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caste system

Unfair and Less Lovely

Madhavankutty Pillai

The association of fair skin with beauty is ingrained in Indian society for thousands of years. People want what they want

Dalit Life and Thought

Suraj Yengde delivers lessons on caste and race with a rare liveliness

The Wandering Ram

The travelling Ramayana is a metaphor for Indian culture at its finest

The New Panthers

Will the BJP succeed in containing Jignesh Mevani’s aggressive Dalit identity politics?

Anatomy of a Pastiche

What we see in the name of Dalit politics and Ambedkarite discourse is an echo of old-style leftist talk coupled with Naxal grandstanding of yore

BR Ambedkar: Slayer of All Gods

He challenges the illusions about power and democracy, wealth and violence, Hinduism and tradition, nationalism and justice, and about all that metaphysical cant. He is the mirror in which we dare not look at ourselves. His presence is a constant reminder of our bad conscience and bad faith

Arundhati Roy’s ahistorical fiction

How the novelist in her simplistic rhetoric on caste got Gandhi wrong

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