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12th Fail Movie and Hidden Caste Privilege: Questions from a Dalit

Akhilesh Kumar People are talking about the movie 12th Fail and its emotional scenes. As a Dalit, I felt the need to write and raise some critical points about the portrayal of the movie. Emotionally, this movie tried to connect with the audience. This movie depicts the struggle of a person to crack the UPSC …

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Tavleen Singh’s and The Indian Express’ Casteist Narratives

Vaibhav Kharat In her persistent engagement with caste, reservation, census related topics, Tavleen Singh exemplifies a pseudo-intellectual approach that perpetuates casteist biases located in the strong foundation of savarna prejudices, stereotypes and stigmatisation. Her recent writings on caste include the column ‘Time to end the reservation’, and ‘A caste census is casteism’ in the ‘The …

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Dr. Ambedkar and the Trilemma of Values  

Sridhar Suroshe  A Rational  Reformer Dr. Ambedkar was the heir of enlightenment. And therefore, he was the Voltaire of India. He accepted the fundamental values of enlightenment. These values are rational knowledge and rational ethics. In the teachings of enlightenment, there was an important place for the program of social transformation based on these rational …

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Interest in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar among academics outside India

The Popularity or (Un)Popularity of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar among academics outside India Ablaz Mohammed Schemnad Reading Ambedkar and practising Ambedkarism as a student in India gave me a feeling of strength and confidence among peers in university spaces. The ‘Jai Bhim’ slogans and posters asserting the oppressed unity, winning elections, and representing the whole student …

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Lack of support holds back Civil Service aspirants from Tribal Maharashtra

Rushikesh Kasabe ‘Bhika Vasave, who is a migrant and tribal student, comes from the village with a dream to become an officer, but more than 4 years have passed and he still can’t tell if anything will happen. “Many times, worrying about the future you wake up suddenly, and there is no guarantee of going …

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Hierarchy of caste distils down to hierarchy of body

Dr. Abhijit Khandkar Many Indians are getting offended by the picture of Australian cricketer, Mitch Marsh sitting with his feet perched on the Cricket World Cup Trophy. Since he has put his feet up, so it means disrespect. This concept of respect being equated with body parts is an exclusively Indian concept, stemming from Hindu …

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Beyond Boundaries: Strengthening Transgender Lives in India

Ganesh Pandit Introduction In Indian mythology, transgender individuals were highly regarded. However, in recent centuries, the transgender community has faced challenges. One contributing factor has been television, which has quickly influenced people’s perspectives. Nineteenth-century Bollywood films portrayed transgender people disrespectfully, leading to a change in society’s view of them and affecting the present generation. In …

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Memes and infographics on Instagram: How Dalit students are busting misinformation one post at a time

Nitin Kalyan It did not take the 23-year-old Prashant Randive too long to spot the bias and misinformation that infographics and memes flooding social media platforms were spreading. Prashant, a first-generation learner pursuing his masters degree and going by @Pashwords on Instagram, spends considerable time making infographics to counter misinformation around issues like reservations. He …