Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicBrahmins

Topic: brahmins

TikTokers dubbed ‘Shudras of internet’: Indians didn’t spare even social media from casteism

The irony is that social media, which was supposed to be a democratic space for every section of society, has been categorised into caste hierarchies.

Tamil Brahmins were the earliest to frame merit as a caste claim, and it showed in IITs

Studies on the Indian diaspora in the US can lead one to conclude that caste largely vanishes beyond boundaries of India. The story of IIT students suggests otherwise.

BJP’s sleight of hand in Maharashtra and Haryana has gone unnoticed

BJP has promised quotas to Marathas, Jats and upper caste poor without data to back the claim, and with conflicting aims.

Who is a Brahmin? One who eats veg, loves Carnatic music, has clean habits, says Kerala judge

At a Brahmins' meet in Kochi, Justice V Chitambaresh of the Kerala High Court spoke about the need to deliberate on caste-based reservations.

Ayushmann Khurrana’s Article 15 wants you to believe caste system came from outer space

No matter how many Ambedkar statues it shows, Article 15 doesn’t call out the continued Brahmin hegemony in power circles.

Brahmins of Twitter are feeling like Jews under Nazi Germany, thanks to Jack Dorsey

Author Advaita Kala’s opinion — that ‘constant hitting out against Brahmins’ was akin to ‘what Nazis did to Jews’ — found echoes in Congress & across Twitter.

Why do the poor in India vote for Right-wing parties like the BJP?

The poor’s support of Right-wing parties is puzzling as they are choosing parties that work against their economic interests.

Indians have imported casteism to the US & a black journalist writes on the need to ban it

Civil rights laws do not explicitly ban discrimination based on caste. It was not seen as an issue in America when those laws were written.

Dear Indian parents, no, we don’t live in a post-caste world if your child still wears the thread

A lot of parents, in trying to raise kids who are caste-free, end up raising kids who are caste-blind. My parents never even talked about caste at home.

On Camera

YourTurn

Currently, India provides pensions for the elderly on the basis of the National Pensions Scheme | Representative Image | Wikimedia Commons

Giving up on NPS a tragedy for state govts. DB pensions are ad hoc, delay fiscal stress

Several of the problems of the National Pensions Scheme can be easily remedied. The solution to fiscal stress isn't going back two decades ago.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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