Friday, 19 August, 2022
TopicBrahminism

Topic: Brahminism

The India that Vir Das and liberals want – and the one they won’t talk about

Standup comedian Vir Das' Kennedy Center monologue 'Two Indias' is based on a pre-2014 nostalgia and the forced funeral enacted by every liberal.

Brahmins at the top on all indicators in states with schemes that benefit only them, study says

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have adopted a set of measures that provide preferential schemes for Brahmins, which only serves to invert caste inequality upside down.

In JNU, works of Gail Omvedt and Dalit scholars are relegated to ‘underground’ networks

I joined JNU’s Centre for Historical Studies in 1995, and found that books and archival materials on Dalits and Adivasis were scarce. Keeping up the Brahminical caste status was a primary motive of these studies.

Jadeja to Swamy to Sikka, Indian celebs flaunting caste identities normalise inequalities

Melbourne University scholars write about routine brandishing of 'upper caste' culture, which reproduces inequalities and makes them dominant representation of a national culture.

Ashok Vijaydashmi to Dhola — National archives, central libraries failed Dalit-Bahujan history

Oral histories of the Dalit-Bahujan community take us beyond the existing notions about India’s excluded communities and the Brahminical and Eurocentric biases inherent in them.

There was more to Vira Sathidar than ‘Court’. He fought caste with theatre for 40 years

Vira Sathidar found prominence only in 2014 with the National Award-winning film 'Court'. But he leaves behind a rich legacy for the young generation of rights activists.

Kanshi Ram’s Bahujan movement was also cultural, not just political

BSP's diminishing political power doesn't mean all is lost for the Bahujan movement. Kanshi Ram Jayanti is a reminder the anti-caste revolution is alive among the masses.

Adivasis are not Hindus. Lazy colonial census gave them the label

There is a reason Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren's statement at Harvard's India Conference that Adivasis were never Hindus rattled the BJP and RSS.

With Bihar success, CPI(ML) has smartly blended radicalism and pragmatic politics

CPI(ML) Liberation won 12 seats in Bihar despite relentless propaganda through terms such as ‘Naxalites’, ‘terrorist sympathisers’, ‘China-funded Maoists’, 'tukde-tukde gang'.

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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