker’s Strike
Ayyankali and his fight for Dalit rights is yet another example of how freedom has always been earned and never given.
Dalit Villagers Wanted to Present a Coin to the President. The State Stopped Them.
Thousands of Dalit people funded a symbolic gesture of gifting the Indian parliament a 10-tonne coin calling for the realisation of Ambedkar's dream of untouchability-free India. They were stopped …
How the Ramnamis of Chhattisgarh Protest Against Caste Discrimination With Body Tattoos
The community's 'Ram Ram' tattoos are a brilliant idea directed at the inhuman edifice of caste discrimination. They declare spiritual intent and also chart the path for social change.
The Color of My Blood
The poet writes about caste discrimination.